Programming Connection

TowelTalk 

AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT)
Toronto
2012

What is the program?

Community service organizations have long worked with bathhouses to provide HIV and STI testing and information to patrons. TowelTalk takes bathhouse outreach one step further by providing professional walk-in counselling in the bathhouse, with the possibility of follow-up counselling off-site for longer-term support. Counsellors address specific psycho-social issues that affect some of the men who use bathhouses, which may affect the men’s ability to make informed and healthy decisions about sex. The goal of the program is 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.