The Test is a six minute video about one heterosexual Black man’s decision to get tested for HIV, and his anxiety about the possibility of being HIV-positive. The Test highlights his journey, and the inner tensions about being a man who is concerned about HIV, his health and the health of people close to him. Despite his apprehension, he is determined to get tested.
In addition to promoting HIV testing among heterosexual Black men, The Test encourages them to reflect on their ideas about what it means to be a heterosexual man, especially in relation to managing one’s health and enabling the health of significant others. The movie is also a tool to encourage and support discussion about individual and collective action in the response to HIV in Black communities in Ontario.
An accompanying short video shares important statistics highlighting HIV in Black communities in Ontario, and issues a call to action for individuals and communities.
The Test is based on the iSpeak research study that was implemented in 2011-2013 to explore the HIV-related needs, challenges and priorities of heterosexual Black men in Ontario. The iSpeak participants discussed their ideas of manhood and heterosexuality, and shared insights into how they understand and cope with HIV and personal and community health.
The research was a collaborative effort among researchers, Black people who have been personally affected by HIV, service providers and policy makers who work on HIV issues with Black communities in Ontario. The research was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the CIHR Social Research Centre in HIV Prevention (SRC) at the University of Toronto.
The Test is a collaboration among the main partners from the iSpeak research study - Africans in Partnership Against AIDS (APAA), the African and Caribbean Council on HIV/AIDS in Ontario (ACCHO) and AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) - supported by the SRC.
We encourage you to watch The Test and the accompanying video and share it with your various networks. We also encourage you to share your thoughts and ideas about The Test by completing the brief survey below the movie in the description box.