The Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance
ACT is a member of the provincial Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance. Together, we are an information hub for gay and bisexual men’s sexual health in Toronto.
Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance
To address the ongoing burden of HIV among gay and bisexual men, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has developed Priority Population Networks to address HIV, funding community-based groups to work within those groups. ACT is a member of the Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance (GMSH)
What is the role of the GMSH?
The GMSH aims to foster a systematic, evidence-informed, skilled, consistent and effective response to the sexual health needs of Ontario’s diverse communities of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men. We aim to reduce the transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections and improve our overall health and well-being.
Who makes up the GMSH?
In Ontario, there are HIV prevention staff situated throughout AIDS service organizations (ASOs) whose mandate is to provide programs to assist gay and bisexual men to avoid the transmission of HIV and maintain their overall sexual health. They also work to improve the sexual and overall health of HIV-positive men.
These staff come together to form a network that develops sexual health resources to meet the needs of gay and bisexual men. Network members participate in working groups, research, and know, transfer and exchange (KTE) activities like webinars and the annual Skills Building Symposium. These members are leaders in developing policies, resources, and strategic directions that will assist frontline sexual health services to better assist gay and bisexual men.
To find out more about the work of GMSH visit www.gmsh.ca