Programs and Services at ACT for people living with HIV
If you are living with HIV, ACT has a wide range of free programs and services to help you improve your overall health and well-being.
Bathhouse Counselling program: Towel Talk
TowelTalk is a free, professional counselling program for gay and bi men located in Toronto bathhouses. Free, confidential and with no judgement. Go to our website (www.actoronto.org/toweltalk) and check out the schedule of where/when we are at different baths. For more information call 416-340-8484 ext. 289.
This program matches people living with HIV with a trained volunteer that can provide confidential friendly support. A buddy can meet with you at ACT, in your home, or at other locations (for example at a coffee shop). For more information or to register for a buddy call 416-340-8484 ext. 283.
Case Management and Referral Services
This service is available to people living with HIV who have complex or multiple needs. We can provide assistance navigating the health and social service system. To access this service call 416-340-2437 or drop by ACT.
Community Health Forums
Offered monthly from September through March, these free forums are held on a range of topics of interest to people living with HIV and AIDS. They usually consist of panel presentations and discussions with community and medical experts. Can't make a forum in person? Missed a forum? You can watch online! To find the next event, to watch live on-line, or view a past forum visit www.actoronto.org/forum or call 416-340-8484 ext. 264 .
We provide free, confidential counselling to anyone who is living with HIV. Counsellors will meet with you at ACT, 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 call 416-340-2437 or drop by ACT: a counsellor is available - without an appointment - on a first come first serve basis, Monday - Friday, or you can view the schedule for availability here.
Called Employment ACTion, this program is for people with HIV who are considering (re)employment. The program offers self-employment, career exploration, benefits counselling, skills upgrading, competitive resumes and interview coaching along with job search, placement and retention follow-up services. For a confidential appointment call 416-623-1782 or visit our website at www.employmentaction.org
Gay Men's Community Education and Outreach
We offer HIV, STI and sexual health promotion training sessions, workshops and discussion groups for gay and bisexual men. We develop sexual health information resources and make available free condoms and water-based lubricant at places where gay men meet. We also provide sexual health information and referrals online through social and sexual networking sites. To find out more visit www.actoronto.org/gaymen.
Gay Men’s Mental Health and Substance Use Counselling at Maple Leaf Medical Clinic
ACT’s Community Counsellor spends four days a week at Maple Leaf Medical Clinic providing counselling services for gay/bi/queer men on a range of mental health and substance use issues. If your doctor is at Maple Leaf Medical, you can access this free service – just tell your physician you’d like to be referred to the ACT Community Counsellor at Maple Leaf.
Gay Men's Online Outreach
Confidential, no B.S. answers to your questions about hooking up and keeping healthy. We provide HIV/STI and hepatitis C information and referrals online reaching diverse communities of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men, including trans men. Look for ACTonline on Squirt.org, Adam4Adam.com and BarebackRT.com, use your smartphone to find ACT on Grindr, Growlr and Scruff, or email your questions to: email@example.com. Find out when we will be online here!
GPS: Gay Poz Sex
Confidential, once a week for eight weeks, small group meetings of six to eight gay men facilitated by gay HIV-positive peers. The GPS program takes a sex positive, holistic approach to sexual health. Be empowered with skills and tools so you get the sex you want and not what you don’t. For more info email Rick or Scott or visit www.gaypozsex.org
Health and Wellness Groups
Throughout the year, we offer different kinds wellness-related groups and classes, at no charge . Call 416-340-2437, or check out our website.
Hot Lunch Programs
We offer two weekly free, nutritious and delicious hot meals in a confidential and supportive environment each Thursday and Friday. Advance registration is required for both. Thursday’s “Good Company Lunch” is for people with HIV who face specific health challenges. Friday’s “Meet and Eat” is open to all people living with HIV. Call 416-340-8484 ext 219 for more information, and to register.
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.
Income Tax Clinic
ACT has qualified income tax consultants to help you complete your income tax return, if you are an HIV-positive single person with a total income not exceeding $45,000, or part of a spousal couple. We can help with single or multiple-year returns. Unfortunately, we can’t complete returns for self-employment income, rental income, bankruptcies, business returns, capital gains or taxes from outside Ontario. For more information or to book an appointment call 416-340-2437.
Information about HIV, AIDS, Safer Sex and Safer Drug Use
We have lots of information about living with HIV, safer sex and safer drug use at our office. You can also get free condoms here! Most info can also be found on our website at www.actoronto.org/information
Insurance Benefits Clinic
Volunteers from the insurance industry meet one-on-one for confidential consultations regarding insurance benefits. Call 416-340-2437 to book an appointment.
Portuguese-speaking Men’s Outreach
We develop and distribute safer sex materials and sexual health promotion information for Portuguese-speaking gay/bi men. Discussion groups, workshops and opportunities for community engagement through ‘Ponto de Encontro’. For more info visit www.actoronto.org/portugues, or call 416-340-8484 ext. 242.
Positive Youth Outreach (PYO)
Peer support for young people age 29 and under living with HIV. Drop-in is held from 2 – 5 pm, and discussion groups 6 – 8 pm every Thursday. Monthly workshops! To find out more, call 416-340-8484 ext. 281, email www.positiveyouth.com.
Service Access Coordinators and Information desk volunteers provide friendly support and assistance in directing individuals to staff, provide information and make referrals by phone, email and in person. Call 416-340-2437 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Social Support Network
The Social Support Network provides monthly social outings at minimal cost to those living with HIV and AIDS. To find out about upcoming events, or to register, call 416-340-2437.
Groups are offered throughout the year. We have groups just for gay men, as well as groups open to all people living with HIV and AIDS, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. To find out more call 416-340-8484 ext. 283. To find out about upcoming groups, call 416-340-8484 ext. 283. Or you can speak to an on-call counsellor by calling 416-340-2437 or coming to our office, and say you want to learn more about upcoming support groups.
Women's Coffee Night
Held twice monthly, this social support event for HIV-positive women provides an opportunity to connect with others and learn from each other's experiences. Call 416-340-8484 ext. 239 for more information or to register. Child care subsidies and public transit fare can be provided.
Held three times each month, and open to all women living with HIV, including trans women, WomenZone offers women the opportunity to learn about ways to better manage their health, the importance of nutrition, and an opportunity to interact with each other. For more information, or to register, contact 416-340-8484 ext. 239
We offer a variety of workshop series that combine presentations about HIV-related health, social, and financial issues with facilitated group discussion. We have workshop series just for gay men, as well as workshop series open to all people living with HIV and AIDS, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. For more information call 416-340-2437.