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iSpeak focus group

October 3, 2011

Are you a straight (heterosexual) Black man living in London? If so, you are invited to participate in a focus group with other straight Black men. This focus group is a part of the iSpeak research project.

The iSpeak research project is a project focusing on African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) straight men community in Ontario. African, Caribbean and Black people account for a disproportionately high share of the numbers of people in Ontario living with HIV.  ACB men are particularly affected, accounting for an estimated 60% of ACB people infected with HIV (not including ACB men infected through sex with other men).  Moreover, it has been estimated that less than half of ACB men who are infected with HIV are actually aware of their infection.  However, AIDS service organizations, researchers and policy makers have continued to focus their efforts on ACB women and gay and bisexual men. 

Clearly, understanding and addressing the HIV-related needs and challenges of heterosexual ACB is an urgent priority.  The overall goal of this project is to develop further research and program options to address the HIV-related issues among ACB communities in Ontario.  The project will help to engage ACB heterosexual men in the response to HIV, and engage service providers and other stakeholders to address the HIV-related needs and circumstances of ACB heterosexual men.

Download this poster to find out more information about signing up for the focus group.