Sexual Health

On-Demand *PrEP is effective in preventing HIV and has been studied in one research trial of men who have sex with men.

It involves taking two pills 2-24 hours before sex, and then a pill each 24 hours after sex for the next two days.

It is important that when using on-demand PrEP that you adhere strictly to the dosing

regimen to provide the greatest level of protection against HIV.

Learn more and how to get started HERE.

*PrEP is an acronym that stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis. It involves HIV negative people taking antiretroviral drugs to protect them and prevent HIV infection. When used as prescribed, PrEP is highly effective at preventing HIV infection.


The HARP Unit have partnered up with headspace Wollongong & the ISLHD Drug and Alcohol team to create a YouTube presentation.

Originally created for Wollongong TAFE, due to being unable to deliver face to face during COVID19, other people might also like to see or pass on the information.

The three  15 minutes sessions include:

  • Sexual Health Education–  STI’s, prevention and where to get tested
  • Mental Health– Signs and symptoms of anxiety, depression and helping a friend
  • Drug and Alcohol– Being over the limit, impacts of drug and/or alcohol on driving

Click the YouTube link to access the 55 minute video

Please let us know what you think of the video by taking this quick(promise!) evaluation survey.


After a popular tour in 2019 the Red Ribbon Surfboard competition tour is returning between July and December 2020.

Winners will be drawn on the 15th December 2020 to acknowledge World AIDS Day on December 1st.

The Red Ribbon is a unifying symbol of solidarity and respect for people living with HIV/AIDS and the surfboard continues to raise awareness around sexual health & blood borne infections.

In 2020 this beautiful surfboard features art work by Gerringong based artist Melanie Duncan.

If your service is within the boundaries of the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District we invite you to display the surfboard at your service/organisation for a two week stay. All you need is a highly visible, safe area to display the surfboard to your clients or the public, giving them a chance to go into the draw to win by texting ‘share affection not infection’ and their postcode to the HARP Unit.

HARP will securely install and remove the surfboard.

This EOI will close Friday 19th June. Hosts will be advised week commencing 22nd June 2020. The tour commences 27thJuly 2020.

If you are interested, please reply to this email jennifer.farinella@health.nsw.gov.au


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s