GHN Launches Man2Man Report at the 11th Annual Gay Health Forum (GHF 11).
Susan Donlon launched the report on the joint GHN and HSE Man2Man 2011/2012 Programme, on behalf of GHN (see pages 2 and 3 GHN Newsletter 18 at www.ghn.ie ).
Dr. Nazih Eldin, responding on behalf of the HSE commented on the “important work of the Man2Man programme in promoting STI screening among young men who have sex with men” with an emphasis on younger men and men living outside of main urban centres.
“As the GMHS 20 Report shows, the rates for STIs and HIV are higher among new and younger attendees so this highlights the need for continued access to testing for this group”. On the Man2Man Report he said “we asked GHN to do certain things and they did so”. Moreover the HSE “agrees with the recommendations of the report” and is going to “match the funds recently granted by the MAC AIDS Fund for sustaining the programme” into 2014.
Minister, Alex White TD Launches the “Translating Man2Man” Exhibition
To Mark World Aids Day, December 2012 .
The Exhibition at Outhouse (LGBT Community Centre), 105 Capel Street, Dublin 1. www.outhouse.ie is open to members of the public till January 6th 2013. The exhibition shows the four Man2Man programme messages in Arabic, English, French, Irish, Mandarin, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, and Spanish.
GHN very much welcomes the support of the Minister, Outhouse the HSE office for Social Inclusion and the Social Inclusion Unit, Dublin City Council. In 2013 the exhibition will take place at other venues around Dublin and throughout Ireland.
The Four Programme Posters are available to download click on download the campaign posters on the left or scroll below.
The Four Programme Films are available to view, either each phase inclusive of the nine subtitled languages or individual phases by individual language at www.youtube.com/man2manireland
ALWAYS USE CONDOMS AND LUBE WHEN HAVING SEX: Phase 4 of the GHN/HSE National HIV Prevention Programme
The fourth and final phase of the year-long Man2Man.ie initiative was launched on 4th October 2012. The key message for this phase of the programme - 'Always use condoms and lube when having sex' - promotes consistent condom use as the most effective way to prevent transmission of HIV and other STIs. As part of this phase of the programme, 100,000 safer-sex packs, each containing one condom and one packet of lube, will be distributed free. The packs will be available in The George, in the Outhouse LGBT Community Centre on Dublin's Capel Street, and at other points around the country (to be confirmed). The safer sex packs were made possible through support funding from The George, Alternative Miss Ireland (AMI), GMHS HSE and the Gay Health Network (GHN). The new pack will also be launched on Sunday night 14th October, in The George as part of Shirley Temple Bar's weekly Bingo show.
View the video for Phase 4 at www.youtube.com/man2manireland
WE'RE ALL WORTH RESPECTING: Phase 3 of the GHN/HSE National HIV Prevention Programme
On 8th June 2012, at the 10th Annual Gay Health Forum in Dublin Castle, Minister Róisín Shortall, T.D. Minister of State, Department of Health, launched the third phase of the jjoint HSE and Gay Health Network (GHN) National HIV Prevention Programme for men who have sex with men. Part of a year-long programme, this third phase seeks to raise awareness of the stigma, discrimination and isolation often faced by people living with HIV. Promoting respect for all, the key messages of the programme were developed by a peer group facilitated by BeLonG To Youth Service. View the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEi-tmuUmIE&feature=plcp.
GET TESTED: Phase 2 of the GHN/HSE National HIV Prevention Programme
Phase 2 of the joint GHN/HSE HIV prevention programme was launched on Friday 24th February, in association with Cavan County Council Social Inclusion Unit.
Part of a year-long programme, this second phase, ‘Get Tested – Get Treated’, promotes the availability of free HIV and STI testing services nationally and aims to encourage regular testing among men who have sex with men. Promotion will target younger men, with emphasis on those residing outside urban centres, who may not have regular access to information and services; and also takes account of the cultural diversity among men who have sex with men and men living with HIV.
A short video forms part of each phase of the programme, and the video can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXZqQTRvaGg&feature=plcp
PROTECT YOURSELF: Phase 1 of the GHN/HSE National HIV Prevention Programme
To mark World AIDS Day 2011 (1st December), GHN, in partnership with the HSE launched the first ever National HIV Prevention and Sexual Health Awareness Programme for men who have sex with men. ‘Protect Yourself – We’re Worth Protecting’ is the first of four phases. This first phase seeks to raise awareness that in Ireland, HIV diagnoses continues to increase among gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men, in particular among younger men aged 18-29 years.
A dynamic, youthful and peer-led programme, messages and designs have been driven by a peer group facilitated by BeLonG To Youth Services and include messages of building self-esteem, empowering and equipping men to make safer sex choices.
A short video forms part of each phase of the programme, together with posters, postcards, website banners, newspaper and radio advertisement. Posters in A3 or A4 can be downloaded and printed from this site. Promotion will target younger men, with emphasis on those residing outside urban centres, who may not have regular access to information and services. The programme will also address cultural diversity and issues of concern for men living with HIV, many of whom experience HIV-related stigma and discrimination.
View the video for Phase 1 here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXj1OJkcRNs&feature=context-cha