Challenges implementing GIPA/MIPA in HIV research & community organizations

Kohila KurunathanResearch lounge

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Why is it so difficult to involve people living with HIV, caregiv ers and allies as volunteers or activists in the organizations and activities created for them? GIPA/MIPA (Greater/Meaningful Involvement of People living with HIV) is a principle that aims to realize the rights and responsibilities of people living with HIV, including their right to self-determination and participation in decision-making processes that affect their lives. Do people feel that HIV/AIDS is resolved to the point that public involvement is no long necessary?

We will discuss the (perceived) difficulties implementing the GIPA/MIPA principle in HIV research and community organizations. The article selected is Changing access to mental health care and social support when people living with HIV/AIDS become service providers.

Our facilitator will be Dr. Alan Li, a physician-scientist at the Regent Park Community Health Centre. Dr. Li conducts community-based research on health barriers and inequalities among people living with HIV. He is a community organizer and human rights activist for marginalized populations including racialized and newcomer communities. communities including racialized and newcomer communities.


The OHTN Research Lounge is a community event that seeks to engage community members, community workers, students and researchers in ongoing open dialogue around current research and issues in HIV treatment, care, policy and research (methods and results). The conversation starts with one great article that we all read together! We strongly encourage everyone to read the selected article before we meet. All voices count!

Light snacks will be provided. If you have any questions about the event, or need assistance accessing the article, please email Eugene Nam.