Who we are?
We are people living with HIV/AIDS in Canada and the USA. who believe strongly in the power of self-empowerment and solidarity across our different backgrounds and experiences. We seek to improve the quality of life for all people living with HIV/AIDS in North America and around the world. All GNP+ initiatives are designed by and for people living with HIV. We are one of seven regions world-wide who, together with the global secretariat in Amsterdam, make up the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+). We work in partnership with our fellow regions to support evidence-based advocacy for people living with HIV. We strive to bring attention to global issues within North America and to share information from North America with the global sphere.
In North America, our focus is on:
1. Responding to HIV stigma and discrimination through challenging stigmatizing comments in the media and by public officials.
2. Building coalitions and doing advocacy to end criminalization and legal discrimination based on HIV status. Convening people living with HIV to define and defend our human rights and health agenda for ourselves.
3. Providing support and development for people living with HIV who are, or want to be, in meaningful decision-making positions within local, national, regional, and global responses to the epidemic.