Bring It Up Before You Get It Up
Let's talk. No, let's really talk. About HIV. While we have come far, gay and bisexual men continue to bear the greatest burden of this disease in Colorado.
Nearly four of out of every five individuals newly diagnosed with HIV identifies as a gay or bisexual man.
Too many people continue to get infected with HIV in Denver. Let's work together to change the future of HIV/AIDS by talking about testing,
PrEP and staying in care.
Since talking about HIV in the heat of the moment can be a buzz kill, why not bring it up before you get it up?
By bringing it up, everyone wins.
What do you want to do today?
Get tested for HIV
With more than a dozen HIV testing sites throughout the Denver metro area, there's bound to be a testing site near you.
Most offer free, confidential, and rapid HIV testing, making it easy to know your HIV status.
In the Denver metro area, one in seven gay and bisexual men does not know he is living with HIV and may unknowingly expose his
partner(s). It's important to make testing a regular part of your health – even if you've done it before! Bring it up before you get it up with your partner(s) (or even ask about Testing Together).
We highly encourage you to get tested for HIV at least once a year.
Already been tested? Use this checklist to figure out if you should get tested more than once a year. If your previous test result was HIV negative
and you can answer "yes" to any of the questions below, it is recommended that you get tested for HIV every 3-6 months.
- Do you have sex without a condom?
- Do you bottom?
- Have you had sex with more than three male partners in the last 12 months?
- Do you inject drugs?
- Do you use meth?
- Are you unaware of your HIV status because you’ve never been tested?
- Have you ever been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease (STD)?
- Are you having sex with someone whose HIV status you don’t know?
- Are you having sex with someone who is HIV-positive?
The only way to know your status is to get tested. Find an HIV testing site near you.
Schedule your PrEP for HIV Consult
Did you know PrEP prevents HIV infection? It's true.
Did you also know Denver Public Health now offers PrEP? That's true, too.
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is more than 90% effective in preventing HIV infection if taken daily. It's safe and effective; it can be combined with other HIV prevention strategies, like condoms; everyone who takes PrEP is tested for HIV and STDs every 3. Win-win-win.
Because gay and bisexual men continue to be at increased risk for HIV infection, a PrEP talk is the perfect foreplay.
Learn more about PrEP and figure out if it’s right for you.
Have more questions? Want to schedule a consultation? Not sure how to pay for PrEP? Call us at (303) 602-8710 to schedule a PrEP consult appointment.
Find out if/when you need PEP for HIV
Did you know PEP also prevents HIV infection? (PEP is not to be confused with PrEP.)
Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) involves starting HIV medications as soon as possible after a possible HIV exposure to reduce your risk for HIV infection, but no later than 72 hours. The sooner that PEP is started after exposure, the better. Get information about PEP for HIV.
Have you been exposed to HIV within the last 72 hours and want to start PEP?
Call us Monday - Friday, during the day: (303) 602-3540
If you need PEP during the night or over the weekend, go to your primary care provider, local emergency room, or an urgent care setting.
Talk to your partner(s) about HIV status
When it comes to talking about HIV, the conversation can be a little awkward and scary, even if you already know each other very well.
In the Denver metro area, one in three gay and bisexual men does not know the HIV status of his last sexual partner. It doesn’t have to be
that way. Commit to having those sometimes tough conversations and bring it up before you get it up.
Being open and honest can be simple with these steps:
- Put your status in your dating app profile;
- Text it to your potential hook up;
- Tell a friend your test result while meeting up over happy hour; or even
- Describe your medical provider’s appointment to your partner(s) over coffee.
How do you bring HIV into the conversation? In case you need some pointers, here are some conversation starters.
Get into HIV care to protect others
Kudos to you if you are living with HIV and are undetectable! By being undetectable, you know your HIV status, are on treatment,
and have your virus under control. Not only are you healthy, your chances of passing the virus to your sexual partner(s) are pretty close
to zero with at least 96% protection.
Not on HIV meds? Get back into HIV care.
What better way to show your partner(s) you care about protecting him than by staying in care and telling him you're undetectable?
Jump start your conversation and make sure to let him know how you’re protecting him by bringing it up before you get it up.
Whether you are dealing with a new HIV diagnosis or if you've been out of HIV care for a while, we can help you access services and medication even if you don't have health insurance.
Contact a Linkage to Care team near you for assistance:
Live outside the Denver?
If you live in El Paso County, please check out our partner, Southern Colorado AIDS Project, for your HIV testing and support needs!
In case you need to find HIV prevention and care services quickly and easily for other places in the U.S.,
use this service finder courtesy of AIDS.gov.