When was the last time you had SEX?

Publish Date: 08/07/2012

We Need to Talk about Sex & HIV

Over half a million free condoms and sachets of water based lube are distributed every year across Greater Manchester to gay and bisexual men.

Sexual health information continues to be provided by all the main health organisations, including LGB&T organisations and HIV support organisations.

So why is it that more and more gay and bisexual men are still acquiring HIV?

It has never been easier to get tested for HIV and of course the more men that get tested, the more cases of HIV will be found as it is important to 'Know Your HIV Status'.

We need to know why so many gay and bisexual men, with access to free condoms and lube and sexual health information, are acquiring HIV in the first place.

Is it because we aren’t so worried about acquiring HIV as perhaps we were in the past?

Is it because we are ignorant of the damage that HIV can do to our health?

Is it because we are just tired of the same old health promotion messages?

Whatever the reason, Manchester remains one of the most pro-active cities in Europe as far as gay and bisexual men’s health promotion is concerned but all the condoms, all the sexual health messages alone cannot make enough difference without making sure that we are all working together to bring down the spread of HIV in our communities.

Last year The Health Protection Agency released figures showing that in 2010 there were 3,000 gay and bisexual men diagnosed with HIV in the UK, the highest yearly figure since records began.

Sex is important to all of us and surely nothing is more important than having the best sex you can have that causes the least possible harm to you or your sexual partner(s)

We Need to Talk!

On 22nd August The Lesbian & Gay Foundation, Gaydio and Manchester Public Health Development Service invite you to a Question Time-style public event with a guest panel who are all committed to making sure Manchester keeps up the fight against HIV.

We want to hear your thoughts on how we can all bring down the number of new HIV infections across Greater Manchester.

So what can be done to stop more of the Gay and Bi community becoming HIV +?

If you have an opinion you would like to share then come to this Free Event:

‘We need to talk’ - about Sex and HIV.

Venue: The Lesbian & Gay Foundation,5 Richmond Street, Manchester, M1 3HF

Date: 22nd August 2012 Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Please e-mail: talk@lgf.org.uk if you have any thoughts or questions you would like to put to the panel which will consist of health professionals, members of the gay community and also HIV positive people.

For information on HIV testing and sexual health screening check out: www.lgf.org.uk/testing