World AIDS Day
December 1 is World AIDS Day. If you are working on a story related to events around this day, you might be interested in speaking with Marc Epprecht, professor of History with a research interest in HIV/AIDS in Africa or Stevenson Fergus, professor of Kinesiology and Health Studies with a research interest in HIV among adolescents and gay and bisexual men.
Dr. Epprecht says that there is a terrible blind spot on HIV/AIDS in Africa, which is the failure to deal with the issues of men who have sex with men and homophobia. He also teaches a course entitled, “AIDS, Power, and Poverty,” and has a book forthcoming on the subject of AIDS in Africa.
Dr. Fergus looks at parental influences on condom use among Canadian adolescents. The grave effect that HIV/AIDS has had in North American and globally; the disproportionate effect that HIV/AIDS has had on youth and marginalized people such as racial, ethnic, and sexual minorities; and the preventability of behaviours that put one at risk of contracting HIV, has lead Dr. Fergus to work in this area.
To arrange an interview with Dr. Epprecht or Dr. Fergus, please contact Molly Kehoe, firstname.lastname@example.org, (613) 533-2877.