Glenn de Swardt demonstrates Health4Men’s harm reduction
packs to Princess Stephanie
Princess Stephanie of Monaco dropped in to the Health4Men sexual health centre for men who have sex with men (MSM) in Cape Town last week.
The princess stopped by during her visit to various HIV/Aids organisations in the Mother City on 6 December as part of her duties as a UN Aids Goodwill Ambassador.
She is also the President of her foundation, called Fight AIDS Monaco, which supports people living with HIV and combats its stigma.
“We’re coming to see projects that we have in common in Monaco. All Aids-related. So we’re probably going to visit some groups that help out people, especially women and children living with AIDS in the townships and other associations that we can help,” she said.
One of the sites the princess visited was Health4Men’s flagship clinic, the Ivan Toms Centre for Men’s Health in Woodstock.
According to Glenn de Swardt, Programme Manager for Health4Men, the staff was pleasantly surprised at how approachable and down to earth she was in her casual attire of jeans and white t-shirt.
De Swardt added he was personally very impressed by “the Princess understanding a lot of gay ‘lingo'”. He quipped that this “clearly indicates that she must know a few more ‘queens’ herself.”
Health4Men offers sexual health services for men who have sex with men and has clinics in Woodstock, Khayelitsha, Bellville, Soweto and Yeoville.