PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV) is drugs against HIV that an HIV negative person can take to avoid contracting HIV. PrEP is approved and can be administered by doctors in Sweden today. However, the high costs of the drugs and the follow up treatment means that the access to PrEP is still low.
HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a virus that weakens the body’s immune system and was discovered around 1980. Today, most of the people who are HIV positive in Sweden have access to good and effective treatment, but HIV still cannot be cured.
In some cities, RFSL offers rapid HIV and syphilis testing. These services are open for men who have sex with men and trans people.
RFSL has worked with issues about HIV and sexuality since the HIV epidemic started in Sweden, 1982. We work with a sexual positive HIV prevention that targets the groups that are most affected by HIV and sexually transmitted infections and to strengthen all LGBTQ people’s health.
LGBTQ people are more exposed to mental illness and more often have suicidal thoughts than do heterosexual cis people. RFSL wants the authorities, healthcare and society as a whole to acknowledge this act and take specific measures to improve the situation for LGBTQ people.
Many trans people need care and treatment in order for the body to better correspond to the gender identity.
If you are sexually active, there are many STIs that you should know about and it is good to get regularly tested.
RFSL's outreach work with HIV and health consists of the Sexperts' Chat, the Newly Arrived LGBTQ People's Health project, Testpoint, and various different workshops.
It's important to know if you have HIV or some other sexually transmitted infection. When you know about it you can get treatment.
RFSL has produced a brochure for newly arrived LGBTQ people, focusing on sexual health and rights for LGBTQ people in Sweden.
Since the HIV epidemic began in Sweden, there have been certain rules for blood donation.
Informationsplikt är en av flera förhållningsregler som personer som lever med hiv måste följa enligt den gällande smittskyddslagen. Informationsplikten kräver att den som lever med hiv ska informera sina sexpartners om sin hiv. Läs här om RFSL:s syn på detta.
RFSL also provides useful information on LGBTQ parenting.
Through Funkisprojektet, RFSL wants to create better opportunities for LGBTQ people with disabilities and raise awareness about compulsory ableism.