SHAWNA Team Heads to Durban, SA, for the 21st World AIDS Conference!

The SHAWNA Team is in Durban, South Africa this week for the World AIDS Conference! Dr. Andrea Krüsi, co-PI with SHAWNA qualitative work, and Karina Czyzewski are serving as representatives (Congrats to Karina for receiving CIHR and IAS scholarships to attend!).

Dr. Krüsi will be presenting a poster on SHAWNA team’s research on Positive Sexuality: HIV, Gender, Power, Intimacy and the Law, which brings forward the voices of Women Living With HIV (WLWH) on how the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure is a form gendered violence that regulates women’s sexuality and puts women at risk for violence. This work builds on the SHAWNA/ GSHI roundtable with the Positive Women's Network and the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network this past fall. Dr. Krüsi will also present an additional poster on behalf of Dr. Rod Knight, on the Criminalization of HIV Non-Disclosure: Narratives from Young Men Living in Vancouver, Canada. Thanks to co-authors: Karina CzyzewskiFlorence RanvilleLulu GurneyDr. Jeannie Shoveller, and Dr. Kate Shannon.

Karina is presenting two posters for the SHAWNA Project team on integrated and assertive HIV care within housing and women living with HIV’s concerns of privacy and confidentiality; calling for ensuring women’s lived experiences and voices are part of programming. The second poster shares experiences of Indigenous women living with HIV and the need for better Indigenous women-centred HIV care including spiritualities and collective healing methods in HIV care supports. Thanks to co-authors: Dr. Kate ShannonFlorence RanvilleJill ChettiarDr. Mary KestlerDr. Julio MontanerDr. Andrea Krüsi; second poster co-authors: Florence Ranville, Sheri Pooyak, Dr. Charlotte ReadingDr. Andrea Krüsi, Dr. Kate Shannon.

You can follow along with the 2016 AIDS Conference on our Twitter account where we will be live-tweeting conference events and engaging with other attendees and community partners. Join the conversation by following and using the hashtag #AIDS2016 and #WomenHIVlaw and #WLWH.