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Sexual Health

Men who have Sex with Men (MSM)

Whether you regularly have sex with men, only have sex with men occasionally, or are curious about having sex with other men, you need to know the health risks and how you can protect yourself. 

The health unit provides various supports, such as confidential live online chats or calls with a public health nurse and clinics for confidential sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing and anonymous HIV testing, to ensure you have the right information and resources to best protect your health and the health of your sexual partners.

Other clinics are also available. Please call Health Connection at 705-721-7520.


There is NO vaccination or cure for HIV/AIDS

Why is HIV a serious risk for MSM?

  • MSM represent the largest number and proportion of positive HIV tests.
  • MSM are reporting a large number and proportion of other STI's, such as syphilis. Sexual transmission of HIV is enhanced by the presence of other STIs.

What counseling support is available from the health unit? Talk Sex with a Nurse

  • You can chat privately and confidentially with a public health nurse (INFOnurseX)
    on Squirt.org, Monday to Friday from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
  • You can call the health unit at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520,
    Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., to speak confidentially with a
    public health nurse or to book an appointment for STI testing.
  • Or you can visit one of our clinics for confidential STI testing and anonymous HIV testing. 

If attending the drop-in clinic, please consider the following:

  • Don't urinate for two hours before coming to the drop-in clinic. 
  • Registration begins 30 minutes prior to start of clinic.
  • Clients are seen on a first-come, first-served basis until the maximum number of clients that can be seen has been reached. 

Should I get tested for HIV?
  • Click here to learn more about POC Rapid HIV testing.

HIV and the Law

  • Contact the health unit at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and speak confidentially with a public health nurse.
  • Contact the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
  • Contact HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO), a non-profit, community-based legal clinic serving low income people with HIV and AIDS in Ontario.

How can I learn more about protecting myself from HIV?


Why is syphilis a serious risk for MSM?

  • In 2008, 63% of the reported primary and secondary syphilis cases were among men who have sex with men (MSM).
  • Over the past several years, increases in syphilis among MSM have been reported.
  • It is now known that lesions caused by syphilis in adults also make it easier to transmit and acquire HIV sexually. The lesions are painless and often go unnoticed in the mouth and on the genitals.

Should I get tested for syphilis?

  • Many people who have syphilis do not have any visible signs of infection. You can pass syphilis to someone else without even knowing it. If you have had any unprotected sex (oral, anal or vaginal) you should consider getting tested.

How can I learn more about protecting myself from Syphilis?


For a list of other supports available to MSM, please visit our resources page.

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