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COVID-19 Information, Updates & Resources

New Zealand is in Alert Level 2 for COVID-19, with the Auckland Region at what you may have heard it described as Alert Level 2.5, due to the additional restriction on social gatherings, which must not exceed 10 people in a defined space at any one time.

Even in Level 2 - we need to be trying to keep physical distance - so, while COVID-19 isn't a sexually transmitted infection, being in close personal contact with another person is one of the highest risk behaviours for this virus. When you add in shared bodily fluids, it's even higher risk.

This page is where Ending HIV will host all relevant updates about how COVID-19 is affecting NZAF's services and offices. Last updated - Monday 31 August

Rest assured we are committed to continuing to support our communities as best we can at this time. Take a look below to see how they will be impacted and what support is available to you at what is likely a stressful time right now. 


 

Testing services

Due to the COVID-19 crisis and alert level restrictions, there are changes across a number of services:

  • NZAF's testing centres are still open for booked appointments. Head to our test-booking tool to find an appointment that works for you.
  • You can still order an HIV self-test that you can do at home - please bear in mind COVID-19 may affect delivery times.
  • Many sexual health clinics are open for appointments - call or email ahead to discuss your situation.
  • You can also contact your local GP / family doctor to request HIV or STI testing, if you have any concerns. It's still a good idea to call or email ahead.

 

 

Counselling & Mental Health

NZAF will continue to offer counselling services. Remote or face-to-face counselling services are able to be booked depending on your location - our remote sessions can be held via phone or video. Head to the counselling booking form to get in touch.

Also, check out this article for advice on how to look after your anxiety during this time.

 

 

Offices

NZAF's Centres and Offices are open - Please note, contact tracing and physical distancing processes will be in place to ensure the safety of staff and visitors - have your smart device ready to check-in digitally.

 

 

COVID-19 and people living with HIV

Over at NZAF they also monitoring the latest understandings and medical advice on how COVID-19 might affect people living with HIV - read more here.

 

 

 

Sex

New Zealand is in Alert Level 2 for COVID-19, with the Auckland Region at what you may have heard it described as Alert Level 2.5, due to the additional restriction on social gatherings, which must not exceed 10 people in a defined space at any one time.


Even in Level 2 - we need to be trying to keep physical distance - so, while COVID-19 isn't a sexually transmitted infection, being in close personal contact with another person is one of the highest risk behaviours for this virus. When you add in shared bodily fluids, it's even higher risk.

To help make things more clear, we’ve put together our top 5 tips for playing safe in this unprecedented time. We can’t pick and choose with these if we want to stamp out COVID - everyone needs to take action in all of these areas!

Also, if you can still keep things digital and want advice - read our blogs Top Tips For Tasteful Nudes and Love In The Time of COVID-19 for how to get your rocks off and still maintain physical distancing 

A silver lining of the dark cloud of COVID-19 is that it presents us with an incredible opportunity to actually break the chain of transmission for other viruses - like, say, HIV! Read more here to find out what we should be doing before we're let back out into the world and the "arms" of future sexual partners.

 

 

PrEP

Due to the COVID-19 crisis and alert level restrictions, it may impact your ability to get PrEP at this time.

  • Contact your local sexual health clinics to see if they are available for PrEP appointments - call or email ahead to discuss your situation.
  • You can also contact your local GP / family doctor to request PrEP

Note on discontinuing PrEP: For cisgender men who have sex with men, PrEP can be safely discontinued by taking the tablets for two consecutive days (48 hours) after your last condomless sex – it doesn’t matter if you take it daily or on-demand (2-1-1). If you are not a cisgender man who has sex with man, the current guidelines recommend to continue taking PrEP for 28 days since your last condomless sex before it can be discontinued. It is important to remember that HIV testing needs to be done prior to restarting PrEP. 

 

 

Staying Connected

Physical distancing doesn't need to be lonely.

Check out this blog about digital spaces for our trans and gender diverse whānau to connect with others in their community. 

If you're looking for general tips and tricks for keeping in touch and having some fun while you're at it - check out this blog about some virtual ways to socialise with your circle while we physically isolate. 

Read the blog Top Tips For Tasteful Nudes for tips for sending nudes while in lockdown. 

 

 

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