Education & Outreach

In Ontario, vulnerability to HIV transmission is linked to the social determinants of health and individual lived experience. Our Education & Outreach programs aim to reduce HIV transmission among at-risk members of priority populations by focusing on the following goals:

  • Enhance the capacity of local service providers and relevant stakeholders to address HIV risk.

  • Help create safe environments to support persons with lived experience and their HIV-related needs.

  • Promote greater and meaningful involvement of people with lived experience in the response to HIV.

Our Priority Populations

DO-GMSH
DO-ACB
  • Online Outreach using dating sites and hookup apps most frequented by gay, bi and other men who have sex with men (GBMSMs). Staff are available to answer sexual health questions, encourage regular HIV and other STBBI testing, and make referrals to local health and community services.
  • Social Nights geared towards GBMSMs by providing an opportunity for them to meet. Activities are fluid and suggestions  are always welcomed.
  • Information booth at local Pride events, participating in the parades and distribution of sexual health information and supplies.
  • Sister Circle in collaboration with the WHAI Program engages ACB women in discussions surrounding mental, physical and emotional health disparities and helps link them to culturally competent care.
  • Engage community members in discussions surrounding HIV testing and distribute testing information to ACB retailers/business and locations known to be accessed by ACB community members.
  • Outreach to Caribbean migrant workers in Leamington through site visits, community events and resource distribution at local establishments.
  • Women Supporting Women drop-in focuses on building community by creating a safe space for women to have sexual health discussions and access harm reduction and safe sex supplies.
  • Engage women and service providers at local women’s shelters and or addictions programs to increase their HIV knowledge, reduce stigma surrounding sexual health and help women to better advocate for their sexual health needs.
  • Outreach to help build relationships with women in the county by providing access to one-on-one sexual health discussions, referrals and supplies.

Click the links for information on how to access our online education webinars or to request resources.

If you’re interested in finding out more about our priority population programs email educationoutreach@pozitivepathways.com

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