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"Webinars" launched to mark World AIDS Day

Wed 1 Dec 2010 In: New Zealand Daily News

An Auckland University film student has created a series of online fundraising seminars focusing on the lives of people living with HIV, with the first to be released tonight to mark World AIDS Day. Ada Chin says she was inspired to create the webinars after hearing about the discrimination positive people experience in their day-to-day lives. "People fear what they don't understand. I wanted reduce the gap between the myth and the reality of HIV. The webinar allows people who are not comfortable with seeking information on HIV in public, to learn about it in the privacy of their own homes," she says. Chin created the series with the support of the New Zealand AIDS Foundation and Positive Women. People will be able to watch live discussions that are presented online and will later be given an opportunity to participate in a short question and answer session. The webinars will cost $35.00 and the proceeds will go to the speaker involved and a HIV support organisation of their choice. The online seminar can be accessed from anywhere in the world with an internet connection. The first webinar will tackle HIV Stigma and will be launched this evening at 8.00pm. The National Coordinator of Positive Women Jane Bruning will be interviewed. Bruning has been living with HIV since 1988 and has more than 17 years experience working with and advocating for the rights of people living with HIV. The second webinar titled How to Live Fully will feature Michael Stevens, a lecturer at the University of Auckland and blogger who was diagnosed with HIV in 1988. His interview will explore the ways in which he lives a fulfilling life – including good sex - while living with HIV. Chin says she hopes that talking about HIV can be a long term project: "Because misunderstanding doesn't only arise on World AIDS Day. It is an ongoing thing, and to reduce stigma against people living HIV, we need to regularly talk about it online, we need to continuously talk about it in our daily lives." The webinars are available at    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Wednesday, 1st December 2010 - 2:14pm

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