GPS: Finding your own way

Want a better sex life?

Gay Poz Sex (GPS) is an eight-week sexual health program by and for gay and bisexual men HIV-positive that aims to shift the ways we talk and think about sex. GPS is facilitated by gay, poz men who take a gay-positive, sex-positive approach to understanding our sexual health and getting good sex.

Like GPS in a car helps us find our way when traveling, the GPS program helps us as gay, bisexual, poz men find our own way when seeking hot and healthy sex.

Participants have said they like GPS because it is a place to have “an actual adult conversation about sex” and “they didn’t preach…this is the way that everybody needs to be, it’s that everybody has their own place to go”.

We know sex is about more than where you put your penis.

At GPS, we take a holistic approach to sex, and we get that the physical, emotional, and social aspects of our lives impact our sex and sexual health.

What happens during the GPS program?

For over 10 years, the GPS program has helped gay and bisexual poz men clarify what they want from sex and then work toward that goal.

During the GPS program, we will take a look at the sex we’re currently having, and consider what we like, what we don’t like, and what each of us would like our sex life to look like. Although each GPS group will have 6 – 8 men, each guy will have his own sexual health goal that he chooses himself:

  • “Tom” may want more regular fuck buddies
  • “Bill” may want a long-term sexual partner
  • “Dick” may want to ‘open’ his relationship with his partner for threesomes, while
  • “Harry” may want to separate his substance use from his sex

Whatever your sexual health goal is, GPS can support you in getting what you want, and not what you don’t.

During GPS, we’ll also talk about HIV, sexually transmitted infections, HIV disclosure, and most importantly, how we can find our own way to hotter sex.

At the heart of the GPS program is the peer-facilitated process of clarifying and working toward a sexual health goal. A foundational belief is that sexual health includes having great sex—not just talking about it—and the goal of the program is to help participants find what that looks like for them, no matter what that might be.

Almost all of the guys who’ve done GPS say they wish the program was longer – a testament to how important it is to have a safe space for gay, bisexual, poz guys to talk openly and meaningfully about sex.

Who can join GPS?

  • Only men over 18 years old and who identify as gay or bisexual and are HIV-positive are eligible
  • We meet for 2 hours once a week for 8 weeks
  • Confidentiality and safety are a priority – we only use pseudonyms (fake names)
  • As we are in the second phase of researching GPS, participants are asked to complete questionnaires periodically and paid $30 for each questionnaire they complete
  • There are other criteria for eligibility and we can tell you about that when you contact us for more info

What is happening with the GPS research?

Data collection for the randomized controlled trial evaluating the GPS group occurred from June 2013 to July 2018. Information about the research is available here.