Me1st activation
Johannesburg, South Africa – 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) prioritize their health, and especially care related to HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, whilst being supported through healthcare systems that are not judgmental and enable men who have sex with other men to access the care they deserve.  To help MSM maintain and improve sexual health, Right to Care has partnered with clinics across the country that provide 100% confidential and discreet HIV & STI screening in an understanding, judgement free environment.
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 homosexual 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.”
Since launch date, the Me1st road-show has visited Bloemfontein, Kimberly, East London and Durban where hundreds of men were tested and educated about putting MSMs wellbeing above everything else, about them living their truth and about living life on their terms.
The Roadshow will continue over the next  3 months returning the following cities: Kimberley, East London, Bloemfontein and Durban and will be targeting MSMs 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.

A volunteer signs up for free HIV testing at the Me1st campaign roadshow activation in Durban.



Two men who completed free HIV testing at the Me1st campaign roadshow activation in East London pictured in front of the Me1st campaign expression wall.



Comments from Moshe Ndiki, popular television host, musician and presenter on the me1st campaign


Photo credit: Right to care

About Right to Care

Right to Care is a non-profit organisation that supports and delivers prevention, care, and treatment services for HIV, TB and other infectious diseases. Through technical assistance, Right to Care supports the private sector, the Department of Health and the Department of Correctional Services. In addition, through direct service delivery, Right to Care treats patients for HIV, TB and sexually transmitted infections. Right to Care International works in countries outside of South Africa, primarily Lesotho, Malawi, Myanmar, Ukraine and Zambia, through EQUIP consortium to provide a broad range of health care interventions..

Connect with Me1st:

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/me1stZA/
Twitter – @Me1stSa
Instagram – @me1stsa
Website: www.me1st.co.za

For press enquires –bruce@bldgroup.com
For info on campaign- palesa.khambi@righttocare.org

Note to editors:

The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a virus that attacks the immune system, our body’s natural defence against illness. If HIV is left untreated, a person’s immune system will get weaker and weaker until it can no longer fight off infections which are often life-threatening.

Men who have sex with other men (MSM) are men who just do that regardless of whether or not they also have sex with women, are straight or are gay or bisexual or identify in other ways. Sex can be defined in many different ways from emotional, physical, penetrative and non-penetrative sexual acts.

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are infections that are passed on during unprotected sex with an infected partner. This includes vaginal, anal or oral sex. Common STIs include Gonorrhoea, Chlamydia, Genital Herpes Genital Warts, Syphilis and Hepatitis B and C. A person may not have any obvious symptoms if they have an STI. The correct use of a condom during sex dramatically decreases the risk of STI transmission.

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) involves people taking HIV antiretroviral drugs when they are at risk of exposure to HIV in order to prevent infection. PrEP is two HIV medications combined into one pill. PrEP is highly effective in preventing sexual transmission of HIV.

Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is a way to prevent HIV infection after a recent possible exposure to HIV. PEP should be used only in emergency situations and must be started immediately – no later than 72 hours – after a recent possible exposure to HIV.

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