It starts with me

It’s all about you. You are the key to stopping HIV in your own life and in your community.

Not only that but you can be part of something that changes HIV history.

At the end of April a brand new England-wide campaign was launched by HIV Prevention England and for the next two years will be running a campaign, ‘It Starts With Me’, that will speak directly to gay and bisexual men, chiefly about testing and condoms.

The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (LGF) is proud to be a key partner in delivering the messages of this campaign across Greater Manchester. Throughout the year we will be promoting ‘It Starts With Me’ by tying the campaign into our services and promotion around HIV Testing, Sexual Health Screening, and our Free Condom & Lube Distribution Scheme.

Did You Know?

  • Your life could be 10 years shorter if you delay testing for HIV.
  • 8 in 10 gay men get HIV form a man who doesn’t know he has it.
  • Most gay men test positive for HIV between 26-29 years of age.
  • More information is available online at www.startswithme.org.uk.

Get involved

  • Join the 'It Starts With Me' community on Facebook, share it with your friends.
  • Follow @startswith_me on Twitter, retweet and spread the word.
  • Checkout our listings section for details of sexual health clinics around the North West.
  • Call The LGF’s Helpline for more information on 0845 3 30 30 30.
  • Visit www.startswithme.org.uk.

As with any campaign we can’t do it alone and this campaign really does start with all of us empowering the men in our lives to take on board and help deliver the messages of campaign.

We know that the combination of regular testing, HIV treatment and condom use is the key to success in bringing down the number of new HIV infections and recognising late diagnosis in those unaware that they have HIV.

Testing

Testing at least once a year makes real sense. Test negative and end worries and doubt. Test positive and you can enjoy a long, healthy life - by testing early and starting treatment in time.

Treatment

HIV treatment can stop the virus making you seriously ill. It can also make someone with HIV much less infectious. Treatment is free for everyone.

Condoms

Thousands of people have HIV without knowing; most new infections come from them. There are also people who know they have HIV but aren’t yet on treatment. That’s why condoms are still the best barrier against HIV.

Get Tested

Outreach Clinics (Every Tuesday)

Takes place in one of three locations in Manchester City Centre offering full sexual health check-ups:

First Tuesday of the month at Basement Sauna, 12-3pm (3 hours)
Second Tuesday of the month at H2O Sauna, 12-3pm (3 hours)
Third Tuesday of the month at Basement Sauna, 12-3pm (3 hours)
Fourth Tuesday at The LGF, 12-2pm (2 hours)
If there's a fifth Tuesday in a month there will be no clinic on this day.

Testing includes: Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Syphilis, HIV and Hepatitis B.

Rapid HIV Clinic (Every Wednesday)

This service takes place at the LGF, Number 5 Richmond Street, Manchester between 12pm-2pm on a WEDNESDAY.

For further information about clinic times, dates and locations visit www.lgf.org.uk/testing.

Get Protected

Free Condom and Lube Distribution Scheme

The service has been running for almost 20 years and covers Greater Manchester. The LGF scheme distributes packs which contain two condoms and two sachets of water-based lube and also provides condoms and lube to saunas. For further information about venues which host our condoms and lube visit: www.lgf.org.uk or contact: info@lgf.org.uk