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  • February 9, 2023 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm


HIV Stigma, Discrimination and Wellbeing: past to present, finding purpose and meaning
presented by Devan Nambiar

HIV diagnosis, stigma, and discrimination are global issues impacting individuals’ intersectional identities and well-being. We explore the narrative of queer history, sexual behaviors, criminalization of queer identities and HIV status, and impact on wellbeing of marginalized individuals as it intersects with internalized, enacted, and anticipated stigma of HIV diagnosis. The presentation explores the history of HIV activism, ARV treatment, AIDS death, suffering, loss, resiliency, and public disclosure by PLHIV.

We review research on HIV stigma and coping skills of PLHIV and self-care. In addition, Devan speaks from his 34 years of lived experience as a gay/queer South Asian HIV-positive person. The presentation will use various videos to narrate the history and bring to life the voices of PLHIV across the globe.

Devan Nambiar, MSc. In Integrated Healthcare, and Diploma in Addictions and Mental Health has provided education and training on 2SLGBTQ+ clinical and cultural competencies for over 20 years. He is currently the Manager of Capacity Building & Talent Development at Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance. In his previous role as Program Manager & Education/Training Specialist at Rainbow Health Ontario, Sherbourne Health, he- co-authored and launched the seven online LGB2SQ Foundation Course, for health care and social services providers. He has trained up to 600 healthcare and social service organizations on 2SLGBTQ+ clinical and cultural competencies. Devan developed various CME in Canada on Party n Play /Chemsex, HRT for trans care and 2SLGBTQ+ health. He worked at CATIE as Treatment and Clinical Trials Educator for 12 years. Currently, Devan serves on six committees; CIHR, CTN HIV Clinical Trials; Co-Chair of Burden of COVID on People Living with HIV; Co-Chair of the Peach Study; Patient and Community Advisory Committee at the CADTH; Caregiver Working Group of Ontario Caregiver Organization, Community Representative of Missed and Missing Implementation Team, Toronto Police Service. He provides consultancy services at Global Health Integrative Science and launched in 2022, a dating and global network for people living with HIV.

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