The Shaun Proulx Show: World AIDS Day 2013

Posted on 28. Nov, 2013 by .

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Following his first-time public disclosure on CBC radio that he was diagnosed HIV-positive in 2005, media personality Shaun Proulx begins a #ThoughtRevolution about the way we treat ourselves and one another simply for being human. Travelling to Truro, Nova Scotia, Shaun introduces us to a man who was diagnosed HIV-positive in the 1980′s – while he was married, with children. A conversation about resilience, hope, empowerment and joy – no matter what.

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The Anglican Diocese of Toronto invites you to attend a World AIDS Day Vigil service

Posted on 30. Oct, 2013 by .

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Screenshot 2013-10-30 13.57.55The Anglican Diocese of Toronto invites you to attend a World AIDS Day Vigil service

Sunday December 1, 2013 – 3:00 pm
Saint Peter’s Anglican Church
188 Carlton Street (east of Sherbourne on Carlton)
www.stpetercarlton.ca

Guest Speaker: Yvette Perreault Director, AIDS Bereavement and Resiliency Project of Ontario

Sponsored by the parish of St. Peter’s Anglican Church and the Diocese of Toronto HIV&AIDS Network.
For information contact 416-363-6021 ext 236 or dgraydon@toronto.anglican.ca 

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The OAN is proud to release “NOW WHAT? The Possibilities of Disclosure – A Guide by HIV Positive People for AIDS Service Organizations and Their Allies”

Posted on 08. Oct, 2013 by .

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The OAN is proud to release “NOW WHAT? The Possibilities of Disclosure  - A Guide by HIV Positive People for AIDS Service Organizations and Their Allies

What This Guide Is About

This is a guidebook about the many aspects of healthy disclosure and non‐disclosure of HIV status by people with HIV/AIDS. The guide was created by people with HIV/AIDS to help AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs) in supporting people with HIV/AIDS who are wondering about disclosure: Why? To whom? When? How?

The guidebook is rooted in the lived experience of PHAs. It grew from a desire by PHAs to create a perspective on disclosure that will help people with HIV and the ASOs that serve and support them. The PHAs who contributed to this guide hope that ASOs will use the guide to deepen their understanding of the disclosure journey and to inform their policy and program development concerning disclosure.

Some of the insights and advice in the guide are expressed as communication from one PHA to another while other advice is framed as a message from PHAs to ASOs. Where the insights shared by PHAs are voiced as PHA to PHA messages, there is much to be gained by the ASO in listening to this voice. As the final chapter on Empowering Warriors asks of ASOs: Listen to PHAs for they are the experts in living with HIV.

Close to 90 alumni of the Positive Leadership Training InstituteTM (PLDITM) met in Toronto in March 2013 to brainstorm about disclosure and provide the main themes and content for the guide. It quickly became clear at the meeting that disclosure involves the whole person in all aspects of life, of which sex and criminalization of HIV transmission are just parts of a holistic picture. Disclosure is a lifetime experience and not just an act required by the law in some circumstances.

Illustration by “André.”

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The OAN Board of Directors is pleased to announce that The Prisoners HIV/AIDS Support Action Network has been selected to receive The 2013 Social Justice in HIV/AIDS Award

Posted on 18. Sep, 2013 by .

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The OAN Board of Directors is pleased to announce that The Prisoners HIV/AIDS Support Action Network (PASAN) has been selected to receive The 2013 Social Justice in HIV/AIDS Award. This award will be presented at the 2013 Honour Roll Awards Ceremony on November 26, 2013.

PASAN (The Prisoners HIV/AIDS Support Action Network) is a community-based network of prisoners, ex-prisoners, organizations, activists and individuals working together to provide advocacy, education, and support to prisoners on HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C and related issues. PASAN formed in 1991 as a grassroots response to the AIDS crisis in the Canadian prison system. Former prisoners are board members, staff and involved in operations, outreach and activism. PASAN is based in Toronto, but do work all over the province and the country. PASAN is the only organization in Canada exclusively providing HIV/AIDS education, support and advocacy to prisoners, ex-prisoners, young offenders and their families.

PASAN also provides the only national AIDS hot-line specially for prisoners. They produce the quarterly bulletin ‘CELL COUNT‘ offering prisoners a space to voice and share their experiences living with HIV/AIDS and Hep C. They provide services (harm reduction, counseling and education) within all levels of the prison system, from remand centres to provincial and federal institutions. PASAN also works in partnerships with other community organizations in order to address all the needs of prisoner communities, ie: mental health issues, black and aboriginal specific communities etc.

Find out more at goodevidence.com

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