Innovative sexual health promotion to engage lesbian, bisexual and queer women in a regional festival setting

Presentation Type: Panel
Conference Stream: Intersections
Presenter: Edda Lampis
Presentation Title: Innovative sexual health promotion to engage lesbian, bisexual and queer women in a regional festival setting
Room: Swan
Program schedule: Friday 14 August 2015 at 16:30
Duration: 15 mins

Summary

The Latex and Lolly Shop is an ACON health promotion intervention designed to engage LBQ women in promotion of STI and BBV risk reduction strategies using a colourful and engaging health promotion activity run at the 2014 Tropical Fruits New Year’s Eve party in Lismore NSW. The activity featured a stall with an array of jars with contents including condoms and gloves of various sizes, dams, lube sachets, nail files, CLAUDE and other health promotion resources, STI testing information and, of course, lollies. Individuals could ‘pick n mix’ from a number of risk reduction strategies, including but not limited to latex barriers. The activity provided health promotion staff with opportunities to discuss and demonstrate (simulate) correct latex use and have nuanced conversations with party goers regarding attitudes to latex, utilisation and knowledge of risk reduction strategies and testing. In addition to the static display, pre-made ‘goodie bags’ and were used as a roving intervention to drive traffic to the stall. Engagement of community based artists as volunteers to the project saw the creation of high quality infrastructure for the stall including costumes; maximising visual impact whilst significantly reducing cost. This 3 hour, low cost intervention facilitated the distribution of 1717 safe sex resources and 44 sexual health related brief Interventions. Participants in this workshop will learn about all stages of design, implementation and evaluation of this health promotion intervention and will be able to apply key themes to their own projects, particularly those working with regionally based LBQ women.

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