Q: When did it start?
A: Developing the project proper started in 2011, writing in 2012, while funding was secured in 2014. MENRUS.CO.UK was built in 2015 and launched on 1st November.
Q: What did it cost?
A: £10,000 initially grant for a bespoke website built in Wordpress, and a computer (2014) and a second £10,000 grant (2016) is allowing us to develop the website (2016/ 2017).
Q: How big are you?
MEN R US is made up of seven key sections: YOU, MEN, BODY, SEX, STIs, DRUGS and MORE with 201,069 words (1/9/19).
Checked and corrected monthly, the website contains around 9,500 hyperlinks. We aim to have no more than .2% broken links at any one time (thanks to Tom). Other HIV and LGBT+ websites seem to average arond 5%.
At an average reading speed (250-300 words/ minute) it will take you 11-13½ hours to read MEN R US in one go - without clicking the links or watching any of the films. The website has doubled in size since 2015, with MORE added in 2018.
Q: Why is the website so London focused?
A: The funding has only gone so far and it's our home. More funding and we'll go further afield.
Q: Who funds you?
A: Running costs are met by a core grants from MAC AIDS (2017-2019), and the project receives voluntary donations which are invaluable.
Q: Are you a charity?
A: No. MEN R US is part of the Gay Men's Health Collective (GMHC) which is a company limited by guarantee and community interest company. GMHC is working towards becoming a charity by 2020.
Q: Where are you based?
A: We don't have a street office as such. However, based in central London we work from each others' homes when we need to - we're friendly that way. We also work out of the Release office in Aldgate two days a week.
Q: Who writes, runs and updates the site?
A: Volunteers and we think of ourselves as informed gay men, certainly not experts. If we need help we go get it. Overall, GMHC operates its three projects with 56 hours/ week (approx).
Q: What happens if something is wrong or I'd like to see something added?
A: Let us know and see what we can do. MEN R US is not perfect, it's part of our charm.
Q: How can I help?
A: Email us. We're always on the lookout for volunteers to help write, edit, update and proof.
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