NZAF

COVID-19 Updates

How is COVID-19 affecting NZAF and its services?

NZAF

Friday 22 May

This page is where NZAF will host all relevant updates about how COVID-19 is affecting our services and offices. Last updated - Friday 22 May

You can be sure NZAF remains committed to continuing to support our communities as best we can at this time - our centres have reopened and we can resume booked counselling and testing appointments!

 

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Testing services

Due to the COVID-19 crisis and alert level restrictions, there are changes across a number of services:

  • NZAF testing centres are have reopened for booked appointments. Head to our test-booking tool to find an appointment that works for you.
  • You can still order an HIV self-test that you can do at home - please bear in mind COVID-19 may affect delivery times.
  • Many sexual health clinics are open for appointments - call or email ahead to discuss your situation.
  • You can also contact your local GP / family doctor to request HIV or STI testing, if you have any concerns. It's still a good idea to call or email ahead.

Counselling

NZAF will continue to offer counselling services. We can now resume face-to-face counselling, meanwhile, our counsellors are still able to hold sessions via phone or video if that is the best option. Head to the counselling booking form to get in touch and find the best option for you.

Also, check out this article for advice on how to look after your anxiety during this time.

 

Offices

NZAF's National and Regional offices will reopen by Monday 25 May. Please note, contact tracing and physical distancing processes will be in place to ensure the safety of staff and visitors.

 

COVID-19 and people living with HIV

NZAF is also monitoring the latest understandings and medical advice on how COVID-19 might affect people living with HIV - read more here

 

PrEP

Due to the COVID-19 crisis and alert level restrictions, it may impact your ability to get PrEP at this time - but there are options for accessing PrEP under level-2:

  • Many sexual health clinics are open for appointments - call or email ahead to discuss your situation.
  • You can also contact your local GP / family doctor to request PrEP

Note on discontinuing PrEP: For cisgender men who have sex with men, PrEP can be safely discontinued by taking the tablets for two consecutive days (48 hours) after your last condomless sex – it doesn’t matter if you take it daily or on-demand (2-1-1). If you are not a cisgender man who has sex with man, the current guidelines recommend to continue taking PrEP for 28 days since your last condomless sex before it can be discontinued. It is important to remember that HIV testing needs to be done prior to restarting PrEP. 

 

Sex

Isolation has given us a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to break the chain on HIV & STI transmission. If you're thinking about hooking up, make sure you get tested first!
Our Auckland, Wellington & Christchurch testing centres are open and accepting bookings.

After weeks of self-isolation, we’re all adjusting into our new routines. But physical distancing is still a priority for reducing transmissions of COVID-19 – so how does that affect our sex lives?

To help make things more clear, we’ve put together our top 5 tips for playing safe in this unprecedented time. We can’t pick and choose with these if we want to stamp out COVID - everyone needs to take action in all of these areas!

Also, if you can still keep things digital and want advice - read our blog Love In The Time of Alert Levels 3 & 4 for how to stay satisfied at a distance 

 

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