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Putting The Sexy Into Safer Sex. Building Bridges Between The Sex World And Public Health
 

Putting The Sexy Into Safer Sex. Building Bridges Between The Sex World And Public Health

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This presentation was delivered by the Pleasure Project to a workshop at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine on improving the use of research in policy and practice.

This presentation was delivered by the Pleasure Project to a workshop at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine on improving the use of research in policy and practice.

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    Putting The Sexy Into Safer Sex. Building Bridges Between The Sex World And Public Health Putting The Sexy Into Safer Sex. Building Bridges Between The Sex World And Public Health Presentation Transcript

    • putting the sexy into safer sex Building bridges between the sex world and public health
    • Sexing up safer sex Organisational goal & objectives Ultimate goal: More people practice safer sex Ultimate objectives: • Shift perception and practice of sexuality education and sexual health interventions: – from bio-medical focus (disease/risk) >> to pleasure/health/empowerment • Pleasure/desire = quality markers for sex ed/sexual health interventions worldwide, tailored to context/culture
    • We aim to please Our approach Sex and Public health pleasure practice industry The Pleasure Project Public health/ Research & development academia sector Building bridges, walking a thin line
    • Strange bedfellows Stakeholders & communication methods Academia & public health Public health Mass media Sex/pleasure decision/ practitioners & general world policy public makers •Workshops and •Washington Post •Work with porn film •Lancet trainings directors & actors •Guardian •Reproductive Health •AIDS conferences •The Times •Articles in erotic Matters •Sexy condom magazines (e.g. •Sydney Morning Herald Forum) •Development demos •Cosmo etc •Website •Sexual Freedom •Royal Society of •Website Coalition Medicine •Correspondence •Correspondence •Nomination for Erotic •Literature review Oscar •Sexy tips online
    • The ins and outs Results chain analysis The Global Mapping of Pleasure Inputs unpaid time, money (£4,500), photo Research (£300), photo shoot (all volunteer), contacts/networking, publicity; conference abstracts Outputs publication; launch at AIDS conference -- speakers drawn from GM; postcards; banners; poster presentation Outcomes media coverage; blogs; more awareness of the work of practitioners profiled in the GM worldwide; 15,000+ downloads from web; email queries; enthusiastic feedback Impact plan to do impact assessment to determine impact on practitioners’ work and on support/funding/work of those profiled in the case studies
    • Was it good for you? Examples of general indicators • Noticeable increase in attention to pleasure at AIDS conferences • See Pleasure assessment of Mexico IAC (IDS website) • Media attention (Washington Post, DFID Insight Newsletter etc) • Since 2004: • More than 1,500 practitioners/decision makers exposed to pleasure training techniques and concepts • Many more at conferences and through media • Increasing requests for training, articles and workshops • Email queries: 3-4/month
    • Was it good for you? Quantitative indicators: website www.thepleasureprojectorg usage statistics in 9 months (Aug 2008 – Apr 2009) • 24,000+ unique visitors • half spent 1+ min on site • avg. 2,500 unique visitors/month • spikes after conference appearances • 89,000 page views • visitors from 25 countries • Most common file download: Global Mapping of Pleasure (15,000-18,000)
    • Was it good for you? Qualitative indicators General online survey + workshop evaluation (Share-Net) Respondents said they were: 2. More comfortable talking about role of pleasure in sexual health/safe sex 4. More knowledgeable about pleasure and safer sex/sexual health 6. Better able to articulate issues related to pleasure and safer sex
    • Was it good for you? Qualitative indicators: feedback From practitioners/educators/programmers • “ … it helps us understand and come up with pragmatic solutions for safer sex.” • “I started to think more about how I can integrate fun and pleasure as a guiding principle when planning or discussing HIV education.” • “I've had positive feedback from taking a more fun/pleasure-focussed approach -- people have commented that making things fun makes it easier to talk about.”
    • Was it good for you? Qualitative indicators Practitioner (SE Asia) “Saw Anne Philpott’s presentation at the 2004 HIV conference in Bangkok while I was giving HIV education and prevention instruction in an immigration detention centre (with detainees and immigration police officers). I was already trying out a variety of activities to break down negative associations with condoms … Her presentation … had a lasting effect and … helped me seriously address some of my own negative associations with condoms. I really needed to do this as a young gay western man working in and around Thailand.” Researcher – microbicides trials (UK) “I think the value of the Pleasure Project for us rests … on how we write up and present this data. The visibility of the Pleasure Project at international conferences is particularly important in creating an environment where it is not only legitimate but actually “in vogue” to discuss disease prevention in terms of sexual pleasure.”
    • Climax Conclusions • Clear increase in awareness in public health/development sectors • More receptive environment to discuss sexual pleasure in context of prevention • Need for more research in wider cultures and contexts • TPP needs more consistent and systematic measurement of impact and outcomes of our work (more funding would facilitate this process) – Aim to distribute evaluations after every event/workshop/publication launch • Other aims: – Funding proposal for improved website functionality, including mail list sign up and other data capture – Funding proposal for admin/communications hub
    • www.thepleasureproject.org