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Fck Equal HIV Prevention Campaign
Fck Equal is our new campaign targeted at men who have sex with men (MSM) with three key aims:
- To ensure that men have equal access to information about the increased risks of HIV infection in unprotected sex
- To encourage men to make informed choices about safer sex, take equal responsibility, be equally protected Fck Equal
- To promote safer sex and condom use
What is Fck Equal?
The campaign involves an explicit animation with the message that using condoms reduces risk and makes sex equal.
The campaign is calling for safer sex equality between men to prevent HIV transmission including:
- equal access to information
- equal protection
- equal responsibility
- safer sex
Why Fck Equal?
HIV transmission between men who have sex with men is high and continues to rise.
Unprotected anal intercourse carries a very high risk of HIV transmission and the risk is greatest for the receptive partner/'bottom'.
The campaign draws on international research that shows that receptive partners/'bottoms' are at least 7 times more likely to contract HIV through unprotected anal intercourse (UAI) than insertive partners/'tops'
We think it is important that men know this so that they can make informed choices to protect themselves and their sexual partner/s.
METRO's own local research shows that over half of men surveyed did not know or were unsure whether or not there were increased risks for receptive partners in UAI. The figure increases to 56% of men engaging in more risky sexual behaviour.
Safer sex reduces rates of HIV transmission and provides protection for both partners.
What can you do?
You can watch the video here:
You can support our campaign so that more men get to see the video and get the information they need. Share this message and link to this page on Twitter and Facebook to show your support. You can do this automatically by signing up to our Thunder Clap.
I support safer sex equality between men & want men to know about #HIV transmission risks #FckEqual & stay safe
If you are a man who has sex with men make sure that you use condoms and lube in anal sex and get tested regularly for HIV. Condoms and lube when use correctly are 98% effective in protecting you from HIV or other STIs.
Once you've had an opportunity to look at the new HIV campaign video please spend an extra minute completing the evaluation form so we can take your feedback on board for the next similar campaign.
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