Asian Community AIDS Services (ACAS) and Ontario Positive Asians (OPA+) invite you to join us at the 2024 PADENA In Canada Virtual Conference.
PADENA (Positive Asian Diasporic Experiences in North America) is a gathering of Asian* people living with HIV, featuring presentations by Asian PHAs, subject matter experts, service providers, peer workers, artists, activists, researchers, and community members. (*Including East, Southeast, South, Middle Eastern/West Asians, and Indo-Caribbeans.)
Four online sessions will take place between February and March 2024. To register, please use the links below:


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February 15, 2024 Collective resiliency and the current landscape


Poz Asian Action: Global and Local Advocacy



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Kero Saleib (Collective resiliency and the current landscape)

Kero Saleib (they/them- he/him), is an Egyptian born Canadian, Non-binary, Queer, HIV positive, human with a resilience for life. They have worked for over 12 years in the HIV/AIDS sector as program coordinator and counsellor in mental health, sexual health and addictions. They are the founder of Canada’s only Queer Middle Eastern party – Middle Eastern Nights, where they get to bring out their drag perona, KeroPatra InDenial. Kero now works within the manufacturing sector as Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility lead, bringing necessary challenges, change and policy implementation to manufacturers and helping them fill the gaps by working and hiring newcomers into the skilled labour workforce. ” A Kero of all trades is a master of none but oftentimes better than a master of one.”

Christian Hui (Poz Asian Action: Global and Local Advocacy)

Diagnosed with HIV since the age of 25, Christian Hui (he/they; Undetectable) is a long-term post-HAART survivor, a global HIV/AIDS and U=U activist and harm reduction advocate, and a doctoral CIHR Vanier Scholar at Toronto Metropolitan University’s School of Public Policy and Democratic Innovation. A former North American representative on the NGO Delegation to the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board, Christian is a CANFAR National Ambassador, a board director of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Chronic Pain Society, and the Focal Point of the intellectual Property Working Group on the Communities Delegation to the UNITAID Board. A multi award-winning emerging filmmaker, they were a Viral Interventions Resident Artist and co-directed the “Walking In These Shoes”, a tribute to the late OPA+ Co-Founder Derek Yee and call to action to Casey House to ensure BIPOC living with HIV can access coordinated services at the facility year round. Their new film, “Kintopatatin-Cheng 誠” will be premiere at through the TMU Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration and Integration’s #WhereWeStand Circle in Circles premieres in Halifax and Brantford late February.



February 27, 2024 Resilience against multiple loss and the complex current and local events facing the Poz Asian and newcomer/migrant/refugee settlers

Asian, aging and HIV

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Moe Akel (Resilience against multiple loss and the complex current and local events facing the Poz Asian and newcomer/migrant/refugee settlers)


“Mohammad “Moe” Al Akel is a MasterCard Foundation alumnus. He is one of the recipients of the 30 under 30 award from the Canadian Arab Institute in 2023. He has been advocating for 2SLGBTQIA+ rights since he was in Beirut, Lebanon, despite all the risks and adversities. When he successfully made his way to Canada, he fulfilled his post-graduate studies at the University of Waterloo. After that, he joined the “AIDS Committee of Durham Region,” then transitioned to Toronto to work as a research assistant at “The Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention.” He later worked as a settlement manager at Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services, where he helped numerous refugees and newcomers in adapting to their new environment and surroundings. Moe currently work as the director at Fife House for the AIDS Bereavement and Resiliency Program of Ontario (ABRPO).”



Peter Lee (Asian, aging and HIV)

Peter Lee is 62, going on 63 in March. He has been in Canada for over 40 years, and worked at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) for 40 years. Peter has been HIV+ since 1996.
March 12, 2024 Regional HIV Epidemiology and Ontario’s Action Plan


Can we end HIV?

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Asya Gunduz (Regional HIV Epidemiology and Ontario’s Action Plan)


Asya holds an MA and is a current PhD student in Gender, Feminist, and Women’s studies at York University. Her professional and academic endeavors have focused on community advocacy, as well as gbMSM and trans sexual health and gender research/ pedagogy. Asya has experience working in three different countries (Turkey, Sweden, and Canada) in sexual health areas of work. She currently works at OHTN as Policy Lead on Trans and Gender Diverse HIV Prevention and Health Promotion. Asya is inspired by the transformative ability of 2S, trans and NB community work and research. She has a cat named June, plays the violin, and does heel dancing.


Aan Rianto (Can we end HIV?)


As an HIV activist in Indonesia who has been living with HIV since 2015. founder of Jaringan Equals Indonesia — the only community partner working with the Prevention Access Campaign to continuously promote the concept of U=U (undetectable equals untransmittable) in Indonesia. This organization is utilizing the power of social media to help spread the U=U messaging safely in our homeland. Nominated as one of the HIV hero honorees by APCOM hero award 2021, acknowledged by HIV Plus Magazine as one of the amazing people living with HIV in 2021, one of the HIV heroes in 2022, and actively sharing knowledge in AINA (Asian Interfaith Network on AIDS) forums to create discussion with religious leaders on HIV related topics. My proudest accomplishments is “being able to talk about stigma and discrimination and other issues faced by PLWHIV in Indonesia globally through many virtual forums. ”With the help of the own website the information is unstoppable.”

March 19, 2023 Successful Journey of Activism and Leadership


Overview of Trans- and Community-Led Approaches of Comprehensive HIV Testing and Care

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Yasir Ali Khan (Successful Journey of Activism and Leadership)

Yasir is a newcomer to Canada originating from Pakistan and currently volunteering at ASAAP and PWA locally and at HIV Harm Reduction/Chemsex/PNP globally. He has lived with HIV since 2009 and later experienced chemsex/PNP. He began his journey as an HIV activist in 2014.
Yasir is the first person to have worked on harm reduction issues in Pakistan for diverse communities. He successfully made it part of the national health strategy and influenced policymaking to overcome the problem of the HIV Epidemic. His primary focus is on the treatment and prevention of HIV and STBBI, harm reduction/PNP, research and policies on gbMSM, transgender Persons and sex workers. While in Pakistan, he led the HIV Buddies Support Group in Pakistan. He is one of the leading person of the Asia Chemsex Forum. As the vice-chairperson of the Network of Asian People Who Use Drugs (NAPUD), Yasir conducted the First National research on chemsex. Yasir developed the LGBTI Inclusion Index for Pakistan, and received the HIV HERO Award in 2022.
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Jemma Samitpol (Overview of Trans- and Community-Led Approaches of Comprehensive HIV Testing and Care)

Jemma Samitpol is a Thai transgender woman with almost 10 years of experience in transgender health and advocacy. She currently holds the position of a Clinic Supervisor for Tangerine Clinic, the first transgender-led gender-affirming sexual health clinic in Bangkok, Thailand, operated by The Institute of HIV Research and Innovation (IHRI).




Participants will have a chance to enter a draw for a $30 CAD gift card at each session, after the completion of an evaluation survey.

PADENA is proudly presented by Asian Community AIDS Services (ACAS) and Ontario Positive Asians (OPA+), with the generous support of Gilead Health Sciences, and The Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR)