ASHM’s Taskforce on BBVs, Sexual Health and COVID-19 was established on 20 March 2020. It provides a timely opportunity for the BBV and sexual health sectors to discuss the scientific, clinical, BBV and sexual health service delivery and social implications of COVID-19, and provides consistent and evidence-based messaging to the health workforce, sector partners and community.
The website contains interim recommendations on:
adults living with HIV
adults living with chronic hepatitis B.
adults living with hepatitis C, or the complications of previous hepatitis C infection
people who are incarcerated in criminal justice settings during the COVID-19 pandemic including those who are living with HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.
Paul has once again been busy whipping up more simple and inexpensive recipes, now that SAMESH can’t hold their monthly cooking class for PLHIV and older LGBTIQ+ folk in person. This week he brings you a few yummy pastry comfort foods, which use some ingredients people may have on hand at home: two versions of a quiche, and a dessert.
With their community programs – like the cooking class for PLHIV and older LGBTIQ+ folk – being unable to proceed in the usual way due to current circumstances, SAMESH are thinking up new and different ways they can bring information, events, and connection to their communities.
For this month’s class, Paul has been looking at recipes that can be made from ingredients you may have on hand in the pantry or freezer. So he’s been busy cooking up a storm of golden flaky deliciousness in order to share this sausage roll recipe with you. Paul made 60 of them for less than $15.
Note: You can adapt this recipe with a vegetarian alternative if you wish. You can also use different herbs and spices according to your tastes.
When: Monday 6 April 2020, 3pm-4.30pm (Virtual Event via Zoom)
ACON will be hosting a live online information session to explore coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on sexuality and gender diverse communities on Monday 6 April 3pm – 4.30pm.
The forum will include experts from community, public health and medicine, who will talk through issues, answer questions and provide better clarity, so that we can work together to confront this crisis.
– Professor Andrew Grulich, Professor HIV Epidemiology and Prevention Program, The Kirby Institute, UNSW
– Jane Costello, CEO, Positive Life NSW
– Dr Justin Koonin, President, ACON
– Dr Brad McKay, General Practitioner
More speakers to be announced
Facilitated by: Maeve Marsden, Writer, Performer, Producer and Director
Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO), March 30th 2020
From 1 April 2020 Truvada for HIV treatment and for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) will no longer be available through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).
There are alternatives to Truvada for PrEP in Australia.
Community members eligible for PrEP can access generic versions of Truvada supplied by Apotex, Mylan and Lupin Generic Health. The drugs manufactured by these three suppliers contain the same active ingredients as Truvada.
In addition, from October 2020 Atripla will be delisted. A generic equivalent of Atripla has been approved by the PBS for community members who wish to continue using Atripla.
We encourage you to talk to your prescribing doctor if you want more information about these changes.
For more information, visit the following websites:
Thorne Harbour Health – media release, 26 March 2020
For the first time in its four-decade history, Thorne Harbour Health is calling on communities to stop having casual sex in the face of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Thorne Harbour Health, formerly the Victorian AIDS Council, is calling on LGBTI communities and people living with HIV to limit their risk of COVID-19 transmission.
Thorne Harbour Health CEO Simon Ruth said, “We’re faced by an unprecedented global health crisis. While COVID-19 is not a sexually transmitted infection, the close personal contact we have when during sex poses a serious risk of COVID-19 transmission. We need people to stop having casual sex at this stage.”
“But after four decades of sexual health promotion, we know abstinence isn’t a realistic strategy for most people. We need to look at ways we can minimise risk while maintain a healthy sex life.”
Last week, the organisation released an info sheet with strategies to minimise the risk of COVID-19 while having sex. Strategies included utilising sex tech, solo sexuality, and limiting your sexual activity to an exclusive sexual partner, commonly known as a ‘f*ck buddy’.
“You can reduce your risk by making your sexual network smaller. If you have a regular sexual partner, have a conversation about the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Provided both of you are limiting your risk by working from home and exercising physical distancing from others, you can greatly reduce you chance of COVID-19 transmission,” said Simon Ruth.
The organisation’s stance is not dissimilar from advice from the UK government. Earlier this week, chief medical officer Dr Jenny Harries advised couples not cohabitating to consider testing their relationship by moving in together during the country’s lockdown.
Thorne Harbour Health CEO Simon Ruth released a video message today addressing sex & COVID-19 following last week’s message about physical distancing.