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Gay and bisexual men's resources
Your chances of getting an STI depend on the kind of sex you are having, whether or not you are using protection and how many other people in your group have the STI.
In BC, rates of STI and HIV are high among men who have sex with men. If you are sexually active, it is a good idea to get regular STI testing. In general, getting tested at least once a year is a good idea. Men who have more than one sex partner, or who have sex without condoms with casual partners, should get tested every 3 to 6 months.
Gay and bisexual men can get free hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccines. Learn more about where to get the vaccines at ImmunizeBC.
Some types of HPV (human papillomavirus) are associated with anal cancer in men who have sex with men, especially in HIV positive men. The Gardasil vaccine offers protection against HPV and is available for some gay and bisexual men.The anal Pap smear is a test that can find early changes that may become cancer. HIV-positive men should talk to their health care provider about getting anal Pap smears.
There are many websites and resources with specific information for men who have sex with men. If you cannot find answers to your questions here or elsewhere, ask us online.
Health Initiative for Men (HIM) – Vancouver-based gay men’s health organization
QMUNITY – BC’s queer resource centre
Generation Q – Queer support and discussion group for youth (ages 13-18) in Nanaimo
The Sex You Want - Comprehensive STI and HIV information for men who have sex with men (Toronto-based)
Ready for Action – Sexual health information for men who love sex with men (Quebec-based)
The Body – HIV/AIDS Resources for gay men
Getting Together – A booklet on the ins and outs of dating and relationships for gay and bi men (from CATIE - Canada's source for HIV and hepatitis C information)
Sex from A-Z Cards: Information for young gay and bi men – Facilitating humorous and frank discussion around STIs and HIV (from CATIE)
Harm Reduction from A-Z Cards: Information for young gay and bi men – Facilitating humorous and frank discussion around drugs, alcohol, HIV and STI prevention (from CATIE)
Use Your Head When Giving It: Blow job tips – Information and tips on having safer oral sex for gay and bi men (from CATIE)
Reading This Can Save Your Ass: Safer rimming tips – Information and tips on safer rimming for gay and bi men (from CATIE)