Programming Connection

TowelTalk 

AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT)
Toronto
2012

Quick Facts

Goal (immediate)

To provide therapeutic counselling to men who visit bathhouses.

Goal (ultimate)

To increase the ability of men to make informed decisions about risk related to sex in a bathhouse setting, ultimately to help decrease HIV transmission and acquisition.

Population

Men who have sex with men

Participants

Gay, bisexual and other MSM.

Type of Program

HIV testing and counselling

Setting

Public bathhouses.

Required Resources

A professional counsellor trained in providing psychotherapy.

Scope and Duration

One-on-one sessions with the option of follow-up counselling off-site through counsellor referrals.

Date Started

2009

Region

Toronto

Recruitment

On-site in the bathhouse.

Challenges
  • Working within the sexual dynamic of a bathhouse
  • Identifying key issues and needs of clients in short visits
  • Understanding complex issues faced by the people served
Evaluation
  • Surveys and feedback forms
  • Interviews and focus groups
  • Ongoing program data