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Spotlight on Criminalization Part One

Friday, 09 December 2011 Author // Bob Leahy - Editor Categories // Activism, Legal, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy

Two takes: HIV is Not a Crime - a Film by Sean Strub, and audio from Waterstone’s Gower Street AIDS Week Panel Discussion “Intimacy and Responsibility: The Criminalization of HIV Transmission”

Spotlight on Criminalization Part One

In his blog on POZ  Sean Strub introduces his film (see below) thus: "here is a brief trailer from the documentary I am making about HIV criminalization. Long road ahead--and lots of funding needed--but this is a good start and helps people interested understand the critical issues at stake".

Strub has said of the film “I felt it important that the voices of those who have gone through such prosecutions be heard, It is one of the most extreme manifestations of stigma,” he continues, “when it is enshrined in the law, and is significantly driving the epidemic by discouraging people at risk from getting tested, disclosing or accessing treatment.”

Sean Strub is senior advisor to the Positive Justice Project combating HIV criminalization, board member, GNP+/North America and POZ Magazine's founder and advisory editor.

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Meanwhile from London, England comes an audio of a panel discussion ”Intimacy and Responsibility: The Criminalization of HIV Transmission” with Professor Matthew Weait, Dr Catherine Dodds & Dr Adam Bourne. It took place November 30, 2011 nad was introduced by Kathryn Dombrowicz, Director of RiverHouse Trust.

This event was one of several organized by the enterprising Andrew Jukes, an employee of  the UK book retailer Waterstone’s important Gower Street store.  Andrew was profiled by London-based PositiveLite.com.writer Denis Robinson here  in connection with Andrew’s  program of World AIDS Week events that he had persuaded the retailer to feature in that location

The link to the recording of that panel discussion is here.

About the Author

Bob Leahy - Editor

Bob Leahy - Editor

Award-winning blogger Bob Leahy first made his social media mark a decade ago on LiveJournal.com where there are still to this day almost 3,000 entries of his available to be read. He was a featured blogger on Ontario’s HIVStigma.com campaign, along with PositiveLite.com founder Brian Finch. He joined PositiveLite.com at its inception in 2009 and became it's Editor a year later.

Born in the UK, Bob’s background is in corporate banking, which he gladly left in 1994, after being diagnosed with HIV the previous year.  He has chaired the board of PARN (Peterborough AIDS Resource Network) and has been an executive board member of both the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) and the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS).  He was inducted in to the Ontario AIDS Network’s Honour Roll in 2005.  Bob is currently a member of Ontario’s GMSH (Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance). He also writes for TheBody.com.

In 2012, Bob was honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for his work and commitment to HIV/AIDS in Canada.

Bob continues to write for this site while in the Positivelite.Com editor’s seat, with a particular interest  in HIV prevention, theatre and the arts in general. He is accredited media for a number of Toronto theatres. He lives in Warkworth, Ontario with his partner of thirty-two years and three dogs.

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