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TitleHealthy Living Manual
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From our personal struggles and
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© POSITIVE LIVING BC 2012

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Editorial Board
Glen Bradford, Wayne Campbell, Paul Kerston, Suzan Krieger, Elgin Lim,
Jen McPherson, Chuck Osborne, Adam Reibin, Neil Self

Managing Editor
Shella Gardezi

Design/Production/Cover Art
Britt Permien

Staff Support
Glen Bradford, Wayne Campbell, Paul Kerston, Suzan Krieger, Elgin Lim, Jen
McPherson, Chuck Osborne, Adam Reibin, Neil Self

Contributors
Glen Bradford, Shimpei Chihara, Autumn Chilcote, Susan Craigie, Kristin de Giralamo,
Richard Elliot, Jack Forbes, Silvia Guillemi, Marianne Harris, Gwen Haworth,
Terry Howard, Sandy Lambert, Karen Leman, Devon Macfarlane, Janet Madsen,
Alex Mah, Miriam Maxcy, Lorraine Muehlfarth-Hance, Ruth Marzetti, Parm Poonia,
David S., Vivek Sharma, Ashley Smith, Carley Taylor, Soni Thindal, Hywel Tuscano,
Krista Vandermeer, Shawn Wakley, Lukas Walther, Gordon Waselnuk, Kath Webster,
James Wilton

Funding for Positive Living Manual provided by:
British Columbia Ministry of Health, Public Health Agency of Canada, AIDS
Community Action Program (ACAP), and Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.

For additional copies of the Positive Living Manual, 5th Edition, please download
online at positivelivingbc.org or email us at [email protected]

Positive Living Manual, 5th Edition, ©2012 Positive Living Society of British Columbia

Permission to reproduce: All Positive Living Manual articles are copyrighted. Non-commercial reproduc-
tion is welcomed with the exception of photographs and charts. For permission to reprint articles, either
in part or whole, please email [email protected]

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HIV is a difficult subject for most Asian and South
Asian (SA) cultures due to its interconnectedness with
sex, sexuality, drug use, and other socio-cultural issues
that aren’t generally discussed with candor. Sadly, a lack
of non-judgmental, factual communication and a wide-
spread belief that HIV “won’t happen to me or anyone I
know,” continues to foster HIV stigma and myths
about HIV-positive people in these communities. But
don’t despair! With the right information, you can deal
with HIV in a proactive way and remain true to your
cultural roots.

What should I know about HIV
transmission for Asian and SA
people in the Lower Mainland?
7 Transmission is mainly from unprotected male-to

female-heterosexual intercourse.

7 HIV infection amongst Asian and SA males is gener-
ally due to unprotected sex and needle sharing.

7 Asian and SA males are often not aware of their HIV
status and risk for transmission.

What do I do now that I am HIV-
positive and part of an Asian or
SA community?
In order to best support yourself as an HIV-positive
Asian or SA in BC, it’s important for you to understand
your personal circumstance, needs, and resources.
Culture, religion, family, social obligations and economic
expectations may make it harder to be HIV-positive, but
it is vital that you respond to your HIV status in a timely
and proactive manner.

Remember, you are not alone. More and more Asians and
SA are testing positive for HIV every day—and in BC,
you can live a quality life with HIV for many years. The
following tips can help you get the services and support
you need to manage HIV and your overall health:
7 Find a doctor who will support you.

7 Learn about HIV so you can work with your health-
care professionals.

7 Ask for information, support, and services that meet
your cultural and language needs.

7 Have someone accompany you when accessing
community services and referrals.

7 Talk to a trusted friend or family member about your
HIV status.

6 Asian and South Asian Cultures

f Resources for Asians
and South Asians BC*

BC Multicultural Health Services Society 604.877.8351

Bridge Community Health Clinic 604.709.6400

Diversecity 604.597.0205

MOSAIC Emergency Interpretation Services 604.254.8022

Oak Tree Clinic 604.875.2212

Vancouver Multilingual Distress Line 604.872.3311

Settlement Orientation Services (SOS) 604.255.1881

Multicultural Family Center 604.254.6468

Public Health Clinics:
BC Centre for Disease Control www.bccdc.org

fAsian Community Outreach Project
Asian Community Outreach Project: Services are provided
one on one, or members also find support, information,
and social connection through the weekly Asian Support
Group, in the DTES Lifeskills Centre; or at the bi monthly
PAD (Positive Asian Dinner) for HIV positive Asians. The
main languages spoken are Cantonese, Vietnamese and
English but all Asian identified persons are welcome.
The project operates within AIDS Vancouver Case
Management’s client-centred, harm reduction approach,
addressing the social determinants of health with members.
Contact AIDS Vancouver at (604) 893-2201 or email
[email protected] for more information.

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