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Jane South, Judy White, and Mark Gamsu

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781447305316

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447305316.001.0001

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Sexual health outreach – a case study

Sexual health outreach – a case study

Chapter:
(p.86) (p.87) Seven Sexual health outreach – a case study
Source:
People-centred public health
Author(s):

Jane South

Judy White

Mark Gamsu

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447305316.003.0007

This chapter presents findings from a case study of a sexual health outreach project that operated within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) community and used volunteer peer educators to promote uptake of sexual health screening services. Interviews were conducted with project staff, volunteers and external partners. The chapter starts with a brief review of peer interventions in sexual health promotion. In the case study, volunteers undertook peer education in gay bars and clubs with men who have sex with men. Professional and volunteer role boundaries and relationships are discussed and the value of involving volunteers able to reach into a community of identity is acknowledged. The chapter evidences some good practice in relation to professional support, training and risk management.

Keywords:   sexual health, LGBT, volunteer, peer education, outreach, risk, professional support

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