One of the core values of Pacific AIDS Network (PAN) is that we strive to include a diversity of people with lived experience of HIV, hepatitis C, and related conditions, and to ensure meaningful opportunities for their involvement as leaders. Our Positive Leadership Development Institute offers multiple training options for people living with HIV (PLHIV) to realize their leadership potential and how they wish to use it within their communities.
The principles of Greater Involvement of People with HIV/AIDS and Meaningful Involvement of People with HIV/AIDS were built from a rich activist history based on the Denver Principles, which were developed in 1983. The Denver Principles stated:
We condemn attempts to label us as “victims,” a term which implies defeat, and we are only occasionally “patients,” a term which implies passivity, helplessness, and dependence upon the care of others. We are “People With AIDS.”
The Greater and Meaningful Involvement on People Living with HIV is a principle that “aims to realize the rights and responsibilities of people living with HIV, including their right to self-determination and participation in decision-making processes that affect their lives.”