Test a diverse range of patients for HIV during HIV Testing Week (1-7 June) and beyond
NSW Health recommends you test for HIV in a diverse range of patients due to an increased number of HIV diagnoses through heterosexual sex among NSW residents. NSW Health is encouraging heterosexual people, particularly those who’ve never been tested before, to get a HIV test. This includes people:
- who’ve had sex when traveling in a country where HIV is common
- had sex with someone from a country where HIV is common
- who come from a country where HIV is common
- who’ve used injecting equipment after someone else.
NSW Health continues to encourage men who have sex with men to get tested.
See the National HIV Testing Portal of ‘who to test’ and clinical indicators for HIV testing.
HIV testing, diagnosis and treatment
Watch GP, Dr Bill Kefalas talk about HIV testing, diagnosis and treatment.
How we’re making HIV testing easy
Tools, resources and support services are available to make HIV testing easy, accessible to your patients and part of your routine practice:
Dried Blood Spot for HIV and hepatitis C
A new finger prick test of a Dried Blood Spotfor HIV and hepatitis C is now available. It is a free, easy and confidential test for people at risk.
Early treatment initiation using advanced HIV treatments offer significantly improved health benefits for patients and the potential to dramatically reduce the risk of passing on HIV.
More information on HIV treatment
New HIV prevention method - PrEP
Exciting new HIV prevention methods are available to significantly reduce the risk of acquiring HIV. HIV PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a pill taken daily by HIV negative people to reduce their risk of becoming infected with HIV. People with a Medicare card who are at high-risk of HIV can now purchase PrEP in Australia with a stream-lined authority PBS prescription from a GP and have it dispensed from a community pharmacy.
More information on PrEP other HIV prevention methods
Support for clinicians and patients
The NSW Sexual Health Infolink provides telephone and internet based information and referral services for you (clinicians) and community members.