ACT Publishes 'Hep C & Sex for Gay, Bi and Queer Men'

Toronto – A new national resource strives to educate gay, bi and queer men about rising rates of Hepatitis C being transmitted through sex. It offers a complete look at how Hep C is passed on and how to reduce the risk of transmission.

“Until recently, sex was not considered to be one of the main ways of passing the virus, but that is beginning to be less the case and is now more of a concern for gay, bi and queer men already living with HIV,” says Rui Pires, the primary author of the new booklet. Pires, ACT's Gay Men’s Community Education Coordinator, brings over 25 years of experience in sexual education to the booklet.

Hep C and Sex for Gay, Bi and Queer Men is published in partnership with CATIE and input from HIM from BC, RÉZO from Quebec and the Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance (GMSH) from Ontario.

Each organization understands that gay, bi and queer men, particularly men living with HIV, are at increased risk for getting Hep C through sex in many parts of the world, and that current awareness about Hep C and sex among gay, bi and queer men in Canada remains low. The brochure also includes information and tips for trans men having sex and people who use drugs.

Program support in Toronto is available through Step By Step, support group for people living with Hep C and HIV.

The free booklet, available in both official languages, can be read online or picked up at ACT offices (399 Church Street), in addition to being carried in clinics and outreach locations across Canada. An English copy can be found on line at actoronto.org/hepc.

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For more information:

Chris Thomas
Communications Coordinator, ACT
416-340-8484 ext. 225
cthomas@actoronto.org