What is a Health Ambassador?

A Health Ambassador is someone who is willing to engage in conversations around sexual health and share their lived experience. The badge that you see in a Health Ambassador’s profile is an invitation to chat with them about all sorts of topics that impact our lives, such as HIV testing, being HIV-positive, PrEP, undetectable, or STIs. Health Ambassadors help foster a community that is knowledgable, connected and empowered.

A Hornet Health Ambassador is:

  • Informative
  • Affirming
  • Non-judgmental
  • Knowledgeable about sexual health

Become a Health Ambassador!

Do you have experience around HIV or STI testing, living with HIV, or other topics related to sexual health?

Health Ambassadors receive a badge on their profile that indicates they are health advocates who are happy to engage in conversations regarding topics including but not limited to testing, PrEP, stigma, and/or living with HIV. Health Ambassadors are expected to help people in real time and make a positive impact on the community. The goal of your participation would be to reduce the isolation that many users feel, as well as reduce stigma, associated with HIV, testing, or PrEP, by allowing people to speak openly and honestly about these topics.

Participation in the Health Ambassador program is entirely voluntary and can be terminated at anytime. If a Health Ambassador is reported to customer support as behaving inappropriately they will be removed from the program. Upon entry into the program we will request that Health Ambassadors agree to a code of conduct. We also request that ambassadors participate in initial health education activities to increase their knowledge and experience around gay men’s health. We will never ask Health Ambassadors to reveal the details of their conversations but we will occasionally inquire about the quality of the interactions in an effort to evaluate and improve the program.

Health Ambassadors function as peers speaking about their own lived experience and do not provide professional medical advice. Health Ambassadors are expected to follow a code of conduct and treat their peers with respect.

Code of Conduct: Guidelines for Health Ambassadors

  • Sex-positive
  • Affirming
  • Non-judgmental
  • Offer lived experienced, not expert advice
  • Commit to be understanding to different experiences and perspectives
  • Do not harass
  • Create a safe space