A volunteer signs up for free HIV testing at the Me1st activation in Durban. (Pic: Right to Care)
In mid-November last year, the Me1st campaign was launched by Right to Care in partnership with Anova, LGBTI Health & Community Centre Durban, SHE, Free State Rainbow Seeds and Lifeline NC.
The Me1st campaign is about ensuring that men who have sex with other men (MSM) prioritise their health, especially with regard to HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.
To help MSM maintain and improve their sexual health, Right to Care has partnered with clinics across the country that provide 100% confidential and discreet HIV and STI screening in an understanding and judgement free environment.
Since the launch last year, the Me1st roadshow has visited Bloemfontein, Kimberly, East London and Durban, where hundreds of men were tested and educated about putting MSM wellbeing above everything else, about them living their truth and about living life on their terms.
The impact that the Me1st campaign on the MSM and wider community has been encouraging.
Campaign influencer Moshe Ndiki, a popular television host, musician and presenter, said that as a gay man he was excited to be part of the Me1st campaign.
“I understand the importance of sexual health awareness and other matters that surround the topic of sexual related issues and encourage the MSM community to carry out regular HIV testing, STI screening and, most importantly, practise safe sex,” he said.
The Me1st roadshow will continue over the next three months, returning to the following cities: Kimberley, East London, Bloemfontein and Durban.
MSM will be targeted at various locations in these cities both during the day and the evening. Venues will be communicated closer to the time of each activation and can also be found on the ME1st social media pages on Facebook and Twitter.
For more information and to chat online for support visit the Me1st website at me1st.co.za. You can also WhatsApp Me1st on 072 637 6212 for support, any time, 24/7.