Project description in-detail
The establishment of the "Healthy Gay Community" site, devoted to questions of safe sex for gays and men practicing sex with men (MWM).
The need to work with the gays and the MWM is due to the fact that at the present time there increases the role of the sexual transmission of the HIV infection. Men practicing sex with men are still a group of high behavioral risk in terms of contracting sexually transmitted infections and HIV infection, demonstrating a low level of information on this topic and practicing unprotected sexual contacts.
This project is made in cooperation with PSI. In the course of the year the PSI organization implemented a "Protect Yourself" pilot project aimed at preventing HIV/AIDS and STI among the gays and MWM. In the course of this project the main information needs of the group in question were identified and different forms of submission of information were practiced. At the present time within the framework of developing the project, it would be advisable to reach out and to cover the new target audience - the Internet users.
According to estimates by the "Public Opinion" Foundation, there are 8.8 million Internet users in Russia. Of this number, according to the Spylog data, over one million people visited in 2001 the site for the gays and the bisexuals - www.Gay.Ru. This is, among other things, due to the fact that the Internet provides an opportunity to get objective information about this area of sexual behavior, characterized by many stereotypes.
Not all MWM admit they are gay. Correspondingly, not all visit gay clubs and places of gay get-togethers where they can receive information about HIV/STI from outreach workers. That is why for a large part of the MWM visiting a gay site is a unique opportunity to get information about the safe sexual behavior.
The site www.Gay.ru is the first and most popular Russian gay site. The trust it enjoys among the Russian gays and bisexuals will help to draw the attention of the audience to the information about health which will be placed on satellite site "Healthy gay community."
The overwhelming majority of gay site visitors are looking in them for new acquaintances and sexual adventure, which confirms the need of establishing a popular resource on safe sex precisely in the Internet. For instance, one of the widespread forms of sexual relations between gays is anal intercourse. Because of the shortage of information about how to protect oneself or to lower the risk of infection for the Russian homosexuals, it remains one of the main ways of transmitting HIV and STI. As a result, according to Academician Pokrovsky, the dynamic of identifying the HIV incidence among the Russian gays continues to grow over the past five years.
The aim of the project:
Goals of the project:
1. Drawing the attention of gays and MWM to the problem of HIV/AIDS and STI through establishing a specialized site.
2. Provision of psychological and medical support in consulting the site visitors by correspondence
3. Increasing the information of the target group about places of testing for HIV/AIDS and STI by establishing a base in the form of testing services rooms in Moscow.
4. Carrying out a study of the attitude of the site visitors to safe sex.
5. Involving the target group in participating in the project
A Further Development of the Project and Its Funding
After the completion of the project the plan is to regularly update the base on testing rooms. An archive will be established of "questions" and "answers" of the medico-psychological service, which will enable future site visitors to find information of interest to them. The site will be integrated into the www.Gay.ru portal, which will enable all those willing to get reliable information on safe sex.
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