Pleasure and Prevention, two vital components in better sexual health outcomes

AIDS Action Council launches a new men’s health campaign on Wednesday 19 April at Cube Nightclub. Play and Pleasure: let’s talk about the sex you want, is aimed at improving men’s communication when negotiating sex with partners and reinforces the key message that pleasure and prevention go hand in hand.

Following the launch, workshops, forums and discussions will be offered across the coming months with guest speakers and staff creating much needed spaces for men to talk and share their experiences, listen to other men’s experiences and learn new ways of enjoying sex safely. 

Melbourne based sex educator, artist and comedian Adam Seymour, fresh from his award winning performances at Melbourne Comedy Festival is headlining the launch with his cheeky and educational show, Wank Bank.

The play and pleasure campaign is the latest strategy from AIDS Action Council to improve the physical and mental health of gay and diverse men in Canberra.  With funding from the legendary MAC AIDS Fund and the AIDS Trust of Australia, the project has a diverse range of local men as champions of the campaign.  

The focus of the campaign emerged from consultations with local men who identified key areas they want to improve on.  Communication skills, building positive relationships and improving self-worth were highlighted as key areas of importance.

AIDS Action Council Executive Director Philippa Moss says the campaign forms part of the work under the Council’s Strategic Plan and the ACT Government’s HIV Statement of Priorities.  The Council is looking forward to working with the ACT Government, clinicians, researchers and community partners to improve government and community strategies to end HIV.

“On the whole, our communities are engaged and mobilised around the goal of ending HIV. However we know those at risk of HIV still need access to information, testing, advocacy and community support.  We look forward to this new campaign addressing these issues.”

Project coordinators Greg McGuirk and Rod Cole are delighted with the engagement already shown by local men.  “There is a willingness in the men to be open to challenging ideas of what it means to be attracted to other men, to dispel myths and talk openly about HIV and the various strategies each of us take to prevent transmission as well as how we treat and look after each other” Mr Cole said.

Further Information: AIDS Action Council CEO Philippa Moss 0418 191 967

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