I have the great luck to work in a field where people are passionate about health, social change, gender inequity and sexual frankness. I’ve been working at Positive Women’s Network since 1993, when I was first hired to develop the newsletter. Over the years I’ve seen how treatment has changed not only the duration of life with HIV, but also options around creating life, as pregnancy has become an option many can consider. As Communications Coordinator, I manage health promotion projects online and in hard copy. This includes all our our web-based work on this site, You Should Know, a site for midlife women aimed at HIV/ STI prevention, and social networking on Facebook andTwitter. (see our Twitter Hashtags for Women and HIV Discussions). It also includes our publications, the Pocket Guide for Women Living with HIV, HIV and Pregnancy: Yes You Can! brochure, our annual SpringBoard conference, and various toolkits. The blog is a great place to look in all directions at what’s going on for women with HIV- let us know what you think.
Not long after moving to Vancouver in 2011, I had the wonderful opportunity to join the team at Positive Women’s Network. As the Resource Coordinator, I spread information around—I search it out, plug it into different kinds of online and print media, and share it with PWN members and staff, service providers, and anyone else who takes an interest in issues related to HIV, sexual health, drug policy, and violence against women. I have a background in supporting survivors of violence, and I’ve seen how all forms of violence, from the graphic to the subtle, affect individual and community health. I’m also a dessert lover, as long as it’s chocolate. A devotee of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams.” A board game fiend who delights in competition but won’t waste time on Monopoly. A bad movie connoisseur. A fan of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway. And a blogger.
Please join me as I share my story of living positive with HIV. This year marks 18 years since diagnosis and I’m still going strong. I’m an advocate, I work part-time at PWN, I’m in the midst of starting my own business, I am crazy about yoga and I ride my bike whenever possible. I also make the best granola you’ll ever taste. I have recently gone through a monumental growth spurt (alas not physically – I’m still only 5’1″) and I am looking forward to writing about my new adventures. Hopefully you will find points of common ground and you will join in on the discussion. Allons-y!
Miriam Martin (former staffer whose great blogs remain)
I stumbled upon the HIV service field by accident in January 2006. I was a handful of credits away from completing a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Russian Literature. After seven years of post-secondary, including a short foray into fine arts at Emily Carr Institute, I started to wonder how on earth I would make a living once I got out of school! Fortunately, in addition to a whole lot of customer service, I had a pretty extensive volunteer and activism resume, which got me my first job in this field. I joined Positive Women’s Network in 2006 and was Resource Coordinator from 2007 to 2011. I loved my role as “information hub” for PWN members and staff, service providers, and the broader public who are seeking information about HIV, treatment and prevention.