OUT has been providing health services since 1994 with the start of the telephone counselling and information line. In 1997, the organisation started doing HIV work which has increased over the years with the clinic starting in 2007.
A significant project was the PRISM Project. PRISM is an acronym for ‘Prevention and Research Initiative for Sexual Minorities’. Towards the end of 2007, OUT conducted a needs assessment on resourced and under-resourced lesbian women as well as resourced gay men. Three key areas for intervention were identified:
• Erroneous Risk Perception;
• Internalised Homo-negativity; and
• Negative Peer Norms.
The Prism Project concluded in December 2011. Many of these programmes continued under the Bridging the Gaps programme.
TEN81 Centre Clinic
Launched in 2015, the TEN81 centre in Hatfield, Pretoria was created to offer professional, free, safe, confidential, non-judgmental and inclusive sexual health services to gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men. In October 2020, the TEN81 centre moved to Colbyn and was renamed Engage Men’s Health Pretoria.
Engage Men’s Health
In 2019, OUT launched the Engage Men’s Health project, funded by USAID and PEPFAR through FHI 360 Linkages. It includes a clinic in Melville, Johannesburg and mobile outreach services in the Johannesburg, Nelson Mandela Bay and Buffalo City metros.
In October 2020, OUT’s TEN81 clinic in Pretoria – funded by the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and CDC through the Aurum Institute – also joined the Engage Men’s Health family.
The following free, confidential and professional services are provided (may vary according to location):
- HIV testing and counselling
- HIV treatment (ARV) and management
- PrEP (daily pill to prevent HIV)
- STI screening and treatment
- TB screening and referral
- Provision of condoms and lube
- Sexual health and lifestyle education and awareness
- Community workshops and events
- Provision of services at events and venues
- For more information or to make an appointment, visit the Engage Men’s Health website at www.engagemenshealth.org.za or call / WhatsApp 082 607 1686.
Psychosocial Support Services
The psychosocial support services are free and offered by experienced lay counsellors.
- Face-to-face counselling sessions are based on an appointment system in Pretoria. To make an appointment please contact us on 012 430 3272. Sessions are conducted at the OUT offices, 1310 Stanza Bopape Street, Colbyn.
- Online counselling is available for men on the men2men website (Ask Dr Dick) and for women on the womyn2womyn website (Ask Dr Delicious). Access these websites by visiting www.men2men.co.za and www.womyn2womyn.co.za.
- Telephonic or video counselling is offered by OUT. To make an appointment please call 012 430 3272.
Men2Men & Womyn2Womyn
OUT launched the men2men website in 2007 and the womyn2womyn website in 2012. These websites are the first of their kind in South Africa.
The sites aim to provide advice and information about sexuality, safer sex and sexual health and contain extensive information on a broad range of topics, including an expanding library of articles and reading material catering to the needs of gay men, lesbian women and bisexual individuals.
Interactive features include a monthly poll, an HIV/STI risk calculator, and a question and answer section (Ask Dr Dick / Dr Delicious). Log on to the websites by visiting www.men2men.co.za and www.womyn2womyn.co.za.
Barrier Method Distribution Service
OUT provides an extensive barrier method distribution service (e.g. condoms, lube, dental dams etc.) for both gay men and lesbian women.
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.