H.I.M. Health Initiative For Men Society
Vancouver, BC

HealthOutreach and welfareEducation and research

Charity information

(604) 488-1001
Suite 310 - 1033 Davie Street, Vancouver BC, V6E1M7

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HIM operates five sexual health centres which offer full STI testing, vaccinations, and medical support, along with access to non-medical services including peer support, counselling, and sexual health and leadership skills education. HIM provides health outreach through street-and venue-based engagement with men who have sex with men, sexual workers and street-involved youth. HIM promotes public health by distributing, promoting, and educating the public in the use of sexual health supplies, including the distribution of 160,000 condoms and lubricant packs per year, accompanied by volunteer educational contact and printed educational materials. HIM provides health education services through sexual health education campaigns including print, audio, video and interactive media.

HIM has secured and has started receiving funding from PHAC's Community Action Fund in partnership with four other gbOMSM health organizations from across Canada. Working under a collective impact model, this alliance, "Advance", is comprised of HIM along with RÉzo in Montreal, MAX in Ottawa the AIDS Communittee of Toronto, and the Community Based Research Centre for Gay Men's Health in the Prairies and Atlantic Canada. Advance is funded to develop a national gbOMSM health strategy over a five year period which involves developing innovative tools and messaging to increase both access to and uptake of combination prevention service (including testing and treatment, nPEP and PrEP, vaccinations, but also mental and social wellness initiativeswhich we know are closely linked to risk behaviour), and with the ultimate aim of reducing STBBI transmission almong gbOMSM.