This section of the website offers an introduction to some of the main research projects carried out in recent years.
Conducted in collaboration with a community-based advisory committee, this research interrogates why there is a virtual absence of HIV education for bisexual men and women in Canada. More than simply documenting that absence, the work sought to create relevant educational materials. It is based on interviews with 87 bisexual men and women, who offered critical insight into how we need to think about HIV prevention differently. The results of this research have been presented in both scholarly venues. An academic book, HIV Prevention and Bisexual Realities, was published by the University of Toronto Press in 2012. Popular education based on the research is available on the project’s website : www.polyvalence.ca.
This research project, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, has a primary objective of documenting the impact of HIV in Montréal’s Haitian communities in the 1980s. Although Haitians are recognized in historical tellings of the disease, there remains no study of the situation in Montréal. This absence is all the more surprising since the majority of cases in Montréal were among Haitians in the early and mid-1980s (as opposed to the context of the US, where the majority of documented cases were observed among gay men in the initial years).
This research seeks to document the tremendous impact of HIV/AIDS among trans women in Paris. Funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, it inquires as to why trans women have been ignored within official historical narratives of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, particularly since rates of HIV seroprevalence are markedly high among certain sections of the trans community. This work includes a component dedicated to popular education and the training of service providers, notably through an educational day organized in collaboration with CRIPS-Île de France. A small booklet and photo exhibit have also been produced as part of this research.