Terrence Higgins Trust launches Luber: London’s first condom cycle courier service
HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust is to run its first ever condom cycle courier service for gay and bisexual men in East London, as part of the Fringe! queer film and arts festival.
The pilot scheme, which is called Luber, will be offered throughout the festival, which runs from 3rd – 9th November. During that period, men will be able to contact Terrence Higgins Trust via popular gay dating apps and request a free delivery of condoms, lube or a postal HIV test kit, cycled straight to their door.
The Luber riders will also offer confidential information and advice around sexual health, either via the apps or in person, and make referrals to other local services.
Justin Harbottle, Programme Officer at Terrence Higgins Trust, said: “It may seem at first glance like a bit of fun, but Luber has been set up to meet a serious need. London has the highest rates of sexually transmitted infections in the country, so gay and bi men who live here are at greater risk than elsewhere. We’re always looking for new ways to ensure men have what they need to protect themselves, and mobile apps give us a great opportunity to do this. If you’re in East London during this year’s Fringe!, please watch out for the Luber team online and get in touch for free condoms, testing, or advice.”
Fringe! is an annual film and arts festival for the gay community in East London. The programme has been supported by Film Hub London, managed by Film London. Fringe! is proud to be a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network, funded by the National Lottery. The visual arts programme is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. For more details on this year’s programme, visit www.fringefilmfest.com.