THT And Gaydar Team Up To Offer Online Support Group For Men With HIV

February 3, 2009 at 8:00 am Leave a comment


Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) and Gaydar have teamed up to offer a new online support group for gay men living with HIV. THT staff will be on Gaydar in the ‘THT HIV+ Groupwork’ chatroom from 5.30 to 8.30pm three evenings a week.




The online group gives men the opportunity to ‘speak’ to other men with HIV, share their experiences of life with HIV, get support and have any questions around HIV or sexual health answered.




THT staff will offer confidential, non-judgemental support and information on HIV. As well as chatting publicly there is also an option to send private messages to the THT workers. The online group is not a counselling service, but will be able to give details of counselling services if requested.




The group is aimed at gay men in London and is funded by the Pan London HIV Prevention Partnership.




Gordon Mundie, Groupwork co-ordinator at THT said “Online groupwork could be useful to anyone with HIV whether they’re newly diagnosed or have lived with it for years. It gives men the opportunity to have an anonymous chat with people in a similar situation or ask questions about anything from HIV treatment to sex. If you’re interested, pop in and join the conversation.”




Simon Johnson, Marketing Manager at Gaydar said “We hope that members of Gaydar will use the new online THT HIV+ Groupwork service, it’s the first of its kind and we’re delighted to continue our partnership with THT. We know Gay men are more likely to talk openly and seek advice online, and this service helps facilitate just that.”




THT staff will be in the groupwork chatroom on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 5.30-8.30pm until the end of March. From April onwards the service is likely to run two evenings a week.




If gay men would like information and support on sexual health matters via another method, they can call THT Direct on 0845 12 21 200, email info@tht.org.uk or visit our website at http://www.tht.org.uk.



Notes




– Terrence Higgins Trust is the UK’s largest HIV and sexual health charity with centres across England, Scotland and Wales. We’re here to provide information and advice about HIV and sexual health and offer a range of services including sexual health checks, counselling and support groups. We campaign for a world where people with HIV live healthy lives, free from prejudice and discrimination and we promote good sexual health as a right and reality for all. Terrence Higgins Trust relies on donations to deliver a wide range of services. To make a donation, visit http://www.tht.org.uk




– Gaydar is the ultimate gay personals website, with the largest selection of gay personals on the web. Gaydar is at http://www.gaydar.co.uk. In the UK, the Gaydar brands account for 62 per cent of gay and lesbian traffic on the internet (source: January 2008 Hitwise). GaydarRadio has more than two million listeners a month (source: RAJAR/ABCE) and 5 million people belong to the Gaydar personals websites in more than 140 countries and territories. Gaydar.co.uk is listed as a Coolbrand by the Superbrands panel. The Gaydar stable of products also includes award-winning GaydarRadio, http://www.gaydargirls.com, http://www.GaydarNation.com, GaydarMobile and the flagship London entertainment venues Profile and Lo-Profile.



Terrence Higgins Trust

[Via http://www.medicalnewstoday.com]

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