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Gay and bi guys are at highest risk of HIV.

It comes down to basic biology and simple maths. Click to reveal the three key reasons why 80% of HIV in New Zealand is among gay and bi guys.

It’s much easier to get HIV from anal sex.

It’s been scientifically proven that anal sex is eighteen times riskier than vaginal sex. There are two reasons for this. First, the cells in the ass are much more susceptible to HIV than cells in the vagina. Second, both semen and rectal mucosa (the lining of the ass) carry more HIV than vaginal fluid. Combine this with the fact that gay and bi guys have much more anal sex than straight guys, and you’ve got yourself a lot more risk right there.

There’s already a lot of gay and bi Kiwis who have HIV

In a recent Auckland study, 1 in 15 gay and bi guys were found to have HIV. So, if you’re a guy hooking up with other guys, you’re more likely to meet someone who has HIV (and according to that same study, there’s a 20 percent chance that person with HIV doesn’t know it yet).

We’re more closely connected than you might think

The reality is that there are less gay and bi guys than there are straight men and women. So when you’re meeting a guy for casual sex, the pool of people you have to choose from is smaller. This makes gay and bi guys much more closely connected, sexually, than the rest of the population. It also allows HIV and other STIs to spread quickly among us.

Don’t let fear affect your health.

The truth is, HIV is most dangerous when you don’t know it’s there. If you find out you’re positive, accessing HIV treatment is both a smart move for your health and for drastically reducing the risk of passing on HIV.

Knowing that you have HIV puts you in control.

If left undiagnosed and untreated, HIV causes serious damage to your immune system. The good news is, once you start treatment you’re back in control. Treatment greatly reduces HIV replication and helps strengthen your immune system.

Being on treatment reduces the risk of passing on HIV.

New research shows that starting treatment as soon as possible can make it easier for HIV-positive people to get an undetectable viral load. This makes HIV much harder to pass on to sexual partners.

Getting tested has never been easier.

There are many locations around New Zealand that provide free HIV testing, and in some locations results are available in 20 minutes.

Where can I get a free HIV test?

Free HIV tests are available from many sexual health clinics and community-based services around New Zealand. Some locations offer standard HIV testing (results available in 5-7 days) and others offer rapid HIV testing (results in 20 minutes). You can find the services available near you using our service locator below.

If I get tested, will my results be known to others?

If you're worried about confidentiality of your results, you should know that HIV testing is covered by privacy law. At some testing locations such as NZAF you don't even have to give your real name if you don't want to.

Many people will not get symptoms.

Many people will not experience any short-term symptoms of HIV infection - so symptoms or not, the more times you have unprotected anal sex, the more often you should test for HIV.

But some people will.

In some people, symptoms may occur from two to four weeks after HIV infection and may include flu-like symptoms that are easily confused with other infections, such as fatigue, fever, night sweats, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, headache, loss of appetite or skin rash. These symptoms usually last less than two weeks although they can last as long as 10 weeks. If you‘ve recently had unprotected anal sex and experience any of these symptoms, you should have an HIV test at your emergency room, GP or sexual health service.

Not all doctors will recognize the symptoms.

If you see a doctor because you have symptoms, it’s important to explain that you feel at risk of HIV and ask to be tested, even if they don't suggest it. Don't assume you will be tested for HIV just because they took your blood. Ask to be sent a copy of the results.

How often should I test?

We recommend sexually active gay and bisexual men get tested for HIV once a year. Beyond that, the more times you've had anal sex without condoms, the more often you should test.

Book a test now

A few quick questions so we can recommend the best service to meet your needs:

* What is your gender identity?

* Who do you have sex with?

* Where would you like to get tested?
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