Marijuana & Prescription Drugs

I have been asked a lot of questions about Marijuana and drugs lately, and so I read up on it.

Here is a current summary of my learning.

Ps; I am currently not sure who is more interested in the information about Marijuana and Prescription Drugs between Patients or Other Healthcare Professionals, so I have done my best to tailor my language in the presentation to both…I found that tricky.

Feedback and additional Questions are very much welcome!

 

What is the Listening Campaign About?

It is officially that time of year! It is that time of year when I make an announcement about Arts 4 Action, and I invite you to attend a spectacular evening of arts, music, fashion and everything nice to educate about and raise funds for HIV. It is what we have done historically for the past eleven-years. Each year, a different theme, and in the lead-up to this kaleidoscopic whirlwind night of arts, we run a unique arts mentorship through which graphic design students and new grads across Alberta are mentored by women living with HIV.

It is that time of year to share stories that challenge stigma and discrimination.

In many ways, Ribbon Rouge is a story about my growth, a retelling of some of my most painful life experiences… a way to understand difficulties that I have lived through … a way to give these difficulties meaning. It began with a sensitization to people living with HIV in Nigeria, grew in a deep empathy with women enduring gender-based violence and now into a rediscovery beyond self of my African identity. We are still evolving.

This video explains this evolution well.

Instead of the Arts 4 Action benefit, we are listening.

Instead, we will listen to diverse African communities in Alberta with the intention of mobilizing these communities towards co-creating positive social change. I invite you to Take Action with us, by volunteering. Our growing Listening Campaign team is a province-wide team of collaborators including: community organizers, black community leaders, academics, artists, policymakers, media, businesses and other non-government stakeholders, health and social care providers. In the coming weeks, I will be sharing more about this campaign including various philosophical twists and turns in the journey that brought us here.

 

Thank you for walking with us.

To Zero,

Moréniké Ọláòṣebìkan

 

 

Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby

Very important message. Joie writes in Nigeria, but many of the themes she raises are true of teenage girls here in Canada too. It really should not be an awkward request to ask your partner to get tested…it shouldn’t be difficult for you to know your status either.
I particularly find the article hyperlinked to be a very important one to share>>http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/5039729

Joie's Blog

It is amazing how sex is a relatively taboo topic among PLWHA ( or at least seems to be). Considering that a majority of us acquired the disease through sexual intercourse one would only hope that there would be a little less mental restriction on the subject, but in Nigeria? No way! Even pregnant women are expected to act like virgins here.

Sex is a very important part of the lives of people in this country, both those living with HIV/AIDS and those who are not. It is because of sex that many people refuse to either disclose their status or just refuse to get tested. Naturally, the other peripheral issues pop up like ‘can the illness be treated‘ , ‘will I die from it‘, etc,which are generally already answered by treatment and care, but the main question ‘will I be able to maintain my…

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