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In Ontario, 58% of people living with HIV are men who have sex with men. Although overall rates of new HIV infections are declining, men who have sex with men accounted for 60% of new diagnoses in 2015 highlighting the continuing risk of infection within this community. Syndemic factors (such as adverse childhood events, homophobia, mental health issues and addictions) all increase HIV risk-taking and may negatively influence gay men’s ability or willingness to access health care.
Ontario’s HIV/AIDS Strategy aims to improve the health and well-being of men who have sex with men in Ontario, to promote sexual health and reduce new HIV and Hepatitis C infections in this community. Research is a tool to achieve these goals. Researchers in Ontario are working to develop programs and services that address the support and care needs of men across the province, and to develop targeted services that support sexual health and HIV prevention.

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