The Gay Men’s Sexual Health (GMSH) Department is focused on the prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among gay, bisexual, trans and other men who have sex with men (GBTMSM). The program is committed to the development of healthy, vibrant communities free from stigma, achieving these goals through a combination of outreach, support, education and community development initiatives.
The department is staffed by two individuals whom you may contact at any time for support or with questions/concerns related to programming, HIV/STI information, sexual health and safer sex practices:
Gay Men’s Sexual Health Coordinator
Benjamin Warren (right)
Phone: 519-635-2437 (text available) OR 519-570-3687 ext. 314
Gay Men’s Sexual Health Worker
Fabian Fletcher (left)
Phone: 519-570-3687 ext. 312
Please see below for more information on the GMSH Department and its various initiatives.
I’m Ready HIV Self-Tests Program
If you are a guy into other guys seeking HIV testing specifically, please consider the HIV self-testing program that has recently launched called I’m Ready. It is a national research program through which registered participants, 18 years of age and older, can order up to 3 free HIV self-test kits for delivery or to pick-up at a participation pickup location (like ACCKWA!) near you. You will need a smart phone and access to wireless internet or data in order download the program’s mobile app so that you can formally register, which involves completing anonymous surveys, and to access the peer navigation support available to you before, during or after you self-test for HIV. If you have any challenges throughout the program, please feel free to contact us by texting or calling 519-634-2437 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re here to provide additional support and navigation!
Looking for a positive change in your life? Want healthier relationships? Come chat with us about the life you want and make it happen! Mï Talk is a project supporting gay, bisexual, trans and other guys into guys to have better romantic and sexual relationships, and sexual and mental health!
Mï Talk is a free, one-on-one counselling program. Through discussions and exercises with one of our specifically trained staff, you will have a chance to meaningfully and freely talk about and reflect on your life, your romantic and sexual relationships, and your sexual and mental health – whatever they mean to you! By the end of the program, you will be able to identify some actions to achieve the changes you want to make!
Please contact Benjamin for more information or to book an intake session!
Fun & informative workshops: From HIV basics to the legal complexities of HIV disclosure, we can deliver workshops relating to issues affecting gay, bi, and other men who have sex with men as they relate to HIV, other STIs and sexual health. We have workshops and trainings available for service providers as well as gay, bi, and other guys into guys!
The Sex You Want
The Sex You Want (TSYW) is an ongoing campaign in collaboration with Ontario’s Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance. TSYW features animated videos, comic strips, and info-graphics that reflect the complex and diverse experiences of guys into guys grounded in science and a progressive attitude towards sex and pleasure. Check it out!
Volunteer Opportunities and Peer Programs
Do you enjoy meeting new people? Teaching new things to others? Want to make a difference in your community? Come volunteer with us!
Peers are defined by the GMSH Department as those who self-identify as members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and/or Queer community, including those living with and without HIV. Peer opportunities for this program include:
- Park Outreach – From May to October, peers work in pairs to hang kits containing condoms, lube, testing information, and counselling referral information in wooded areas around the region where GBTMSM cruise for sex, as well as clean up any waste that is found. Peers in this program need to be able to go through ACCKWA’s general training as well as our specific park outreach training. They must also be able to navigate through heavily wooded areas in often unpleasant conditions.
- Event Outreach – All year long, the GMSH Department makes appearances at various events and festivals where GBMSM are likely to attend in large numbers. Often, this form of outreach involves interacting with the public through a sexual health quiz game focused on GBMSM sexual health and history. Peers in this program need to go through ACCKWA’s general training, bar outreach training, familiarize themselves with the various resources we distribute, and demonstrate a general aptitude for up-to-date gay men’s sexual health knowledge.
- Online Outreach – Every week, the GMSH Department performs online outreach to GBMSM in a variety of online platforms, from Grindr to Squirt! Peers assist with this program by “checking out” our tablet and performing outreach for an additional three hours per week on their own, on a rotating basis.
If you are interested in volunteering with our program, please visit ACCKWA’s volunteer page.