At Single Step we believe that the future of the LGBTI community is in the hands of our community itself and that it depends primarily on us. This is also the case when our health is concerned. Our community of gay men and other men who have sex with men (“MSM”), no matter if they identify themselves as bisexual or heterosexual, is the group most affected by the HIV virus. In order to successfully deal with the HIV epidemic, which is heavily concentrated within MSM, we all have to test regularly and to encourage safe sex practices.
Therefore, Single Step, together with our partners Grindr for Equality, National Patients Organization and Sexwell, and with the financial support of Gilead and GSK, launched a comprehensive initiative #endHIVbg, from our community for our community. We offered MSM the opportunity to test themselves for HIV entirely for free, confidentially, at the comfort of their homes, without the need of visiting a testing center or meeting anyone. We are using the test OraQuick®, the only FDA-approved oral home HIV test.
This was the first step of our initiative #endHIVbg, through which we are continuing our mission to offer comprehensive, concrete resources to our community, not on a campaign basis, but as sustainable solutions to matters important to our community.
As recognition of our innovative and effective approach, #endHIVbg received a $10,000 prize from Positive Action, and HIV / AIDS platform, financed by ViiV Healthcare.
You can read more about the event, during which we presented the results of the campaign and the analysis of the gathered participants' data.
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