Archive for the ‘personal story’ Category


Monday, August 18, 2014


Learn this word. It’s going to be a game changer. Keeee—POW!!!!! Outta the park.

We All Have a Closet

Friday, April 4, 2014

Recently I came across a TEDx talk called “Coming out of your closet” by Ash Beckham (2013). In the video, Ash talks about her experience she refers to as ‘hard talk’ while explaining her sexual orientation to a small girl in a restaurant. Ash Beckham brilliantly tells us why all of us have our own […]

This is probably the most often asked question I get while doing my community and outreach work with gay and MSM next to “where can I get tested?” It is a word that a number of gay men are using and hearing more often when speaking with potential sexual partners as it relates to their own […]

It never ceases to amaze me the things that will trigger a response to past experiences, even when we think they have been worked through and thought to be buried and packed away neatly into our brains historical archives never to bother us again. For some it can be the smell of apples and cinnamon […]

One Drop

Thursday, August 29, 2013

I love to paint my fingernails. It’s my favourite way to unwind and a great way to express myself – soft pink, bold red, vibrant blue. It is not uncommon to see me with three different colours within a one week period. Last night I was painting my nails a deep red that is full […]

Our graphic novel ‘Strong Voices: Stories of Struggle & Strength Living with HIV’ is now available! Working with very tight timelines to put this project together, our first step was to find 4 Aboriginal people living with HIV who were willing to share their story. We also needed to recruit 4 Aboriginal artists to develop […]

The New HIV Era

Thursday, January 31, 2013

The following is a personal perspective from a community member. ACAA acknowledges this is not the experience or opinion of all PLWH or those affected by HIV. Despite medical and scientific advances in recent years there are many people in our communities who continue to face significant struggles with an HIV diagnoses, long-term survival, and […]