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CIHR CAFÉ Scientifique Presents From the Playground to HIV: If Risks for Gay Men Start Early, When Should Prevention Begin?

Toronto, Ontario
November 17, 2009

7:00 p.m.
Gardiner Museum, Terrace Room, 111 Queen’s Park

We know the statistics are grim: gay men suffer from one of the highest rates of HIV infection of any population. But do we really understand the reasons why? It may be about more than just sex. In fact, there is growing evidence that increased HIV risk begins with the bullying and homophobia that many young gay men experience in school and at home.

What’s the connection between homophobia, mental health and HIV risk? What can we do to eliminate negative attitudes towards gay men? And how can we help young gay men protect themselves against the destructive effects of homophobia? Join us to share your thoughts and hear what experts in HIV/AIDS and mental health have to say.

Space is limited, so please RSVP: Angela.Whelan@cihr-irsc.gc.ca.

This free event is presented by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, its Institute of Infection and Immunity and The Ontario HIV Treatment Network, in partnership with the Mental Health Commission of Canada.