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Bruce Richman

Busting Stigma With Science


Big UNDETECTABLE Mistake
August 4, 2016

While people with HIV and our partners celebrate the groundswell of groundbreaking, stigma-shattering evidence proving that people with HIV with an undetectable viral load cannot transmit HIV, it can be frustrating, to say the least, when people communicate inaccurately that we're a significant risk.

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Global Fund Executive Director Kazatchkine Steps Down; Board Appoints General Manager
January 25, 2012

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Executive Director Michel Kazatchkine on Tuesday announced he will "step down in mid-March after leading the organization for five years," according to a Global Fund press release (1/24). In a message to staff, Kazatchkine said he "concluded that I should not continue as executive director" following a November decision by the Global Fund Board to "appoint a general manager to oversee implementation of the Consolidated Transformation Plan who will report directly to the Board." The statement continues, "I respect this decision and trust that it was made in the best interests of the Global Fund. ... I am committed to an orderly transition, and I will do all that I can to ensure that the Global Fund emerges from it as a stronger organization" (1/24). In a statement, Board Chair Simon Bland said, "I thank Michel for his remarkable contribution and I look forward to working with him to ensure an efficient transition" (1/24).

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Why and How I Volunteer
January 12, 2012

My story begins during the winter of 1993/94 when my partner of 10 years was hospitalized several times with pneumonia. When he was tested and found to be HIV positive, this led to my testing and diagnosis in May 1994. My partner's health deteriorated rapidly until his death in May 1995, whereas I have maintained excellent health to date without any opportunistic infections. Both he and I shared a passion for foreign travel and experiencing different cultures. Early on, I decided that HIV would not be something that would define me as an individual. I was determined to maintain a sense of humour and a positive outlook on life realizing the importance of love and living each day to the fullest without regrets.

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Bruce Richman

Bruce Richman

Bruce Richman is the co-founder and executive director of Prevention Access Campaign (PAC). His primary focus at PAC is on the dual benefits of treatment for the health of people living with HIV and their sexual partners. He has been living with HIV since 2003, and has been undetectable since 2010. When Richman learned from his doctor in 2012 that because he was undetectable he could not transmit the virus, it changed his life dramatically. Since then, he's been committed to breaking through the HIV stigma and politics in public health to share this knowledge in the hope that people with HIV and their partners will live happy and healthy sexual and reproductive lives.

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