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John McCullagh

John McCullagh

John McCullagh is the publisher of PositiveLite.com. He's an HIV-positive gay man who’s been active in Toronto's LGBTQ community since immigrating to Canada from his native Britain in 1975. A social worker by profession, he's worked in government and the not-for-profit sector in both front-line and management positions. His experience includes research, policy analysis, strategic planning, program development, project management, and communications. 

In the early years of the AIDS epidemic, John was a counsellor at the Toronto Counselling Centre for Lesbians and Gays (now known as David Kelley Services), an organization he co-founded and which was one of the first agencies in Toronto to offer professional counselling to those infected with and affected by HIV. 

Now retired, John volunteers with the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) and is a board member of CATIE, Canada’s national HIV and Hepatitis C knowledge broker.  

John regularly contributes articles to PositiveLite.com about his personal experiences of living with HIV and about issues relevant to Canada's HIV and LGBTQ communities.

Oct24

Insite: Vancouver’s supervised injection site

Thursday, 24 October 2013 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher Categories // Hep B and C, Conferences, As Prevention , CATIE, Events, Research, Features and Interviews, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

In a video interview, Darwin Fisher, manager of Insite, Vancouver’s supervised injection site, talks with PositiveLite.com publisher John McCullagh about this innovative program and how it addresses the needs of Canada’s most marginalized community.

Insite: Vancouver’s supervised injection site

Ten years ago, Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, a low-income area with a traumatized population and a crisis of homelessness, had the highest rate of HIV seroconversions in the western world, a rising incidence of deaths from drug overdoses and a Hepatitis C prevalence among the drug-using population that was at saturation levels. 

The community came together with an innovative response to this: a supervised injection site called Insite. But Insite is more than that. It’s also a place that builds connections with marginalized people and where the level of trust among them is leveraged into other programs and services that they need. 

At last month’s CATIE Forum on New Sciences, New Directions in HIV and Hepatitis C, I interviewed Darwin Fisher, the manager of Insite, about his program. You can watch my interview with the ever-engaging Darwin in the video below. 

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