Undetectable = Untransmittable on tour: Bruce Richman visits Canada next month

Published 15, Mar, 2017
Author // Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy on U=U champion Bruce Richman’s appearances at community meetings in Toronto and Montreal next month. Details here.

Undetectable = Untransmittable on tour: Bruce Richman visits Canada next month

Want to meet the man who started a movement that has changed the way we speak about HIV?  New York City’s Bruce Richman, a founder of the Prevention Access Campaign’s highly successful U=U campaign will be visiting Canada next month to engage in two community meetings. 

Since it waS launched last year, the  U=U message has become ubiquitous – and not just in English.  The number of community partners now exceeds 130 from over 20 countries around the globe.

Richman himself has attracted a lot of media attention. He has been profiled on poz .com here, TheBody.com here  and on PositiveLite.com here.  Popular columnist Mark S. King even featured him in a controversially humourous column Bruce Richman is Totally Hot and Other HIV Activism Truths.  

PositiveLite.com, an early U=U supporter, has arranged for Richman to appear at public meetings in Toronto on April 5 at ACT (AIDS Committee of Toronto) in Toronto and April 6 at ACCM in Montreal. The latter evening event will be of particular interest to those in Montreal for CAHR2107.

For those in the Kingston, Ottawa area Richman will be speaking at Eastern Ontario Opening Doors conference, May 3-5.  

Details of the Toronto event will be released shortly; the Montreal community forum details are below. 

I asked Richman why he sees Canada as an important place to visit at this stage in the campaign. “Canada has been a global leader with the size and speed of the U=U movement” he said. “I can't wait to meet many of the folks in person who have been behind this exciting transformation of what it means to live with HIV.”

Richman continued “I met Bob Leahy when he interviewed me in early August after we had just released the U=U Consensus Statement. At that time, Terrence Higgins Trust in the U.K. was the only organization worldwide that had issued a strong statement on the issue. Bob and I were both fired up to work together to update the outdated narrative, and we’ve been friends and colleagues in this movement since then."

"We were so excited when YouthCO boldly signed on in December 2016 as the first AIDS Service Organization in Canada. When CATIE endorsed the campaign and issued their statement, it was as turning point: a globally recognized research organization was sharing the message loud and clear with the public for the first time.  We were all crying from joy. What it meant to be a Canadian living with HIV would forever be changed. The great news kept coming from Canada. ICASO's statement was a global call to action, and now there are so many amazing people and organizations in Canada who are sharing the groundbreaking development." 

“The best part of this work” said Richman “is engaging with people all over the world in this struggle for truth. U=U is such a radical concept that it will continue to be a challenge for folks to get comfortable saying it for years to come. We are a strong, united, and growing community behind the message and the movement. We'll continue to speak out until everyone living with HIV understands U=U and has the opportunity to benefit from this life changing truth.”


Montreal Event

Undetetectable = Untransmittable: what does it mean? 

A community discussion 

When: Thursday, April 6, 7-9 pm

Where: AIDS Community Care Montreal (ACCM), 2075 Rue Plessis, Montreal

Speakers: Rodney Rousseau. Bruce Richman, Ron Rosenes

Moderator: Bob Leahy

Tickets (free) and info 

Featuring an informed community panel including Bruce Richman, the Founding Executive Director of the Prevention Access Campaign, responsible for the "Undetectable = Untransmittable" campaign.

This is an unaffiliated event happening concurrent with CAHR.

This community event is being hosted by AIDS Action Now, with the support of CATIE, AIDS Community Care Montreal - SIDA bénévoles Montréal (ACCM) and PositiveLite.com.


Toronto event 

Watch for details.

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.