Continuing implementation of the project “Promoting social inclusion of men who have sex with men (MSM) by improving access and quality of health care services”, the training of health care professionals and volunteers on the needs of MSM, specific risk factors, examination and diagnostic methods will be carried out with the aim of establishing a Network of doctors where MSM will be able to get MSM-friendly and supportive health care services. Trainings will be held from June 12 to 14th, 2014.
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Training for in project involved volunteers will be held on June 12, at Days Hotel VEF, in Riga. Topics of training include – information about the implemented and planned activities within the project; MSM needs in health care. Norwegian experience in provision of specific health care services for MSM; HIV and STIs – epidemiology, how to recognize and prevent those infections? Routine health checkups for MSM – examinations, their frequencyand necessity. Rapid tests of HIV and Syphilis; How to talk to MSM about disease prevention? Communication and motivation; Volunteer’swork, meaning of volunteer’swork.
Two-day training for healthcare professionals will be held for June 13-14, 2014, at Hotel Club 1934, in Ogre. Topics of training include – Introduction to the project and planned activities; STI and HIV in Latvia. InformationfromEMISstudyontheliving conditions, experiencedstigmaand healthassociatedrisks among MSM in Latvia; Discrimination issues; Psychological aspects of working with MSM; MSM needs in health care; Norwegian experience in provision of specific health care services for MSM; Discussion – MSM personal experience with health care: positive and negative; Specificities of sexual health among MSM. The most commoninfectious diseasesamongMSMandthespecificmedical examinations; Rapid tests of HIV and Syphilis, usage of the tests; MSM and patients’ rights. Discrimination in health care.
Lecturers – practitioners, medical teaching doctors RSU faculty members, leading experts in the field of patients’ rights and the Norwegian Gay and Lesbian Health Association representative.
Training is provided by NGO „Baltic HIV association”.
The project is being implemented within the framework of the EEA Financial Mechanism for 2009 – 2014 Grants programmes “NGO Fund” sub-programme “NGO Project Measure”. The Project is supervised by the Social Integration Fund and it is co-financed by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.