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  • A Journey Through AIDS. In September 2007 I was the keynote speaker at the biennial conference of people living with HIV and AIDS in Taiwan. This semi-autobiographical talk uses my own experience of HIV and AIDS as a starter to talk about the epidemic's major themes.

  • The entire photo diary of a walk up Kilimanjaro is now in the travel section. Includes Zanzibar beach photos...

  • A couple of introductions to HIV and mental health:

    •  One is the second talk I gave in Taiwan, to the social work team at Taiwan University Hospital.

    • The other is the Powerpoint part of a Restoego interactive HIV and mental health day at CAFPH, the African HIV centre in Luton.

  • Positive Prevention discussion paper. This was originally devised for a seminar on Positive Prevention in Bergen in the Netherlands in September 2005 and then for a round table on Positive Prevention in London in December. This is the latest version.

  • And also the latest version of a PowerPoint Presentation on the same subject, this for the IAPAC European Sessions in Budapest on 12-13 October 2006.

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* Photo: Mrs Joan Cairns (yes, mum), Thingvellir, Iceland.

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Gus Cairns is a freelance journalist specialising in HIV, sexuality, healthcare, development and related matters and a group facilitator and trainer on these issues.

He is also a qualified psychotherapist and counsellor - see separate site.

Gus is former Editor in Chief of Positive Nation, the UK's HIV/AIDS and  sexual health magazine.

He is currently the patient representative on the Executive Committee of the British HIV Association (BHIVA), the UK's association of HIV physicians.

He takes a particular interest in HIV prevention, advocating for research into more effective ways of combating the disease, and has complied the Preventing HIV book for NAM publications as well as editing their HIV Reference Manual.

These varied skills have been pulled together to make the focus of a business. Its core aim over this range of activities will be to help other people and organisations survive and thrive.




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