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Nikki’s final thoughts on the International AIDS Conference 2016

Nikki "Tita Aida" Calma It’s the second to last day of the conference and honestly, I’m already feeling worn out. I suddenly realize how big this place is. A conference of this magnitude can be overwhelming and can take a toll on one’s well-being. It’s starting to feel that way for me, though I’m still excited to attend the rest of the conference.  Today was unique. There was star power in this conference. It began with Charlize Theron in the opening plenary, then Sir Elton John, and now Prince Harry today! People were very excited. I guess that’s why they are called celebrities. They can create the feeling of excitement. ...

Closing thoughts on the International AIDS Conference 2016

Niko Kowell I needed to take some time out to process before writing my final blog post. There was a lot to take in and I'm sure I'll be processing for the coming months, but I wanted to leave you all with some thoughts. In general, the International AIDS conference 2016 was a humbling experience. I was honored to be able to attend, learn, and represent on behalf of my Trans community. I was able to connect to so many folks around the world doing work similar to me. I made friends and connections that will help support our work worldwide. Further, as a white (cis-passing) Trans masculine person and provider, I am aware of the privilege and ...

Visiting the Denis Hurley Centre: International AIDS Conference 2016

Niko Kowell First off, I’d like to say that this conference is intense. There is so much to process. More to come on my thoughts on the conference overall in my next blog, but today I want to focus on the engagement tour I participated in. On this tour, I was able to see the Denis Hurley Centre in downtown Durban. This centre serves the homeless and poor in Durban. It has a medical clinic, job development programs with a focus on building skills around entrepreneurship, a kitchen, and much more. You can view their website at www.denishurleycentre.org. I specifically chose this tour, because it seemed the most similar to A&PI Wellness Center. ...

A memorable day at the Malvern Child and Youth Care Centre: International Aids Conference2016

Nikki “Tita Aida” Calma Today was going to be a memorable day for me at IAC 2016. I decided to take a break from all the learning sessions and ground myself with the real work. I arranged to participate in one of the “Engagement Tours” that the conference offered. The Engagement Tour is offered to provide delegates unique learning experiences through interactive site visits to local community based organizations throughout Durban and KwaZulu-Natal. The goal is to exchange knowledge, best practices, successes, challenges, and innovative solutions through dialogue and hands-on activities. I chose to visit the Malvern Child and Youth Care ...

Inspired at the Plenary Session: International AIDS Conference 2016

Nikki "Tita Aida" Calma Day two was off to a good start! I took a quick snap shot of the sunrise from my hotel’s driveway. It was mesmerizing! While waiting for the shuttle bus, I was still feeling star struck with Charlize Theron from last night’s Opening Plenary Session. Charlize who is originally from South Africa has a foundation named after her. She glided out from the stage wing wearing designer jeans, a black fitted blazer, and a shirt that read “GenEndit!” GenEndit is a call to action campaign that her foundation is spearheading. It’s a campaign for today’s youth to shift the social injustices happening right now that ...

Discussion in the Trans men workshop: International Aids Conference 2016

Niko Kowell Today I showed up for one of the only sessions about Trans men and the only workshop about TMSM (Trans men who have sex with other men). What I thought to be a discussion/info session, turned out to be me and 5 other Trans masculine folks sharing to a group of Cis folks who listened in. Led by a Trans masculine person, he opened up the discussion asking us what our community needed. It was clear throughout the entire discussion that we needed providers to be aware that we exist, and to educate themselves accordingly. Throughout the discussion, I was able to share the incredible work we've been doing with tm4m (tm4m.org) and Trans:T...

Discussion in the Transgender Network Zone: International AIDS Conference

Nikki "Tita Aida" Calma It’s officially the first day of the International AIDS Conference held in Durban, South Africa! As I make my trip out to the city of Durban to the International Conference Centre or as everyone describes, "ICC," I can already sense the excitement, anxiousness and energy of the 18,000 attendees ready to share, learn, and fight for what they believe their communities are representing and deserve around this epidemic. This year’s theme is "Access Equity Rights Now." I situated myself in the Global Village where organizations from around the world have set up to display the excellent work they have been doing. I ...

2016 International AIDS Conference – Trans pre-conference

Niko Kowell Today's conference sessions left me feeling conflicted. It was exciting to be part of history at the first Trans pre-conference at the International Aids Conference, but I was left wanting more. More Trans people at the conference, more sessions on Trans folks, more from folks who call themselves allies. It's time for cis folks to step to the side and realize the importance of Trans led and developed services. It also seems wild to me that it took the IAC until 2016 to include more programming for Trans folks and this change was spurred by Trans folks, not the IAC. The sessions being offered are not enough. Especially since we ...

International AIDS Conference 2016 in Durban, South Africa

We are proud to have 2 of our staff, Nikki Calma and Niko Kowell attending the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa! They recently touched down and are reporting their daily experiences. Read about their first day in South Africa... Nikki “Tita Aida” Calma - Associate Director Behavioral Health and Community Programs The moment I received news that I was selected to attend the International AIDS Conference 2016 in Durban, South Africa, it was a mixed bag of emotions. The conference is the largest for HIV/AIDS research in the world and is held in different countries. It is part of their mission to reach cities and countries ...

API Wellness Center helps to lead San Francisco’s Getting to Zero efforts

Check out this recent article from POZ Magazine, which highlights a few of our staff here at A&PI Wellness Center. https://www.poz.com/article/tale-two-cities "We are living in a city where it takes one month of unemployment for someone to end up on the street,’ says Blair Turner, a nurse practitioner at San Francisco’s Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center, a federally qualified health center in the city’s economically strained Tenderloin District. The center largely serves LGBT racial and ethnic minorities, with a strong emphasis on trans care.” – POZ, June 2016, A Tale Of Two Cities: New York City and San Francisco pave the way to ...