All posts in “sexual health”

Africans in Partnership Against Aids – Counseling Services

Group Name: Africans in Partnership Against Aids – Counseling Services

Description: The vision of Africans in Partnership Against Aids (APAA) is to create a stable organization and community response to the impact of HIV/AIDS through capacity development, partnership, growth and community development and involvement. We value:

  • Respect for diverse cultural traditions and service needs
  • We view HIV/AIDS as more than a medical condition and acknowledge and respond to its social and economic impacts
  • We value on client centered services where confidential, responsive, caring, respectful and non-judgmental services are delivered
  • Promoting an active role of clients and communities in planning and implementing their services
  • We value informed choices on our care and prevention efforts
  • Programs are inclusive of the African Diaspora and its diversity
  • Accountability, responsibility, and obligation to the people we serve
  • Respects the rights of all people of different sexual orientation

APAA offers confidential counseling to men, women including youth living with or affected by HIV/AIDS on HIV/AIDS and related issues such as psycho-social, treatment, nutrition, positive living, Sexual and reproductive health, crisis counseling, couple counseling, discordant counseling group counseling, pre-and post- HIV- test counseling in culturally and linguistically appropriate ways. Some of the major African languages used include: Amharic, Arabic, Tigrinya, Swahili, French, Somalia, Jula and Dogon, Ga, Hausa, Lingala, Twi, Xhosa, Yoruba, kiruwanda, etc.

Where: 526 Richmond St. East, 2nd Floor | Toronto, Ontario M5A 1R3

Contact: 416-924-5256 Exts. 303 or 304 | info@apaa.ca | www.apaa.ca

Sanctuary – Health Clinic

Group Name: Sanctuary – Health Clinic

Description: Sanctuary is a Christian charitable organization that seeks to establish and develop holistic, inclusive and healthy community. We welcome people who have, for the most part, known only rejection and abuse. Our core community includes: people who are homeless and people who run their own businesses, middle-aged, middle-class people and squeegee kids, and university students and hardened street people.

Individuals in our community face significant health issues, often resulting from their lifestyle – physical ailments caused by living on the streets or in poor-quality housing, or the side effects of substance abuse and “tough living”. Some common issues we deal with are foot care problems, wounds, infectious diseases (especially sexually transmitted diseases, skin infections and lung infections), and mental health care. Our team provides a range of care from basic stitch removal, to management of complex health care, like HIV/AIDs. Sanctuary deals with a host of other medical issues, including:

  • stabbings
  • beatings
  • nose bleeds
  • alcohol and drug addictions
  • seizures
  • pancreatitis
  • sexually transmitted diseases
  • AIDS
  • pregnancy
  • cancer
  • neurological disorders
  • depression
  • schizophrenia
  • manic depression

Where: 25 Charles Street East | Toronto, ON M4Y 1R9

Contact: 416-922-0628 Ext. 7 leave a message | ppt@ppt.on.ca | www.ppt.on.ca

Planned Parenthood Toronto – Support for LGBTQ Youth

Group Name: Planned Parenthood Toronto – Support for LGBTQ Youth

Description: Planned Parenthood Toronto is a community-based, pro-choice agency committed to the principles of equity and to providing accessible and inclusive services which promote healthy sexuality and informed decision-making to the people of the City of Toronto. Our vision is a future of sexual and reproductive choice, freedom and possibilities.

It’s difficult to take pride in your identity when it is ignored, silenced or treated with stigma and shame.
We speak to LGBTQ youth regularly, and what we’ve heard – loud and clear – is that you’re unhappy with your experiences with sexual health education in schools. We’ve heard that you encounter problems when attempting to access sexual health services. At PPT, we do more than listen – we address your concerns, we support you, and we provide access to relevant information and services designed with your unique needs in mind. We work tirelessly to provide sexual health education that is inclusive of all gender identities and sexual orientations. We promote self-care, informed decision-making, healthy sexuality and healthy relationships, so you can take pride in who you are, and who you will grow to become.

Where: 36B Prince Arthur Avenue | Toronto, ON M5R 1A9

Contact: 416-961-0113 | ppt@ppt.on.ca | www.ppt.on.ca

Planned Parenthood Toronto – Support for Young Men

Group Name: Planned Parenthood Toronto – Support for Young Men

Description: Planned Parenthood Toronto is a community-based, pro-choice agency committed to the principles of equity and to providing accessible and inclusive services which promote healthy sexuality and informed decision-making to the people of the City of Toronto. Our vision is a future of sexual and reproductive choice, freedom and possibilities.

Let’s face it – going to the doctor can be daunting. You may worry about issues affecting your health – from mental health and relationships to STIs, sex, and substance use– but something always seems to stand in the way of seeking the services of a doctor, nurse, or counselor.

We will work with you to build healthier relationships and develop your understanding of sexual health including support for your definitions of masculinity. We offer workshops, resources, health services and programming designed to help you overcome hurdles and take control of your health. For example, our Bust That’ Myth programming, developed in consultation with young men and service providers in Toronto, breaks down the myths that are barriers to guys accessing health services. Our workshops give you a judgment-free zone where you can talk freely about issues that matter to you, like sex, sexuality, and building healthier relationships.

Where: 36B Prince Arthur Avenue | Toronto, ON M5R 1A9

Contact: 416-961-0113 Ext. 152 | ppt@ppt.on.ca | www.ppt.on.ca

Teen Health Source – Sexual Health

Group Name: Teen Health Source – Sexual Health

Description: Teen Health Source is brought to you by Planned Parenthood Toronto. Teen Health Source is a sexual health information service run for and by youth. Whether teens need information about birth control, sexually transmitted infections, healthy relationships, or puberty, we provide information in a non-judgmental, sex-positive, pro-choice, and inclusive manner. Got a question or need a referral that you can’t find on our website? Ask us! We have trained teen volunteers waiting to serve you five days a week!

To help youth become informed so they can make choices that work for them, Teen Health Source offers live peer education services in addition to our comprehensive sexual health website. Our info line, now over 15 years old, offers teens the chance to speak one-on-one with a trained teen volunteer. Our new texting service also allows teenagers to reach us by phone. To contact us online, youth can use MSN instant messenger or email. Our volunteers have completed an extensive training course in sexual health and how to share this information with other teens. They can help find answers to questions and provide referrals to other services like clinics and community resources. *** Ages 13 through 19.

When: Web chat hours: Monday to Thursday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., Saturday from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Contact: Text 647-933-5399 | Info Line 416-961-3200 | teenhealthsource@ppt.on.ca | teenhealthsource.com

ACT – Portuguese-speaking Men’s Outreach

Group Name: ACT – Portuguese-speaking Men’s Outreach

Description: Since 1983 ACT (AIDS Committee of Toronto) has developed programs and services that respond to the changing needs of the communities it serves. ACT provides support services that empower men, women and youth living with HIV to achieve self-determination, informed decision-making, independence, and overall well-being. We do this through programs such as counselling, information provision, social support activities and programs that help people with HIV return to work.

We develop and distribute safer sex materials and sexual health promotion information for Portuguese-speaking gay/bi men. Discussion groups, workshops and opportunities for community engagement through ‘Ponto de Encontro’. For more info visit www.actoronto.org/portugues, or call.

Where: 399 Church Street, 4th floor | Toronto, ON, M5B 2J6

Contact: Bruno Bini 416-340-8484 Ext. 242 | www.actoronto.org | bbini@actoronto.org

ACT – Women with HIV/AIDS Support

Group Name: ACT – Women with HIV/AIDS Support

Description: Since 1983 ACT (AIDS Committee of Toronto) has developed programs and services that respond to the changing needs of the communities it serves. ACT provides support services that empower men, women and youth living with HIV to achieve self-determination, informed decision-making, independence, and overall well-being. We do this through programs such as counselling, information provision, social support activities and programs that help people with HIV return to work.

Women’s Coffee Night
Held twice a month, this informal social support event for HIV-positive women provides an opportunity to connect with other women with HIV and learn from each other’s experiences. Call for more information (including dates and times) or to register. Child care subsidies and public transit fare can be provided.

WomenZone
Held three times each month, and open to all women living with HIV, including trans women, WomenZone offers women the opportunity to learn about ways to better manage their health, the importance of nutrition, and an opportunity to interact with each other. Call for more information, or to register.

When: Coffee Night is on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of every month from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. | WomenZone is on the 1st and 2nd Thursday from noon until 3:00 p.m. and the 4th Thursday of every month from noon until 4:00 p.m.

Contact: Josephine Okwera Akullu 416-340-2437 Ext. 239 | jokwera@actoronto.org | www.actoronto.org

Gay Poz Sex – HIV/AIDS support

Group Name: Gay Poz Sex – Sexual Health Support with HIV/AIDS

Description: Gay Poz Sex (GPS) is a sexual health program for gay and bisexual men who are HIV-positive. I know: Finally! GPS is facilitated by gay, poz men, and we take a gay-positive, sex-positive approach to understanding our sexual health and getting good sex. Like GPS in a car helps you find your way when traveling, our GPS program helps gay, bisexual, poz men find their own way when seeking hot and healthy sex.

Only men over 18 years old and who identify as gay or bisexual and are HIV-positive are eligible
We meet for 2 hours once a week for 8 weeks. Confidentiality and safety are a priority – we only use pseudonyms (fake names). As we are in the second phase of researching GPS, participants are asked to complete questionnaires periodically and paid $30 for each questionnaire they complete. There are other criteria for eligibility and we can tell you about that when you contact us. Please contact our Peer Facilitators Rick & Scott for more information.

Contact: Rick & Scott 416-340-8484 Ext. 277 | rjulien@actoronto.org ssimpson@actoronto.org | www.gaypozsex.org

Black Creek Community Health Centre – Youth Programs

Group Name: Black Creek Community Health Centre – Youth Programs

Description: BCCHC is a non-profit community based organization that provides health care services in a holistic manner and works with people to create safe and healthy communities. We are funded by the Central Local Health Integrated Network (Central LHIN) and the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

These programs support youth (14-29 years of age) in their transition into adulthood. They include a variety of intervention initiatives to promote healthy lifestyle choices such as sexual health, substance use, education, employment readiness and social skills development. *** Black Creek Community Health Centre provides services to community residents who live in our service area or 20, 30 or 40 Falstaff Ave. We do not operate as a walk-in clinic. Keele – East, Humber River – West, Steeles – North, Wilson – South.

Where: 2202 Jane Street, Suite 5 | Toronto, ON M3M 1A4

Contact: 416-249-8000 | ruth@bcchc.com | www.bcchc.com

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