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In the KNOW

Offering free, confidential, rapid HIV testing, KnowNow can be accessed in bars, clubs, saunas and community centres across the country. These peer-led, non-clinical sessions deliver results within 60 seconds, thereby eliminating the stress and waiting-times you might find in a doctor’s office. Sarah McKenna Barry sat down with some of the volunteers who make the service possible.

Thomas O’Carroll

THOMAS, ORIGINALLY FROM BALLYBUNION IN KERRY, HAS BEEN LIVING IN THE LIBERTIES FOR NEARLY FIVE YEARS NOW. THOMAS LEFT THE KINGDOM FOR THE “BIG GAY WORLD” WHEN HE WAS 17. HE MOVED TO DUBLIN AFTER STUDYING FINANCE IN CORK. THERE, HE MET ADAM SHANLEY, KNOWNOW’S CO-ORDINATOR.

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In this super-hot Sex Issue, we are celebrating sex positivity and body positivity, all of the good stuff, basically. In a host of incredible interviews and opinion pieces, the community speaks about the issues that matter to them. The fabulous Evvol talk about showcasing lesbian eroticism in their work, while a special report details the afterparty scene for gay men. We speak to Mary Shannon, the custodian of the Irish Names Quilt, while iconic photographer Wolfgang Tillmans talks about his latest exhibition. In recognition of the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day, we highlight the activists and volunteers of ACT UP and KnowNow and look at key moments in Ireland's battle against the virus. We also speak to people from across the spectrum of varying relationships about why theirs works for them. We think you'll enjoy this one!