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Volunteers needed for safe sex programme

Tue 11 Apr 2006 In: New Zealand Daily News

The AIDS Foundation is seeking volunteers for Team Safe Sex, a new initiative visitng gay bars, venues, events, chat rooms and internet dating sites to promote HIV awareness, challenge risky behaviour and encourage safe sex. At this stage, the programme is based only in Auckland, where the bulk of new HIV infections are concentrated. Three out of every four of the new HIV diagnoses among MSM in New Zealand last year involved a man living in the Auckland region. Volunteers must be outgoing, have a passion for the wellbeing of the gay community, like going to gay bars, sex-on-sites venues, dance parties and events, and find it easy to chat to strangers. Team Safe Sex members will also support another new initiative about to be launched on the Auckland scene, the Safe Sex Beauties – a team of drag divas who have got together to promote HIV awareness. Initially, Safe Sex Beauties Ribena, Sha-ne'ne' and Queenie Aotearoa will be appearing every second Wednesday night at Family bar to distribute condoms, chat to clientele about safe sex and doing the occasional drag number on stage. It is hoped this initiative can be expanded to other bars and events as the team develops.    

Credit: News Staff

First published: Tuesday, 11th April 2006 - 12:00pm

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