Programs and Services at ACT for people concerned about HIV/AIDS
If you are friend, partner, or family member of someone living with HIV, or if you are someone who is concerned about your risk for getting HIV, we are here to support you!
Bathhouse Counselling Program - Towel Talk:
TowelTalk provides free, confidential and anonymous mental health counselling to diverse populations of gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in bathhouses. You can drop in any of the participating bathhouses and talk to a professional counsellor if you feel like talking to someone, or you can book an appointment with him at our offices at ACT or in another location such as a coffee shop. For more information or to book an appointment, call 416-340-8484 ext 289 or just go and see the counsellor when he is at the baths! You can also check the calendar to see when the counsellor is at your bathhouse of choice at www.actoronto.org/toweltalk
ACT provides free, confidential counselling to anyone who knows someone with HIV, or is concerned about HIV. Counsellors will meet with you at ACT offices, over the phone, or in other locations, such as coffee shops. There is no need to give a real name if anonymity or confidentiality is a concern. Couples counselling, grief/bereavement counselling, and counselling for a partner of someone with HIV, are all available. To book an appointment with a counsellor call 416-340-2437 or drop by our offices. A counsellor is available without an appointment, on a first come first served basis, Monday through Friday. Call ahead at 416-340-2437 for the ‘drop-in counselling’ hours for the day, or you can view the schedule at www.actoronto.org/counselling.
Gay Men's Community Education:
We provide HIV and STI prevention services for gay and bi through sexual health promotion workshops/discussion groups that are inclusive of a diversity of men including men living with HIV. Look for our ‘One Night Stand’ and ‘Knowledge = Power’ workshops/discussion groups. We also develop information resources that address HIV in the larger context of gay men's health. Our newest initiative, Totally OutRIGHT, is a sexual health leadership program for young gay men (visit www.actoronto.org/to.) And, we provide sexual health promotion training for service providers who work with gay and bi men. For more information about any of these services, visit www.actoronto.org/gaymen or call 416-340-8484 ext. 264.
Gay Men’s Outreach:
We provide community health outreach for gay and bisexual men, regardless of their HIV status, at bars, clubs, events, parties and bath houses. We coordinate the annual production of more than 150,000 condom/lube packs by volunteers through our condom stuffing parties. To find out about upcoming condom stuffing events visit www.actoronto.org/condomstuffing. For more information about our programs, or to find out where you can find our free condom/lube packs out in the community visit www.actoronto.org/gaymen or call 416-340-8484 ext. 254.
Gay Men's Online Outreach:
We provide HIV/STI and hepatitis C information and referrals through social and sexual networking sites (SNS). Look for us on a number of sites where guys go to meet other men for sex. To find out where and when we will be online, check out www.actoronto.org/onlineoutreach. For more information about this program, call 416-340-8484 ext. 234.
Gay Men’s Harm Reduction Outreach:
We offer late-at-night and early morning outreach to gay men of all ages who like to party. We provide safer drug use and sexual health information and resources to substance-using gay youth and men at night clubs, dance bars, after hours venues, festivals, bathhouses and online. We also provide a peer support program called SPUNK! for guys who are interested in making changes in their substance use. Visit www.actoronto.org/spunk or call 416-340-8484 ext. 235. Information on party drugs can be found at www.torontovibe.com and www.himynameistina.com.
HIV411 is an online mapping tool that provides access to up-to-date information about HIV-related programs in Canada for people who need to access services and for service providers who might want to know where to refer someone. Visit www.HIV411.ca
- A partnership with the Toronto HIV/AIDS Network's Information and Access Working group.
Information about HIV/AIDS, safer sex, safer drug use:
We have lots of information about HIV and AIDS, safer sex and safer drug use at out office. You can also get free condoms here! Most information can also be found on our website at www.actoronto.org/information
Portuguese-speaking Men’s Outreach:
We develop and distribute resources and sexual health promotion information to gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men in community venues frequently by Portuguese speaking men in Toronto like bars, clubs, events, parties, bath houses and online. We provide discussion groups and opportunities for community engagement and development through our Ponto de Encontro program, and we have an extensive network of community venues that provide free condom and lube packs. We provide training sessions to service providers in collaboration with other agencies serving Portuguese speaking communities in Toronto. For more information about any of these services visit www.actoronto.org/portugues or call 416-340-8484 ext. 242.
Women and HIV/AIDS Initiative-Toronto (WHAI-Toronto):
We provide information, training, and resources about HIV prevention and sexual health to non-profit agencies that provide services for women. By collaborating with WHAI-Toronto, these agencies can better integrate HIV education and support into their existing work. We also develop resources and information on women and HIV and make these available to any agency interested. To find out more about our programs call 416-340-8484 ext. 276 or ext. 453 or visit our website, Shared Health Exchange, at www.shexchange.net