Dr Mark Thomas A leading infectious diseases physician says retired Body Positive CEO Bruce Kilmister is a national treasure who has provided “tireless, imaginative, and courageous leadership” for many years. Dr Mark Thomas, a senior HIV specialist at Auckland Public Hospital since the earliest days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, says Kilmister has worked consistently for all people with HIV infection, but especially for gay men with HIV. “He has built an organisation that provides support for all, regardless of age, occupation, nationality, and other health or lifestyle issues. “He has consistently identified the difficulties that many gay men with HIV infection have faced, including better access to effective medications, a lack of understanding of the benefits and disadvantages of treatment of HIV infection, and difficulties with affording healthcare and in communicating with their healthcare providers,” Dr Thomas says. “Bruce and his team have created imaginative and effective responses for each of these and other problems. His contributions to our society have been outstanding - he truly is a national treasure. “On behalf of the adult infectious diseases team at Auckland City Hospital I wish to salute Bruce and thank him for all his efforts. It has been great to have your help.” Former Body Positive Chair and Manager of The Hero Project Scott Johnston says Kilmister can truly be described as a New Zealand legend. "His commitment to the community spans three decades and covers almost every major gay and HIV initiative from law reform to The Hero Project to Body Positive," he says. “Bruce will not only be remembered for his forthright advocacy of the HIV community but how he personally helped better the lives of people living with HIV."
Credit: GayNZ.com Daily News staff
First published: Monday, 1st December 2014 - 12:47pm
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