Table 1

Characteristics of participants aware of GCO in implementation regions

Variablen=431
n (%)
Age, years
29 and under116 (26.9)
30–3593 (21.6)
36–50121 (28.1)
51101 (23.4)
Region of GCO availability
Vancouver336 (78.0)
Island77 (17.9)
Interior18 (4.2)
Sexual identity (not mutually exclusive)
Gay365 (84.7)
Queer119 (27.6)
Bi (bisexual)75 (17.4)
Pansexual34 (7.9)
Other (self-described)8 (1.9)
Asexual7 (1.6)
Straight6 (1.4)
Heteroflexible5 (1.2)
Race/ethnicity (not mutually exclusive)
African, Caribbean, or black12 (2.8)
Arab, West Asian (eg, Iranian, Afghan)6 (1.4)
East Asian (eg, Chinese, Japanese, Korean)39 (9.0)
Indigenous22 (5.1)
Latin American, Hispanic24 (5.6)
South Asian (eg, East Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan)11 (2.6)
Southeast Asian (eg, Filipino, Vietnamese, Thai)21 (4.9)
White333 (77.3)
Other9 (2.1)
Annual income ($C)
 <$20 00059 (13.7)
 $20 000–$39 99977 (17.9)
 $40 000–$59 99988 (20.4)
 $60 000–$79 99975 (17.4)
 $80 000–$99 99950 (11.6)
 $100 000 or more54 (12.5)
 Missing28 (6.5)
Full-time employment
Yes258 (59.9)
No171 (39.7)
Missing2 (0.5)
Social connection: how many people can you count on for support if you need help or if something goes wrong?
0–3 people114 (26.5)
4–6 people115 (26.7)
7+people132 (30.6)
Missing70 (16.2)
Does your regular family doctor or nurse practitioner know that you have sex with men?
Yes222 (51.5)
No42 (9.7)
No regular family doctor90 (20.9)
Missing77 (17.9)
Usual STI testing location
A clinic or service offering testing for gay, bi, queer and trans people119 (27.6%)
An STI or sexual health clinic114 (26.5)
Family physician93 (21.6)
GCO25 (5.8)
No usual place9 (2.1)
Other36 (8.4)
Walk-in medical clinic23 (5.3)
Never had an STI test7 (1.6)
Missing5 (1.2)
Experienced any barrier in accessing STI testing in the past year
Yes225 (52.2)
No178 (41.3)
Missing28 (6.5)
HIV status and PrEP use
HIV-negative, currently taking PrEP145 (33.6)
HIV-negative, not currently taking PrEP182 (42.2)
Living with HIV49 (11.4)
Missing55 (12.8)
GCO implementation outcomes
How did you hear about this service? (check all that apply)
Ad on a website or phone app121 (28.1)
Printed material (posters, brochures, etc.)107 (24.8)
Social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)95 (22.0)
From a physician, nurse or clinic84 (19.5)
From friends82 (19.0)
At an event (Pride, concert, festival, etc.)79 (18.3)
From someone at a community organisation75 (17.4)
Ad on a bus/bus shelter40 (9.3)
News media (TV, newspaper, Xtra, etc.)40 (9.3%)
Not listed33 (7.7)
From a boyfriend/partner16 (3.7)
From a hookup/casual partner16 (3.7)
 “Heard from another person”: Any of physician, nurse or clinic; friends; someone at a community organization; boyfriend/partner; hookup/casual partner213 (49.4)
Been to the GCO website
Yes264 (61.3)
No165 (38.3)
Missing2 (0.5)
Tested through GCO
Yes119 (27.6)
No145 (33.6)
Never been to GCO website167 (38.7)
  • GCO, GetCheckedOnline; PrEP, pre-exposure prophylaxis; STI, sexually transmitted infection.