Talking about our HIV status

At YouthCO, peer support is our thing. We've been building awesome communities of youth who connect with each other since 1994, and we aren't about to stop now. Along with the HIV Disclosure Project, and the Canadian Positive People's Network, we are working to develop a workshop for youth living with HIV to talk about disclosing our HIV status.

We want to hear from you about your experiences with sharing your HIV status, and what you would want to see in a workshop. This workshop is being developed by-and-for youth living with HIV to have an opportunity to talk about HIV disclosure.

In order to get this information, we're offering 10 youth living with HIV a $15 honouraria to complete an anonymous online survey. We're asking questions about your experiences with disclosing your HIV status.

The information you provide here will be used to help us think about some of the experiences we encounter when it comes to sharing our status. The information will help us to develop a disclosure workshop based on your feedback, interests and needs as a youth living with HIV. We will not share this information in a way that could identify you.

To get in touch about this project, contact Muluba Habanyama or Sarah Chown. Details are listed below!

The survey is available online here!



YouthCO's office is located on the unceded traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh people. Our programs take place on unceded, ancestral, and traditional territories of many Indigenous nations across what is now called BC.

YouthCO believes that all youth have the right to accessible and affirming information about our health. We also know each of us has a unique relationship to our bodies, sex, sexuality, substance use, and harm reduction. For many of us, the words other people use for our bodies and their functions are not the words we use for ourselves. Throughout our website, YouthCO uses words for bodies and sex that we know will not reflect the full diversity of our communities. We have tried to, where possible, be as expansive with our language as we know how to while being as specific as possible. As youth leading the HIV movement, we too are learning about the best words for our experiences and do not do this perfectly. We invite any feedback about the language used on our website to help us move forward in the best ways for all youth in our communities!