Hornet Launches Five Strategies around PrEP Education Among Gay Men in Brazil to Create Change and Speed Up Access
Hornet is the number one gay social networking app in Brazil. In Brazil HIV disproportionately impacts gay men. PrEP will be made available to gay men starting December 1, 2017 in over 10 different cities around the country, however PrEP will not be available “on demand.” Gay men will be able to access it for free at particular clinics around the country. HIV-negative gay men, and the entire LGBT community, could greatly benefit from PrEP. We must ensure that gay men fully understand all there is to know about this new and exciting prevention option and how to access it.
Hornet isn’t just a gay social network it is a part of the LGBT community and Hornet is committed to advancing the health and wellness of gay men in Brazil. The lives of gay men have value and we cannot allow one more gay man to become infected because they didn’t have access to all the available prevention options. If the Brazilian government truly believes in the human rights of all its people then it must dramatically increase its investment in gay men’s health.
Hornet’s intends to create change in Brazil around PrEPand the strategy involves five key components:
What PrEP is and Why it Matters
PrEP Is Available for Free or Low Cost
Mobilizing Social Influencers
Educational Materials for Health Professionals and The Community
Lobby for Policy Change
Hornet, in partnership with UNAIDS Brazil, conducted a PrEP survey among its community of users in Brazil. In the course of two weeks 1843 responses were collected. Some key findings of the survey:
For this PrEP survey in Brazil general awareness of PrEP was high among Hornet users. Hornet is a key source of information about PrEP and that means that the social networking app has a unique opportunity to engage gay men around their sexual health. The rate of HIV among respondents was particularly high and underscores the importance of providing gay men with information and resources about HIV treatment and prevention. Over a third of respondents are likely to use PrEP in the next 6 months highlighting the need for implementation to be ready to meet the needs of ay men on December 1.
Gay men in Brazil are a vibrant and dynamic community that deserves to be cultivated and celebrated. Healthcare is a fundamental human right and all people should have access to antiretroviral medication regardless of HIV status. PrEP can have a profound impact on the HIV epidemic in Brazil but it will require a forceful response from government, businesses, and community.