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Sexual Health

Sex & COVID-19

The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is not a sexually transmitted infection, but we know the virus is transmitted during close sexual contact. If you're concerned about COVID-19, check out these ways to stay sexy while limiting the risk of transmission.


COVID-19: Services Update

Due to the changing landscape around COVID-19, we have made changes to many of our services. We’re committed to providing essential services while also looking after the health and wellbeing of our clients, staff, volunteers, and the communities we serve.


COVID-19: The Basics

We've all got a role to play in the global response to 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Here are some of the basics around the actions we can take to prevent the onward transmission of the virus.



The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has raised concerns for a lot of people living with HIV (PLHIV). We've put together some answers to frequently asked questions as well as links to additional resources.



For many, physical distancing and limiting our contact with others will mean reducing our sexual encounters. If you're not having sex or you've limited to one regular partner, what does this mean for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)?


COVID-19 & Trans, Gender Diverse, Non-Binary Communities

Although it won't be around forever, COVID-19 is affecting our trans, gender diverse, and non-binary (TGDNB+) communities right now. Some challenges might seem overwhelming, but we're here to help.


COVID-19 & Family Violence

As we prepare ourselves for physical distancing and self-isolation, we need to remember home is not always the safest place.For some in our community – job losses and insecure housing can mean that we are forced back to other homes with family or friends which can be highly conflictual and for others unsafe.



COVID-19 has impacted us all in a number of ways - including LGBTIQ women. Some challenges might seem overwhelming, but we're here to help.


Legal Rights

We know that COVID-19 is putting extra strain on our LGBTIQ communities in many different ways right now.


COVID-19 & Aboriginal Communities

At the moment, the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting all our communities. This includes our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.


Testing & COVID-19

Testing plays a pivotal role in how we look after our health and wellbeing. This is true of the global response to 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). It is also true of how we continue to respond to HIV and look after our sexual health more broadly.


COVID-19 & Face Masks

Many people use face masks to prevent catching or passing on COVID-19. There is a lot of information on how to prevent the virus. Face coverings, such as masks, add an additional protective physical barrier to protect you and those around you.


COVID-19 Vaccinations

The Australian Government has announced that everyone over 5 in Australia is able to receive a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccine they offer is voluntary and free.

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28 Feb 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update and advice for people living with HIV

UPDATED 4 March 2020: COVID-19 Joint statement from Living Positive Victoria, Positive Women Victoria & Thorne Harbour Health.

12 Mar 2020

2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Recently, the community has been talking a lot about 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). While you may be worried and this health risk may pose serious concerns, it’s important that we stay informed with accurate information. We’ve already started making plans should we need to take action in response to the changing landscape around COVID-19.

16 Mar 2020

Update on COVID-19 for PLHIV

Thorne Harbour Health, Living Positive Victoria, and Positive Women Victoria are encouraging people living with HIV (PLHIV) to take additional precautions in the face of the changing landscape around 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

17 Mar 2020

Sex, Intimacy and Coronavirus

While COVID-19 isn't a sexually transmitted infection, we've had a lot of questions from the community about how coronavirus may impact the way we hook up.

20 Mar 2020

CEO Update: Physical Distancing and COVID-19

On Friday 20 March, Thorne Harbour Health CEO Simon Ruth addressed our LGBTI and PLHIV communities about the importance of physical distancing in response to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

26 Mar 2020

CEO Update: Sex & COVID-19

Following the last update on physical distancing, Thorne Harbour Health CEO Simon Ruth addresses community concerns around sex during the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis.

9 Apr 2020

CEO Update: Long Weekend

Thorne Harbour Health CEO, Simon Ruth, addresses our LGBTIQ and PLHIV communities as we head into the long weekend to say THANK YOU and encourage everyone to continue to look after themselves and those around them during the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

10 Jul 2020

Using masks to fight COVID-19

Many people are using face masks to prevent either catching or passing on COVID-19. There is a lot of information on how to prevent the virus. Effective strategies include: social distancing, washing hands, isolation and self-quarantine. Unfortunately, there is not a great deal of evidence regarding the use of face masks in non-medical settings.

1 May 2020

CEO Update: Get Tested

During the ongoing response to 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Thorne Harbour Health CEO Simon Ruth calls on the community to get tested. Anyone with even mild symptoms of COVID-19 should access one of the many free COVID testing clinics, but now is also an ideal time for LGBTI & PLHIV communities to get tested and treated for any STIs.

2 Jun 2020

Isolating Together: maintain your mind & relationship in lockdown

"In any interaction, there is a possibility of connecting with your partner or turning away from your partner. One such moment is not important, but if you're always choosing to turn away, then trust erodes in a relationship - very gradually, very slowly.”― John Gottman

4 Jun 2020

LOVE & Volunteering During COVID-19

Many things may have slowed down during the COVID-19 pandemic, but volunteering is not one of them. In fact, Thorne Harbour volunteers quickly adapted to continue supporting our LGBTI communities and people living with HIV. From outreach to peer support to policy work, our volunteers have continued to dedicate their time and energy to the communities we serve. During National Volunteer Week, the fourth annual LGBTIQ Organisations Volunteer Event (L.O.V.E.) went online – holding a virtual event to acknowledge the longstanding commitment of our volunteers.

2 Jul 2020

CEO Update: Melbourne Returns to Lockdown

As several suburbs surrounding Melbourne go back into lockdown, Thorne Harbour Health CEO Simon Ruth talks about what we can be doing now to stay safe and look after our health and wellbeing.

9 Jul 2020

COVID-19 Resources to Support Intl Students and Multicultural Communities

Navigating through the healthcare system, welfare system and finding support as an international student can be confusing, especially during this time.

10 Jul 2020

CEO Update: Melbourne's Lockdown and Masks

As Melbourne returns to lockdown in response to a second wave of COVID-19, CEO Simon Ruth talks about what we need to do to stop the spread in Melbourne as well as the support services out there for our LGBTI communities.

18 Sep 2020

CEO Update: We're Moving!

As the number of COVID-19 cases in Victoria continue to decline, Thorne Harbour CEO Simon Ruth talks to our LGBTI and HIV communities about change. This includes an upcoming change for Thorne Harbour Health as the organisation prepares to move into a new location at 200 Hoddle Street in Abbotsford and later the Victorian Pride Centre.

12 Nov 2020

COVID 'Sex Bubble'

COVID-19 remains a very real threat to the health and wellbeing of the community. Since lockdown commenced our community has had to accommodate isolation, loneliness and the stresses associated with being unable to connect with others.

14 Dec 2021

Protecting You as COVID-19 Restrictions Ease and We Open Up

Thorne Harbour Health (THH), Living Positive Victoria (LPV), and Positive Women Victoria (PWV), are pleased that we are now able to reconnect with our members, clients, and communities.

11 Jan 2022

CEO Update: Isolating This Summer

In light of the current omicron variant of COVID-19, Thorne Harbour Health CEO Simon Ruth encourages our communities to look after those of use isolating during the summer festival season.

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Media Releases

26 Mar 2020

Thorne Harbour calls for communities to stop having casual sex during COVID-19

For the first time in its four-decade history, Thorne Harbour Health is calling on communities to stop having casual sex in the face of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).Thorne Harbour Health, formerly the Victorian AIDS Council, is calling on LGBTI communities and people living with HIV to limit their risk of COVID-19 transmission.Thorne Harbour Health CEO Simon Ruth said, “We’re faced by an unprecedented global health crisis. While COVID-19 is not a sexually transmitted infection, the close personal contact we have when during sex poses a serious risk of COVID-19 transmission. We need people to stop having casual sex at this stage.”“But after four decades of sexual health promotion, we know abstinence isn’t a realistic strategy for most people. We need to look at ways we can minimise risk while maintaining a healthy sex life.”Last week, the organisation released a resource with strategies to minimise the risk of COVID-19 while having sex. Strategies included utilising sex tech, solo sexuality, and limiting your sexual activity to an exclusive sexual partner, commonly known as a ‘f*ck buddy’.“You can reduce your risk by making your sexual network smaller. If you have a regular sexual partner, have a conversation about the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Provided both of you are limiting your risk by working from home and exercising physical distancing from others, you can greatly reduce you chance of COVID-19 transmission,” said Simon Ruth.The organisation’s stance is not dissimilar from advice from the UK government. Earlier this week, chief medical officer Dr Jenny Harries advised couples not cohabitating to consider testing their relationship by moving in together during the country’s lockdown.Thorne Harbour Health CEO Simon Ruth released a video message today addressing sex & COVID-19 following last week’s message about physical distancing.Both videos as well as the ‘Sex, Intimacy & Coronavirus’ info sheet can be found on here.

15 Apr 2020

Thorne Harbour Launches COVID-19 Rainbow Connection Service

LGBTI Victorians who are isolated or impacted by COVID-19 will now be able to access additional social connection and support services through Thorne Harbour Health’s Rainbow Connection.Launched today, the COVID-19 Rainbow Connection offers a range of services to LGBTI communities throughout Victoria including peer support and assistance with food and housing issues.“COVID-19 has created an unprecedented social change in our community that has seen many people being isolated from usual connections and supports. Thorne Harbour Health’s Rainbow Connection program is here to fill the gap for the many LGBTI people who find themselves without adequate support or struggling with food or housing security,” said Thorne Harbour CEO Simon Ruth.“We know that maintaining meaningful connections to community has a profoundly positive impact on people’s sense of self, feelings of anxiety/distress and general wellbeing. For this reason, and to address the challenges caused by the physical distancing measures in place, Rainbow Connection actively links isolated LGBTI people with the services and supports they need to get by during this time.”With the support of the Victorian Government for the next three months, Thorne Harbour has been able to extended their existing Community Support program for LGBTI seniors and people living with HIV to now include any LGBTI people who are isolated or impacted by COVID-19.“Many LGBTI people have lost jobs, are struggling financially or with their mental health as a result of COVID-19,” said Simon Ruth.“Thorne Harbour Health continues to be there for the community with an expansion of our Rainbow Connection program that is providing support to any LGBTI person who is struggling with the impacts of COVID-19 in their lives.”The COVID-19 Rainbow Connection is a state-wide, volunteer-driven service supporting LGBTI people across Victoria.The COVID-19 Rainbow Connection service can be contacted 9AM – 5PM, Monday to Friday by phoning 1800 961 780 or via email rainbowconnection@thorneharbour.org.

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