U=U Campaign

Weekend Residential

Positive Steps North West is offering places for 10 gay men living with HIV in the North West of England to attend and take part in a weekend residential in Manchester (Friday evening 23rd June - Sunday afternoon 25th June). The residential is the beginning of a campaign which we aim to run over the coming year to challenge stigma against gay men living with HIV.

The campaign will be based around the the recent conclusive evidence that gay men living with HIV who are on antiretroviral therapy (ART) and are virally suppressed do not sexually transmit the virus to others. This will greatly help to ameliorate decades of HIV-related stigma. Our charity believes that there is a need to widely share this new scientific evidence. 

By disseminating the Undetectable=Untransmissable (U=U) message among communities of gay men and discussing how this is raised in sexual health clinics will help us to contribute towards changing the outdated and stigmatising narrative about the danger from people with HIV. 

This first of two residentials will explore our experience of HIV stigma and how it impacts on our lives. There will be an overview of the evidence which has led a number of international HIV/AIDS organisations to endorse the U=U message. We will then share ideas on the content and design of a range of resources (posters, leaflets, T shirts, pens, stickers, beer mats, banners etc) that will be used in the campaign and plan the campaign itself.

The sessions over the weekend will be held at the LGBT Foundation in Manchester gay village. Accommodation will be provided by Positive Steps North West for the 10 participants at the Piccadilly Motel in Manchester on Friday and Saturday night as well as all meals from Friday evening meal to Sunday lunch.

If you are interested in attending this residential and contributing to the planning and development of an exciting campaign that will help to reduce HIV related stigma please get in touch by sending an email to Andrew, chair of Positive Steps NW at: andrew@positivestepsnw.info

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