Up And Coming New Developments
As many of you may know, my name is Wayne Bristow and I’m a Project Manager and Administrator here with the HIV Disclosure Project. This is to announce that I have agreed to head up the site and lead it into the next phase.
Since the HIV Disclosure Project began in 2012 we have managed to provide, in collaboration with CTAC (Canadian Treatment Access Council) training to numerous facilitators across Canada on delivering disclosure workshops to people living with HIV, staff and volunteers working in various community organizations and our allies.
The feedback we have received from the workshops has been positive and participants have commented on how much they have appreciated a space to discuss disclosure complexities to potential sex partners. As participants in the role play activities, individuals were able to:
– Gain more confidence
– Feel less isolated
– Feel supported and in solidarity with peers
– Feel more in control of and prepared for reactions to disclosure which for the most part involves rejection in many different forms along with stigma and discrimination.
Participants were able to find creative ways to educate people on the dating scene about HIV, to address stigma when it occurs, provide facts about HIV and begin the process of advocating and educating the general public.
As an outcome, the HIV Disclosure Project has identified the need to raise public awareness and begin the process of helping people to think differently about the ways in which negative reactions to disclosure impact the lives of people living with HIV.
We have exciting plans for the next phase of our project and will be providing more details as they unfold in the coming weeks.
Thank you for supporting us in our endeavors. We value your feedback and suggestions as we move forward and appreciate any stories you would like to submit about your experiences with disclosure of HIV to potential sex partners.This is a peer to peer project, we can learn from each other.