This report presents the findings of the evaluation of Positively UK’s Gay & Bisexual Men’s Project.
The project was set up to provide support to gay and bisexual men living with HIV, a group who are vulnerable to stigmatization, isolation and lower levels of wellbeing. The project goal was to empower service users to successfully transition to effective self-management and independent living with HIV.
The project, commencing in June 2015, provides a range of one to one and group support interventions, delivered through a Gay Men’s Project Co-ordinator and supported by a team of volunteer peer mentors.
The evaluation was carried out at the end of year two of the three-year project, after 250 men had been supported. It was informed by quantitative and qualitative data, including an online survey completed by over 100 project participants.
Although HIV was found to be the main entry point into the services, there were numerous support needs beyond HIV. Many participants expressed mental health, social and economic needs that were either exacerbated by HIV or affected their ability to live with the condition.