Our favourite season


September 8, 2016

Community mobilization against HIV knows no summer break! The teams deployed all their optimism and high spirits to prepare the summer activities, often reinforced by volunteers. Here is a small selection.

Journées communautaires Fierté 2016

The ACCM’s booth at Montreal 2016 Gay Pride

Awareness-building and information during the community day at Fierté Montreal 2016, a date not to be forgotten on the agenda of the fight against HIV. Even the downpours were powerless to dampen the enthusiasm of the men and women who ventured out to meet the public. ACCM alone distributed 10 000 condoms there!

We also need to highlight the formidable energy at the booth of the Maison Plein Cœur and its dynamic participation this summer in  various fund-raising activities, each more enjoyable than the other.

As it does every year, Gap-Vies conducted many outreach activities aimed at raising awareness and prevention during popular events in and around Montréal, such as Carifesta, les Week-ends du Monde, and sporting competitions.

For MIELS-Québec, a major activity was testing evenings in meeting places such as saunas and night spots, where anonymous, free and confidential testing was provided by a nurse and a social assistant, both of whom were always on hand to respond to questions.

Many weeks of reflection and work by ACCM culminated this summer in the launch of its new website and visual identity, a very beautiful accomplishment of which the ACCM team can be proud!

Sexe-au-menuSome organizations also relayed the COCQ-SIDA campaign, “Sexe au menu, combine tes ingrédients” (Sex on the menu, combine your ingredients). Here, men who are gay, bisexual, transsexual or who, here and there, like to have sex with other men are invited to rediscover six strategies for protecting themselves from the risk of HIV transmission: pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), post-exposure prophylaxis (PPE), testing, condom-use, considering your viral load and negotiated safety – a campaign with an off-beat humour.

… And the new season promises to be just as active!

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 dépister.ca” 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.

Visit gapvies.ca

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