Resources

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  • 2015 – It’s About More Than A Condom is a campaign exploring everyday scenarios that affect South Asian youth’s relationships, sexuality and health. Using wordless comic strips, youth explored what healthy sexuality meant to them; ranging from building confidence, gaining knowledge, challenging gender dynamics and negotiating safety. To request copies, please contact Shriya Hari volunteer@asaap.ca or 416-599-2727 ext 225

Brown N Proud

Story Sharing For Sexual Health

2015 – 8 South Asian women delivered sexual health education sessions through stories and fact sheets to 77 South Asian women across Toronto.

How To Get Tested

2014 – On the HIV testing process to debunk some of the myths and misconceptions about testing. This way you know what to expect when you’re ready.

Protect Your Love 2012 –

Receiving over 17,000 youtube hits, Protect Your Love is one of ASAAP’s most impactful campaigns. Beautifully depicted with amazing actors, cinematography and voluntary efforts of many involved, the message is simple.

Agency Brochure

To request copies, please contact Shriya Hari volunteer@asaap.ca or 416-599-2727 ext 225

Volunteer Brochure

To request copies, please contact Shriya Hari volunteer@asaap.ca or 416-599-2727 ext 225

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The Talk

To request copies, please contact Suruthi Ragulan at education@asaap.ca or 416-599-2727 ext 222

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There is No Wrong Way to Be Out was created to complicate the dominant narrative around coming out. It aims to provide more insight into the nuanced lives of South Asian guys who like guys.

To request copies, please contact Ramraajh Sharvendiran at menshealth@asaap.ca or 416-599-2727 ext 227

More Than Fiction

To request copies, please contact Sudin Sherchan peernavigator@asaap.ca or 416-599-2727 ext 228

The Collection – Tease Project

To request copies, please contact Shriya Hari volunteer@asaap.ca or 416-599-2727 ext 225

Health Bulletins

Connecting to Care

ASAAP’s Connecting to Care (C2C) program meets the needs of South Asians living and aging with HIV by providing services and resources to support their well-being. The health bulletin is a resource offered to clients and service providers, and features topics relevant to people living with HIV/AIDS. The bulletin is printed as a four-part series twice a year and translated into three additional languages including Hindi, Tamil, and Urdu. Clients of ASAAP are invited to take part in a group workshop that focuses on the topics featured in the health bulletin. All bulletins are available on the ASAAP website and may be downloaded. The information provided in the health bulletins is not a substitute for professional care. Please consult your healthcare provider for any questions related to managing your health.

Art of Treatment

Colour Me Queer

Wrap it Right

2006 – The Wrap it Right campaign is ASAAP’s most widely received campaign to date. This television commercial campaign featured eight different South Asian clips of people wrapping South Asian iconic things such as saris, rotis, flower garlands and cricket bats eluding to condom usage as on the things we should ‘wrap right’ as a play on words. The campaign stemmed from the fact that there is a lot of stigma associated with engaging in open and honest dialogue about sexuality within the South Asian community. This advertisement was run on OMNI television, ATN, the TTC and on many other public and private venues. Print advertisements featuring still shots from the commercials have been distributed widely as well.

Discover With A Cover

2004 – The Discover with a Cover campaign was a youth-focused poster campaigned designed to break silences and challenge myths about South Asian sexuality. These highly controversial posters featured a variety of South Asian men and women engaging in sexually provocative poses. Requests for these posters were received from India, the U.K, New Zealand and Vancouver and the campaign was presented  at the 2006 International AIDS Conference in Toronto. Many venues refused to display them due to their graphic nature but the campaign was ground breaking in its message. A week-long discussion on the South Asian youth chat forum Sepiamutiny.com revolved around the posters and youth from across the globe argued and commented on their views of the campaign.

Change Your Attitude

2006 – This campaign featured an openly gay South Asian couple on the streets of Toronto. The tagline for the campaign stated: “The only thing that needs to change here is your attitude.” This poster campaign was followed by two television commercials featuring gay South Asian men talking about coming out to their families and their safer sex practices. This was ASAAP’s television commercial debut.

I Have HIV

2006 – The I Have HIV campaign depicted South Asian professionals enjoying a meal and having a discussion. The text in the posters listed popular South Asian nuances such as “eating biriyani” and “reading Rohinton Mistry” and ended with the question “Why can’t I tell you I have HIV?” This campaign was created to raise awareness about HIV stigma within the South Asian community.

Brown Like Me

Bolo Bolo

There are many misconceptions about HIV and AIDS that go unchallenged given the discomfort people face when talking about issues of sexual health. This section provides up-to-date information on the facts and aims to answer any questions you may have. If you would like more information about a particular area or if you have a question not listed here please contact us.

Below is a list of online resources from local, regional and international organizations that you can refer to for more information. Happy reading!


FAQS / TESTING

Here are a list of Frequently Asked Questions as well as important information about HIV Testing:

HIV stands for:

Human

Immunodeficiency

Virus

HIV is a virus that attacks the immune system, particularly, white blood cells called CD4+ T cells that are responsible for fighting off infections in the body. These cells are critical to the normal function of the human immune system. As they weaken, the body is left vulnerable to opportunistic infections with can result in a chronic, progressive illness.

What is AIDS?

AIDS stands for:

Acquired

Immune

Deficiency

Syndrome

AIDS is an advanced stage that occurs if the HIV virus is left untreated (or if ARV medication protocol is not adhered to) causing the body’s immune system to weaken and become vulnerable to opportunistic infections.


Yes, many people don’t really understand how HIV and AIDS are related, even though they hear these two words used together all the time. HIV is the virus that enters the body and AIDS is the medical condition that a person living with HIV may reach if their immune system is too weak to fight off infections. A person can have HIV and not have AIDS.
No, this is not true. HIV is treatable but not curable. There are medical treatments that maintains and strengthens a person’s immune system so that the virus doesn’t weaken it. 
A person could be living with HIV for years and not experience any particular symptoms, everyone is different. The only way to know if you have HIV is to get tested.  Please visit the Toronto Public Health website here for a full list of testing sites. You do not always need to have OHIP coverage to get tested.

HIV is not transmitted easily since the virus cannot survive outside the human body. The virus can only be transmitted through certain bodily fluids such as blood, breast milk and sexual fluids (including semen, pre-seminal fluid and vaginal fluid). Actions that involve these fluids are considered high risk such as unprotected sex (without a condom), blood transfusions (only in places where blood is not screened), during breastfeeding (if the mother is HIV positive) and sharing needles or syringes (since these provide access directly to the blood stream).

You cannot contract HIV through any other fluids such as saliva, sweat, tears, mucous or bodily waste.

You can get free condoms and lubricant at ASAAP and many other AIDS Service Organizations and sexual health clinics, just get in touch with us. You can also buy condoms at drug stores, sex stores and online. There is no age restriction but if you’re uncomfortable going to a store, contact us to access what you need in a safe space.

Condoms come in different thickness, sizes, and styles. It’s best to try out different brands and types until you find one that fits the best.

The HIV test is a test that looks for HIV antibodies in blood. When a virus enters the body, antibodies are released and can be detected in the blood stream. HIV antibodies will appear in a blood test within three months after infection (also called the window period), so it is very important to get tested three months after you feel you were exposed.

HIV testing is vital to prevention, treatment and care. Since HIV does not come with any particular symptoms, getting tested is the only way to be sure of your HIV status. Know that you have options for getting tested that allow for discretion and confidentiality.

Please visit Toronto Public Health here for a full list of anonymous and confidential testing sites.

Anonymous testing means you do not have to provide your name or other identification to get tested. Your test is coded with a number and cannot be traced back to you. This way no one will know your test result unless you decide to tell them. You can get tested anonymously at the Hassle Free Clinic and Women’s Health In Women’s Hand in Toronto.

Confidential testing means that the results of any HIV test performed will not be revealed to anybody except designated clinic staff and public health officials. This does not mean that your family, partner or community will find out. The record is only maintained by health officials.

Whether you want to have a confidential or an anonymous test is entirely up to you. If you need more information please get in touch with us.

Hassle Free Clinic and Women’s Health In Women’s Hands provide services to those without status or OHIP. Also, in February 2013, Toronto became a Sanctuary City where undocumented migrants can access services regardless of immigration status.