CJ Stobinski is an activist and advocate for the HIV community. He serves as a Youth Ambassador for Youth Across Borders, a program sending youth living with HIV to visit Montaῆa de Luz in Honduras, as well as Youth Ambassador and Board Member for the social media campaign Rise Up To HIV. He has competed in races wearing Rise Up’s No Shame About Being HIV+ T-shirt since May 2015. CJ is currently on his Undetectable=Untransmittable Racing Tour, educating people about undetectable viral loads, and bringing people’s knowledge of HIV into the 21st Century. CJ has supported Prevention Access Campaign and espoused it’s U=U message since its inception in Summer 2016. The U=U campaign video was first screened publicly at an event hosted by CJ and Project I.N.K. called Life After Diagnosis. He is also a contributing Editor for HIVHereAndNow.com. CJ is a Certified Community Health Worker in Toledo, Ohio, working as a Referral Assistant for the Northwest Ohio Pathways HUB, combatting infant mortality and adult chronic health conditions in the Lucas County area. In his spare time, he loves to cook, play with his two fluffy cats, train for his triathlons, and is a newly certified yoga teacher.
Presentation: Undetectable=Untransmittable: Breaking Beyond the “Bareback” Barrier
Time: Breakout Session 2
Too often, the discussion around embracing Prevention Access Campaign’s Undetectable=Untransmittable Consensus Statement is relegated to a conclusion that acknowledging and implementing U=U though policy change will encourage condomless sex. Denigrating and limiting this groundbreaking science to a discussion of consensual sex acts does not only a disservice to public health, but disparages the over-arching implications of the Undetectable=Untransmittable message. This workshop will first briefly explore the science supporting Undetectable=Untransmittable, so any attendees not familiar with the message can feel confident to engage in the discussion to follow. Through a combination of videos and led discussion, the workshop will then delve into the complexities of the U=U message, including but not limited to implications regarding: 1. People Living with HIV’s ability to conceive and birth children naturally. 2. The criminalization of PLHIV by outdated, anti-science disclosure laws. 3. The moral and public health obligation to emphasize the health and prevention benefits of viral suppressions as platforms to identify and remove barriers to healthcare and universal access to treatment for all People Living with HIV worldwide. By the end of this workshop, attendees should feel confident in educating others to embrace Prevention Access Campaign’s Undetectable=Untransmittable Consensus Statement, by highlighting the implications that reach far beyond People Living with HIV enjoying unbridled sexual pleasure. #UequalsU #ScienceNotStigma #FactsNotFear
1. Understand the science behind Undetectable=Untransmittable.
2. Understanding the nuances of the importance of fully embracing and implementing Prevention Access Campaign’s U=U Consensus Statement.