The paper summarises the evidence of effectiveness for common Risk Reduction Strategies and outlines how Healthy Communities will approach working with gay men on this issue.
“Behavioural research shows that more gay men are sometimes having sex without condoms, but that a lot of the time they are taking other measures to reduce their risk” said Paul R Martin, Executive Director.
“Condoms remain the safest and easiest form of safe sex, especially for casual sex. However in situations where men do not use condoms, there are still things they can do to reduce, but not eliminate risk.”
Risk reduction strategies are most effective if:
- men accurately know their current HIV status
- they can disclose their HIV status to partners, without stigma or discrimination
- men regularly test for and treat sexually transmitted infections
- partners openly and honestly negotiate the sex they want
- men have access to accurate, up-to-date and unbiased information to inform decision making
The discussion paper can be read at www.qahc.org.au/riskreduction and people can join the conversation at www.facebook.com/RiskReductionQld
Men interested in learning more about Risk Reduction Strategies can visit the risk reduction websites of:
ACON - www.knowtherisk.org.au
VAC/GMHC - www.top2bottom.org.au