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PrEP activist Phil Samba teamed up with Leon Lopez of Brown Boy Productions to create a series of #PrEPchats. The clips feature men of colour talking about PrEP and was proudly supported by iwantPrEPnow.

We went behind the scenes to ask them some questions.

Exclusive: Behind the scenes

Why are projects like this important?

“I know that a lot of men of colour are not taking PrEP”, says Phil.

While looking into the statistics of PrEP trials from all over the world, Phil Samba was able to identify that only a minority of the participants were men of colour, in particular black males.

Men of Colour Talk About Prep – Phil | Credit: Brown Boy Productions

Blaize is a British-born of Afro-Guyanese descent and one of the participants in this campaign. The marketing communications professional came across PrEP via the British website IWantPrEPNow. He’s one of the very few black men he knows taking it.

He feels that there is a lack of content targeting black and minority communities regarding sexual health.

Men of Colour Talk About Prep – Blaze | Credit: Brown Boy Productions

Representation in media: Why is it important?

Born in the Philippines and UAE-raised is currently residing in London. The set designer is one of the participants in this series. In our behind the scenes interview, Duane makes a bridge between representation and levels of engagement.

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“A lot of media that we see concerning sexual health is mainly centred around the experience of white gay men which you know is clearly not my experience or something that I can fully engage with.”

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Men of Colour Talk About Prep – Duane | Credit: Brown Boy Productions

Andrei was born in Barbados and raised in the UK with family of British, Bajan, and Indian origin. He recognises the lack of representation.

“There’s not enough black representation of individuals who are taking PrEP and open about speaking about it, and sharing their experiences”

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Men of Colour Talk About Prep – Andrei | Credit: Brown Boy Productions

Blaize points out that statistics prove that the message is not reaching the communities effectively.

“Although HIV rates in the UK in general are falling, within ethnic minority communities, and with gay black men especially, they’re still rising”.

Blaize

“I don’t see a lot of South Asian men in advertisements or campaigns linked to LGBT issues” says Fahad.

Men of Colour Talk About Prep – Fahad | Credit: Brown Boy Productions

The only way to increase the levels of engagement is by making all communities feel included and represented.

Now is the time to have these conversations

Duane believes that now is the time to have these conversations.

“People are having conversations about race and I feel like using that momentum to also break down stigmas regarding the intersection of race and sexuality and healthcare”

With this project, Phil hopes that people of all demographics, sexualities and genders to learn more about PrEP and to understand it from different people’s perspectives.


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Impulse London is bringing sexy to safer sex

Celebrate the #InternationalCondomDay

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13th February is International Condom Day and Impulse London is celebrating it with the ‘Slip it On Me’ campaign. The charity is looking to remind us that condoms are still an important tool to keep us safe from STIs.

Conveniently the day before Valentine’s Day, the International Condom Day (ICD) was created by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF). The foundation’s website describes it as an “innovative and lighthearted way to remind people that wearing a condom can prevent pregnancy and STDs, including HIV”.

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Kayden Gray is supporting #InternationalCondomDay | Image: Impulse London

To celebrate the date, the guys at Impulse London stripped off their clothes and created this eye-catching campaign. The highlight of the campaign is the importance of being in control of your sexual life. Sex is something you should enjoy and not fear.

“Being safe is sexy, consent is sexy, your body is sexy!”

Taofique Folarin – Director of Events at Impulse London

Use it or don’t – it is YOUR choice

Nowadays most STIs are easily treatable or manageable and no longer life-threatening, but the symptoms sometimes can be a pain in the ass (literally).

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Testing regularly and using condoms are just two of the many possible ways to keep you and your partners safe.

If having bareback sex is something that causes you anxiety then ‘slip one on’. The last thing you want to be while having sex is tense – especially if you’re bottoming.

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Sex is something you should enjoy, not fear | Image: Impulse London

Taofique Folarin, Director of Events at Impulse London and one of the models in this campaign, understands that conversations like these “can be tricky to have, but are very important and can be very rewarding” but reminds us that “it is important you do not go against your own truth whilst being open to a conversation”.

“Your sexual health is YOUR priority and YOUR responsibility and it is YOUR decision.”

Taofique Folarin – Director of Events at Impulse London
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YOUR body, YOUR choice | Image: Impulse London

“A piece of rubber may not seem sexy. But the safety it provides (if used correctly) can help prevent not only your body, but your self-esteem and your sex life, from embarking on an unnecessarily painful journey.”

 Kayden Gray – Director of Advocacy at Impulse London

Do you know how to use condoms?

When asked which advice he would give to a young gay guy just starting out, Kayden Gray, Director of Advocacy at Impulse London, replied that “being confused about sex stuff is super normal, especially since sex ed is not always taught or applicable or diverse enough for people who aren’t straight. As far as putting on a condom goes, the instructions come with every condom pack. What’s even more exciting, you can find a lot of tutorials online which will give you a very clear idea how to do it.”

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Try different condoms to find the one that fits you best | Photo: Impulse London

If you have any doubts on how to use condoms properly or simply want to see a couple of hot guys putting a condom on their dicks take a look at the educational video below created by the New Zealand non-profit organisation Ending HIV:

For more information on how to have a better and safer sex life visit your nearest sexual health clinic.

If you live in London, you can order a free STI test at Sexual Health London. You can do it from the comfort of your home and it’s easy, discrete and free.

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