RFSL's outreach work with HIV and health consists of the Sexperts' Chat, the Newly Arrived LGBTQ People's Health project, Testpoint, and various different workshops.
Sexperts’ Chat is an online peer-to-peer intervention for men who have sex with men and trans people. The service is run by RFSL Stockholm and RFSL, and is financed by a grant for HIV prevention from the Swedish Public Health Agency. RFSL and RFSL Stockholm have run Sexperts’ Chat as a national program since 2009.
The target groups are mainly trans people and men who have sex with men. Sexperts’ Chat can be found online at Qruiser.com and on Facebook two-three nights a week, where questions from members of the target groups are answered. The Sexperts chat with almost 1,500 people per year, and the service is greatly appreciated. The volunteers who work with the service are themselves part of the target groups, and have been appropriately trained for the work. Sexperts’ Chat also offers free condoms and lubricants to target groups.
Workshops on Safer Sex and HIV for RFSL Newcomers Groups
RFSL arranges workshops on safer sex and HIV that are geared towards the RFSL Newcomers groups. The workshops are organised by RFSL’s Health and HIV Prevention section and the project is funded by the Swedish Public Health Agency. RFSL has provided workshops specifically for Newcomers since 2013, but is now expanding its operation.
The target groups are newly arrived migrants, asylum seekers, and people without documents from all over the world. The response has been positive with the participants feeling that they learn a lot, and also get to talk about things they might not have had the possibility to discuss before. RFSL has trained Newcomers group members to hold their own workshops around the country.
Workshops about sex, safer sex, commuication and lust for trans people
RFSL organizes workshops about sex by and for trans people. The events are separatistic, meaning that both the persons facilitation the workshop and the participants identify as trans themselves. The purpose is to create a safer space to talk with peers about sexuality, communication, safer sex and lust. Often these workshops are organized during a trans gathering or a Pride event. RFSL has trained trans people to facilitate these workshops.