+FIRST: Joanne Simons, The Casey House

Joanne Simons is the CEO of The Casey House, Canada’s first and only dedicated HIV/AIDS hospital. They do amazing work caring for their clients. But they also do incredible work bringing the harm that HIV stigma causes to light through amazing campaigns. Be INSPIRED. Watch Joanne’s interview and be sure to visit http://www.smashstigma.ca to see their amazing work in bringing the cost of stigma to … Continue reading +FIRST: Joanne Simons, The Casey House

+FIRST: Jerry Fish

HIV can infect ANYONE. Jerry Fish is living proof. He isn’t the person one thinks of when you think about people living with HIV. He’s a straight guy who contracted HIV in his mid-fifties. Jerry is on a mission to tell anyone and everyone who will listen that HIV can get anyone. That’s why it’s so important to get tested, get on meds and fight … Continue reading +FIRST: Jerry Fish

+FIRST: Ferdinand Garcia

When Ferdinand was diagnosed with HIV, he thought the worst – that he wouldn’t even live another 5 years. So he set out to travel the world, and he reached five years and then ten years of not just surviving but thriving, he began a social media campaign. His story is inspiring, but even more inspiring is how his I AM HIV campaign has touched … Continue reading +FIRST: Ferdinand Garcia

+FIRST: Zainab Kahaye

Zainab’s story isn’t just about HIV, it’s about stigma, shame and immigration – and the power to overcome everything life has thrown at you. Zainab escaped a brutal civil war in Somalia after being married at 12, mothering 6 children and enduring female circumcision only to discover while undergoing testing at an immigration detention center that she is HIV+. Most would have given up. She … Continue reading +FIRST: Zainab Kahaye

+FIRST: Polly

David “Polly” Polson was one of the first patients diagnosed with HIV in Australia. He lived through the worst of the AIDS crisis, losing friends, and enduring trials and treatments to help further the advancement of HIV medicines that nearly killed him. It’s thanks to pioneers like him that we have safe, effective treatments for HIV/AIDS today. But his incredible mindset kept him in the … Continue reading +FIRST: Polly