Registration for our pre-Summit series is now open! Registration is free but required. You can read below about the three pre-conference events to get us primed for the Summit 2021:
PrEP: Where Are We Now?
Wednesday, October 20 | 10 AM to 11:30 AM PT | Presentation in English | Darrell Tan (St. Michael’s Hospital, University of Toronto), Jessy Dame (CBRC), LaRon Nelson (Yale University, MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions) and additional panelists.
Since Health Canada's 2016 approval of Truvada to be used as PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis), this tool has proven to be an important advancement in HIV prevention. Although it shows great efficacy in reducing the likelihood of getting HIV, it is still underused by and under-promoted to many populations that are most likely to acquire HIV. CBRC and CATIE, in partnership with Dr. Darrell Tan and The Future of PrEP is Now research team, will put the current state of PrEP access and uptake in Canada under a microscope in a two-part webinar series. Part one, “PrEP: Where Are We Now?” looks at current PrEP options and regimens, barriers to access, and what gaps exist in HIV prevention due to intersectional, systemic discrimination. Community leaders and academics from key underserved populations will share their perspectives on PrEP perceptions, access, and uptake within their communities. These populations are currently experiencing the highest rates of HIV and lowest rates of PrEP use due to access barriers and adherence challenges.
An Open Intergenerational Dialogue on HIV History
Thursday, October 21 | 11 AM to 12:15 PM PT | Presentation in English | “HIV In My Day” research team and community partners, moderator: John Paul Catungal (University of British Colombia)
While the meaning of HIV has changed for GBT2Q communities, especially since the introduction of effective treatments in the late 1990s and prevention such as PrEP in the 2010s, the history of HIV demonstrates the persistence of health inequities over time, especially for people who experience intersecting forms of oppression. HIV In My Day is a community-based oral history project consisting of interviews with long-term HIV/AIDS survivors and caregivers from the early years of the AIDS epidemic in B.C. Many of the inequities identified by participants were rooted in homophobia, racism, and settler colonialism, which continue to shape access to HIV testing, treatment, and prevention today. This roundtable discussion brings together members of the project’s research team, other interested project participants, leaders within today’s HIV movement from YouthCO, and Summit attendees to discuss what HIV history teaches us about advancing health equity in the present by drawing on the lessons learned from their experiences as people living with HIV. The goal of this open discussion is to generate an intergenerational dialogue about the changing meanings of HIV/AIDS and how we can achieve a more equitable future in terms of HIV support and care.
Reflections from Summit 2020 Keynote Speakers
Tuesday, October 26 | 8 AM to 9 AM PT | Nathan Lachowsky (CBRC, University of Victoria), Alexander McClelland (Carleton University), Vincent Mousseau (RÉZO), Syrus Marcus Ware (McMaster University), moderator: Michael Kwag (CBRC)
In advance of this year’s conference, our Summit 2020 keynote speakers gather for a moderated discussion on the many things they’ve learned in the last twelve months of the pandemic. We revisit the subjects of their talks for updates – from activism as speculative fiction to the criminalization of disease, and from making visible the impacts of Covid-19 on our communities to turning to our radical roots to address racial inclusion. Together, we will make bridges to Summit 2021’s theme, Disrupt and Reconstruct, and explore what work still needs to be done to ensure a more equitable future for everyone in our communities.
Please note that you must register separately for Summit 2021 and the pre-Summit events. If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact us at [email protected]