Hi everyone! We haven’t updated the blog in a few weeks because we have been busy re-launching GMI. That’s right – we are still here and very much active, but there have been some changes to our service. We have just started doing some completely new work meaning we are in more venues, more often than ever before. In fact, we are aiming to be present in every LGBT venue in London at some point over the next few months! We’re looking forward to the new opportunities this brings – especially the chance of working with new venues and reaching more men than has been possible in the past. As a result our work is now split into 2 areas: outreach and HIV testing.
GMI is funded by the London Councils to engage in outreach in gay commercial venues across London. We also offer monthly, quarterly, and pop-up testing clinics at bars, clubs, gyms and special events throughout the year. Check out our outreach calendar for a testing venue near you!
With funding from HIV Prevention England, GMI offers rapid HIV testing at locations across London. In addition to the testing we do at our offices (Vauxhall, Stepney Green and Ladbroke Grove), we offer the following weekly clinics – visit our outreach calendar for the schedule.
We do rapid, fingerprick HIV tests – The result comes through in less than 60 seconds!
Unfortunately our mentoring and counselling programmes have now finished and we no longer offer one-to-one health trainer sessions. For more information on counselling available to men around their sexual health, please visit the NHS choices website, or your local GUM or sexual health clinic, or talk to your GP.
As a result of our new work you are more likely to see us out and about across London. We are available at venues across the city to answer any questions you might have about HIV/STI prevention and testing so don’t be a stranger, come over and say hello!
For more information on the new GMI partnership please see our website.