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.

Hate crimes: A field visit to Potchefstroom

  • Category: News
  • Created: 13 December 2017


“Why did you decide to report the rape to the police, Mbali*?” Dawie asks carefully. ‘”I don’t want to keep silent. I want to make a difference, for other victims. I want something to be done,” she says. 

We are sitting in the living room of Mbali’s family. Their house is one of the better looking ones in the Potchefstroom township. On the soccer field, some six hundred meters away, the rape took place. One year and three months ago. 

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Three decades on, stigma still stymies HIV prevention and treatment

  • Category: News
  • Created: 12 December 2017

There have been great strides and many important victories in the fight against HIV. Scientific innovations and sustained investment have been the most important weapons in this ongoing battle.

Nevertheless the epidemic retains a powerful grip – especially on people in Africa. In sub-Saharan Africa, 19.4 million are living with the virus. In 2016 an estimated 15 000 new infections occurred every week in the region.

Treatment and prevention of HIV are twin endeavours; they rely universally on two elements. The first is the interaction of HIV positive and negative people with HIV services. The second is the willingness of people to modify their risky behaviour and avoid negative health consequences.

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Poor mental health among MSM contributes to increased risk of HIV

  • Category: News
  • Created: 21 November 2017

Poor mental health caused by stress can lead men who have sex with men (MSM) to engage in higher HIV-risk behaviour, including having unprotected sex, multiple sexual partners and substance abuse.

A new study, designed to reduce the risk of contracting HIV among MSM in South Africa and Namibia, highlighted the stress MSM experience through stigma and social isolation. 

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Public health facilities failing to meet needs of MSM

  • Category: News
  • Created: 21 November 2017

Public health facilities are ill-equipped to meet the needs of men who have sex with men (MSM), missing an opportunity to reduce HIV transmission, say researchers behind a new study.

The study is the first ever Southern African study looking at HIV prevention needs of male-male partnerships. The research was conducted by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) in South Africa and in Namibia in partnership with the Gay and Lesbian Network in KZN and Positive Vibes in Namibia.

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