Men2Men Sexual Health Project (M2M)

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Program Overview

The M2M program dedicated specifically to Gay and MSM Sexual Health. We are committed to developing and providing HIV prevention and support services for gay, bisexual, trans* and other men who have sex with men (MSM). We are proud of our roots in the gay community and will continue to work very hard to promote a healthy lifestyle.

Goals

  • Reduce HIV transmission among gay, bisexual and MSM

  • Enhance local community capacity to address the needs of gay, bisexual, trans men and MSM

Why GMSH?

Approximately 2.1% of Canadian men aged 18 to 59 self-identify as gay or bisexual

Men having sex with men may have accounted for an estimated 35,490 people living in Canada with HIV in 2011

Between 11% and 23% of MSM are living with HIV

What is “Sexual Health”?

The World Health Organization defines sexual health as a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality. To be sexually healthy, you need to take care of your body, mind and emotions. It is important for men living with or without HIV to make informed decisions about sexual health.

What is MSM?

MSM refers to men who have sex with men, whether he identifies as gay, bisexual or straight. There is a tendency for MSM and gay men to be used interchangeably. However, gay men refers to men who are physically and emotionally attracted to other men, and often identify as being a gay male.

Condom Usage

Latex condoms can help protect you from HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. One way to have a good safe sex life is to play safe, this can help you live a healthier and productive life.

Key Activities

Presentations

  1. About gay/MSM sexual health issues in relation to those at risk of or living with HIV.
  2. Basic understanding of different sexual orientations and gender identities.
  3. Addressing homophobia, biphobia and transphobia, and how to be an ally.

Facilitated Groups

The M2M Sexual Health Program offers two different facilitated groups aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of gay men and other MSM, as well as members of the lesbian, *bi, *trans, and questioning community:

  • LGBTQ+ Youth Groups: Safe and affirming support groups for LGBTQ+ youth and their allies. The groups believe in the strengths and assets of LGBTQ+ young people, and promotes the healing, well-being and empowerment of LGBTQ+ youth in Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent. For more information about Prism Space, Inside Out or Young & Proud, check out the Youth Services section.
  • Gay Men’s Social Night: Social nights are geared towards gay, bi and MSM (men who have sex with men) by providing an opportunity for them to socialize. Activities include movie and game nights (sex toy bingo). Other suggestions for social activities are always welcomed.
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Outreach/Resource Distribution

  • Resource distribution to nightclubs, retailers and community organizations that provide services to gay, bi and other MSM.
  • Online outreach to gay, bi and other MSM on social apps (ex. Grindr, Scruff, Manhunt, etc.) to engage them in sexual health discussions and provide referrals to local services.
  • Outreach during both Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent Pride events.
  • PrEP clinic twice a month. By appointment only. Location: 511 Erie Street East.
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Request a presentation or resource distribution by one of our priority population educators.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the M2M Sexual Health Project email educationoutreach@aidswindsor.org

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