RESPOND participated in and co-sponsored this year’s National Conference of LGBT Movement and MSM Service of Ukraine “LGBT and Politics: Tipping Point”. The event which assembled more than 140 people took place in Kyiv from September 30 through October 2, 2016.
The conference agenda touched upon such aspects of MSM-service and LGBT movement as advocacy priorities, PR-strategy and ethical principles of cooperation, cooperation in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA), priority research areas, new international guidance on MSM transgender initiatives and more.
At the Conference, RESPOND presented results of the survey of MSM and ART providers on their preparedness to PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis). The research was conducted in partnership with Yale University. The findings and recommendations were submitted to the Technical Working Group on the Unified HIV prevention, testing and treatment protocol of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine.
RESPOND and NGO “Gay Alliance” also presented preliminary results of the RESPOND-designed and supported ‘Reach, Test and Link’ model targeting MSM. The model includes four major components: innovative online outreach, motivational counseling, testing and referral. To reach new MSM clients and engage them into HTS, the online GET TEST campaign was developed, the GET TEST website (http://gettest.com.ua) was launched under this program, 1160 MSM received HIV testing and counseling services over the last year.