The YGD community outreach program is the main focus of YGD's work. We have 10 outreach staff who work tirelessly to ensure that the members of the LGBT community have the best possible opportunities to protect themselves from HIV and to live happy and healthy lives.
What We Want To Achieve
- To reduce HIV transmission through increased use of condoms and lubricants among transgender women, gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM).
- To educate our clients on safer sex through specific training on risk assessment, safer sex negotiation skills and provision of information on HIV/AIDS
- To improve access to voluntary counselling and testing (VCT)
- To provide a safe space for transgender women, gay men and other MSM to obtain accurate information, counselling and social support so that they are able to make informed and responsible decisions on their sexual orientation and identity.
Our outreach volunteers go to public and private spaces that are frequented by gay and transgender community members to distribute safer sex kits, disseminate information, promote safer sex practices, and encourage them to use our services. All our outreach staff are members of the community, which enables our clients to feel at ease and comfortable speaking about the issues they face.
Each month YGD makes contact with over 500 clients, meeting face-to-face and one-to-one, offering support, counselling and sexual health education. An important part of this outreach is placing clients in touch with gay and transgender sensitive services, and offering peer support in the utilisation of these services. Through the support of outreach team over 100 clients per month are taken to HIV and sexual health services.
Alongside one-on-one outreach, YGD runs 13 monthly peer support groups to build community support and facilitate community members sharing their concerns and knowledge. These groups usually average around 8-12 people and they provide a safe space for our clients to speak openly about issues they face.