Our friends are great

We’re fortunate to have supportive partners that span the communities we work with. These partners help us fulfill our mission of strengthening the health and wellbeing of gay men in Vancouver, the Lower Mainland and beyond:

Our Nurses

HIM Health Centres are staffed by Registered Nurses from our partners at the Vancouver Coastal Health STOP HIV team and the Fraser Health Authority STOP HIV team. Without their clinical expertise, our work would not be possible.

HIM’s Research Partnerships

HIM takes part in research projects that benefit our communities. These projects gather data on the unique needs of our communities that help inform our work or that of similar organizations, or which help us demonstrate the importance and impact of gay men’s health work to the communities we belong to and serve as well as funders.

Often, HIM partners with researchers as a recruiting partner in person and/or through digital media. HIM regularly contributes its community expertise to ensure that research projects are conducted in a way that is respectful of and beneficial to our communities.

It’s important to us that we are accountable to the communities who are asked to contribute to research projects. We also want our communities and research partners to see the impact of these research project by sharing findings, reports, events, and other products that come out of the research projects on which we collaborate.

Below is a growing but by no means comprehensive list of some of the outputs created by research projects in which HIM- and our communities- have participated:


CHAPS (Community Health Assessment of Men Who Purchase and Sell Sex)

News story: Study finds male sex workers felt safer advertising online than in the streets (2016)
Academic article: Argento, E., Taylor, M., Jollimore, J., Taylor, C., Jennex, J., Krusi, A., & Shannon, K. (2018). The Loss of Boystown and Transition to Online Sex Work: Strategies and Barriers to Increase Safety Among Men Sex Workers and Clients of Men. American Journal of Men’s Health, 1994–2005.


The DuDHS Trial: PrEP for syphilis and HIV

Website: Recruitment and Information Website


ENGAGE (Momentum II)

Journal articles: Summaries
Conference presentations: Poster presentations
Conference presentations: Oral presentations


Investigayting the Experiences of Young gbMSM Accessing PrEP

Conference presentation: Innovative Approaches of Combination Prevention in the Age of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis YouTube recording


Mancount Study

Report: Mancount Sizes-up the Gaps Report (2010)



Report: Emerging Biomedical Discourses on HIV Among Gay Men and their Service Providers (2016)


Sex Now (2014-2015)

Report: Gay Generations: Life Course and Gay Men’s Health (2016)
Reports and local advocacy tools: Regional Health Authorities Progress Cards (2018)


SPACES: A Sex Industry Study

Report: Recommendations from the Off-Street Sex Industry in Vancouver (2016)


Interested in partnering with HIM on your research project?

Download, read, fill out, and submit our research engagement and collaboration application package.

We recommend that researchers looking to collaborate with HIM and other similar community-based organizations reference The G.R.O.W. + L.I.F.T. checklist and its supplemental report. The G.R.O.W. + L.I.F.T. checklist is a tool developed by researchers, research trainees, and community partners to encourage academic researchers to reflexively account for how their research is effectively serving the communities and community-based organizations they (want to) work with.

Our Sponsors

Our community sponsors help us make the greatest impact with our limited resources. From our Condom Packaging Mondays, to fundraising, to partnering with HIM on various events and projects, the following are a sampling of local businesses, community groups, bars and lounges that support HIM: 1181, Celebrities Night Club, Dogwood Monarchist Society, Little Sisters, MN Events (RUFF), Numbers Cabaret, Odyssey Bar & Nightclub, Pumpjack Pub, Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence: Abbey of the Long Cedar Canoe, Vancouver Front Runners, WESA (West End Slowpitch Association), XY-YVR.

Professional volunteers

Make no mistake — we appreciate the work of every single volunteer, no matter their skill set. We also acknowledge those folks with special skill sets who enrich our professional services. These highly-trained individuals have offered their services free-of-charge to HIM, and it makes a real difference in Vancouver’s gay 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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