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The Community Health Assessment of Men Who Purchase and Sell Sex

CHAPS Project
P: 604-240-2401
E: chaps@cfenet.ubc.ca

The CHAPS Project is a community-based, exploratory, qualitative study launched in 2012 together with HUSTLE, the Health initiative for Men (HIM) and other community-based organisations, such as BoysRUs, in an effort to better understand the sexual health and HIV risk environment of men in the sex industry, both sex buyers (clients) and male sex workers, of any sexual orientation.

Globally, there continues to be a complete absence of HIV prevention and sexual health research focusing on self-identified men in the sex industry, and sex buyers in particular. This study aims to evaluate the gender dynamics, sexual health and HIV risk environment of male sex workers and sex buyers (clients), including men who both buy and sell sex, through the street, as off-street independents (e.g. online) and in venue-based settings, such as bath houses and bars.

The CHAPS Project aims to inform a better understanding of men’s experiences, sexual health, and HIV vulnerabilities in the sex industry, and to identify barriers to care, in an effort to inform policy and evidence-based programs.

Are you a self-identified man buying or selling sex in Metro Vancouver? CHAPS wants to hear from you!

View the CHAPS poster