Servicing the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community

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.

ONLINE DATING THE NEW “NORM” FOR GAY MEN

“In the past, men who used the internet to meet partners might have been described as a particular type – and usually this was associated with ‘risky’ behaviour,” said Associate Professor Garrett Prestage, chief investigator on the study.

“Nowadays they are really just any sexually active gay man, and hence, yes of course they are riskier than men who are not using the net -which includes men who are generally not sexually active. Use of the internet to meet partners is so ubiquitous among gay men that claims of it being superficial make little sense. These days most men meet their long term partners on the net; not just one-off sexual contacts.”

While online dating apps tend to be associated with younger people, results from this study suggest that older men were more likely to have met their primary regular partner online. The overwhelming majority of men surveyed, regardless of age, had met their current partner online, particularly in recent years.

The results of this study suggest that comparisons between men who use online dating methods to meet partners and those who do not are probably more correctly described nowadays as comparisons between men who are actively seeking sexual and romantic partners and those who are not. In fact the population of gay and bisexual men using the internet for this purpose is now broadly equivalent to all sexually active gay and bisexual men.

Men are more likely to meet via online methods these days than through other means, but risky behaviour occurs regardless of where men meet. Interventions and information intended to reduce risk need to treat online dating and hooking up online as the ‘norm’.

Source: Kirby Institute

Services
Have you been threatened, hit, raped or had your property damaged or stolen because you are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI)? Then you have been a victim of a hate crime.
OUT offers exciting training to mainstream service providers and other interested parties. The training assists individuals to understand themselves as sexual beings.
Currently OUT distributes safer sex packs to a range of venues in Tshwane that are utilised by gay men and lesbian women. These packs also include responsible sex messaging, appropriate barrier methods and lube.
OUT's Engage Men’s Health project offers free and confidential sexual health services to gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM).