Feminist researcher, writer, and activist with a focus on sexuality, health, and human rights.
Allison (Allie) Carter is a feminist researcher, writer, and activist. Her work focuses on contemporary issues in sexuality, health, and human rights. Over the past eight years, she has conducted various quantitative and qualitative studies on the experiences and unmet needs of hidden, silenced, or under-researched populations, including, in particular, women living with HIV. She works from a community-based research model, engaging communities affected by epidemics as full partners within the research process. Her current research involves developing new methodological approaches to studies of sexual well-being with a unique interest in understanding how social, cultural, and political issues frame intimacy and personal lives in the context of infectious diseases. In addition, she is a co-investigator on 10 Canadian Institutes of Health Research studies investigating the social determinants of HIV and sexual health among women in Canada. Allie has published 29 scientific articles and her work has appeared in CBC, Radio-Canada,Global News, CTV News, The Star, She Knows, Vancouver is Awesome, and much more. In addition to her online activism through Twitter and Instagram (@DrAllieCarter), she writes about health, gender issues, and sexual rights for The Conversation and Huffington Post and is a co-founder and editor of Life and Love with HIV, a new online platform dedicated to de-stigmatizing sexuality and relationships for women and couples living with HIV globally by shifting the focus from risk to pleasure. She has received several national and international awards for her research and advocacy, and is working on her first book. She holds a master’s degree in public health and received her PhD in health sciences from Simon Fraser University. She is currently a Research Fellow at the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, supporting Canada’s largest community-based cohort of women living with HIV.
Whether buried in books or working late in the lab, loneliness and isolation are all too common in academia. And the higher you go, the worse it gets. Thirty seven per cent of master's students and 47 per cent of PhD students experience depression.
"If I have sex, I could go to jail." This is the reality of life for women living with HIV in Canada. It's a story I heard a few weeks ago from an African woman who had recently immigrated to Vancouver and is now faced with the profoundly isolating experience of being a Black HIV-positive woman in Canadian society.
Valentine's Day is around the corner. You may be searching for love, falling in love, making sweet love, or sick of love. Like it or hate it, single or coupled, February 14 can be hard to ignore. Whatever camp you're in, recent studies on those in relationships and those who are single have discovered some interesting answers to questions you may be wondering about.
Sparking such dialogue on a range of topics including more intricate and positive aspects of sexuality -- gender, sexual diversity, knowing your body, consent, respect, open communication, pleasure, mutuality, and the feeling of being loved, to name a few -- may not only be important in lowering sexual risk but also maximizing sexual rewards.
Sex and relationships are important aspects of being human. Now imagine learning that you're HIV-positive. A new study published December 1, on World AIDS Day, shows just how powerful HIV-related fear and discrimination can be for a woman's sex life.
A recent Canadian study of women living with HIV aims to break this glass ceiling, shedding important light on what opportunities exist and what barriers persist towards closing the gap for women living with HIV, a highly underserved community both in Canada and around the world.
As millions celebrate International Women's Day this March 8, it's worth reflecting on where gaps remain in addressing gender issues in the spread of and response to HIV. The face of HIV has changed dramatically since the early years of the epidemic. Women now represent more than half of all people living with HIV worldwide.