The impact of social events to the LGBT community in
HIV/AIDS prevention in Jamaica
The Muse Group/Red Door Events, St. Andrew, Jamaica
Issues: The Ministry of Health in Jamaica
posits that approximately one in three men within the “Men who have Sex with
Men”(MSM) community, are infected with the HIV virus. To combat this, the
Ministry will have to come up with a comprehensive campaign targeted towards
the MSM Community. They however, have several challenges facing them.
Description: In June 2009, the Red Door events were
conceptualized to provide a comfortable and relaxed setting for the LGBT
Community (which includes MSMs). It was dubbed by its principals to host
“Events with a Purpose”. As part of their mandate, they have had Peer
Counsellors/Educators from the Ministry of Health present for distribution of
literature related to HIV/AIDS and STIs
virtually impossible to get the MSM Community to congregate in one particular
as well as transactional sex is on the rise within the MSM communities
- Jamaica is
considered a class segregated society, and as such, the LGBT represents a
subset of the wider society. Because of such, the LGBT group, J-FLAG is
not considered representative of the entire gay community.
Lessons learned: It provides a setting for
the discussion of HIV/AIDS and distribution of literature in a previously
underserved, yet large community in Jamaica. The Ministry of Health (as
well as other civil societies) would be able to get some primary data from
across the varying demographics of not only the MSM communities, but also the
other LGBT community also.
Next steps: Possible next steps for
implementation, or recommendations.
The Red Door concept is being refined to include further the
communication of HIV/AIDS to the MSM community. It is embarking on campaigns to
develop social and new media networks within Jamaica
and the rest of the Caribbean.
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