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Sex can be a difficult topic to discuss at the best of times, given it speaks to highly personal and intimate feelings we have about ourselves and others. But in COVID, with uncertainty about risk factors for transmission of the virus, it is extremely hard to get most...
“Serodiscordant (or sero-different) relationships are very rarely shown in popular culture, so there’s not really much to compare our own experiences with.” Sydney-based HIV and bi+ community advocate, Steve Spencer, explores what modern HIV relationships in the era of U=U.
When asked to write about sex and COVID-19, I wasn’t exactly sure where to start. Even though I’m part of multiple COVID-19 taskforces, there are still so many unknowns, with many PLHIV affected in wide a range of ways. The reintroduction of restrictions in Victoria has been particularly difficult for many members of community.
I chose to interview two sexual health professionals, Dr. Wendell Rosevear and Associate Professor Darren Russell, to get their take on sex and mental health at the current time.
Then I remembered something that I have often done in times of stress and uncertainty. I opened Word on my computer and started to write. To put my thoughts down. Not necessarily for anyone else to read but I’ve found that the act of writing can help to crystallise my thoughts, to give some of my thoughts a bit of clear air and sometimes resolve a few issues just from the effort.
There is a basic set of knowledge about HIV drugs and side effects that is useful to have. That does not mean you need to know the name of every drug and their common side effects, but it is useful to know the types of side effects and how to get more information.
Just as we did with HIV, Australia has had a very good response to the challenge of COVID-19, with one of the lowest levels of infections in the world. But the response has only just begun.