PrEP and new BCNCheckpoint services

La PrEP is a preventive measure that protects people who are not infected with HIV

VIDEO GAYLES.TV Although 2012 was allowed to be used in the United States, in Europe it is still in the process of approval by the European Medicines Agency. Currently in Spain there are 3.500 new infections every year; more of 60% are from men who have sex with other men. To end this epidemic that especially affects the LGTB + collective is urgent to take political measures. He Dr. Pep Coll (Fundació Lluita Against AIDS y BCN Checkpoint) Y Ferran Pujol (director of BCN Checkpoint) explain what the PrEP is and the need to approve its use without delay.

BCN Checkpoint launches a psychological care service aimed primarily at people who do chemsex.

BCNCheckpointUsers BCN Checkpoint have as of April 2017 a new psychological care service aimed at people who require support and guidance in matters related to their psycho-emotional and psychosexual health. The psychologist Antoni Gata, a member of the BCN Checkpoint team and responsible for this new service, explains that «the project was born to respond to the demand for advice and help expressed by some of the users when they come to the center to get tested for HIV or other controls STIs (sexually transmitted infections) ”and adds that, although it is not a program only aimed at people who do chemsex (use of certain drugs for sex), "most of those who have already signed up have done so because they consider that they have problems derived from this type of practice."

BCN Checkpoint's psychological counseling service follows a holistic, person-centered model that facilitates the approach to sexuality in an open manner, without fears, moralities or prejudices. In this sense, the therapeutic relationship is never impositive but collaborative and it is the user himself who poses the problems and sets the goals he wants to achieve.

The therapy consists of 8 sessions of 60 minutes and, like the entire service portfolio of BCN Checkpoint, it is free and confidential. It has the collaboration of Departament de Treball, Afers Socials i Famílies. In principle, it was planned to start the pilot project with only 5 participants but the large number of people who want to take part has advised to increase to 25 the available places that soon have been covered and has had to open a waiting list.

Ferran Pujol, director of the center managed by the NGO Projecte dels NOMSHispanosida, stresses that since its foundation, more than 10 years ago, «BCN Checkpoint has been incorporating new services, depending on the needs of its users, to offer the most comprehensive care possible to the sexual health of the collective ». In this sense, adds Pujol, with the new psychological care program “we want to respond to people who come to our center with high levels of anxiety due to stigma and homophobia, substance use or who are immersed in a series of life events they don't know how to handle and seek advice and help. '

People interested in accessing BCN Checkpoint psychological care program must make an appointment by calling +933 182 056 or go personally to the center. If for some reason you can not do this you can send an email to [email protected].

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