Cover Your Assets & Intim8s Discussion Series Working with Gay Men in Relationships Jonathon Street Campaigns Coordinator ...
introduction <ul><li>combination of resource production, peer education and promotional campaigns </li></ul><ul><li>share ...
program organisational fit <ul><li>2006 – 2009 Strategic Directions </li></ul><ul><li>“ reducing rates of HIV and sexually...
program organisational fit  cont. <ul><li>“ increasing knowledge of HIV and STI prevention and undertaking other activitie...
what do we know? <ul><li>approx 2 out of 3 gay men in Sydney report having a regular partner at any one time </li></ul><ul...
what do we know?  cont. <ul><li>approx 1 in 4 HIV transmissions occur within the context of a relationship </li></ul><ul><...
who are we talking to? <ul><li>all gay men regardless of relationships status </li></ul>
what are we trying to achieve? <ul><li>to reduce the proportion of HIV transmission that occurs within relationships </li>...
how do we hope to achieve this? <ul><li>encourage gay men to communicate openly with their partner/s about their relations...
cover your assets <ul><li>online and print resource </li></ul><ul><li>determine type of relationship agreement </li></ul><...
relationship stages <ul><li>pre relationship stage </li></ul><ul><li>early relationship stage </li></ul><ul><li>ongoing re...
initm8’s discussion group series <ul><li>peer education initiative </li></ul><ul><li>resource to share their experiences <...
where are we? <ul><li>content </li></ul><ul><li>possible collaborations </li></ul>
how much further? <ul><li>initial content determined and ready for release end of June 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Cover Your A...
Questions? Jonathon Street Campaign Coordinator ACON [email_address] 02 9206 2086
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ACON Campaigns Coordinator Jonathon Street's presentation on the ACON program “Cover your Assets” which aimed to tackle the physical, social and cultural factors which impact on sexual decision and enable gay men and other men who have sex with men to make safer choices. This presentation was given at the 2008 AFAO HIV Educator's conference.

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  • Good afternoon everyone As Dean mentioned my name is Jonathon Street – I work at ACON in one of our two Campaign Coordinator roles as part of the Gay Mens Education Team based at the Darlinghurst office.
  • Working with Gay Men in Relationships

    1. 1. Cover Your Assets & Intim8s Discussion Series Working with Gay Men in Relationships Jonathon Street Campaigns Coordinator ACON
    2. 2. introduction <ul><li>combination of resource production, peer education and promotional campaigns </li></ul><ul><li>share content and cross reference each other </li></ul>
    3. 3. program organisational fit <ul><li>2006 – 2009 Strategic Directions </li></ul><ul><li>“ reducing rates of HIV and sexually transmissible infections in gay men and men who have sex with men” </li></ul>
    4. 4. program organisational fit cont. <ul><li>“ increasing knowledge of HIV and STI prevention and undertaking other activities to enable gay men and other men who have sex with men to make safer choices” </li></ul><ul><li>“ tackling the physical, social and cultural factors which impact on sexual decision making” </li></ul>
    5. 5. what do we know? <ul><li>approx 2 out of 3 gay men in Sydney report having a regular partner at any one time </li></ul><ul><li>approx 3 out of 4 gay men in sero-concordant negative relationships report having an agreement about safe sex </li></ul>
    6. 6. what do we know? cont. <ul><li>approx 1 in 4 HIV transmissions occur within the context of a relationship </li></ul><ul><li>negotiated safety model not being correctly applied by approx 1 in 4 gay men </li></ul><ul><li>good communication between partners increased likelihood of agreement breach being disclosed </li></ul>
    7. 7. who are we talking to? <ul><li>all gay men regardless of relationships status </li></ul>
    8. 8. what are we trying to achieve? <ul><li>to reduce the proportion of HIV transmission that occurs within relationships </li></ul><ul><li>to reduce rates of HIV and STIs among gay men and other MSM </li></ul>
    9. 9. how do we hope to achieve this? <ul><li>encourage gay men to communicate openly with their partner/s about their relationship/s </li></ul><ul><li>provide gay men with skills and resources to facilitate communication within their relationship/s particularly in the areas of negotiating, maintaining and revisiting relationship agreements in the event of a break in the agreement </li></ul>
    10. 10. cover your assets <ul><li>online and print resource </li></ul><ul><li>determine type of relationship agreement </li></ul><ul><li>points for negotiating the agreement </li></ul><ul><li>option of printing, registering and reminding </li></ul>
    11. 11. relationship stages <ul><li>pre relationship stage </li></ul><ul><li>early relationship stage </li></ul><ul><li>ongoing relationship stage </li></ul><ul><li>end of relationship stage </li></ul>
    12. 12. initm8’s discussion group series <ul><li>peer education initiative </li></ul><ul><li>resource to share their experiences </li></ul><ul><li>initially trialled with existing ACON peer education, social and support groups </li></ul>
    13. 13. where are we? <ul><li>content </li></ul><ul><li>possible collaborations </li></ul>
    14. 14. how much further? <ul><li>initial content determined and ready for release end of June 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Cover Your Assets ready for release September 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Initim8’s recruiting & training late 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Intim8s’s roll out early 2009 </li></ul>
    15. 15. Questions? Jonathon Street Campaign Coordinator ACON [email_address] 02 9206 2086

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