Outreach with the unreachables: Why online outreach is so important

GMI Partnership

I once was at a sexual health conference where the presenter said that there was no such thing as a difficult to reach population, but just the wrong methods to reach the population. More than ever this seems accurate when you think of the way outreach has changed over the last few years. Previously sexual health outreach was all face-to-face in bars, clubs and other locations whereas now it is a mixture of online – in chat rooms, on apps and on profile sites – and in more traidtional, physical locations. But why is this so important and what are the benefits of doing online outreach specifically?

The main reason online outreach is vital is because of the prevalence of internet use as a means to meet sexual partners. Indeed, a UK study that is now nearly 10 years old showed that even at the turn of the 21st century…

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About thepositivevoice

We originally set out to advocate and campaign for and on behalf of people living with HIV in Greater Manchester. But we chose to slightly change our name by adding beyond. Therefore our name is Greater Manchester & Beyond of People Living With HIV & AIDS. Cause there are many issues that affects people living with HIV we now look ate other health and social care issues that will affect people living with HIV in their everyday lives. For the purpose of this site we have chosen a strap-line name hence our user name here - this is of course "thepositivevoice". The reason for this is often the issues that affect us can be quite daunting and discriminatory to our very existence. So whatever negative we hear and see - we endeavour to turn that into a positive. There are many examples where a negative has turned into a positive and one of those example is the term "Queer" - well that is also quite interesting as some people in the lesbian and gay community don't like that very word - some have decided to own it. Therefore any person that calls another person (the example here) queer - some gay people will reply yes we are. As time moves on and I as the author of this blog - information will be never-ending. So watch this space.
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