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OUT LGBT Well-being is dedicated to the building of healthy empowered lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities in South Africa and internationally. OUT wants to reduce heterosexism and homophobia in society.

OUT has been in existence for almost 20 years and is a professional service organization focusing on Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender (LGBT) people. Based in Tshwane (Pretoria), OUT's work takes place on local, provincial, national, continental and international levels. OUT's focus areas of work are direct health and mental health services, research, mainstreaming and advocacy.

Given inadequate mainstream service provision, OUT provides direct health and mental health services to LGBT clients, including:

  • Health services consisting of general physical examinations, HIV counseling and testing, CD4/Viral load testing, referral for Anti-Retroviral Treatment, sexual transmitted infections (STIs) screening and treatment, provision of Post-exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), wellness adherence and referral, and general referral and follow-up.
  • Psychosocial support services including face-to-face counseling, online counseling, telephonic counseling, a monthly youth support group, and a CPD-accredited study group.
  • An extensive barrier method distribution service. Safer sex packs include responsible sex messaging, dental dams, condoms and water-based lubricants.
  • Online interventions through the and providing advice and information about sexuality, responsible sex and sexual health and contain extensive information on a broad range of topics.

OUT offers training to mainstream service providers and other interested parties. The training assists individuals to understand themselves as sexual beings. It sensitises service providers to understand the needs of LGBT individuals - including Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) and Women who have Sex with Women (WSW) and equips them with expert knowledge in rendering services to their clients. It is provided by experts in the field of sexuality and on-going mentoring is available. The trainings are offered both nationally and internationally.

Within OUT's peer education programme, peer educators are recruited directly from the community and trained to become effective role models and opinion leaders who work directly and informally within their own social and sexual networks.

OUT does collaborative research to provide valid and reliable insights into relevant issues and research is used to inform programmes and advocacy.

OUT has been involved in advocacy work since 2006. Past efforts include same-sex marriage, victim empowerment and hate crimes, and the Sexual Offenses Act. Current advocacy work focuses on HIV and hate crime work.

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