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Gay and Bisexual Men's Sexual Health

Gay and bisexual men and men who have sex with men represent around 50% of all HIV notifications in Western Australia, and remain overrepresented in this area. WA AIDS Council provides a number of services for men, from workshops and education through to sexual health clinics and community outreach.

 

Gay Friendly Testing Services

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M Clinic

M Clinic provides free, confidential, non-judgemental HIV/STI testing and associated services for men who have sex with men (MSM), in a casual and relaxed environment. Our testing and treatment services also include people who identify as a man, masculine, and/or who were assigned male at birth, who have sex with other men. 
Location: 548 Newcastle Street, West Perth
Phone: (08) 9227 0734 

M Clinic also offers free weekly HIV/STI testing for at Perth Steamworks (369 William Street, Northbridge). Click here for more information. 

Sexual Health Quarters (SHQ) 
$10 (+ medicare card) sexual health clinic.
Location: 70 Roe Street Northbridge WA 6003
Phone: 
(08) 9227 6177

Royal Perth Hospital - Ainslie House
Free public sexual health clinic.
Location: Level 4, Ainslie House, 48 Murray Street Perth WA 6000
Phone: 
(08) 9224 2178

South Terrace Clinic 
Free public sexual health clinic
Location: A Block, Fremantle Hospital, Fremantle WA 6160
Phone: 
(08) 9431 2149

Magenta 
Free sexual health clinic for sex workers.
Location: 122 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge WA 6003
Phone: 
(08) 9328 1387

Any General Practitioner (GP) can provide sexual health testing. If you don’t have a regular GP, a list of gay-friendly GP services can be found here

Not all GPs have experience in providing sexual health testing for men who have sex with other men. Consider taking this sheet along with you to your GP, which provides comprehensive testing guidelines for GPs. 

To see more sexual health clinics in WA, click here.

HIV Prevention

 

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There are many ways to prevent HIV, including:

PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) is a medication which, when taken daily, is highly effective at preventing HIV transmission. However, it does mot prevent the transmission of STIs, so condom use and regular testing is recommended. 

U = U (Undetectable = Untransmissable). We now know that people on HIV medication with an undetectable viral load cannot transmit HIV. If your partner is positive and has an undetectable viral load, your risk of contracting HIV is negligible. This method does not protect against other STIs, so condom use and regular testing is recommended.

- Condoms are a readily available, cheap and effective method for protecting yourself and your partner from STIs, HIV and BBVs. 

PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis) is a precribed course of antiretroviral drugs that is taken soon after an exposure to HIV. Sometimes, unprotected sex happens in the heat of the moment. If you think you may have been exposed to HIV, contact the PEP Line on 1300 767 161 to find out how to access it.

To find out more about PrEP, click here, and watch our most recent PrEP Forum and Panel Discussion which was held at The Court on the 1st November 2017.

Using Meth Safely

Methamphetamine is a stimulant drug, which means it speeds up the messages travelling between the brain and the body.

Reasons for Methamphetamine use differ significantly between populations. Men often relate Meth us as a way of increasing sexual libido particularly men who have sex with men. Meth can be used as a way to cope with depression, loneliness, stress and boredom reasons commonly mentioned across demographics. 

The safest option is not to take drugs, however, if you are going to use drugs, the best option it to be safe about it.

Click here for more.

Workshops

        
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This workshop series discusses all things same sex attraction. It discusses what it is to be same sex attracted, coming out (or staying in), confidence and sexuality. This workshops is perfect for people that want to make some new friends and have a chance to discuss their experiences in a non-judgemental space.

       
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Nitty Gritties

This workshop series discusses all things sex between men. It starts with anatomy and then teaches you how to kiss, touch and stimulate the anatomy we learn about. Whether you are just starting to explore sex with men, or whether you already have a few notches in your belt, this is an environment to talk sexual behaviours and negotiation of these behaviours.

        
       Cruising 101

A workshop series that explores the age old tradition of cruising between men. The tradition may date back to ancient Rome, but the methods and technologies used to seek the sex you want has changed and is ever changing. We will explore the effect this has on community and how best to utilise these spaces to have the pleasurable sex that you want to be having.

      
      


Loving Our Way

This workshop series focuses less on the act of sex between men and more on the relationship between men. This workshop talks all things interpersonal skills; negotiation, compromise, honesty and open communication.

Online Peer Support


M Hub is an online space for gay and bisexual men in Western Australia. This is a space for all of us who give a fuck about our community, give a fuck about our health and what to share information, support, news and events that are important to us.

Follow us on Facebook to take part in the conversation.

Gay Periodic Survey

The WA AIDS Council conducts an annual survey of gay men in Perth. The study researches the HIV-related sexual and social behaviour of men attached to the Perth gay community to identify and understand changes in sexual behaviour and inform health promotion initiatives aimed at this target community. The research is collated and analysed by the University of New South Wales Centre for Social Research in Health, and the Kirby Institute. The study is essentially a repeat of the biennial surveys that have previously been conducted in Western Australia. 

The survey focuses on sexual behaviour, nature of sexual relationships, HIV testing practices and sero-status, aspects of social attachment to the gay community, and of course a number of demographic items. It is self-administered and confidential, and takes up to ten minutes to complete. The results of the Perth Gay Community Periodic survey directly inform the development of effective health promotion and community development strategies in Western Australia and will enable the WA AIDS Council to respond to important changes in sexual negotiation and behaviour, and the meanings of HIV in the gay community. The study will also make an important contribution to the collection and comparison of equivalent data throughout Australia as part of a national data collection strategy.

 

Resources

Contacts

waac@waaids.com 
(08) 9482 0000 

M Clinic
(08) 9227 0734
http://www.mclinic.org.au/

 

 

Our Mission

To minimise the impact and further transmission of HIV, other blood borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections. To reduce social, legal and policy barriers which prevent access to health information and effective support and prevention services.