Gay, Bisexual, Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSM) Educational, Clinical, and Supportive Services

Program Description:

Stigma and discrimination concerning sexual orientation and gender identity still exists within the community and often prevents individuals from disclosing their sexual orientation. The Gay Men’s Sexual Health program seeks to support service users and service providers build upon their knowledge of best practices for sexual health and prevention of HIV in order to destigmatize 2S-GBTQ-MSM sexual health. This program offers educational programming regarding HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), access to HIV and STI testing, free safer sex supplies, and brief supportive services facilitated by the Sexual Health Coordinator.

Educational and supportive services are offered to Two-Spirit persons, cisgender, and transgender gay, bisexual, queer, and other men who have sex with men through bar and online outreach, sexual health clinic, and in-office outreach. Educational information includes safer sex, poz prevention, testing and treatment.

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Sexual Health Coordinator

Aspen Groom

aspeng@reseauaccessnetwork.com

705-688-0500 ext. 216

Aspen Groom (They/Them)

Aspen is the Sexual Health coordinator at Réseau ACCESS Network. Their work focuses on sexual health outreach and education for Gay, Bisexual and men who have sex with men.

As a queer, transmasc/nonbinary, and polyamorous person with a background in health sciences (BHSc – McMaster University 2016, Recreation Therapy – Mohawk College 2017) they are passionate about supporting better sexual health education, and advocating for better health services for those in the 2S-LGBTQ community.

Outside of work they can often be found on hikes or watching cartoons with their dog Maui.

For Service Providers

Workshops & Presentations

    1) Introduction to 2S-GBTQ+ Men and HIV

    This workshop provides introductory information regarding HIV exposure, testing, treatment, and prevention as it relates to 2S-GBTQ men.  Includes most recent provincial statistics, risk factors for HIV exposure, and effective prevention methods (PrEP).

    Duration: 45-60 min

    2) Best Practices for Sexual Health to Prevent HIV & STIs

    This session covers topic such as informed consent, barrier methods to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) & sexual transmission of HIV, behaviors that pose a higher risk for HIV & STBBI transmission, and what to expect from HIV/STI testing.

    Duration: 45-60 min

    3) Reducing barriers to care for 2S-LGBTQ+ members of community

    This presentation geared towards future and current service providers introduces topics related to barriers that 2S-LGBTQ+ members of community may face when accessing community health and well-being services. These barriers include stigma, discrimination, and actions resulting from heteronormativity. We discuss different forms of trauma, the need for informed care, and strategies to create affirming environments for 2S-LGBTQ+ members of community.

    Duration: 60-75 min

    4) History of Pride in Canada

    This presentation provides an overview of Pride in Canada. The facilitator takes you through a timeline of important events throughout Canadian history that have contributed to present-day Pride celebrations.

    Duration: 45-60 min

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    HIV FAQ

    What is HIV?

    Learn what HIV is by clicking here.

    How is HIV transmitted?

    Learn how HIV can be transmitted, click here

    Is it true that gay men are at higher risk for HIV?

    See the statistics by viewing the Government of Canada’s infographic, click here.

    Infographic Out of Date?

    Access the most recent version and other HIV information by visiting https://www.canada.ca/en/services/health/publications/diseases-conditions.html and scrolling the HIV section of the webpage.

    Can I still have sex if I have HIV?
    Where can I go to get tested for HIV?

    We provide HIV testing at Réseau ACCESS Network. Give us a call at 705-688-0500 or email us at aaninfo@reseauaccessnetwork.com to book an appointment.

    Sexually Transmitted Infections FAQ

    How do people get STIs?
    Can I get an STI from oral sex?
    What can I do to protect myself from STI’s?
    Do I need to get tested for STI’s?

    It’s a good idea to get tested regularly if you are sexually active.

    Find a clinic near you here: https://sexualhealthontario.ca/en/find-clinic

    Can you treat an STI?

    Some STI’s can be resolved with prescribed medications, but that is not the case for all STI’s. 

    See here for more information: https://www.ontario.ca/page/sexually-transmitted-infections-tests#:~:text=for%20all%20Ontarians.-,STI%20treatment,with%20antibiotics%20or%20other%20medication.