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.

Study: More than 60% of newly diagnosed HIV+ men used dating apps

  • Category: News
  • Created: 08 March 2016
An American study has found a strong correlation between new HIV diagnoses among men who have sex with men (MSM) and their use of online hook-up sites and apps.
 
Researchers from Brown University, The Miriam Hospital, and the Rhode Island Department of Health found that more than 60 percent of MSM diagnosed with HIV in the US state of Rhode Island in 2013 reported meeting sexual partners online in the preceding year.
 
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SA dance team takes on taboo of male rape

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  • Created: 01 March 2016
 
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The subject of male rape remains a taboo, thanks to its impact on our social and cultural notions of masculinity.
 
Now, South African dancer and choreographer Ruan de Villiers and director Emil Haarhoff have collaborated on a powerful, beautifully made short film that aims to get us talking and thinking about the issue.
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OUT LGBT Well-being gets voice on GaySA Radio

  • Category: News
  • Created: 24 February 2016
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OUT Well-being will be getting a voice on GaySA Radio, the new LGBTI radio station, as from Friday 26 February.
 
OUT has been serving the LGBT population of South Africa for the past 21 years. From its base in Pretoria it has become an influential player in LGBT matters. OUT is now taking to the airways through its new programme launching this week on GaySA Radio.
 
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HIV positive gay men charged with having condomless sex

  • Category: News
  • Created: 23 February 2016
In an outrageous development, officials in the Czech Republic are planning to prosecute 30 gay men living with HIV for having sex without a condom.
 
In 2005, the country’s Supreme Court ruled that citizens can face criminal charges for spreading an infectious disease such as HIV by not using a condom during sex.
 
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Vaginal ring offers partial HIV protection

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  • Created: 23 February 2016
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A vaginal ring that releases antiretroviral (ARV) medicine slowly over a month provides women with moderate protection against HIV infection.
 
One-third fewer women were infected with HIV when using the ring filled with the ARV, dapivirine, than women using a ring without the ARV, according to results from two big trials released on Monday 22 February.
 
The ring worked best in women over the age of 25, where it protected over half of women from HIV. However, researchers say that many of the younger women did not keep the ring inside their vaginas for the whole month, based on blood tests they conducted to check the level of the ARV in the women’s bodies.
 
The two trials – called Ring and Aspire – involved almost 4 600 women, 70 percent of whom came from trial sites in South Africa.
 
“Today, we have turned a corner in HIV prevention,” said Dr Annalene Nel, chief medical officer of International Partnership for Microbicides and study director for The Ring Study.
 
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“We have seen the potential of an ARV ring, and must now work to fully realise this potential for women worldwide,” added Nel, speaking from an international AIDS conference in Boston where the results were released.
 
Dr Jared Baeten from the Aspire study, said the results were “a glass half-full moment”.
 
“The HIV prevention field for women has struggled in the last few years and at times the glass had seemed almost completely empty,” said Baeten. “Now, for the first time, we have two trials demonstrating that a female-controlled HIV prevention method can safely help reduce new HIV infections.”
 
Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi welcomed the results, saying: “Every advance in science that empowers women to protect themselves from the virus should be considered for rapid adoption and implementation.”
 
The vaginal ring is made of flexible silicone and slowly releases 25 mg of dapivirine over the course of 28 days. Dapivirine is a potent ARV that blocks the virus at the point of infection, and it was well tolerated by the women who did not report any side effects.
 
As the dapirvirine ring only offers partial protection from HIV, it would be difficult to market it as a stand-alone product and researchers are meeting next month to decide on their next steps.
 
One possibility they are considering is combining the ARV with a contraceptive inside the ring.
 
By Kerry Cullinan, courtesy of Health-e News

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