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Manchester Question Time-style debate asks ‘What can be done to stop gay and bisexual men becoming HIV positive?

By Mancunian Matters staff

As Manchester Pride approaches, a public event asking ‘What can be done to stop gay and bisexual men becoming HIV positive?’ is being held next week.

The Question Time-style debate will feature a guest panel including health professionals, members of the gay community and HIV positive people. 

It is hosted by The Lesbian & Gay Foundation, Gaydio and Manchester’s Public Health Development Service (NHS) and is part of Manchester Pride’s fringe festival.

We know how to prevent HIV in our communities,” said Andrew Gilliver, Campaigns & Engagement Manager for The Lesbian & Gay Foundation. 

“What is challenging is how we remain committed as a community to making sure that we all feel able to play a role in making sure that no-one is needlessly affected by the virus, which continues to cause so much harm and distress in our lives.”

Only in 2010, 3,000 gay and bisexual men were diagnosed with HIV in the UK – the highest yearly figure since records began, according to The Health Protection Agency.

And now the event seeks to put this issue out in the open, in what the organisers feel is ‘one of the most pro-active cities in Europe as far as gay and bisexual men’s health promotion is concerned’ – Manchester.

The debate is open to members of the public and those that can’t make it can also send via email or join in the debate via Twitter.

Mr Gilliver said: “We need to talk about we all feel empowered to prevent the ongoing spread of HIV.”

The debate is hosted on Wednesday August 22, 7pm – 9pm at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation, 5 Richmond Street, Manchester, M1 3HF.

Questions can be put to the panel by emailing [email protected] or you can follow the debate live on Twitter @lgfoundation #weneed2talk

For more information on The Lesbian & Gay Foundation’s sexual health services for men visit www.lgf.org.uk/testing

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