World AIDS Day Screening of 'Fact or Fiction' film today at Birkbeck, University of London - 01.12.14
HIVsport to screen the winning 'Fact or Fiction' film today at the Birkbeck Business Seminar, 'The Business of Inclusion in Football'.
Chaired by HIVsport's Dr Andy Harvey of Birkbeck, University of London, the seminar will look at moving the debate on from anti-discrimination policies, practices and campaigns, as important as these have been in addressing homophobia and other forms of discrimination in football.
Monday 1st December, 2014, 6pm at Birkbeck, University of London, Room B20, Main Building, Torrington Square, WC1E 7HX
HIVsport was part of a European partnership funded by EuropeAid. The lead partner of our Millennium Development Goals Realisation Project was the Open Education Centre Foundation in Bulgaria. The objective of this project was to encourage young people and educators from Europe (Bulgaria, Romania, Italy and the UK) and Southern Africa to take action to deal with problems in their communities in support of realisation of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.
HIVsport ran an international competition that encouraged young people to create a short film that illustrated how sport can raise awareness about HIV and AIDS. This could be interpreted in any way they chose, keeping in mind that the purpose of this film was to be used to educate young people in Europe and Southern Africa.
Each film deals with two different issues concerning HIV and AIDS and how sport can help raise awareness and educate young people about HIV and AIDS.
To see all of the films go to:
Hoping to score in Brazil? Play safe, use a condom / HIVsport joins national campaign - 09.06.14
Football fans should take a supply of condoms to the World Cup. That is the message from the UK’s leading sexual health charity FPA ahead of the tournament which kicks off this week.
Supported by HIVsport, The Men's Health Forum and The England Band, the FPA has launched its Play safe, use a condom campaign to help men think more about their sexual health before they travel to Brazil. An army of 10,000 England fans is expected to make the trip.
Sexually transmitted infection (STI) rates in the country, and particularly among sex workers, are much higher than in the UK. This means men who have unprotected sex there are exposing themselves to greater risk.
TV doctor and FPA patron Dr David Bull said England supporters should pack condoms for their trip to Brazil, even if it is ‘just in case’.
“It’s a really good idea to take your favourite brand from the UK,” he said. “Condoms sold in Brazil may not be as rigorously tested as those here which carry the British Standards Institution Kitemark.
“You might not be planning to have sex at the World Cup, but it is better to be prepared if it does happen.
“Everyone will be in high spirits and no doubt lots of alcohol will be consumed. In these situations, there’s more chance of people doing something they might later regret.”
The rate of HIV infection in Brazil is double that in the UK among 15 to 49-year-olds, and among female sex workers it is 20 times higher.
Chlamydia and syphilis rates in the country are also significantly higher.
The campaign is being backed by charity HIVsport as well as the England Supporters Band who will travel with fans to Brazil.
Natika H Halil, FPA’s Director of Health and Wellbeing, said stories of men having unprotected sex while on holiday are common.
“Over the years we have heard from many men who have travelled abroad for sporting events, or on stag parties, work trips, or lads’ holidays.
“Quite often drink has been involved and they have had unprotected sex.
“They’ve contacted us in a panic because they don’t know if they have a sexually transmitted infection. The best way to avoid this is to keep a supply of condoms with you, and if you do have sex make sure you use them.”
Professor Lord Patel of Bradford, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Men's Health, said it was important for men to remember basic sexual health messages.
“STIs are on the rise among men and it sometimes seems the hard-hitting condom messages of the 1980s have been forgotten or people are too young to remember them in the first place,” he said.
“As men, we can be a bit complacent when it comes to our own health, and particularly sexual health. The bottom line is using a condom will help protect against both STIs and pregnancy.
“Let’s hope the only thing our men bring home from Brazil is the trophy.”
- Carry condoms which have been quality-tested to UK standards
- Condoms can be damaged by oil-based products such as lotions, including sunscreen. Heat can also be a problem, so store them in a cool, dry place.
- STIs can be passed on through unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex, by genital contact and through sharing sex toys - If you have oral sex, cover the penis with a condom or the female genitals and male or female anus with a latex or polyurethane square, also known as a dental dam.
- Not all STIs have symptoms, but you can still pass them on to other people. If you are worried you have a sexually transmitted infection when you return home, visit your local sexual health clinic or GP as soon as possible. You can use FPA’s Find a Clinic tool.
Throughout the campaign, information, advice, and signposting to sexual health services for testing and treatment will be available at www.fpa.org.uk/playsafe
International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia - 17.05.14
HIVsport’s very own, Dr Andy Harvey has written an article An assessment of the current ‘state of play’ in regards to homophobia and transphobia in English football.
The article has been published by the Birkbeck Sports Business Centre to mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) on May 17th 2014.
The global always incorporates the domestic within its scope, and in turning our attention to the contentious issue of homophobia in English football we hope to contribute to the debate on ways to tackle discrimination and promote inclusion in sport in the UK and further afield.
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