Hi, I’m Paige and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to speak at the 2011 TEDx Terry conference! I’ll be talking about HIV and stigma, and although HIV has only been around for 30 years, stigma is heavily prominent and important to address and correct. From my experience working with the S.T.O.P. HIV/AIDS project and doing HIV outreach, I’ve encountered a lot of misconceptions around HIV – a lot of which is hurtful and disruptive to public health outreach. I hope my talk will not only explain origins and causes of stigma but also inspire others to look past misconceptions as an important way of fighting the HIV epidemic.
At UBC I am a Wellness Peer with the Wellness Centre and I co-lead the Sexual Health Team. I am also an Undergraduate TA and I work at Science World. I enjoy running and hiking but have a soft spot for baked goods at Sprouts.
I can’t wait for November 5th and I hope I get the opportunity to meet some of the Terry blog readers at the conference!