AN organisation with a sexual health and education mandate in South Australia is preparing to open a new location accessible to people in Adelaide’s city centre later this week.

SHine SA’s facility aims to provide a range of services, including sexual health and HIV support, education and training programs, and rapid HIV testing.

Jill Davidson, SHine SA’s CEO, emphasised the facility’s focus on peer-led services.

“We think this a real strength as it creates a safe place for people from the LGBTIQ community to access important health care and support,” Davidson said in a statement.

“The ability to deliver services through a city site underpins SHine SA’s commitment to sexual and reproductive health of South Australians by developing a service hub that will have a comprehensive range of service offerings in the future.”

Heather Karmel, SHine SA’s Board Chair, also talked up the purpose and importance of the new facility.

“SHine SA’s addition of a city site to its complement of four suburban and three prison clinics supports our strategy vision to provide accessible and comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services to the communities which we serve,” Karmel said.

A new program is being launched to coincide with the opening of the Hyde Street site called SAMESH, or South Australian Mobilisation and Empowerment for Sexual Health. This service is specifically aimed at gay men as well as people living with HIV. It provides counselling, peer support, and health promotion.

The new Hyde Street locale will officially open on August 10.

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