Muluba Habanyama: On Journeys with HIV Stigma, Giving Yourself Your Best Chance, and Allyship

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May 21 2020 42 mins  

Muluba Habanyama is an experienced communications specialist who was born with HIV. She has written for Flare magazine, Huffington Post and more. She works with the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) as a Social Media Specialist and is a Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR) Youth Ambassador. She also works with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) HIV Clinical Trials Network (CTN). Read more about Muluba's work here and here.

Find Muluba on twitter and on her website and instagram.

In this episode we talk about Muluba's journey to giving herself her best chance by becoming open about her HIV status. We discuss experiences of stigma in childhood, her process of finding support as an adult, and her experiences cooking in Casey House's June’s HIV+ Eatery, a pop-up restaurant in Toronto with chefs living with HIV. Muluba also provides recommendations for allyship and how we all can take the initiative to educate ourselves about HIV and stand up against stigma.

Episode hosted by Dr. Carmen Logie. Original music and podcast produced by Cozmic Cat. Supported by funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovationand Canada Research Chairs program.