The adolescent years are tough by any standards. The decade between 10 years and 20 brings multiple challenges -- changing bodies, complex interpersonal peer relationships, navigating increasing independence, experiencing sex and intimacy, completing school and facing the future.
Nicci Stein was born and raised in South Africa and moved to Canada in 1999. She has a background in Social Work and has worked in the non-profit sector since 1983. Nicci was active in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa and has always worked within a human rights framework to address issues of marginalization and discrimination. She has worked with homeless children and youth, children with disabilities, lesbian, gay and trans communities, sex workers and people living with HIV. Nicci has worked in the field of HIV and AIDS since 1993. Nicci worked at The 519 Church Street Community Centre in Toronto for nine years before taking up the position of Executive Director of the Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development (ICAD) in May 2009.
Imagine how you feel now, knowing that without your medications your condition will get worse and you know you will die -- a death that is completely avoidable. Imagine feeling that the world, including your own country, doesn't care enough to keep you alive.
04/29/2013 05:14 EDT
Many of the social and economic barriers that stand in the way of effective HIV prevention, treatment, support and care for people living with HIV are the same barriers that impede access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health programs and services. In societies where cultural and gender norms tightly restrict the sexual and reproductive lives and choices of women and men, the risk for both unintended pregnancy and HIV infection is greatest.
03/06/2013 05:40 EST
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