2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
As the global response to 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, we're committed to looking after the health and wellbeing of our LGBTI communities and people living with HIV.
One of the few effective strategies we have for limiting the spread of COVID-19 is physical distancing. This means avoiding close contact with others and leaving at least 1.5 metres between you and other people. This also means avoiding group gatherings at this time. Thorne Harbour Health CEO, Simon Ruth, addressed our LGBTI and PLHIV communities recently. You can watch the video below or read the full transcript of the message here.
Sex & COVID-19
Physical distancing and avoiding close contact presents our communities with challenges when it comes to sex and intimacy. We've released an info sheet on Sex, Intimacy & Coronavirus. Click here to find out more.
And if you've got a question or an idea about how to reduce your risk of COVID-19 while still saying sexy - email us! We can run these past clinical experts and share their answers here and on social media.
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Our team on JOY 94.9's Well, Well, Well recently navigated this topic as they spoke to Bryony Cole (CEO & Founder, The Future of Sex), adult film performer and sex worker Max Arion, and Associate Professor Edwina Wright from The Alfred to discuss this issue - from sex tech to online sex work to what it means to be intimate.
We are working closely with the Department of Health to ensure we can continue to safely provide essential services to our communties while minimising the risk of COVID-19 for our clients, staff, and volunteers. Check out the services update page for the latest modifications.
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PLHIV & COVID-19
Some people living with HIV (PLHIV) are more vulnerable to COVID-19. In partnership with Living Positive Victoria and Positive Women Victoria, we've released an update for PLHIV on what steps they should be taking to look after their health and wellbeing. Click here for the latest update.
The Victorian Department of Health has also released a fact sheet for PLHIV - click here to download.
Our team on JOY 94.9's Well, Well, Well recently unpacked a lot of the myths surrounding COVID-19 as they spoke to the inaugural Director of the Doherty Institute and leading infectious diseases expert, Professor Sharon Lewin as well as Living Positive Victoria President Richard Keane.