Positive Life NSW has re-launched their new look campaign which explores choices made by HIV-positive gay men about using condoms in pos-pos sex and offers options to minimise risk (maximise pleasure) and manage disclosure while having sex.
“Negotiating whether to use condoms or not involves understanding the risks and how to reduce them,” said CEO Sonny Williams.
The redesigned website features video stories which provide an intimate insight into pos-pos sex and share ways to have great sex and look after each other.
HIV-positive gay men talk about disclosure and handling ‘no’; negotiating different sex scenes with new partners; hooking up on the net; making decisions on whether to use condoms in pos-pos sex; and what they are or aren’t prepared to do during sex and how they communicate this. Positive Life NSW’s online resources support decision making about pos-pos sex, discussions between partners about HIV status and sexual health maintenance such as testing for STIs.
The campaign recognises that gay men in NSW, including HIV positive men, continue to develop new ways to manage sexual risk (e.g. HIV transmission) and pleasure, including pos-pos sex.
“HIV campaigns and resources need to acknowledge this while continuing a community wide message that, for anal sex, condoms and water-based lube are effective protection against HIV,” Williams said.
The release of this campaign coincides with the recent WAD launch by Positive Life NSW of the ‘NSW HIV Health Strategy 2012-2015’ which will guide our future health promotion work, in particular the ways in which advances in HIV treatment have changed the way that some gay men manage sexual risk and their health.