Christchurch gay and bisexual men have been offered free sexual health tests to prevent men having unsafe “post disaster sex” which could lead to a rise in HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.
New Zealand AIDS Foundation (NZAF) executive director Shaun Robinson said in the wake of recent earthquakes the HIV-prevention organisation is also offering free counselling and psychotherapy to the Christchurch gay community.
“We’re really focussed on meeting the needs of the gay communities in Christchurch because overlooking the health needs of our sexual and gender minority groups poses serious risks,” Robinson said.
“Many people are familiar with the phenomena of post-disaster baby booms.
“But not many people are aware of the other implications of post-disaster sex, such as the potential surge in STIs or HIV among high risk groups.”
Robinson said NZAF wants to offer the gay community a friendly service to access counselling services, The Foundation is offering free and anonymous testing for HIV, syphilis and hepatitis C. Free condoms and lube are available at distribution points around Christchurch.