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Service Changes COVID-19

Due to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we have been making 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, and the communities we serve.

LGBTI Health

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.

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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.

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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.

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