WeSpeak aimed to reduce HIV vulnerabilities and promote resilience through meaningful engagement of self-identified heterosexual ACB men in community to engage and mobilize ACB communities for HIV prevention and promote collective resilience.

The five-year program was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN), and engaged participants in four Ontario cities (London, Ottawa, Toronto and Windsor).

Altogether, weSpeak engaged more than 2,000 ACB men and community members, talked with 210 heterosexual ACB men and 41 service providers through focus groups and individual interviews, and surveyed 1,056 heterosexual ACB men.

Learn More:

Discover fact sheets, a short film and other resources on the weSpeak website.

Watch the following weSpeak videos:

  1. Etowa, research coordinators and community collaborators describe the study concept (8 minutes).
  1. Etowa, study collaborators and research coordinators describe the study objectives (9 minutes).
  1. Etowa, study collaborators, community stakeholders and healthcare providers explain the crux of the research (13 minutes)
  1. Etowa, co-investigators, collaborators and community stakeholders discuss how meaningful community engagement can generate recommendations to improve healthcare policy (10 minutes) – https://youtu.be/1xKrrElUMV8?si=nPI2XxmKHMfmjDZk


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Project Details

Principal investigator(s)

Dr. Josephine Etowa and Dr. Charles Dabone

Project Year(s)

2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

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