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.


OUT does collaborative research. Research is done to provide valid and reliable insights into relevant issues and is used to inform programmes and advocacy. OUT considers collaboration on any research from a Masters level upwards.

Levels of empowerment of gay and lesbian people in Gauteng
This was the first quantitative study on the experiences of LGBT people in South Africa. Completed in 2003, this comprehensive study focused on three broad areas: biographical data, experiences with Government services and personal indicators of wellbeing. The study was later duplicated in Kwa Zulu Natal and the Western Cape. A study was completed in the North West province in 2010 which also drew from the first empowerment studies. Download the report here.

Homonegativity and HIV risk in South African MSM
The study was done in collaboration with the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and the HIV Centre for Clinical and Behavioural Studies (Columbia University). It was completed in 2008 and surveyed three groups on men in Pretoria: white, black resourced and black under-resourced. It measured elements and links between variables such as external homonegativity, internal homonegativity, alcohol and drug problems, mental health problems, motivation to practice safer sex and sexual risk behaviours. Download the study presentation here.

Conspiracy beliefs about HIV and HIV related behaviours among MSM in Pretoria, South Africa
The study was done in collaboration with the Population Council. Some of its findings include that a fairly high proportion of MSM in Pretoria do endorse conspiracy beliefs particularly those related to HIV information being withheld from the public and to people being experimental subjects with HIV treatment and research. Respondents that did not identify as gay (identified as being heterosexual or bisexual) were more likely to hold conspiracy beliefs. Download the article here.

HIV risk among black MSM in Pretoria townships
This five year study was done in collaboration with the HSRC and the HIV Centre for Clinical and Behavioural Studies (Columbia University). It included a qualitative phase of observations of MSM social spaces and others; a quantitative phase on completing a questionnaire and a phase three, where people underwent an HIV test.

Hate crimes
As part of its work in addressing LGBTI hate crimes through the Love Not Hate campaign, OUT conducted quantitative research in 2015 on the kinds of hate crimes and discrimination that LGBTI people experience in South Africa.

OUT completed research on issues of access to its clinic services. In 2011, OUT surveyed a small sample of MSM’s on PEP. OUT also served on the Community Advisory Board of two studies: the Marang study on HIV prevalence among MSM in three South African cities and a study to standardise prevention for HIV positive MSM in the South African context.

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).