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.

Once a month injection could become an HIV treatment option

The injection tested includes a combination of two drugs, cabotegravir and rilpivirine.

The global ATLAS study is being run by the ViiV Healthcare company with the participation of 618 adult men and women living with HIV. The landmark results come after 48 weeks of testing.

The research has been conducted in Argentina, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, and the United States.

The trial is in phase III, which is the final stage of testing before it can be submitted for approval for public use.

“This novel approach is another step towards potentially reducing the treatment burden for people living with HIV,” said John C. Pottage, Jr., MD, Chief Scientific and Medical Officer of ViiV Healthcare.

“If approved, this regimen would give people living with HIV one month between each dose of antiretroviral therapy, changing HIV treatment from 365 dosing days per year, to just 12,” added Pottage.

Detailed results from the study will be presented at an upcoming scientific meeting, said the researchers.

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).