Another chance to hear Bruce Richman in Toronto

Published 02, Nov, 2017
Author // Bob Leahy - Publisher

A November 22 community Forum brings New York City’s Bruce Richman back to Toronto for a don’t-miss community forum on U=U (Undetectable equals Untransmittable)=

Another chance to hear Bruce Richman in Toronto

He’s a colleague and a friend so I’m hardly impartial. but I’ve been doing this work for a very long time, and honestly, I’ve never met anyone quite like the Prevention Access Campaign’s Bruce Richman.

We first met in Toronto one year ago when PositiveLite.com brought him to Toronto for a community forum in Toronto on what was then a lesser known concept. He preached, with the full weight of science behind him, that people who are virally suppressed – that means on treatment and adherent – can’t pass on HIV to sexual partners. It was a powerful evening. Next day we travelled to Montreal and did it again. Two more community conferences later and a trip to Paros to rock IAS 2017, I feel I know the man well.

Bruce Richman emerged from community roots to change how we think about HIV. First and foremost he is one of us, a person living with HIV. He’s also an energetic, smart and charismatic advocate. He speaks with the kind of passion we seldom see. He is, in short, an extraordinary man.

The campaign which he leads has taken the HIV world by storm. It boasts 460 partners in 60-plus countries. Its material has been translated into 15 languages.

On November 22, if you are in Toronto you have a chance to hear Bruce speak about the campaign. Run, don’t walk, to do so.

As my colleague John McCullagh reported “It’s being hosted by ACT, CATIE, the Canadian Association for HIV Research, the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN), and the Canadian Society for International Health. The forum will uncover the history and science behind U=U and encourage dialogue among people living with HIV and allies about what U=U means in real life.” Other speakers include Camille Arkell from CATIE, with panelists from different communities impacted by HIV.

When: November 22 at 7-9 pm (6.30 pm light buffet

Where: Ramada Plaza Hotel, 300 Jarvis Street, Toronto

Admission: Free but register by e-mailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About the Author

Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy - Publisher

Award-winning blogger Bob Leahy first made his social media mark a decade ago on LiveJournal.com where there are still to this day almost 3,000 entries of his available to be read. He was a featured blogger on Ontario’s HIVStigma.com campaign, along with PositiveLite.com founder Brian Finch. He joined PositiveLite.com at its inception in 2009 and became it's Editor a year later.

Born in the UK, Bob’s background is in corporate banking, which he gladly left in 1994, after being diagnosed with HIV the previous year.  He has chaired the board of PARN (Peterborough AIDS Resource Network) and has been an executive board member of both the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) and the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS).  He was inducted in to the Ontario AIDS Network’s Honour Roll in 2005.  Bob is currently a member of Ontario’s GMSH (Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance). He also writes for TheBody.com.

In 2012, Bob was honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for his work and commitment to HIV/AIDS in Canada.

Bob continues to write for this site while in the Positivelite.Com editor’s seat, with a particular interest  in HIV prevention, theatre and the arts in general. He is accredited media for a number of Toronto theatres. He lives in Warkworth, Ontario with his partner of thirty-two years and three dogs.