GMFA have announced that due to financial circumstances their website and FS magazine will not longer be funded – for the present.
For two decades the GMFA have been working at the forefront of HIV and sexual health prevention aimed at gay men in London and other major cities throughout the UK.
The charity sites the slashing of HIV and sexual health prevention budgets, the large-scale reorganisation of the NHS and a move from a national sexual health prevention strategy to a local focus, as the reason for the crisis.
However, Mathew Hodson, head of GMFA programmes is determined to turn the situation around, saying: “Whilst this position is obviously a daunting one to find ourselves in, I also believe that it may prove to be a great opportunity for us, an opportunity to re-think what we do and how we do it.”
The funding crisis comes against a backdrop of increased rates of HIV transmission in the gay community. A situation largely thought – not to be a result of a lack of information about HIV transmission – but due to recreational alcohol and drug use. MSM (men seeking men) using social media cruising sites such as Gaydar and Grindr are another likely contributing factor in increased HIV transmissions.
Hodson goes on to say: “ The environment in which we operate has changed enormously and continues to evolve. HIV is increasingly a manageable condition. Anyone who seeks out this information will find it, so it’s no surprise that the fear – which once prevented many people from taking sexual risks – is diminished. Despite these advances, people who live with HIV continue to suffer both physical and emotional disadvantages over the course of their lives as a result of their infection.”
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