Representatives from across the gay community have pledged their support for GMFA’s new HIV-prevention campaign, which launched last Friday.
Entitled Count Me In, the campaign encourages everyone – including individual gay men all across the UK – to play their part this World AIDS Day.
A host of gay publications, which play a crucial role in raising awareness of the issues among gay men, have already signed up to the campaign. These include Attitude, Bent, Gay Times, GScene, Pink Paper, Out In The City, and QX.
Other supporters who have said “Count me in” include Paul Burston, gay author and journalist; Dusty O, DJ, club promoter, writer and recording artist; Gayromeo.com, the online dating service for gay men; and 56 Dean Street, the Soho-based sexual health clinic.
As part of the campaign, GMFA is calling on gay men to help stop the spread of HIV in our community by agreeing to a 5-point pledge: I will know my HIV status, I will not assume I know someone else’s HIV status, I will take personal responsibility for using condoms, I will value myself and my health and I will stay informed about HIV and how it is spread.
Around World AIDS Day, gay venues across London will be helping to raise awareness of the campaign and supporting GMFA.
GMFA receives no statutory funding for its Count Me In campaign, so donations and the support from the community are vital.
Matthew Hodson, Head of Programmes at GMFA said: “This isn’t just about what we can do around World AIDS Day - it’s what we can all do on an ongoing basis to stop the spread of HIV in our community. We’re delighted that so many have recognised the importance of what we’re trying to achieve and have joined us in the campaign. With their support, we hope to encourage gay men to re-commit to tackling the virus and to make a real difference.”