He’s a colleague and a friend so I’m hardly impartial. but I’ve been doing this work for a very long time, and honestly, I’ve never met anyone quite like the Prevention Access Campaign’s Bruce Richman.
We first met in Toronto one year ago when PositiveLite.com brought him to Toronto for a community forum in Toronto on what was then a lesser known concept. He preached, with the full weight of science behind him, that people who are virally suppressed – that means on treatment and adherent – can’t pass on HIV to sexual partners. It was a powerful evening. Next day we travelled to Montreal and did it again. Two more community conferences later and a trip to Paros to rock IAS 2017, I feel I know the man well.
Bruce Richman emerged from community roots to change how we think about HIV. First and foremost he is one of us, a person living with HIV. He’s also an energetic, smart and charismatic advocate. He speaks with the kind of passion we seldom see. He is, in short, an extraordinary man.
The campaign which he leads has taken the HIV world by storm. It boasts 460 partners in 60-plus countries. Its material has been translated into 15 languages.
On November 22, if you are in Toronto you have a chance to hear Bruce speak about the campaign. Run, don’t walk, to do so.
As my colleague John McCullagh reported “It’s being hosted by ACT, CATIE, the Canadian Association for HIV Research, the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN), and the Canadian Society for International Health. The forum will uncover the history and science behind U=U and encourage dialogue among people living with HIV and allies about what U=U means in real life.” Other speakers include Camille Arkell from CATIE, with panelists from different communities impacted by HIV.
When: November 22 at 7-9 pm (6.30 pm light buffet
Where: Ramada Plaza Hotel, 300 Jarvis Street, Toronto