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The fourth and final phase of the year-long GHN and HSE Man2Man.ie campaign was launched today Thursday 4th October. The key message for this phase of the programme - ‘Always use Condoms and Lube when having sex’ – promotes consistent condom use as the most effective way to prevent transmission of HIV and other STIs.
This 4th Phase includes a video, posters, postcards and business cards, all of which can be viewed on www.man2man.ie, YouTube at Man2ManIreland, and Man2Man.ie on Facebook. The new Man2Man safer sex pack will also be launched on Sunday night, 14th October at the Georgeas part of Shirley Temple Bar’s weekly Bingo show.
Watch the video here on the Man2Man Youtube Channel
Mr Nazih Eldin, Health Promotion Manager HSE said “this 4th phase emphasises how the consistent and correct use of condoms helps to stop or reduce the spread of HIV. Therefore the joint partnership and funding by The George, Alternative Miss Ireland (AMI), GMHS HSE and the Gay Health Network (GHN) in supplying 100,000 free safer sex packs for distribution to MSM is to be very welcomed”.
Susan Donlon for GHN said “we are very happy to promote this campaign to encourage MSM to access and carry condoms and lube. We are delighted that The George and AMI have joined together to help with this promotion at community level. GHN are actively working on providing facilities on the Man2Man.ie website to make condoms and lube available for low cost, through the post and at certain points around the country. Also the issue of access to condoms for MSM will be raised by GHN at national policy level as part of the development of the National Sexual Health Strategy.”
Mick Quinlan, Manager of the Gay Men’s Health Service HSE said “the forthcoming Man2Man: Report 3 the All-Ireland findings from the 2010 European MSM Internet Survey (EMIS) highlights, inconsistent condom use and behaviours associated with condom failure among MSM. This and other studies show that access to condoms and lubricant along with consistent condom use and information contributes to confidence and safer sex”.
Mr Patrick Lynch, Assistant National Director for the HSE Integrated Services Directorate said “the website Man2Man.ie is excellent. I would also on behalf of the HSE like to give a special thanks to the peer involvement from Belong To members and the production crew, designer and especially the models from the MSM community”.
Man2man.ie a joint GHN and HSE initiative commenced on World AIDS Day 2011 and is a year-long HIV Prevention and Sexual Health Awareness Programme targeting men who have sex with men (MSM), with particular emphasis on those residing outside urban centres and younger MSM. The programme comprises four phases, each one promoted for a three-month period. Details at Man2Man.ie.