UK: LGF receives safer sex campaign award

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The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (LGF) has won an award for its condom initiative.

LGF, which is based in Manchester, received recognition for its Condom and Lube Distribution Scheme (CLDS) in the Wellbeing for All category at the North West Regional Annual Public Health Conference on Tuesday.

LGF staff and volunteers distribute over 600,000 condoms and 600,000 sachets of lube every year to nearly one hundred bars, clubs, universities, saunas, sexual health clinics across the Greater Manchester area.

The charity is currently teaming up with LGBT organisations to promote National HIV Testing Week, which is taking place across England from 23 – 30 November.

The Terrence Higgins Trust (THT), the UK’s largest HIV and sexual health charity, is coordinating the initiative, which is designed to encourage gay and bisexual men to test for the virus, ahead of World AIDS Day on 1 December.

Research continues to show gay and bisexual men are more likely to become HIV positive, compared to other groups, and that a third of gay and bisexual have never tested for the virus.