OUT provides direct health services to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, MSM, sex workers, and injecting drug users, including HIV testing, counselling, treatment and general lifestyle advice and support.

OUT has been in existence for more than 21 years and is dedicated to the building of healthy and empowered LGBT communities in South Africa and internationally, while reducing hetrosexism and homophobia in society.

OUT applauds signing of the Civil Union Amendment Bill

  • Category: News
  • Created: 23 October 2020

OUT LGBT Well-being welcomes the signing of the Civil Union Amendment Bill into law by President Cyril Ramaphosa this week.

First introduced as a private members bill by them MP Deidre Carter in January 2018, the new law repeals Section 6 of the Civil Union Act which allowed state-employed Home Affairs officials to refuse to marry same-sex couples on the grounds of their personal “conscience, religion [or] belief”.

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The first person cured of HIV has passed away

  • Category: News
  • Created: 05 October 2020

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Timothy Ray Brown, the openly gay man who became the first person to be completely cured of HIV, has died of leukaemia.

The IAS (International AIDS Society) confirmed on 30 September that Brown (54), who was first known as the ‘Berlin Patient,’ had passed away.

The Seattle-born Brown was cured of HIV in 2008 after undergoing a complex stem cell transplant that was intended to treat his acute leukaemia. He remained HIV negative until his death. His experience gave hope to researchers and those living with HIV that the condition might one day be curable.

Brown chose to reveal his identity to the world and was active in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

“At some point, I decided I didn’t want to be the only person in the world cured of HIV,” he told ContagionLive. “I wanted there to be more. And the way to do that was to show the world who I am and be an advocate for HIV.”

He added, “My story is important only because it proves that HIV can be cured, and if something has happened once in medical science, it can happen again.”

“On behalf of all its members and the Governing Council, the IAS sends its condolences to Timothy’s partner, Tim, and his family and friends,” Adeeba Kamarulzaman, President of the IAS and Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases at the University of Malaya, said.

“We owe Timothy and his doctor, Gero Hütter, a great deal of gratitude for opening the door for scientists to explore the concept that a cure for HIV is possible.

Brown’s surviving partner, Tim Hoeffgen, told the New York Times: “Timothy would like to be remembered as a man who gave hope to people around the world that a cure for HIV is possible.”

Said Professor Sharon Lewin, President-Elect of the IAS and Director of the Doherty Institute in Melbourne, Australia: “Timothy was a champion and advocate for keeping an HIV cure on the political and scientific agenda. It is the hope of the scientific community that one day we can honour his legacy with a safe, cost-effective and widely accessible strategy to achieve HIV remission and cure using gene editing or techniques that boost immune control.”

Life Tips: Perseverance

  • Category: News
  • Created: 05 October 2020

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“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realise how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas A Edison

Here are some qualities that lead to perseverance when faced with adversity…

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LGBT community still faces healthcare discrimination in SA

  • Category: News
  • Created: 11 September 2020

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A new report that looks at community-led healthcare delivery to LGBT people in South Africa has found that these individuals continue to experience discrimination when accessing public healthcare services.

The Quality Through Inclusion? report was produced as a collaboration between OUT LGBT Well-being, Triangle Project and the Gender, Health and Justice Research Unit at the University of Cape Town and was funded by COC Netherlands. 

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TEN81 joins the Engage Men's Health family

  • Category: News
  • Created: 10 September 2020

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From the 1st of October 2020, the groundbreaking TEN81 clinic in Hatfield will be renamed Engage Men's Health Pretoria. Managed by OUT LGBT Well-being, the free clinic was the first in the city to specifically serve the sexual health and well-being needs of gay, bisexual and other MSM (men who have sex with men).

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