Summer in Vancouver is a terriffic time to get out and enjoy the sun, there's plenty to do!
Homophobia....differing individual or societal beliefs....or just having a different emotional or mental make-up than ours....
Outdoor Summer Fitness Groups for Gay Guys
It’s a great time to get out and get healthy with HIM’s annual outdoor Fruit Camps…
HOMINUM presents Moving Forward, an eight-week personal growth program for gay, bisexual, trans, and questioning guys over 40
While a lot of emphasis goes into getting tested for HIV, people may not be routinely tested for all STIs including Syphilis.
We've all heard "I can't be homophobic, I have gay friends" defense or some variation on it. However simply knowing a gay person does not inoculate a person from being homophobic.
We are pleased to announce the opening of our expanded HIM On the Drive Health Centre on Monday, February 18th.
Going to WinterPride at Whistler this year?
The guys at HIM are back at it providing a jam packed calendar of events for 2013!
I know I don't look good at the gym - I acknowledge that it looks like someone tried to drown me with my clothes on when I exercise
Read HIM’s position paper on PrEP.
Recently the US Food and Drug Administration approved Truvada
In August of 2010, the HIM Board of Directors approved the organization's first position paper. The subject: Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP). Download your copy here.
Let's face it; in our community the gym is like church to many. But not everyone has the time or money to spend every waking hour lifting weights
Health agencies are beginning to warn the people about a new threat to the public - BathSalts.
In the discussion around gay men's health, a lot of time is devoted to telling guys where they can and can't stick their dicks.
Most guys like to talk about their successes when it comes to their body or body image.
Connect with HIM – A Group for Gay Guys
WHEN: Wednesdays - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
WHERE: HIM Offices - 1033 Davie St. Suite 310
Want to take better care of yourself? One easy way to improve your physical health is to have a primary care provider or 'family doctor'
Have you ever felt the need to justify little indulgences in your diet?
If you were around last summer or at Pride, you probably saw the Hottest at the Start campaign – how could you not?
The HIM Sexual Health Clinics willl be closed on Good Friday (April 6th) and Easter Monday (April 9th). The HIM Sexual Health Centre on Davie will be open during its regular hours (10:00 AM - 3:00 PM) on Saturday (April 7th).
On February 4, 2010, the Ministry of Health Services provided funds to support STOP HIV/AIDS, a pilot project to expand HIV testing, treatment, and support services to clinically eligible individuals in British Columbia
You know how the story goes: boy meets boy, they kiss, fireworks light up the sky, and everyone lives happily ever after.
Please welcome the newest addition to the HIM family: HUSTLE Men on the Move!
The female condom doesn't sound very sexy
Many of you may remember the documentary Gen Silent from last year’s Vancouver Queer Film Festival
Want to get a STI or HIV test…?
Beginning on Tuesday, January 10th, the Men on Men Relationship Discussion Group will evolve into the new Men on Men: Born This Way Discussion Group.
"Imagine being rushed to the hospital for a life-threatening illness or accident, and being turned away for being trans
Physical health? Check. Social health and sexual health? Check, and check. Mental health? Hmmm?
Everyone has limits, and just because you may not have found them yet, doesn't mean that you should be reckless
"Boys should be vaccinated against HPV"
I had the dubious luxury of living at home through the early years of my undergraduate.
With the resources for sexual health on the internet being numerous, its hard to know where to go.
When I think back to sex ed in highschool I remember a few things
While HIM would love to be the ultimate source for all gay men's health information,
That was a busy summer, so busy that we in the Gaily World News department
I'm usually a little skeptical of articles with numbers in the titles – like 9 Sex Positions you have to try or 3 reasons why you have to shower –
Gay men experience different rates of certain types of cancer because of our risk factors
What you eat is just as important as when you eat and many guys have a hard time swallowing that
Remember a few years ago when HIM started giving out free condoms at the best gay clubs in town
One of the more intriguing campaigns we've seen over the past few years, I believe, has been 'It Gets Better'
This summer HIM committed to educating gay guys about Acute HIV
For many queer individuals, the trauma they experience in their life manifests into symptoms of an avoidant personality
Health Initiative for Men, Shaw, and Volunteers from the community worked together to provide amazing coverage of the 2011 North America Outgames
It's always nice to see what other people are doing to try and help guys with their emotional health issues
What are you doing this weekend?
I've flirted with sobriety numerous times.
Health Initiative for Men (HIM) proudly sponsors the Queer Arts Festival's Opening Night.
There’s so much to do so little time this summer
Health Initiative for Men is no stranger to using attention grabbing images
The 2nd GLISA North America Outgames will be held from July 25th to July 31st right here in Vancouver
THE 2011 NORTH AMERICA OUTGAMES COVERAGE AIR TIMES ON SHAW TV, SHAW DIRECT, & OUTtv
So far I have covered three of the four primary components of fitness.
Thanks to all those that braved the weather and celebrated East Vancouver Pride with us!
Flexibility is one of the most overlooked components of fitness.
Muscular capacity is one of the four components of fitness, which refers to endurance, strength, and power of our muscles.
Hopefully you’ve given some thought about setting your S.M.A.R.T. fitness goal; you’ve been given the green light by your family doctor to get started
Diabetes is a condition that affects roughly 3 million Canadians. However some of these are unable to afford the equipment to properly manage
We’ve all thought about getting into shape. Maybe it was putting on a favorite pair of jeans that just didn’t seem to fit right anymore
The Dogwood Monarchist Society has for forty years now devoted thousands of hours and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to various local charities
Our first Running clinic in conjunction with Vancouver Frontrunners ended last week with a celebration brunch on the waterfront.
In light of outbursts made by Kobe Bryant and Joakim Noah, this edition of Gaily World News Briefs is dedicated to gays and their supporters in sports.
Superheroes: we all played them—whether you were one of the X-Men, wished you could turn invisible or simply pinned a towel to your shoulders and pretended to fly, we've all done it. And why not?
A recent article in Xtra West falsely suggests that Durex Sensi-Creme condoms are inferior. The author states this based on the fact that Durex Sensi-Creme has not been tested by the Consumer Reports organization in the United States.
Do you remember the days when you had to wait an entire week for your HIV test result?
The new work being done in the world of sex research tells us that we need to do more than just hand out condoms to prevent the spread of HIV and other STI’s.
St. Petersburg, Russia-Flash mob silently announces their pride
I first started working at HIM doing condom packing, distribution, and outreach. It was great to meet a bunch of new gay guys and talk to them about condoms, sex, and anything else they wanted to talk about.
Let’s face it, the elliptical machine feeds on your will to live. Those things are completely soul destroying. The other day, as I pushed, pulled, and glided in the gym, I realized that was staring at the sun out the window. What was I doing? It’s spring. I should be running outside!
Kansas City, USA - ACLU to schools: Stop web filtering LGBT content
Yes! Please allow us to youtube Sassy Gay Friend and Lady Gaga music videos again!
The ‘good thing’ in this case being oral sex. Yes boys, a new research finding has officially stated that giving too much head is more likely to cause throat cancer than smoking!
Now if only this translated into more sexy gay rugby players...
"Canada's diversity includes gay and lesbian Canadians, who enjoy the full protection of and equal treatment under the law, including access to civil marriage." This seems to sum up all the victories and legal standings of the LGBT community.
Do you feel like you're bogged down or having difficulty with some aspects of your life?
I have typed the words “gay men” or “lesbians” into Google many times in my life for one reason or another. Once I get past the porn, the most common search results I see are those referencing clubs, bars, and parties around town. Are we really a population of party crazed alcoholics as my computer would have us believe?
Remember when credible reports of a person's sexuality came from a person? Neither do I. As long as orientation is the subject of gossip blogs and sensationalized tabloids, it'll be treated as some scandalous personality flaw.
The Vancouver Men's Chorus offer their gorgeous arrangement of song and a story about the pain of growing up gay. The heart-wrenching account of exclusion, harassment, and violence is one of many similar stories shared through the It Gets Better Project.
I don't know what they're celebrating as any of the gays I know can't seem to get past the "It's Complicated" status.
As gay men, most of us are probably very familiar with the intense, euphoric, eye-rolling sensation that our prostate can give us when it’s rubbed the right way.
Most people seem to think that loading their grocery carts with healthy foods is going to cost them a fortune.
Diabetes affects over 3 million Canadians and is definitely no stranger to the gay community.
Here’s a hilarious and verbally pornographic, yet painfully realistic negotiation a lot of us gay men are unfortunately too familiar with.
In the light of the recent gay suicides, here’s an interesting article on how the queer press are possibly harming the gay community more than it is helping it by dramatizing facts and reporting incorrect information.
Yes summer is still a good six months away, but judging from a recent article I read on getting your body into shape and getting those pumptastic muscles ready for show time, you better start now!
While doing my daily scouring of all the finest gay blogs (the non- and mostly non-pornographic ones) at work,
Many people, after a few months of very little sun, find themselves thinking that life is just divided between the horrible and the more miserable. It’s natural to an extent.
Health surveys have found that depression is one of the most serious health concerns facing the queer community today.
I think we can all agree that sex is fun. You might think of simple pleasure, erotic relief, or intimacy with your partner when you fantasize about dancing the horizontal mambo.
Minsk, Belarus-Progress is being made in Eastern Europe!
Scotland-February is LGBT History Month
Pink really is the new Black as Scotland celebrates LGBT History Month in February.
"What's happening with HIV health services?"
If you have just found out you have HIV or are having difficulty finding a doctor who is familiar with treating HIV infection, please visit the IDC, where HIV/AIDS care services are available.
Wonder if this would've raised their ire if they were an unwed couple expecting the son of God?
Porn Stars Brent Corrigan and Matthew Rush have put their own spin on how to properly put on a condom.
Regina, Saskatchewan-Sask. Gay Marriage Refusal Law Ruled Unconstitutional
Things in the prairies are becoming interesting as a court rules that refusing to marry gays is unconstitutional.
Gaily World News Briefs is a new feature here from HIM. We will be giving you the scoop on what's happening in the world for gay guys. Enjoy!
Want to meet other young, fun, smart guys? Want to know how to be a better friend, lover, boyfriend? Then visit http://www.outright.ca/ and apply for the Totally Outright leadership course.
Getting In Touch With Your Penis
Being gay, we love penis(es).
Who needs a good excuse to quit? How about 20,000 reasons?
Recent studies have shown that, unsurprisingly, gay guys are still sucking a lot more than their straight counterparts.
A lot of guys have anger management issues, including me.
How do I tell him?
We've known each other too long for him not to notice.
In the end, I think you have to accept, the way that many Jews have had to accept, that we gays will always be hated more than most.
Keeping (Gay) New Years Resolutions
Hangovers are great times to reflect. So in the wake of an autumn hangover I decided to evaluate my 2010 resolutions.
When it comes to health, gay men and straight men are the same - NOT
The guys at Health Initiative for Men know that life can be challenging.
HIM promoted a poster campaign during the Olympics. The campaign showed visitors the diverse and accepting side of Vancouver, while promoting public displays of gay affection. The posters included images of gay couples expressing affection on various street corners in Vancouver.
A friend of mine is currently having one of those on and off again relationships with his boyfriend of just one month. While this seems to be just another typical gay hook-up, I couldn't help but notice the change
Quebec has introduced a province-wide policy against homophobia.
Picture this: You've just finished an intense workout at the gym and all pumped up. You head to the steam room and encounter the hot guy who was eyeing you off as you were undressing in the locker room
Is circumcision effective against the spread of HIV? Two recent studies provide contradictory results. One study of about 2,000 gay men in Peru
The guys at HIM have been busy collaborating with the BC Centre for Disease Control on a new HIV testing campaign aimed at increasing gay men’s knowledge and understanding of two new testing
I had the pleasure of attending the Gay Men’s Health summit this past Monday and Tuesday, a conference sponsored by HIM and The Community Based Research Centre.
There are a lot of resources online regarding H1N1. Here are some links that will answer a lot of the frequently asked questions you may have around ‘swine flu’.
Here are some frequently asked questions about oral sex and STIs
SOURCE: Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island.
Here are some frequently asked questions about testing:
Source: AIDS Vancouver
How is HIV detected? What is an HIV test?
CBC has an excellent in-depth timeline outlining the progress that has been made in our country regarding same-sex rights. We tend to take our freedoms for granted and we’ve come a long way.
Gay men continue to be one of the populations most affected by HIV in Canada and in 2008 gay men represented 62% of all new HIV diagnoses in Vancouver. Despite a high HIV testing rate among gay men in BC, there continues to be a need to focus on promoting HIV testing and reducing barriers in accessing service.
Just got an HIV test last Thursday. It had been over 10 years since my last test- truthfully I can't even remember when it was. Like many gay men I measured my sense of sexual self-worth by the amount of sex I got.
Since I moved to London in September, I've been kind of boring, really. I put it down to my winter hibernation: sleeping a lot, reading books, generally nesting. I've been working a Monday-to-Friday retail job, and going to a different museum every weekend.
Sunday morning, 2 a.m. A night of cocktails, lots of cocktails. It’s time to head home after spending too much time chatting up a (too confused) bisexual guy at 1181. No need for companionship tonight, especially confused companionship.
Coming out can be a real celebration! Remember the first time you might have realized that there was something a little different about yourself? Maybe it felt like you were finally being honest with yourself. Or your parents. Or your best friend. Or that girl you were dating. Or maybe you just told your dog and that felt good at the time. Maybe you told a complete stranger because it was easier
I’ve always known the importance of regular hygiene, such as bathing regularly, brushing your teeth and - perhaps most importantly - wearing clean underwear, whether they be boxer shorts or something more saucy, like a thong.
Trucks can be cute, sexy, rusty, new, old, up-on-blocks; the variety is endless. Like our bodies. High performance is good, but it requires upkeep and good fuel. Like a high performance vehicle, our own bodies convert fuel/food into energy.
I spent last summer on Vancouver Island. I was surrounded by water; but they were rainless months. Elsewhere, vast parts of the province were on fire, in particular the Okanagan.
Could you imagine waking up with your nuts tied in a knot? It could happen! ...well almost. Your nuts are suspended by spermatic cords within your sack (not a big revelation if you’ve ever played with your balls).
Over the long term, the challenge is to not take your loving partner for granted or get sloppy in your comportment.
Tell me about the liver and hepatitis.
The liver is the largest gland in the body. It plays a vital role in digestion, blood clotting, and energy storage.
"I was a cycling machine, rising before dawn to shower and eat before riding a hundred miles, at one with my bike."
The sex doesn’t need to suffer just because you’ve been together forever. Dips in sexual activity are normal but, left unchecked, can lead to relationship problems. Consider the following eight tips:
Here’s some tips to avoid disaster and disappointment when you’re dating and hooking up online.
Stonewall, it’s been 35 years. Judy Garland, do ordinary twenty-year old gay guys know who she is? Have they seen the Wizard of Oz? I’m sure most do not know how to Google Judy: within seconds find accounts of her funeral