Programming Connection

Virgin Bathhouse Tours 

AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT)
Toronto, Ontario
2010

Quick Facts

Goal (immediate)

To empower men to negotiate safer sex in a bathhouse setting

Goal (ultimate)

To reduce sero-conversion rates by encouraging men to practice safer sex in popular environments in which public sex is practiced

Population

Men who have sex with men

Participants

Men who have not visited a bathhouse but have expressed interest in doing so and/or men who have recently identified as gay, bisexual or MSM

Type of Program

Workshop

Setting

Bathhouse(s) and another “neutral” space (i.e., meeting room, classroom, etc.)

Required Resources

Two qualified facilitators
Access to 1 “neutral” space and at least 1 bathhouse
Print materials
Print ad and/or fliers

Scope and Duration

10-15 participants at each 3.5- to 4-hour session

Date Started

2004

Region

Toronto, Ontario

Recruitment

Advertising in media, neighbourhoods and establishments frequented by gay, bisexual and MSM

Challenges

Engaging ongoing support of bathhouse owners/managers and retaining their support

Evaluation

Comments from participants