Articles tagged with: Denise Becker

Medal Winner Denise Becker

published: October, 17, 2012 Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Women, Living with HIV, Population Specific

PositiveLite..com writer Denise Becker with her thoughts on what it means to be honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Medal Winner Denise Becker

This year has been full of festivities marking the 60th year of the Queen’s succession to the throne. One of the ways that the Government of Canada decided to honour the Queen for her years of service was to mint 60,000 Diamond Jubilee Medals that honoured significant contributions and achievements by Canadians. I was honoured and extremely surprised to be named a recipient.  When you live in England, the value of the monarchy is instilled in you at an early age. I remember sitting on a st

Two PositiveLite.com writers awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal

published: October, 16, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

PositiveLite.com editor Bob Leahy and contributor Denise Becker have been awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for contributions to the HIV/AIDS movement.

Two PositiveLite.com writers awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal

It is my great pleasure to let you know that two of our writers, editor Bob Leahy and contributor Denise Becker, have been awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for contributions to work in the field of HIV/AIDS.   Both Denise and Bob write elsewhere on the site today about what receiving this award means to them. Here I want to outline some of the reasons Bob and Denise were chosen for this prestigious award.  Denise Becker, who lives in Kelowna, British Columbia, has been involved

PositiveLite.com writer Denise Becker on CBC’s The Current

published: June, 11, 2012 Categories // Activism, Women, Legal, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Does everyone who is HIV positive have an obligation to disclose that fact to a potential lover, if the risk of transmission is miniscule? Plus Bonus documentary!

What the CBC said:  Here's the challenge ... Does everyone who is HIV positive have an obligation to disclose that fact to a potential lover, if the risk of transmission is miniscule? CBC Intro: Canadian law says failing to disclose may be nothing short of aggravated sexual assault. With yesterday's arrest of an HIV-positive woman on that very charge, the debate over moral obligation and criminal culpability begins once again. Today we speak with two women living with HIV who want their sex

HIV It's Different Now

published: November, 15, 2011 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, As Prevention , Features and Interviews, Health, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

John McCullagh talks to HIV positive activist Denise Becker about a new, innovative “seek and treat” campaign in Vancouver that aims to identify and treat the estimated one in four people who are infected with HIV but don’t know it.

HIV It's Different Now

If you live in Vancouver and you’re an adult who’s ever had sex, the chances are you’ll be offered an HIV test with your next routine medical examination. This four-year, $48 million pilot project funded by the BC government, is a “seek and treat” program whose objective is to identify and treat the estimated one in four people who are infected with HIV but don’t know it. The project, supported by an advertising campaign though social and more conventional media, is purposely cast

Keeping up with keying

published: October, 31, 2011 Categories // Women, Living with HIV

Denise Becker: Recently, with the death of Steve Jobs, I have reflected on all the technological changes to communication that I have seen in my life and it has left me feeling a little old.

When I was 18 and living in England, my mother and father had recently divorced. My mother's family was keen for her to move back to Canada and my older siblings and I encouraged her to start a new life back in the place where she had grown up. After much worrying about us, my mother decided to act on the opportunity and a year later we were waving farewell to her at Heathrow Airport. For me, I knew it would be a short farewell because I intended joining her in a year or two, after I had found

Ziggy and Me

published: July, 25, 2011 Categories // Women

Guest writer Denise Becker "Pets are our joy, our companions and support" She's right of course, and in this canine tale, she writes about it beautifully.

I remember the first time I laughed after I was told that my six-month old daughter and I were infected with HIV; it was almost six months later. I was watching TV, a Fraser episode. Fraser Crane was hiding in Daphne’s bathroom. He had heard Daphne approaching as he was searching through her medicine cabinet. As he hid around the corner in the bathroom, Daphne came in and started to have a shower; Fraser realized it would be impossible to leave without being caught and so he continued hiding

Guest Writer Denise Becker and the Power of Twitter

published: June, 30, 2011 Categories // Guest Authors

"This year, I realized the full power of Twitter and learned how it can be used so effectively in campaigns for social justice."

Guest Writer Denise Becker and the Power of Twitter

The Canadian campaign for access to affordable medicine in developing countries struck a note with me.  In 1994, I found out that my six month old daughter and I were infected with HIV. It was a horrific discovery, as you can imagine, and the next three months were the worst in my life. I had to watch her slowly die with no medicine that would save her. The triple cocktail was two years away and the only medicine available was AZT. Her liver, already under heavy attack by the virus, was j