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Sexual health is much more than HIV:

Sexual health means feeling comfortable with who you are, who you’re attracted to, and how that attraction manifests itself. It also includes being aware of the risks and benefits of having sex, including consent, STIs, HIV, HIV disclosure, and reproductive health. If this sounds like a lot, that’s okay–we’re here to help.

ACT provides a range of sexual health information and support for gay and bisexual men, women and young people. See below for programs and services for each of these groups.

A major component of your sexual health is knowing your HIV status. If you are HIV-positive, starting HIV (antiretroviral) treatment is highly recommended, as it will improve your physical health and reduce the chances you’ll pass the virus on. If you don’t know your status, getting an HIV test is easy. Check out where you can get a test here.

With effective antiretroviral treatment, living well with HIV is entirely possible, and ACT is committed to helping you achieve your health goals. People living with HIV continue to have sex after they are diagnosed, though there is sometimes a transition period where people adjust to their new circumstances. ACT can also assist with planning your disclosure (talking about your HIV status).

A common worry among people living with HIV is their risk of passing the virus on to their partners or children. Luckily, if you are on effective HIV treatment, the risk of doing this is extremely low. Learn more about HIV risk and HIV treatment here.  If you know you have a consistent undetectable viral load, then you can be sure that you are not at risk of passing on the virus!

 

Sexual health services at ACT: 

For Women
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Counselling

ACT’s counsellors can help answer your sexual health questions and explore strategies to make you more comfortable having sex, entering relationships, and living well with HIV.

Find out more about ACT counselling

Women’s Support Programming

Have a question about having sex while HIV-positive? Or having children? Why not consult ACT staff or peers who have been through similar experiences?

ACT offers support programs for all women who are living with HIV. This includes cis and trans women, racialized women and women doing sex work. Find out more here.

Read our resources:

Abortion: a guide for women and trans guys living with HIV in Toronto

Women Lovin’

PrEP for Women

For Young People
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PYO

PYO is a program for young people living with HIV led by young people living with HIV. Our goal is to help you obtain a happier, healthier life where you're engaged and active with your peers and community.

PYO offers weekly discussion groups on a wide range of topics, such as:

  • healthy relationships
  • HIV Disclosure
  • finding the right medications and health professionals for you
  • we even have drop-in sessions to talk about stuff you're passionate about, stuff that irks you or just what's on your mind that day. It's a social group!

Learn more about PYO today 

GPS

GPS is a sexual health program for gay/bi/queer men who are living with HIV. A recurring focus of conversation has been condomless sex and substance use.

Check out the GPS Toronto website 

Confidential and held once a week for eight weeks, GPS is a small group meeting facilitated by gay HIV-positive peers. The GPS program takes a sex positive, holistic approach to sexual health for guys living with HIV or AIDS.  Like a GPS system in a car helps us find our way when traveling, the GPS program helps us as gay and bisexual poz men find our own way when seeking hot and healthy sex.

To find out if this program is right for you, call 416-340-8484 ext. 277 or visit www.gaypozsex.org

Counselling

ACT’s counsellors can help answer your sexual health questions and explore strategies to make you more comfortable having sex, entering relationships, and living well with HIV. Our counsellors are available on site at ACT and in various bathhouses around the city.

Find out more about ACT counselling

Totally outRIGHT

Totally outRIGHT is a free sexual health leadership program for young gay, bi, pansexual and queer men, ages 18-29 who want to be community leaders, including racialized guys, guys from diverse ethnic communities, trans guys, and guys living with HIV.

Learn more about Totally outRIGHT

 

For Gay and Bisexual Men
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Outreach in bathhouse, bars, and online:

Confidential, no B.S. answers to your questions about hooking up and keeping healthy. Chat with one of our trained volunteers at your favourite bathhouse, gay bar, or on your favourite hook-up sites and apps.

You can chat about all kinds of things, including:

  • fucking, sucking, and rimming
  • negotiating condom use or barebacking
  • BDSM, pig sex and all kinds of kinky play
  • PnP, poppers, hard-on pills, crystal meth and other substances
  • HIV and other sexually transmitted infections
  • testing and treatment
  • HIV disclosure and criminalization
  • where to get free condoms, lube and other resources

 

GPS

GPS is a sexual health program for gay/bi/queer men who are living with HIV. 

Confidential and held once a week for eight weeks, GPS is a small group meeting facilitated by gay HIV-positive peers. The GPS program takes a sex positive, holistic approach to sexual health for guys living with HIV or AIDS.  Like a GPS system in a car helps us find our way when traveling, the GPS program helps us as gay and bisexual poz men find our own way when seeking hot and healthy sex.

To find out if this program is right for you, call 416-340-8484 ext. 277 or visit www.gaypozsex.org

Check out the GPS Toronto website 

Counselling

ACT’s counsellors can help answer your sexual health questions and explore strategies to make you more comfortable having sex, entering relationships, and living well with HIV. Our counsellors are available on site at ACT and in various bathhouses around the city.

Find out more about ACT counselling

Groups

ACT offers a series of free and confidential groups for gay, bi, and queer men, including SPUNK! and Crystal Meth and Sexuality. SPUNK! is a harm reduction based group for guys interested in looking at changing their substance use and exploring how it impacts their sex lives. Crystal Meth and Sexuality provides a space for guys to explore the ways that crystal meth and sex intersect within their lives.

Find out more about ACT groups

Totally outRIGHT

Totally outRIGHT is a free sexual health leadership program for young gay, bi, pansexual and queer men, ages 18-29 who want to be community leaders, including racialized guys, guys from diverse ethnic communities, trans guys, and guys living with HIV.

Learn more about Totally outRIGHT