2SGBQ+ Men's Programs
Our programs for Two-Spirit, gay, bisexual, and queer men who have sex with men (2SGBQ+) work towards the prevention of HIV and related sexually transmitted infections (STIs). All of this work is in a broader context of overall individual sexual and mental health for all men; whether you are living with HIV, not living with HIV, or are not aware of your status. Sometimes we can be made to feel ashamed of who we are or what we find hot, sexy and fun, which can make it more difficult to make choices that bring us closer to the good health we deserve.
Our programs are tailored to address and respond to the unique needs of 2SGBTQ+ men's communities, including Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) community members, and aim to promote regular HIV/STI testing and prevention, equip participants with community leadership skills, and encourage knowledge sharing with peers and community members.
Our programs provide HIV/STI prevention and harm reduction programming for 2SGBQ+ men directly, as well as organizations and health-related professionals that work with them.
This may look like outreach, information and supportive counselling, or formal workshops and presentations. We also take part in provincial and national sexual health campaigns as a local partner, and we always have free condoms and lube available at our office and community events. Our programs support 2SGBQ+ men to gain insight into the kind of sex they like and want to have, as well as learn effective ways to keep themselves, their partners and their communities safe as well.
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Cultivating Supportive Environments
Our programs offer a safe and inclusive environment to share ideas, stories and experiences, and to network with 2SGBQ+ peers and community members. These programs also engage in addressing larger social and community sexual and mental health. This happens through all the HIV/STI prevention work that we do, but includes being a partner in community projects and initiatives like International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), local Pride festivals, and similar projects.
2SGBQ+ Men Living With HIV
Our programs are open to all 2SGBQ+ men, regardless of their HIV status. We recognize the unique and powerful ideas and perspectives that those living with HIV have and bring to queer men's spaces. In these spaces, 2SGBQ+ men living with HIV may be able to pass down valuable knowledge on HIV to participants through lived experience and storytelling.
Now that HIV is a manageable illness for those who have access to modern treatments, and 2SGBQ+ men are living much longer, fuller lives, health issues typically associated with aging are becoming much more prominent. Our programs aim to support 2SGBQ+ men living with HIV at every stage of the diagnosis and on their journey to greater, more fulfilled sexual and mental health.
2SGBQ+ Men's Health & HIV/STI Prevention workshops;
Totally Outright & Check Me Out programs;
Check Me Out Campaign (sexual health checklist): https://acns.ns.ca/Check-Me-Out
The Sex You Want (Gay Men's Sexual Health Alliance): https://thesexyouwant.ca/
Wabanaki Two-Spirit Alliance: http://w2sa.ca/