Welcome to our community! Building this website has been a great pleasure and a true labour of love. Meet the fabulous women behind Life and Love with HIV. From Left to Right: Margarite Sanchez, Sophie Patterson, Kath Webster, Valerie Nicholson, Allie Carter, and Kate Salters. Angela Kaida is not pictured.
Marnina Miller is a Human Rights Activist residing in Houston, Texas. This out and proud Black Queer, young woman living with HIV facilitates training's on Anti-Stigmatizing Language, Effective Leadership, Sex Positivity, and Community Organizing. At Positive Women’s Network-USA she is a Public Policy Fellow, and a member of the communications team. Marnina is a Youth Ambassador for Youth Across Borders, the Co-Chair for the Texans Living With HIV Network, and a 2017 recipient of the LGBTQ Violet Awards.
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Juno Roche is a 'Patron of cliniQ', a 'Trustee of the Sophia Forum' and has a long history of structuring campaigns around Transgender Equality in Education, Sexual Healthcare and HIV. Juno has lived with HIV for over 25 years. Her work has been described as innovative, her writing as brave and challenging. Juno writes for a wide range of publications: Gay Times, Refinery 29, The i, Vice, Broadly, and i-D, to mention a few. Her first book is titled Queer Sex.
I believe we all need a few seconds of insane courage and embarrassing bravery; something good will come of it.
Just Stash is a young woman very passionate about HIV and sexual and reproductive health. She has had the privilege to be involved and empowered to address issues that concerns health and HIV among young people. Sometime 2016, she and her friends came together and started a blog where they addressed issues they felt affected their peers and were not being addressed by anyone. She is an advocacy champion to ending stigma among people living with HIV.
Gina Dos Santos
Gina Dos Santos is a lover of life and mother of three. She has been living positively with HIV for 15 years. Gina is a Marine Deck Officer by profession and an HIV activist. She is currently completing a degree in Psychology. A bold feminist and passionate about life, helping others be the best version of themselves is what drives her everyday.
Marama has been living with HIV for 25 years. Sexuality, philosophies, psychology, and the impact of HIV on women's lives has always been an interest of hers. Marama has seen her sense of self, sexuality, and being change so much due to living with the virus. She is a Mother of three, Human Rights Activist, and Global HIV Advocate, who fights for the down trodden and Indigenous Rights. She is fluent in English and her native language of Māori.
Wynne ST has spent all of her HIV life invested in learning how to help herself and others live without fear and shame, with all the joy and sorrow it has entailed. She has a Joint degree in Kinesiology and Fine Arts, Dance, spending thirty years as a professional Graham trained modern dancer across Canada and the U.S. Her greatest joys have been shared with her daughters, granddaughter, sisters and empowered women. For Wynne, gratitude is an action word.
- Alexieindia Abrams
- Allyson Mitchell
- Alex McClelland
- Christina Carta
- Denise Becker
- Jessica Whitbread
- Karen Fratti
- Kelly Gluckman
- Mariana Iacono
- Mark S. King
- Miquel Caballero
- Muluba habanyama
- Rae Lewis-Thorton
- Rob Easton/CATIE
- Silvia Petretti
- Tana Pradia
- The Well Project
- Vicki Tallis / ICW
Our resident researchers are experts on the science of HIV and sexual health. They provide the facts and stats we need to further our cause. Want to contribute as a resident researcher? Fill out this form and we'll be in touch about collaborating.
Dr. Angela Kaida
Angela Kaida is a global health epidemiologist, Canada Research Chair, and Associate Professor at Simon Fraser University, whose global research program centres on a rights-based, evidence-informed, and community-driven approach to sexual and reproductive health among women living with and affected by HIV. She is a Principal Investigator of several prospective cohort studies in South Africa, Uganda, and Canada, including UARTO, AYAZAZI, CHIWOS, and WATCH.
Dr. Kate Salters
Kate Salters is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Epidemiology and Population Health program at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. She received her PhD in Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University in the summer of 2017. Her research focuses on investigating and preventing HPV-related cancers among women living with HIV. Kate is passionate about global health as well as sexual and reproductive health.
Dr. Sophie Patterson
Sophie Patterson received her PhD in Health Sciences from Simon Fraser University. She is currently working as a Specialty Registrar in Public Health in the North West of England. She has substantial experience conducting community-based research on the gendered impacts women face in the legal obligation to disclose their HIV status.
I am HIV positive. In my fifties, I was homeless. Today, in my sixties, I am a grandmother, an activist, an HIV educator, a S.F.U. graduate in community capacity building, a nutritional outreach worker and co-founder of Harvest Organic Co-op, and a community based researcher. I am a Proud, Positive, Passionate woman living and working in the Downtown Eastside who is making a difference.
Kath Webster has been actively engaged in the HIV community since her diagnosis in 1995. She spent ten years volunteering as a Treatment Information educator with Positive Living Society of BC. Previous peer research involvement includes the BC STOP HIV Pilot Project; National Food Security study; COPD Awareness in HIV Positive People; and CTAC’s PASS (Post-Approval Surveillance System) Study. She currently volunteers as a trainer for the Positive Leadership Development Institute and is a Peer Research Associate with CHIWOS.
Florence is the advocacy and communications manager at the International Community of Women Living with HIV. She has years of community engagement and international advocacy on issues including sexual health, reproductive rights, equality and social justice, and expanded economic and education access for women and girls living with HIV.
Margarite Sánchez is an artist, activist and agriculturalist. Her art, activism and garden are all intertwined and integral parts of her creative life. She is the co-founder of Viva Women, Life and Love with HIV, and the Southern Gulf Islands AIDS Society. As a long-term survivor with HIV/AIDS, Margarite's work in research and peer empowerment for women living with HIV has led to her passion for justice and equality.
Dr. Allie Carter
Allie Carter grew up learning little about sex. Now, she studies it for a living. She has published over 30 scientific articles and her work has appeared in CBC, Radio-Canada, Global News, CTV News, The Star, and much more. Allie studies what it takes for individuals to have a life filled with pleasure, with a particular focus on hidden and under-served communities, including women living with HIV—and she writes about it for Find Your Pleasure, Huffington Post, and The Conversation. She received her MPH and PhD at Simon Fraser University and is currently working on her first book.
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On behalf of our team and the communities we serve, we extend our sincerest thanks to our funders for their generous support. Funding sources include: a Student Social Innovation Seed Grant from RADIUS and Embark, a Knowledge Synthesis Grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and a Community Engagement Grant from Simon Fraser University.
Thank you to the press and media outlets in helping to reduce HIV stigma and drive awareness of the right to health—including sexual health.