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A call to action: add PrEP to Ontario’s public drug plans!
Source: List PrEP Now!
Hey guys! The Men4Men team is excited to announce that we will be atCedars Campground with our friends from A.C.C.K.W.A The AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo & Area on August 6th from 12 – 5pm. Come see us by the pool for information, safer sex supplies, games, prizes, and we will be offering rapid, anonymous HIV testing onsite as well!
We are looking for folks in Brant and Halton to help us reach more guys in the regions we serve! If you are a community minded guy who is passionate about gay/bi/queer men’s sexual health than this might just be the right volunteer opportunity for you.
The AIDS Network offer’s couples HIV testing on the last Tuesday of every month from 1:00pm – 4:00pm in our office at 140 King St E unit 101 (lower level).
Some Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. What is Couples HIV Testing?
A. Couples HIV Testing is a way for you and your partner(s) to get tested for HIV and to get your test results together. This can start a conversation between you and your partner(s) about HIV, and can help you talk openly about your next steps as a sexually active couple. Counselling topics include relationship rules about safer sex, drug use, and sex with other partners.
Q. Who is Couples HIV Testing for?
A. Couples HIV Testing is for yourself and your partner(s) who are in a sexual relationship, or else planning to have sex. You will need to commit to discussing HIV risk and concerns together, commit to receive your results together, commit to shared confidentiality of results and personal health information shared during counselling, and commit to making HIV disclosure decisions together – that is to make decisions together about sharing your test results.
Q. What kind of HIV test is it?
A. Couples HIV Testing uses the rapid Point of Care test, where you receive your results during the same visit.
Q. What if one or both of us test positive?
A. As with other testing sites, the counsellor will ask to take a blood sample to confirm your result through another test at the Ontario Public Health laboratory. The counsellor will then have a private session with each individual who has tested positive to discuss options for notifying past partners.
Q. Do I have to disclose previous sex parters or sex I have had outside of our relationship?
A. No. Unlike other HIV tests you may have taken where the nurse asks about previous sexual activity, Couples HIV Testing focuses exclusively on the present and future.
Q. I am HIV positive but I have not told my partner. Can we get Couples HIV Testing?
A. Absolutely! Couples HIV Testing can give you a chance to share your HIV status with the help of a counsellor. As well, it gives your partner(s) a chance to be tested. It can start a healthy discussion between you about how to manage the realities of HIV in your relationship.
Q. We don’t consider ourselves a couple, we are having sex, should we consider Couples HIV Testing?
A. Yes, some couples chose to get tested together before having sex or early in their relationship. If you are having sex or thinking about having sex, you can get Couples HIV Testing.
For more information, call 905-528-5894
All the details are secured and I could not be more excited to be hosting this fantastic evening of knowledge sharing and community building! Please join us on September 24th at the Spice Factory (you might remember it as the Werx) for some food, dialogue and important information about this game changing prevention technology. Mixer to follow, hope to see you there!
Hey guys! Check out the newly revamped http://www.thesexyouwant.ca ! a great resource for info on gay men’s sexual health. Record a message for a chance to win an apple watch!
A familiar story for a lot of us, this is why we need a sex ed curriculum that gives kids ALL the facts they need. For other stories, see the full article here.
“The sex ed I got in my small, northern Ontario public high school around 2001 included NO mention of the existence of homosexuality that I can recall. It may have been in printed literature but my Grade 9 health and phys. ed teacher didn’t mention it, that’s for sure. I didn’t get any before that in public school apart from a nurse from the public health unit showing us how to put a condom on a banana.
There was only one openly gay person in my high school of around 1,000 people. When I was in Grade 10, he fatally shot himself with a shotgun. Nobody at the school officially acknowledged his death (perhaps because it was suicide) but the message was that nobody cares about gay kids. I literally felt like I might be the only one left after he died.
However, my outdoor education teacher in Grade 11 told us that as many as 10 per cent of people are LGBTQ. He said that in our class of 25, at least a couple of us would be gay and that was normal. (At least two of us are, I later found out.) Even though I had read that fact many times before online, hearing a teacher say it gave it legitimacy and made things a lot better for those of use who were in the closet or still figuring out our sexuality.
We should never underestimate how important it is for teachers in particular to talk about this stuff, because a lot of well-meaning parents are too afraid to get into it, or don’t have the facts. Mine didn’t.”