Canada Exhibit at International AIDS Conference 2018: Call for Stories

The Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH) wants to showcase Canadian HIV/AIDS stories. This year the 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018), hosted in Amsterdam, Netherlands from July 23 to 27, will highlight the theme “Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges.” The Canadian Society for International Health is pleased to be developing and coordinating activities for the Canada Exhibit at AIDS 2018.

The Canada Exhibit will showcase research, best practices, achievements, and challenges met and overcome in the Canadian response to HIV/AIDS. As part of our efforts to highlight the reality of people with lived experience of HIV/AIDS, and people who work in the field, CSIH is looking for story submissions, in the form of text, photos and/or video. Stories may be used in any of the following, or similar, ways: blogs, news articles, social media posts, slideshow, still photo and caption, video, story etc.


Submission Ideas

Consider the following prompts for telling your story:

If you are a person living with HIV/AIDS:
1. What has been your greatest challenge in living with HIV/AIDS?
2. How has your status shaped your outlook for the future?
3. How has your community supported you?
4. How would you describe Canada’s progress in services, health care, social attitudes, etc.?

If you work in the field of HIV / AIDS:
1. How long have you been working in the field of HIV/AIDS?
2. What are some common misconceptions about HIV/AIDS that you encounter?
3. What are some stories that inspire you?
4. How would you describe Canada’s progress in services, health care, social attitudes, etc.?


Submission process

We ask that you include the following in your submission:

  • Name, age and province/territory of residence
  • Any organizational affiliations (if applicable)
  • A completed Consent Form (AIDS 2018 Story Consent Form)
  • High-resolution JPEG photo(s) to illustrate text submission, if applicable


CSIH will be accepting submissions in English and French.

Please send your story (text, photos and/or video) to Ecaterina Damian at [email protected] or through this online form.

Members of visible minorities including immigrants and refugees, indigenous persons, members of the LGBTQ community, prisoners, sex workers, and youth are strongly encouraged to send in submissions.
(NB. CSIH cannot guarantee that it will use all or any part of material submitted)