Tēnā koutou katoa
E ngā uri o nga mātāwaka o te motu
Nau mai, kuhu mai ki tēnei pae tukutuku
Ko te hauora te pae tāwhiti e whaia ana mātou
Ehara te mate ārai kore i te mauiuitanga takatāpui noa iho, engari ko ngā kōrero nei mā nga tāne takatāpui.
Although HIV is not gender specific, the 2016 rates for new transmissions in Aotearoa were highest for men who have sex with men (MSM). Tāne takatāpui have an important role in ending HIV by staying safe, testing often and getting treated early if diagnosed with HIV.
HIV is on the rise in Aotearoa – an estimated 1 in 15 gay and bisexual men here have HIV. Having sex regularly without a condom? Your risk of HIV is really high. You need to test for HIV every three months. Testing often means you can be upfront about your HIV status.
WE NEED TO TAKE HIV SERIOUSLY
Getting tested for HIV is where we start. You can get a free HIV test at 20 locations across the motu. If you test positive for HIV, you are entitled to access treatment and services, no matter what part of the country you are from.
If you are too whakamā talking about any of this with your doctor, or want help finding a doctor, you can contact the NZAF for confidential information and counselling. You are also welcome to bring friends or whānau to counselling sessions.
NOHO HAUMARU – STAYING SAFE
Safe sex is really important no matter what you are into or how much sex you are having. Condoms still provide the most effective barrier against HIV and they are easy to get. Still getting used to condoms? Find out everything you ever wanted to know about condoms here.
Are guys asking you for casual sex without a condom? It doesn’t matter how hot he is, if you are having sex without a condom you are putting yourself at risk of HIV. Saying no isn’t always easy. If you want to talk to someone about this or just need more information call the NZAF.
Put yourself first, and keep condoms and lube close at hand when you are having anal sex. Find out all about staying safe here.
WHAKAMĀTAUHIA – TEST OFTEN
We need a lot more tāne takatāpui to test for HIV on a regular basis. Test twice a year if you are sexually active, more often if you aren't using a condom every time. Regularly fucking without a condom? You need to test every 3 months as your risk of HIV is very high.
Don’t want to know if you have HIV? Lots of people feel this way because they are afraid of rejection from friends and whānau if they test positive. While HIV is serious, new medications mean you can live a long and healthy life if you are diagnosed positive. There's lots of support available and treatment doesn't cost you anything. If you get tested you are looking after your own health and that of your partner(s). Getting tested is free if you use the NZAF testing service. Find out all about testing here.
RONGOĀTIA –TREAT AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE
Getting on treatment as early as possible is important if you are diagnosed with HIV. Many people living with HIV who are on treatment have a similar life expectancy to those who don't have the virus.
New evidence from the START study shows that getting on treatment early is the best thing for your health. It stops the virus in its tracks and reduces the amount of damage to your immune system. The study also found that the risk of HIV related health complications is reduced by 50% for those people who start treatment early. Many people who start treatment early are able to obtain an undetectable viral load within 6 months of starting treatment. Reaching and maintaining an undetectable viral load means the risk of passing on HIV during unprotected sex is close to zero.
GETTING MORE OF US TO TEST AND TREAT
In Aotearoa, we estimate there are over 1,000 people living with HIV who aren’t on treatment. Some of these will be takatāpui MSM.
If you test positive for HIV, it is really important to start treatment early. As tāne takatāpui you can lead the way by getting on HIV treatment as soon as you can. You can also encourage your friends to do the same.
TAKATĀPUI AND LIVING WITH HIV
INA Foundation provides kaupapa Māori-based approaches to reducing stigma and discrimination for whānau who are living with HIV.
For more information and support, visit their website.
Mā te rongo, ka mōhio
Ma te mohio, ka mārama
Mā te mārama, ka mātau
Mā te mātau, ka ora.
Through perception comes awareness
Through awareness comes understanding
Through understanding comes knowledge
Through knowledge comes well being