Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex

Among our programmes is our focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities. Crucial in our support to these communities is our understanding of their distinct needs in promoting health and well being.

Right to Pride – Embracing health and diversity

Right to Pride is an initiative within Right to Care that embraces diversity among our staff and clients. The right to care staff of almost 2000 is drawn from across all races, cultural, social and economic backgrounds from within South Africa and internationally. Gay, Lesbian , Bisexual, Transgender and intersex staff play a critical role in the diversity of services, development of the organization, bringing a range of knowledge and experience from their communities and backgrounds which can be harnessed to improve service delivery and better engage with the communities we serve and especially hard to reach key population groups.

Prevention Programmes for Key Populations

Right to Pride prioritises the engagement of key populations in HIV prevention programming as their engagement is critical to a successful HIV response, i.e. they are key to the epidemic and key to the response. In most settings, men who have sex with men, transgender persons, people who inject drugs, sex workers and their clients, and seronegative partners in serodiscordant couples are at higher risk of exposure to HIV than other people. High HIV prevalence among key populations around the world is evidence of the lack of prevention strategies that are reaching this population.

Right to Pride is an initiative that advances implementation of comprehensive HIV and STI programmes among key populations through providing recommendations for HIV prevention, testing, treatment, care and support for key populations based on successful community-led approaches.

Some of the key interventions around prevention programmes for key populations include:

  • Distribution of condoms and lubricants
  • Community empowerment of target population as a way of involving them in community setting
  • HIV testing initiatives
  • PrEP and PEP
  • Using technology for messaging and social media to provide HIV prevention information
  • Access to antiretroviral treatment
  • Peer-led community outreach services

Right to Care also supports the implementation of programmes to build staff capacity in selected Government health facilities across provinces to provide Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) competent and LGBTI effective HIV-related services. The services include:

  • Establishment on MSM and LGBTI centres’ of excellence and strengthening the capacity of Primary Health Care facilities to provide comprehensive HIV prevention and treatment services for MSM and LGBTI
  • Training and mentoring Department of Health staff to be able to deliver MSM and LGBTI component Primary Health Care services
  • Diversity training for clinical and non-clinical staff
  • Development and distribution of MSM and TG specific information, communication (IEC) material
  • Optimising social networking technologies for improved health outcomes and service utilisation.

Without action there can be no change

Along with partners across South Africa we:

  • formed and facilitated the development peer outreach groups – initiatives lead by a member of each niche community to address their needs
  • developed and distributed educational material to address not only the LGBTI requirements but to inform the broader populace on diversity and inclusion
  • listened and changed the HIV and STI prevention kits to suit unique needs which are now distributed across South Africa
  • increased awareness and availability of HIV counselling and testing
  • participated in the National Strategic Plan for HIV, AIDS, STI and TB for LGBTI.

Sexual orientation is not a choice in any meaningful sense of the word

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Health4men

At the Health4Men trained facilities, you will be able to access medical services visit HTTP://WWW.HEALTH4MEN.CO.ZA/ for more information on services provided.

Siseko Men’s Clinic (Khayelitsha, Cape Town)
Site C, Taxi Rank,  Khayelitsha, Cape  Town
Tel: 021 388 5584

Health4Men at Yeoville Clinic (Yeoville, Johannesburg)
Kenmere road, Yeoville, Johannesburg
Tel: 072 654 0816
Email: YEOVILLE@ANOVAHEALTH.CO.ZA

Health4Men at Zola Clinic (Zola, Soweto)
Zola Community Health Centre, Bendile Road, Zola
Tel: 071 286 3762
Email: ZOLA@ANOVAHEALTH.CO.ZA

Gabriel Dichabe (Chris De Wet) Clinic (Bloemfontein, Free State)
83 Charles Street, Bloemfontein, 9301
Tel: 051 406 6332

Health4Men at Chiawelo Clinic (Soweto, Johannesburg)
1743 Rihlamphu Street, Chiawelo, Soweto
Tel: 071 150 1750
Email: CHIAWELO@HEALTH4MEN.CO.ZA