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Sex and relationships

HIV is sexually transmissible and most people with HIV in Australia became HIV positive through sex. Issues such as disclosure, negotiation and safe sex are covered in this section of the website.

Key resources

Cover image - Treat Yourself Right 2007

This educational resource developed by AFAOAustralian Federation of AIDS Organisations. AFAO is the peak non-government organisation representing Australia's community-based response to HIV/AIDS. AFAO's work includes education, policy, advocacy and international projects. and NAPWA outlines the treatment options for women living with HIV.

HIV Positive Gay Sex - cover

This booklet is about being gay, having HIV and sex. It has been written from a positive man's perspective.

Oral sex

From Treat Yourself Right • 11 June 2009

There have been no documented cases of transmission of HIV from vaginal fluid in the mouth, but some sexually transmissible infections such as herpes and gonorrhoea can be transmitted through oral sex. read more »

Lubricant and condoms

From Treat Yourself Right • 11 June 2009

It’s important to use water-based lubricant with condoms, as without it, they are more prone to breaking. read more »


From Treat Yourself Right • 11 June 2009

You have the right to pursue a happy, safe and fulfilling sex life. That means being free to enjoy a range of sexual activities, and being free to not have sex, with the partner or partners of your choice. read more »

Sexual dysfunction common in positive gay men

Positive Living article • Adrian Ogier • 5 June 2009
Gay and bisexual men

Recent research has found that almost half the gay men with HIV in Australia report having multiple sexual problems. These range from difficulty getting an erection and ejaculating through to a loss of libido and performance anxiety. read more »

Spreading the word

Positive Living article • Adrian Ogier • 13 March 2009

HIV prevention campaigns target gay men in serodiscordant relationships and young heterosexual travellers. read more »

Treatment news from CROI

Positive Living article • John Daye • 13 March 2009

John Daye reports on treatments developments from the 16th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Montréal, Canada. read more »

Your rights

From Next steps • 1 December 2008

Although you are not obliged to tell anyone your status, the law may require you to tell people under certain circumstances. read more »

Who should I tell?

From Next steps • 1 December 2008

You do not need to rush out and tell people you are positive. Sometimes it might be helpful to take some time to adjust to the news yourself before you decide to tell your friends or family. read more »

Telling your partner

From Next steps • 1 December 2008

If you are in a relationship with someone who is HIV negative (known as a serodiscordant relationship), or if you have multiple casual partners whose HIV status you may or may not know, you may want to tell him or her. read more »

Sex and Relationships

From Next steps • 1 December 2008

You’ll probably have a lot to deal with when you receive an HIV positive diagnosis. Maybe sex is the last thing on your mind or you might choose to have a lot of sex. read more »

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