UC Lights It Up Red for World AIDS Day

University College is once again joining landmarks around the globe by lighting up in red tonight for World AIDS Day .

Global Health Engage, part of the University of Toronto International Health Program (UTIHP), also hosted its annual HIV/AIDS conference at Hart House yesterday. The theme of this year's conference was disclosure.  

Conference panelist David Brennan, a clinical social worker with the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work who also works closely with the  Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at UC, debated the issues surrounding disclosure.

Specifically, the enshrinement into law of a criminal charge of aggravated sexual assault for non-disclosure of HIV status, "has serious negative effects on HIV-positive people and also is problematic for HIV-negative people," he said.  "My challenge is helping HIV-positive people to decrease the shame they feel and to develop strategies for managing risk of legal entanglement, and helping HIV-negative people make sure they are protecting themselves."