ACT e-Bulletin, Vol. 8, No. 1

February-March 2013

What are you doing Thursday night?

Starting on Valentine's Day, guys can get tested for HIV and syphilis right here at ACT. It's anonymous, and there's no appointment necessary. Just drop in and get your results on the spot.

The free testing clinic for gay/bi/queer/trans men, a partnership with Hassle Free Clinic, will operate every Thursday night from 6 to 9 p.m.

Where: 399 Church Street (at Carlton), 4th Floor

For more information, visit

A gala with a cause

Save the date! This year's SNAP! photographic art auction, presented by TD, will take place on March 7, 2013. The signature fundraising event for ACT will feature a live and silent auction, along with the usual schmoozing with art-lovers over hors d'oeuvres. Don't miss out!

You can buy tickets online at

When: March 7, 2013 from 5:30 to 11:30 p.m.
Where: SNAP! Factory @ Andrew Richard Designs; 571 Adelaide Street East

Visit the SNAP! Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.

Living with HIV? We have a support group for you.

Whether you've been newly diagnosed or have been living with HIV for a long time, we have a support group tailored to your needs.

ACT offers support groups to give people with HIV a chance to talk about the issues they face, in the company of others who are going through similar situations. It's a safe and supportive environment with professional facilitators.

Registration is now open for our support groups starting in late February. Give Andrew a call at 416-340-8484 ext. 283 or e-mail him. He can help you find a group that works for you.

Women living with HIV

Are you a woman living with HIV? You are not alone! Almost one in four new HIV diagnoses across Canada are among women.

At ACT, you can meet other women living with HIV and enjoy a coffee or a meal while you're at it.

Our regular Women's Coffee Nights offer a social and supportive environment for all women living with HIV, and each one includes a hot dinner. Contact Fikilé at 416-340-8484 ext. 239 or e-mail her.

WomenZone is a group for women living with HIV that meets three times a month. In addition to a cooking session and a shared meal, each session includes a learning component on how to better manage your health.

This week, we have a special Valentine's workshop on February 15, for women living with HIV to learn more about expanding our sexual pleasure. Contact Fikilé for more information.

PYO presents: Community Health STI Workshop!

Ever wonder which tests to get? When and how often? Are there drug-resistant STIs out there? Well, it's time to boost your sexual health IQ!

Join Positive Youth Outreach (PYO) on February 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the PYO Lounge at ACT (399 Church Street, 4th floor).

This is a free event for all young people between the ages of 16 and 29 who are living with, affected by, or at potential risk for HIV.

For more information, contact PYO at 416-340-8484 ext. 265 or e-mail us!

Community Health Forums

Our monthly Community Health Forums will take place again in February and March. You can attend in-person at the Ramada Plaza Hotel (300 Jarvis Street) or watch online from anywhere at

Risk factors for anal cancer and prevention
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Featuring Alexandra De Pokomanday, MDCM, MSc, Assistant Professor at McGill University; Rui Pires, BA, Gay Men's Community Education Coordinator at ACT

HIV-related fatigue and the role of hormones for men and women
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Featuring Charu Kaushic, PhD, Associate Professor of Pathology and Molecular Medicine at McMaster Immunology Research Centre; Robert Reinhard, Community Scholar with the Ontario HIV Treatment Network

All forums begin with a light buffet at 6:30 p.m., followed by a presentation from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is free, and the venue is wheelchair accessible. There is a child care subsidy available. For more information, please contact Robin at 416-340-8484 ext. 219 or e-mail him.

Holiday office closure

The ACT offices will be closed on Monday, February 18 for the statutory holiday. We apologize for the inconvenience.