Take care of your sexual Health.

Our Health Centres in the Lower Mainland provide GBQ men and gender diverse people with:

  • HIV and STI Testing
  • Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) immunizations for those eligible
  • HIV Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) for those eligible
  • Referral for HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for those eligible
  • Genital Wart Treatment (some locations)
  • Counselling (some locations; virtual counselling available throughout BC)
  • Consultation with nurses
  • Anonymous harm reduction supply order and pick up

Looking for services outside of the Lower Mainland?


SEXUAL HEALTH SERVICES AT HIM HEALTH CENTRES

HIM offers sexual health services tailored to the sexual health needs of gay, bisexual, queer men, and gender diverse people. There are two types of appointments:

1. Appointment with an STI nurse 

These appointments are with a Registered Nurse who can assess and work with you to provide STI testing and treatment options.  

Who is it for?

These 30-minute appointments are ideal for community members who need more than routine HIV/STI testing. This is the best option if it’s your first time testing or if you have questions for a nurse.

Where and how can I get an appointment?

  • HIM Health Centre on Davie Street
      • Walk-In only (see opening hours here)
  • HIM Health Centre on Commercial Drive
      • Make an online appointment here
  • HIM PLUS! Pop-up locations in BC Interior and North
      • Call 236-688-4153 to book a confidential appointment

 

2. Express Testing for HIV and STIs 

Express testing appointments are with a phlebotomist who can collect your blood sample and instruct you to collect your own throat, genital and/or rectal swabs in the bathroom. The bloodwork can test for HIV, syphilis and/or Hepatitis C and the swabs can check for chlamydia and gonorrhea.

Since Express Testing appointments are with a phlebotomist and not a nurse, you cannot access treatment, education, PEP or PrEP, or swabs for HPV or Herpes (which can only be assessed if you have active symptoms).

Who is it for?

These 15-minute appointments are ideal for routine testers who want to know their status for HIV, syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, Hepatitis A, B and C.

Express Testing is only available to those who:

  • Have tested at HIM before
  • Have not been exposed to HIV in the last 72 hours (if this is you, please do a walk-in or go to an ER near you)
  • Do not have symptoms of an STI
  • Do not want to start PrEP at their appointment
  • Do not need to talk to a nurse or receive sexual health counselling

Who is it not for?

Express Testing is NOT recommended if you:

  • Have STI symptoms, (e.g., pain, itching, or sores on genitals)
  • Had sex with someone who has an STIs
  • Want education or support from a nurse
  • Have never tested at HIM before
  • Want a consult on starting PrEP

Where and how can I get an appointment?

  • HIM Health Centre on Davie Street
    • Make an Express Testing appointment here.

For more general information about testing (beyond services offered at HIM Health Centres) and other testing options, please click here.


TESTING AT HOME

There is a new tool available for you to do testing in the safety of your own home or at the place that feels safe for you.


COUNSELLING

If you’re having a tough time or struggling with your mental health, our professional counsellors are here to provide support. To book a counselling appointment, please call 604-488-1001, or counselling@checkhimout.ca for more information.

If you have questions, check out our online mental health resource.


PEP – POST EXPOSURE PROFYLAXIS

PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) is an option to prevent HIV after you may have come into contact with HIV during sex. It involves taking HIV medications for a month to stop HIV from taking hold in your body. PEP is most effective when started as soon as possible after coming into contact with HIV, and must be started within 72 hours. When taken correctly, PEP is highly effective at preventing HIV transmission. The HIM Health Centres on Davie St. and Commercial Drive have PEP available. Learn more about PEP, and where to get it by clicking the button below.

For more information about PEP, please click here.


VACCINATIONS

Hepatitis A and B vaccinations are FREE. Gardasil, the HPV vaccine, is available for free if you’re under 27, have sex with men, are street-involved, or HIV positive. If you’re not eligible for a free HPV vaccine, you can purchase it from most pharmacies and travel clinics. Some health insurance plans cover the costs, so check your insurance policy first.

Vaccines are available at HIM on Davie and HIM on the Drive with a walk-in time slot. You can also book an appointment but only at HIM on the Drive. Click here for more.


HARM REDUCTION

To make access to harm reduction supplies free and easy, supplies are available by anonymous pick-up at the Davie St Health Centre and by mail order. Please fill out the order form.


Events & Workshops

Our events and workshops are customized for gay guys. Whether it’s yoga, dance, art, or just finding other men to talk to and connect with, HIM events provide a great opportunity to be social and engage with guys in the community.

HIM honours the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səlil̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, and the territories of many nations on the west coast of Turtle Island, on whose unceded and stolen land we live and work. As uninvited inhabitants, we acknowledge that this space is and always will be Indigenous land.

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