On Monday, we attend the House of Commons for the launch of this year’s HIV Prevention Innovation Fund where we unveiled ‘Promote’ - our new project which will be providing HIV support and health promotion for male sex workers in Bristol.

Our Engagement manager, Emma Wells, attended to deliver a short presentation about the key aims, approach and desired outcomes of our successful bid.

I am very proud and excited to announce that we have been awarded funding by Public Health England to develop a 12-month innovative intervention in partnership with Terrance Higgins Trust aiming to engage underserved Male Sex Workers and their clients with existing Sexual Health Services in Bristol

The new service will see us bringing together the experiences of BDP, our Prism service and Terrence Higgins Trust to provide 1-to-1 interventions, promote PrEP and increase access to HIV testing.

We’ll be bringing over 30 years of experience working in Bristol with underserved and hidden populations. This project will see us continue to build upon Prism’s existing good relationships and innovative outreach with our target MSM (men who have sex with men) communities.

I had a great day in London learning all about the projects being funded in 2017-2018, making new connections with other services and celebrating the success of past HIV Prevention Innovation Fund project.

The launch event saw all 12 successfully funded projects present a short overview of their successful bids. The launch finished with speeches from Baroness Barker (All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV and AIDS), Professor John Newton (Director of Health Improvement at Public Health England) and MP Steve Brine (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health and Primary Care).

Stay tuned for more details about Promote.