Resource for Gay Men Combats the Dreaded Awkward Silence…
By Matt Creamer, Manager, Health Promotion
Asking for sexual health tests at a local doctor’s clinic can be a daunting experience for gay and bisexual men at the best of times. We’re concerned that patients might not be getting the appropriate sexual health screening. In response to this issue, the WA AIDS Council, in conjunction with M Clinic, an STI testing and treatment Clinic for gay and bisexual men in Perth, have developed a helpful tool along with a supporting video to ensure this group of guys get the sexual health tests they require. This ensures that they stay safe and prevent the onward transmission of sexually transmissible infections.
This exciting new tool is an electronic resource in the form of a downloadable document or image which can be taken to a local GP specifically outlining which tests the patient requires. An accompanying video has been produced to explain its use to both patients and doctors in order to make the implementation of the resource easier for all concerned. The video clip follows three gay and bisexual patients and their awkward visits to a doctor for sexual health testing. The video then shows a solution: download the form which specifically requests the full range of tests needed without the patient having to specifically ask for them.
Consultation with a large number of GPs show this initiative is well received and widely supported across the medical sector.
Not only does this project aim to help gay and bisexual men stay STI free, but it also supports GPs in providing a service to gay and bisexual clients by listing all the tests that should be ordered for a sexually active gay or bisexual man.
To minimise the impact and further transmission of HIV, other blood borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections. To reduce social, legal and policy barriers which prevent access to health information and effective support and prevention services.