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How Stigma and Discrimination Impacts / Drives the Provision of Sexual Health Education & Promotion of HIV/STI Screening Through Peer Based Outreach
How Stigma and Discrimination Impacts / Drives the Provision of Sexual Health Education & Promotion of HIV/STI Screening Through Peer Based Outreach
How Stigma and Discrimination Impacts / Drives the Provision of Sexual Health Education & Promotion of HIV/STI Screening Through Peer Based Outreach
How Stigma and Discrimination Impacts / Drives the Provision of Sexual Health Education & Promotion of HIV/STI Screening Through Peer Based Outreach
How Stigma and Discrimination Impacts / Drives the Provision of Sexual Health Education & Promotion of HIV/STI Screening Through Peer Based Outreach
How Stigma and Discrimination Impacts / Drives the Provision of Sexual Health Education & Promotion of HIV/STI Screening Through Peer Based Outreach
How Stigma and Discrimination Impacts / Drives the Provision of Sexual Health Education & Promotion of HIV/STI Screening Through Peer Based Outreach
How Stigma and Discrimination Impacts / Drives the Provision of Sexual Health Education & Promotion of HIV/STI Screening Through Peer Based Outreach
How Stigma and Discrimination Impacts / Drives the Provision of Sexual Health Education & Promotion of HIV/STI Screening Through Peer Based Outreach
How Stigma and Discrimination Impacts / Drives the Provision of Sexual Health Education & Promotion of HIV/STI Screening Through Peer Based Outreach
How Stigma and Discrimination Impacts / Drives the Provision of Sexual Health Education & Promotion of HIV/STI Screening Through Peer Based Outreach
How Stigma and Discrimination Impacts / Drives the Provision of Sexual Health Education & Promotion of HIV/STI Screening Through Peer Based Outreach
How Stigma and Discrimination Impacts / Drives the Provision of Sexual Health Education & Promotion of HIV/STI Screening Through Peer Based Outreach
How Stigma and Discrimination Impacts / Drives the Provision of Sexual Health Education & Promotion of HIV/STI Screening Through Peer Based Outreach
How Stigma and Discrimination Impacts / Drives the Provision of Sexual Health Education & Promotion of HIV/STI Screening Through Peer Based Outreach
How Stigma and Discrimination Impacts / Drives the Provision of Sexual Health Education & Promotion of HIV/STI Screening Through Peer Based Outreach
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How Stigma and Discrimination Impacts / Drives the Provision of Sexual Health Education & Promotion of HIV/STI Screening Through Peer Based Outreach

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This presentation was given by Clyde DúBois, WA AIDS Council, at the AFAO HIV Educators Conference, May 2010.

This presentation was given by Clyde DúBois, WA AIDS Council, at the AFAO HIV Educators Conference, May 2010.

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  • 0) 17yrs *** 1) who don’t necessarily identify as being either gay or bi) and is not a counselling service (though a majority of the long serving volunteers are trained counsellors) *** 2) BLANK *** 3) discussing safe sex practices, reducing high risk behaviours, legality & safety of beat use & SOPV’s *** 4) prompting initial and ongoing testing and contacts for gay / MSM orientated / friendly services *** 5) workshops, youth services, counselling services *** 6) freedom centre, 26up, Aust BI Network, bears, etc *** 7) as safer & legal alternatives to beat usage
  • 0) BLANK *** 1) which is operational when service is not manned *** 2) where you are required to press button 1 on your phone keypad to access Mensline operational times... press 2 for confidential HIV/STI testing clinic locations... you get the idea ***   3) manned by volunteers Sundays, Mondays and Fridays... two shifts per each day... 10am – 4pm & 4pm – 10pm *** 4) 14 vols... a number of which of which have been with the service for tup to 15yrs... hence anecdotally provide great feed back on changing requirements on the service over the years *** 5) the team’s made up of a mixture gay & bi-sexual men, and MSM... ages ranging from 19yrs old to 76yrs old... longest serving vol is an MSM who has kept the nature of his volunteering a secret from his family for 15yrs
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  • only occasionally as not the services primary target group... only accounts for 0.3% of callers to the service
  • 05/06 fiscal year 50% of advertising budget was redirected from the weekly news papers and ploughed into community papers , resulting in calls to Mensline going from approximately eleven hundred to five hundred , for that period... never got back to original levels *** even had one of the Mensline vols... MSM... making visits to family members and discreetly get rid of the community news papers
  •   advertising in weekly in the classified section... has been our most successful way of reaching our target group ... accounting for 96% of callers to the service… 20% WA Fri/ 80 % Sun Times
  • comprehensive... fairly daunting for new volunteers... use as guide to facilitate to call
  • when service most accessed how did they hear about the service who: what's their gender who with: fantasizing about / doing it with / got a sidekick or not *** average length of call 12minutes (<1min – 1.5hr) Sun & Mon (10am -4pm) shifts the busiest… wife / partner at work get fair amount of callers calling back to let us know how they've gotten since they last called or feedback on a referral get fair amount of sex calls…. repeat callers with standard fantasy … handset rubbing on face while playing bellow… most callers find out about Mensline through the West Aust N/P and Sunday Times *** not unusual to have female callers… seeking information for their Gay buddies… had wife calling as her husband (Vietnam vet) had confessed that he had been molested by a member of the clergy in his early teens… vic based *** FBI: at start caller may categorically state he’s straight who's primary partner is female and only has feelings or women but further on in the call starts raising issues around beat use as he was out walking the dog (2am) and ended fetching a couple of sticks himself (not words he used).
  • Youth: support networks Adult: 20yrs - 45yrs social (dealing with F/B/I) and physical needs 46yrs – 60+yrs physical needs *** Rural& remote solation… looking for hook-ups in their area… just looking to talk to someone miners inquiring about sopv’s for next R&R… / testing issues (R&R overseas) as a service we acknowledge the lack of services and support we can give *** we get faire amount of guys with knowledge around HIV and STI trans due to chat rooms / internet… sometimes left of center whilst engaging callers still feel the need to give you the PC answer to condom usage which further on in conversation is not what's been practiced
  • Being that our callers are not only sexually and culturally diverse but at times geographically isolated Remoteness magnifies even the slightest issue, hence volunteers required remove them selves from their urban reality and need to have an increased sense empathy for the caller. Callers form rural remote areas face extreme anxiousness to homophobic reaction availability of equipment (condoms and lube) sexuality issues in general (any age)
  • Volunteers have a great referral list to work from covering: health and counselling services legal support sexuality sensitive doctors WAAC services social and peer support org’s and services sexual contacts church Though very limiting to country callers
  • gives vol chance to record comments on callers situation… outlay questioning thoughts… repeat caller getting rocks off?? also to let off steam about the call if needed… *** If vol’s feels the need for feedback or debriefing sooner than later they are encouraged to call me after the call or shift, rather than waiting for the response turnaround time, which could take up to a week or two.
  • Thanks to the longevity of the core volunteers within the Mensline team the anecdotal feed back has been invaluable in understanding the trends of information dissemination over the years *** earlier years: adlib (if required) for dot points *** later period: adlib (if required) for dot points *** due to internet web searches / wider social networks (gay & non) / chat rooms)
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    • 1. WA AIDS Council How Stigma and Discrimination Impacts / Drives the Provision of Sexual Health Education & Promotion of HIV/STI Screening Through Peer Based Outreach Clyde DúBois HIV Educators Conference 2010
    • 2. Mensline Est. 1993 <ul><li>The Mensline program is a peer based information and referral service aimed at men who are same sex attracted </li></ul>The service aims to provide the callers with the knowledge around <ul><ul><ul><li>making informed decisions in regards to sexual encounters </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HIV, STI and HPV testing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accessing referrals around social wellbeing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Linking in with various social networks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promoting Sex On Premises Venues </li></ul></ul>
    • 3. <ul><li>The service operates 24/7 and is accessible in two distinct ways </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Automotive Information Answering System </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Offers a menu of choices </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal interactive service </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteer driven </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Being a peer driven service we aim to have </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>volunteers that cover the full spectrum </li></ul></ul></ul>
    • 4. Promotion of Mensline Project X Cybereach (Netreach) M/L Business Cards GLBTQI Monthly Publications Community News Papers West Australian & Sunday Times
    • 5. GLBTQI monthly publications
    • 6. <ul><li>  Community News Papers </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Feedback from MSM living in the burbs... </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>“ to close to home” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ gilt bad enough without it laying on the kitchen </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>table where the rest of the family can view and </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>comment on” </li></ul></ul></ul>
    • 7. <ul><li>West Australian Friday Ed. & Sunday Times </li></ul>Guys stra8/bi having SX with other guys. STI’s are on the rise Mensline Fri Sun Mon 10am-10pm 9322 8401 Ctry 1800 671 130 Guys have an open confide discussion about SX with other men on Mensline Fri Sun Mon 10am-10pm 9322-8401 Ctry 1800-671-130 Guys thinking about Guys. Want to talk? Got questions? Mensline can help Fri Sun Mon 10am-10pm 9322-8401 Ctry 1800-671-130 Confidential Guys SX with other guys. What did you pick up last night – STI? Mensline Fri Sun Mon 10am-10pm 9322-8401 Ctry 1800-671-1300 Guys Straight/married or bi. into guys - for support this holiday season go to www.mensline.com.au
    • 8. Mensline Stat Sheet
    • 9. When, How, Who, Who With
    • 10. Age vs. Needs / Isolation / SSP 101
    • 11. WHAT’S UP?
    • 12. Who to go to
    • 13. Now in real words and vol’s thoughts
    • 14. <ul><li>Anecdotal reporting, just as valuable as collection of statistical data </li></ul>Calls taken in the earlier years had lent towards guys (relatively isolated) seeking <ul><ul><li>guidance around ‘first’ contact with like minded guys </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>queering sexuality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>sexual / social networks and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HIV / STI education and testing (confidential / anomous) </li></ul></ul>The later period callers (more social informed) inquire more about <ul><ul><li>HIV / STI testing (confidential / anomous) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SOPV’s / beats </li></ul></ul>Over the last few years anecdotally and statistically the callers have become more socially informed
    • 15. <ul><li>Lessons we’ve learnt with our data collection and anecdotal reporting: </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>There is still a perception of discrimination </li></ul><ul><li>and stigma attached to same sex attraction </li></ul><ul><li>That crisis point (sexually / socially) for </li></ul><ul><li>young men happens at 18 to 25 year of age </li></ul><ul><li>The majority of callers fall within the baby </li></ul><ul><li>boomer / Gen X demographic which </li></ul><ul><li>sociologically still is dominated by the negative </li></ul><ul><li>ideas of same sex attraction </li></ul><ul><li>Most calls in recent years (since the advent of </li></ul><ul><li>the internet) focus around getting / wanting </li></ul><ul><li>their sexual needs met. Ironically, the next </li></ul><ul><li>closest figure is for information on </li></ul><ul><li>confidential / anonymous testing </li></ul>
    • 16. Thanks For Your Time

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