Hepatitis C is seen as a serious infection. Quite a few gay men have had it in recent years. The possibility of getting it (again) is a concern to many men. That's why we started NoMoreC. Our long-term goal: no new hepatitis C infections among gay men in Amsterdam.
We know that what we are aiming for is very ambitious. Despite NoMoreC, some unlucky men will get hepatitis C. However, NoMoreC will reduce the chances of getting infected, by fighting hepatitis C on multiple fronts at the same time.
Together with the Amsterdam gay community we want to
Arjan Kröner (The Web, Cuckoo’s Nest), Hans Verhoeven (Underground Fetish), Michael Roks (The Eagle, Dirty Dicks, Invasion), Sjag and Aart Kozak van der Horst (Bear Necessity), Raymond Timmer (Mr. Leather Amsterdam 2017, Mr. Leather Europe 2017), Richard Keldoulis (Club ChUrch, Sauna NZ, GALA), Alexander Pastoors (Hiv Vereniging), Martin Oftner (RoB), GJ Wielinga (COC), Jörgen Moorlag (Poz&Proud), Pieter Claeys (PrEPnu), Yaron Kalfuss (Bullchat), Nelson Sousa da Cunha (Mister B, Damage), Ivo Mittelmeijer (Sauna NZ), Anne Rodermond (Club ChUrch).
We would like to give special thanks to the following members of Amsterdam’s gay community:
Jörgen, Raymond and Tom for their candid personal accounts. Chris, Santiago, Stephane, Thijs, Ybo, Gabriel, Joseph, Adelberto and Dirk, who believed so strongly in the project that they were more than happy to be its public face. Stephane for the instructional videos — we couldn’t have wished for a better detail model.
Also many thanks to the participants in the focus groups for their input in this project, and for letting us know what kind of information they needed. Participants in the co-creation session to decide what to include in the NoMoreC Toolbox. Thijs, Joseph, Stanley, Boris and Matthijs for working with Ivo to spread the word about NoMoreC far and wide within the gay community. Dario for helping us test the website for usability. Ruud, Frans, Nadine, Daan, Vincent, Hijmen, Michel, Thijs, Paul, Ejay, Ivo, Bart, Robert, Stephane, Alexander, Ivo, John, Roland, Raymond, Mirjam, Tiede, Dario, Ingrid, Tamara, Andy, Santiago, Will, Glenn, Jeroen, Hans, Marvin, Fabio, Joseph, Stanley, Adalberto and Arnoud for giving up ten evenings to assemble the Toolboxes. To you all, your contribution to NoMoreC has been priceless.
Thanks also to all owners/managers of the fetish shops and Condomerie, and to all health care professionals: STI nurses, HIV nurses, General Practitioners and pharmacists. It is fantastic how you help create awareness around hepatitis C and how you help distribute the NoMoreC Toolbox and the C-test. Finally a thank you to all owners/managers of the Amsterdam cruise bars and sex venues: Anne, Elard, Ivo, Mike, Michael, Arjan en Richard. As community members you are strong supporters to our project.
We would like to thank the following people for their part in this project:
Barbra de Niet Photography (portrait photography), Marco Hietbrink Fotografie (C-test and Toolbox photography), Ferdinand Maks (instructional videos on disinfection), Esther Maagdenberg (personal accounts and instructional video C-test), Ward van Bilsen (hand modelling for instructional video C-test), Eric Krabbenbosch and Chris Vincent (comic strips and drawings), Siji Jabbar (The English Writer - English translation), Bas Borremans (AIM - graphic design for online and print), Basic Orange (technical realisation of website), Bensound.com (background music for videos), Gebroeders Silvestri (graphic design posters and flyers), Rogerio Lira (graphic design online adds), Swiet and Jurgen (location instructional videos), Lotte Sturkenboom of National Maritime Museum Amsterdam (location photography), Kalja of Condomerie (sponsorship of condoms for the Toolbox); Frank of Blue Wonder (co-sponsorship of Blue Wonder wipes for the Toolbox), Nadine Weber (team & website support ) Ivo Mittelmeijer (NoMoreC promotion coordination), Ejay de Wit (activity coordination NoMoreC), Arjan van Bijnen (website), Marvin de Vos (all sorts of support, such as writing the NoMoreC updates). And finally all the people of MCFree, a consortium of partners who initiated NoMoreC in 2017: microbiologist Janke Schinkel (Amsterdam UMC), HIV/hepatitis C therapist Marc van der Valk (Amsterdam UMC, DC Klinieken), Maria Prins (Amsterdam UMC, head research GGD Amsterdam), Udi Davidovich (senior researcher GGD Amsterdam), Tamara Prinsenberg (researcher GGD Amsterdam), Paul Zantkuijl (policy officer Soa Aids Nederland) Wim Zuilhof (programme leader Soa Aids Nederland), Nina Schat (AIGHD), and the former steering group members Freke Zure (Nederlands Huisartsen Genootschap, previously GGD) en Marije Groot-Bruinderink (researcher GGD Amsterdam, previously AIGHD).