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4th May 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
HIV and Trans activist
Catalina has been involved with HIV and AIDS advocacy, prevention and management since 1990. She trained with the Swedish Red Cross as a lecturer in sex education and has been involved with minority issues both in and out of the UK. She brings her knowledge and personal experience to share and, in doing so, hopes to inform and help educate others in the above issues.
Catalina says: “I’m not trapped in a man’s body, but in other people’s perception of what it is to be man or woman and HIV positive.”
The conversation with Catalina
Intro and early traumatic experience
Diagnosis aged 16 in Sweden
Kept diagnosis secret for 8 years
The Noah’s Ark Project
Awareness of one’s own mortality
What inspired you to begin lecturing
The advent of combination therapy
Living with AIDS was like living through a war
Stigma as a gay man, an HIV positive person and as a transgender woman
What makes you continue to fight for HIV rights