GAP-VIES: a busy summer schedule!


June 16th, 2014

InloveFor over 25 years, GAP-VIES has been working to prevent HIV/AIDS. Strongly anchored in the Haitian community, the organization carries out numerous awareness campaigns aimed at the populations of countries where HIV/AIDS is endemic.

This mobilization is essential, since people from these countries represent 17% of new diagnoses, and 47% of those which relate to women*.  In community intervention, as in communications, successfully generating awareness is no easy feat. The public often will only identify with the message if it is adapted and personalized to their reality.

That’s how the “Getting tested” campaign came into being this spring. This year, intervention workers from GAP-VIES will bring campaign materials along to the outreach activities they participate in every summer in conjunction with major events in and around Montreal, such as Carifesta, Weekends du Monde, sports tournaments, etc.

Building awareness, spreading information, and distributing “Se faire dé” bracelets and condoms will happen throughout the year via different networks and social meeting places, such as hair salons, adult education centres, dance parties, or auto mechanics and taxi drivers.


*  Portrait des infections transmissibles sexuellement et par le sang (ITSS) au Québec Année 2012 (et projections 2013)



December 20th, 2018

November 29th, the city of Montreal officially presented the common action plan for Montreal without AIDS.

The initiative, which brings together public services, the City of Montreal, community organizations, and health services, is in line with UNAIDS’ 90-90-90 targets.

One of the members of our Board of Directors, Ken Monteith, is also taking part in this initiative. We are thrilled for the plan to be rolled out.

The action plan is structured through 4 strategic initiatives:

  • Reduce stigmatization and discrimination through communication
  • Work to eradicate prejudices caused by the enforcement of criminal laws
  • Improve the living conditions of vulnerable communities
  • Implement services that are accessible and adapted to individual needs


Preventing syphilis: “Soirée légendaire, un dépistage c’est clair”


June 16th, 2014

Syphilis is among the STBBIs experiencing a marked rise in Quebec. Gay men and men who have sex with men (MSM) are particularly affected*.

Last April, COCQ-SIDA launched a prevention campaign to emphasize the importance of regular testing and advising your partners, in order to reduce the number of infections within the community.

Because syphilis is often asymptomatic, it can be hard to know when you’ve been infected. What’s more, it’s easily transmissible. That’s why getting tested is one of the best ways to look out for your sexual health, and the health of your partners.

“Although gay men and MSM get tested more often than most people, they should be getting tested even more frequently in order to counter this epidemic. Advising your partners is also an effective way to reduce the number of infections and avoid being re-infected,” states Geneviève Némouthé of COCQ-SIDA.

* Data available online:

Summer is here!


June 16th, 2014

VoilaeteIt’s finally summer! Warm nights, relaxation, family vacations… And an opportune time to talk to our teens about sex.

As we know, since the 2005 Quebec education reforms, sex education is no longer taught formally in schools, and must now be integrated with the regular curriculum. There are a few good resources, such as the ACCM Teacher’s Toolkit, which help teachers to deal with the subject, but not everyone is comfortable addressing the topics of puberty, interpersonal relationships, sexual orientation, or sexually transmissible and blood-borne infections (STBBI)…

All this at a time when sex education is more important than ever, with cases of STBBI on the rise among 15-24 year olds in Quebec.

As parents, we sometimes feel at a loss when the moment comes to broach these subjects with our teens. Fortunately there are tools to help, like the “Parents’ guide for discussing sexuality with their teen” *. No need to become an expert – all you need is communication and trust on your side!

Have a great summer!

* Published by the ministère de la Santé et des Service sociaux: