Are you looking for a boyfriend? Do you want a relationship that lasts longer than a night? If so, look out for the ‘Getting a Boyfriend’ course from GMFA, the gay men’s health charity, which is running in 12 cities across the UK in July. It’s a free one-day course to help you understand more about yourself and what you want in relationships. It also includes advice on how to stick to safer sex when you do find that special someone.
Matthew Hodson, Head of Programmes at GMFA, says: “For many of us, having some romance or even a partner to share our life with is important. However, finding and maintaining a relationship can take work. This course will help men take a fresh look at what they want from a relationship and how to go about getting it.”
This course will encourage you to think about whether you are ready for a relationship, what you bring to and want from a relationship, as well as the qualities that attract you to a man. You’ll have a chance to think about areas such as whether you want an open or monogamous relationship, what sort of commitment you are after, and whether you are looking for a boyfriend in the right places.
The course also covers the sexual decisions that are made in relationships, how your safer sex strategy may change, and how to minimise your risks of HIV and STI infection.
Matthew Hodson, Head of Programmes at GMFA, says: “There’s no denying the excitement of a new love. In the first few months emotions can run high and it’s in this time that men often take sexual risks they wouldn’t normally take. The course will help men to stay focussed and in control of the sex they have so they can protect themselves and their partners from HIV and other STIs.”
GMFA has run the course nationally for the last two years. Throughout July 2010, GMFA will run the courses with trainers from local gay charities and healthcare services including: Armistead Project, The Eddystone Trust, Healthy Gay Life, Healthy Gay Nottingham, The Lesbian and Gay Foundation, MESMAC North East, The Sheffield Centre for HIV & Sexual Health, Southampton Gay Community Health Service, Terrence Higgins Trust, and Yorkshire MESMAC.
All of GMFA’s courses and workshops are free of charge to participants but places are limited and must be booked in advance. To book a place, go to www.gmfa.org.uk/national or call 020 7738 3712.
The ‘Getting a Boyfriend’ course takes place on a Saturday from 10am to 5pm. The dates for 2010 are:
17 July: Bradford, London, Nottingham, Sheffield
24 July: Bristol, Liverpool, Manchester, Plymouth, Southampton
31 July: Birmingham, Brighton, Newcastle
GMFA’s national ‘Getting a Boyfriend’ course is funded by the Community HIV & AIDS Prevention Strategy.