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.

early-treatement

Here’s why early HIV treatment means a healthier life

• Today, it’s widely accepted that you should start taking ARVs as soon as you learn that you are HIV positive.

• Even if you don’t feel sick or have any symptoms the virus may be quietly causing havoc in your body.

• Treating HIV with ARV medication immediately, before the virus gets out of control, will result in better general health and longterm health outcomes.

• ARVs stop HIV from affecting your immune system and reduce the risk of you getting other opportunistic infections.

• ARVs reduce the amount of HIV in your body, known as ‘viral load suppression’. When this happens, HIV cannot harm you, which means a better quality of life.

• When virally suppressed, the virus can become undetectable (there is so little of it left that doctors can’t find it in your body) and chances are extremely low of you infecting your sexual partner/s!

• This is known as U=U (Undetectable = Untransmittable). It means that someone with an undetectable HIV viral load who takes ARVs correctly and is regularly monitored by his health care professional – cannot transmit HIV, even when not using condoms.

• If you stop taking ARVs or don’t take it correctly, the HIV will start to replicate and get out of control, affecting your health and making you more likely to pass it on to others. You also risk the virus becoming resistant to treatment in the future.

So, it’s simple – don’t let HIV get you down and fight back! Start ARVs as soon as possible if you are positive – and stay on them.

For free HIV treatment and management in Tshwane for men who have sex with men in Tshwane, call TEN81 in Hatfield, Pretoria on 012 430 3272 / 066 190 5812.

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).