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Michaela Cavanagh Michaela Cavanagh Michaela Cavanagh works as the communications and documentation officer for the CVC/COIN Vulnerabilized Groups Project, a 5-year PANCAP Round 9 Regional Global Fund Grant in the Caribbean.

In a recent study of ten low-income and middle-income countries, the prevalence of HIV in transgender women was found to be incredibly high, at nearly 18%. Transgender women who engage in sex work are especially vulnerable, and most in need of prevention, treatment, and care.

This World AIDS Day, if we truly want to close the gap, we must work together to put the needs of our most vulnerable communities at the forefront of the fight.

In the Dominican Republic, a small island nation situated in the Caribbean – the region with the second highest HIV prevalence in the world after sub-Saharan Africa – the Transgender and LGBT communities face … Read more 


Meaghan Derynck

Meaghan Derynck
TB Project Officer at RESULTS Canada, a national advocacy organization with a network of volunteers committed to creating the political will to end global poverty.

Ambition is what drives us all. It’s the belief that through commitment, hard work, the right motivation, and bold goals, we can accomplish something as substantial as the eradication of a disease.

Too often though, we fall victim to the limitations we place on our ambitions – we segment our efforts, or believe that we shouldn’t set our sights too high for risk of failure. … Read more 


San Patten

San Patten is a consultant based in Halifax, Canada who specializes in HIV policy, program evaluation, organizational development and community-based research. She wrote the Canadian Microbicides Action Plan and the Canadian HIV Vaccines Plan, and is a co-investigator on the Resonance Project. She is a big proponent for biomedical tools as part of a comprehensive toolkit to prevent HIV, including their potential role in reducing the social-structural inequities that create vulnerability to HIV.

Can futuristic high-tech solutions be found for age-old gender imbalances in HIV transmission?

Wherever HIV is found, one constant is the differential gendered impacts on men and women. Millions of women lack the social and economic power to insist on existing HIV-prevention measures such as condoms, abstinence, or mutual monogamy. Biomedical prevention technologies are exciting for their potential to allow individuals to protect themselves, regardless of the desires and wishes of their sexual partner.

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Robin Montgomery

Robin Montgomery
Executive Director
Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development (ICAD)

The global AIDS landscape has undergone a shift of continental proportions over the past three decades. Our collective efforts have reached transformative milestones with more progress over the past five years than in the preceding 23 years (The Gap Report, UNAIDS 2014). Experts affirm that we have successfully crossed a threshold and have begun to bend the curve of new HIV infections in neighbourhoods around the world. … Read more 


Marina Irick

Marina Irick
Coordinator of the Canadian Observational Cohort (CANOC) collaboration, based at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.

Researchers continue to uncover gaps in treatment

While there’s no question that World AIDS Day marks an opportunity to celebrate huge strides in fighting the HIV epidemic over the last three decades, complex questions remain about gaps in treatment access along lines of gender, race, geographic region, drug behaviour and age. … Read more