• Main Office: 511 Pelissier Street, Windsor, ON N9A 4L2 | Satellite Office: 67 Adelaide Street South Chatham, Ontario N7M 4R1
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Men2Men Sexual Health Project (M2M)

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Program Overview

The M2M program dedicated specifically to Gay and MSM Sexual Health. We are committed to developing and providing HIV prevention and support services for gay, bisexual, trans* and other men who have sex with men (MSM). We are proud of our roots in the gay community and will continue to work very hard to promote a healthy lifestyle.

Goals

  • Reduce HIV transmission among gay, bisexual and MSM

  • Enhance local community capacity to address the needs of gay, bisexual, trans men and MSM

Why GMSH?

Approximately 2.1% of Canadian men aged 18 to 59 self-identify as gay or bisexual

Men having sex with men may have accounted for an estimated 35,490 people living in Canada with HIV in 2011

Between 11% and 23% of MSM are living with HIV

What is “Sexual Health”?

The World Health Organization defines sexual health as a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality. To be sexually healthy, you need to take care of your body, mind and emotions. It is important for men living with or without HIV to make informed decisions about sexual health.

What is MSM?

MSM refers to men who have sex with men, whether he identifies as gay, bisexual or straight. There is a tendency for MSM and gay men to be used interchangeably. However, gay men refers to men who are physically and emotionally attracted to other men, and often identify as being a gay male.

Condom Usage

Latex condoms can help protect you from HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. One way to have a good safe sex life is to play safe, this can help you live a healthier and productive life.

Key Activities

Presentations

  • About gay/MSM sexual health issues in relation to those at risk of or living with HIV, available to service providers and service users.

Facilitated Groups

The M2M Sexual Health Program offers two different facilitated groups aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of gay men and other MSM, as well as members of the lesbian, *bi, *trans, and questioning community:

  • Young and Proud:  A safe and affirming support group for LGBTQ youth and their allies. Young and Proud believes in the strengths and assets of LGBTQ young people, and promotes the healing, wellbeing and empowerment of LGBTQ youth in Windsor-Essex. For more information about Young and Proud, check out the Young and Proud section.
  • Gay Men’s Social Night: Monthly social nights, where gay, bi and MSM (men who have sex with men) can meet other men to socialize. Activities include movie nights, game nights (bingo, cards, etc.), and coffee nights. Other suggestions for social activities are always welcomed.
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MI

Motivational Interviewing is a 4-6 week one-on-one program. Through discussions and exercises with one of our specifically trained staff, you will have a chance to meaningfully and freely talk about and reflect on your life, your relationships, and your health – whatever they mean to you!! By the end of the 4th session, you will be able to identify some actions to achieve goals in your life!

Who Joins MI?

This program is for you if you are a gay, bi, trans, or queer-identified guy who likes (to have sex with) men (GBTMSM).

Purpose:

  • Increase gay/bi/trans men’s overall sexual health and well-being

  • Provide a structure and process that supports their choice of  life goal

  • Facilitate their behaviour toward that goal

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Who Delivers the Program?

MI is offered by our agency staff who have been trained in Motivational Interviewing. Some of them are GBTMSM-identified guys who have years of lived experience in GBTMSM communities.

MI is part of an initiative across Ontario to support stronger mind, body and communities among GBTMSM.

Outreach/Resource Distribution

  • To gay/MSM at nightclubs, bars, parks, retailers and community organizations
  • To gay/MSM online using different apps (ex. Grindr, Scruff, Manhunt, etc.) to engage men in sexual health discussions

To request a presentation, consultation, collaboration, or resource distribution download a copy of the Education & Outreach Services: A Guide for Service Providers.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the M2M program contact:

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