Because most members of MAG are approaching the twilight years, we are interested in those aspects of medicine, including diet and alternative therapies, which can enable us to maintain our health and fitness. Also, being gay men, we are interested in the medical aspects of the prevention of HIV-AIDS in our day to day lives and prevention of the spread of HIV-AIDS throughout the community. We are particularly interested in current treatments for persons with HIV-AIDS.
ACON Gay Men's Education Strategy
We have a commitment to the self determination and empowerment of gay men, and recognise the gay communities ownership over the development and delivery of gay education services
Gay and Sex Positive
A gay and sex positive response is incorporated in all education work, including the promotion and development of a positive attitude to homosexuality, homosexual sex, gay culture and gay community.
Commitment to the Ottawa Charter
Health promotion ensures gay men increase control over, and improve, their health. We do this by building healthy public policy, creating supportive environments, strengthening community action, reorienting health services, and developing personal skills.
We recognise that gay men are adults capable of making informed choices. Our role is to provide gay men with whatever support, skills, understanding or information they need to make choices, and then to sustain them.
Acceptance of the complexity of gay men's lives
We understand that gay men's lives are full of complexities, particularly in coping with the AIDS epidemic. Decision making processes are not necessarily straightforward, rational processes.
Recognition of diversity
We recognise that gay men are diverse. We have different cultural, education, social backgrounds and different interests. We choose to live our lives in many different ways. Education acknowledges these differences and recognises the need to prioritise targeting.
The HIV/AIDS epidemic constantly presents us with new challenges. We recognise that to adequately respond we need to maintain flexibility in our education programs.