Gay & Bisexual Men’s Project Evaluation Report

Gay & Bisexual Men’s Project Evaluation Report

This report presents the findings of the evaluation of Positively UK’s Gay & Bisexual Men’s Project, our project to empower gay and bisexual men to achieve effective self-management and independent living with HIV. The evaluation was carried out at the end of year two of the three-year project, and was informed by quantitative and qualitative data.
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Mario’s Story

Mario’s Story

I moved to this country approximately 6 years ago and work as a nurse for the NHS in a very prestigious London hospital. I have lived most of this time in south west London where a big part of the gay community use drugs or ‘chemsex’ as a way of meeting people and having some fun. I went down that path where I would take some drugs and go looking for sex in saunas, at sex parties – I did it all.
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Jamie’s Story

Jamie’s Story

Treatment brought few side effects, just some mild tiredness and nausea if I took it without food. It's all about planning. In just over 3 weeks I was undetectable. I felt free; my fears of transmitting were gone – My fear of dating and disclosing not so much so. I dreaded having to disclose my status to people and what their reactions would be. It wasn't long however until I found my resilience.
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Ismael’s Story

Ismael’s Story

If I say the word: Sex, don’t be scared AT ALL. The gay community knows about HIV very well, and most of them are not afraid to have good sex with people with HIV. What I do, if I see like I’m going to have sex with someone, I feel free to say, I’m HIV positive. I prefer be honest from the start so as not to have surprises later or maybe make the other person uncomfortable.
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Roland’s Story

Roland’s Story

Being diagnosed has had a big impact – a positive (no pun!) impact. I do a fair amount of voluntary work in the HIV sector and I became Chair of the Disability Staff network at work. It has given me something useful and constructive to do and it has brought me into contact with so many wonderful, inspirational people, that I would never have come across before.
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