Gay Men’s Sexual Health Knowledge Centre

Health Information Resources for Gay and Bisexual Men

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Unbiased, evidence-based and sex-positive health information resources are important tools to enhance gay/bi/queer/two-spirit/MSM men’s sexual health knowledge.

The Health Information Resources section of the Gay Men’s Sexual Health Knowledge Centre acts as a central access point to materials that may be helpful to front-line outreach workers, program planners and health-service providers who work with gay/bi/two-spirit/MSM men.

Online Resources

Online resources are becoming increasingly important sources of information about sexual health and HIV for gay/bi/two-spirit/MSM men. Below are a number of exemplary resources that provide comprehensive and informative information related to sexual health for gay/bi/two-spirit/MSM men.

GetPrEPed is a PrEP campaign launched by Health Initiative for Men in Vancouver to provide information and increase awareness of PrEP among gay and bi men.

#GetGarded is a campaign developed by Health Initiative for Men in Vancouver to increase awareness of HPV and boost vaccination rates among gay and bi men.

Talk to HIM is a multilingual sexual health resource for gay, bi, and other MSM in Vancouver and is currently available in English, Chinese, and Punjabi. It’s a comprehensive resource to help guys better understand their sexual and mental health, and increase their awareness of available services at HIM and beyond! 

High Life is an information resource for gay guys about club and party drugs. We take a non-judgmental, harm reduction approach to health promotion. This campaign was developed in partnership between Health Initiative for Men and YouthCO.

The What’s Your Number? campaign, launched by Vancouver’s Health Initiative for Men, provides tools to gay and bi men to help determine their risk for HIV, when and how often to get tested, and how to reduce risk of HIV transmission.

#HIVNow. Developed by ACT, the AIDS Committee of Toronto, HIVnow is a campaign that asks big questions and provides honest answers about how HIV prevention has changed. Key topics include HIV testing, PrEP, HIV disclosure, and viral load/undetectability.

Our Agenda is an online resource developed by the GMSH Alliance in Ontario that responds to the complexity of factors that include the emotional and physical well being of gay men. The campaign includes videos, a blog, articles, and the “Wellness Wheel” – an interactive user tool that generates a snapshot of different aspects of health and well being.

QueerTransmen.org, an initiative of the Trans Men’s Working Group of the Ontario GMSH, is dedicated to raising awareness about the sexual health of trans men and sharing knowledge around their bodies, sexualities and sex lives.

RÉZO, a primarily French-language organization in Montréal, Québec, has a significant number of resources about gay and bisexual men’s health. Its information moves beyond STIs and HIV to address topics such as mental health and substance use.

theguide

The Guide, a resource for MSM who are new to Canada, provides information and tips on dealing with some of the challenges of learning to live in Canada, integrating into the gay community, and important information about HIV and STIs – including tips for communicating with other men about sex and sexual health.

The Get on it campaign, a collaborative effort between Hassle Free Clinic of Toronto and the Sexual Health Centre de Santé-Sexualité and funded by the Ontario AIDS Bureau, is a bilingual campaign aiming to educate gay and bisexual men about a number of key aspects of HIV and syphilis infection. Information addressed includes: HIV-risk activities, early symptoms of HIV infection, when to test, the link between HIV and STIs, and an introduction to syphilis infection.

See more online health information resources for gay/bi/two-spirit/MSM men.

Key resources available from the CATIE Ordering Centre

Below are some key print resources that you can download or order from CATIE’s Ordering Centre free of charge.

Use Your Head When Giving It: Blow Job Tips

ACT, 2013

This brochure is written for gay and bisexual men and offers information on safer blow jobs (oral sex).  The brochure includes information on the associated risk of HIV and STI transmission through unprotected oral sex and provides practical tips to keep yourself and your partner(s) healthy and happy.

Reading This Can Save Your Ass: Safer Rimming Tips

ACT, 2013

This brochure is written for gay and bisexual men and provides information and tips on safer rimming (oral-anal contact). The brochure includes information on the associated risk of HIV, STIs and hepatitis (A and B) transmission, and provides practical tips to keep yourself and your partner(s) healthy and happy.

HIV disclosure: a legal guide for gay men in Canada

HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO) | Ontario’s Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance (GMSH) | CATIE, 2013

This guide, written for gay men living with HIV, offers information about HIV disclosure and Canadian criminal law. The guide outlines what the law says, and doesn't say, about your rights and obligations around the disclosure of your HIV status during sex. It explores situations, such as relationships or having sex with another guy who is HIV-positive. Advice on how to disclose is paired with tips on how to protect yourself against guys who might lie. It also has information about disclosure and other areas of the law, such as public health, privacy, employment, travel and immigration. Finally, the guide provides resources and contacts for more information.

Sex from A-Z Cards: Information for Young Gay and Bisexual Men

ACT, 2014

Sex from A to Z is a set of cards intended for gay and bisexual youth.  This is a fun and accessible resource that facilitates humorous and frank discussion among youth about sexuality and HIV and STI prevention.  It can also be used by service providers as a discussion tool in workshops and training sessions.

Harm Reduction from A-Z Cards: Information for Young Gay and Bisexual Men

ACT, 2014

Harm Reduction from A-Z is a set of cards intended for gay and bisexual youth. This is a fun and accessible resource that facilitates humorous and frank discussion among youth about drugs, alcohol, HIV and STI prevention.  It can also be used by service providers as a discussion tool in workshops and training sessions.

Who's got the Condom? [flipbook]

Chee Mamuk | YouthCO | 2-Spirited People of the 1st Nations, 2013

Flipping fun—a pocket-sized flip book that graphically models condom use between two men.

My Sex Life: info for young poz people

ACT | CATIE, 2013

My Sex Life is a sexual health resource and a bit more. It is designed to help young people living with HIV navigate and explore sex. It may be just as useful for those of us with a lot of sexual experience as it is for those of us who haven't had a relationship or sexual experience. People who provide treatment, care and support to us and work with us may also find My Sex Life useful.

ShoutOut Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Transphobia and Heterosexism

Rainbow Resource Centre, 2013

Acknowledging and accepting our sexual orientation and gender identity can be a unique and amazing journey. It may also present challenges at times. This awesome journey will happen over a lifetime and will be different for every person.

The purpose of this booklet is to share information about some of the challenges, provide resources to cope, and to help remind us that we are not alone!

Gearing Up to Get Down: The goods on HIV, safer sex, and protecting your parts

YouthCO, 2012

This fun pamphlet is on the basics of HIV transmission, testing, and treatment and is written by and for youth.

FACTSHEET: The epidemiology of HIV in gay men and other men who have sex with men

CATIE, 2016

This fact sheet provides a snapshot of the HIV epidemic in Canada among gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM). It is one of a series of fact sheets on the epidemiology of HIV and hepatitis C.

Population-Specific HIV/AIDS Status Report: Gay, Bisexual, Two-Spirit and Other Men Who Have Sex With Men

Public Health Agency of Canada, 2013

This status report presents current Canadian information about the impact of HIV/AIDS among gay, bisexual, two-spirit and other men who have sex with men in Canada, including a demographic profile of the population; epidemiological data about HIV and AIDS in the population; information on the factors that increase this population’s vulnerability to, and resilience against, HIV; and an outline of recent Canadian research and response initiatives.

Attack of the Cursed Syphilis: [Postcard]  / [Brochure]

ACT | Gay Men's Sexual Health Alliance | CATIE, 2010

Across Canada, cities have seen a huge rise in syphilis over the past seven years. In most cities gay and bisexual men have been hit hardest by it, and as many as 1/2 of syphilis cases are among men who are HIV positive. This brochure and postcard provide information on the how syphilis is transmitted, how to prevent it, and where to get tested.

Guys Like You | Chicos Como Tu

Centre for Spanish Speaking Peoples, 2009

A informative and fun photo-novella - this resource is designed for new comer Latino gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men. The narrative explores some key aspects of adapting to an openly gay culture.

See more gay/bi/two-spirit/MSM men’s resources available at CATIE’s Ordering Centre.

If you know of a health information resource for gay or bi men that should be shared nationally, please contact us.