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The Mission and History of Positively Healthy

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Uploaded on Mar 31, 2008

From his HIV diagnosis in 1985 until his death in April of 2009, Cass Mann was one of the world's longest-term HIV-positive survivors. He founded Positively Healthy, the UK's only HIV/AIDS charity staffed exclusively by openly gay men, which provided HIV services including education, support, and peer counselling. These videos now archive his wisdom and insight for future generations. Here he talks about the mission and history of his not-for-profit charity Positively Healthy. Positively Healthy was formed as the result of the death of one of Cass Mann's closest friends, David Reichenberg, one of the world's leading baroque oboe players who played in the 'English Concert'. After he died, Cass went into shock and decided he didn't want to see anyone else die like that. Cass got linked up with Simon Martin, who had founded 'The Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine', and an HIV positive nurse named Dietmar Bolle who worked in London's first AIDS ward. Over lunch, they came up with the name Positively Healthy and decided to prevent all the deaths from AIDS that they could. Dietmar later died of AIDS but confessed that he really died of loneliness. The first group of trustees was mainly composed of medical doctors and nurses. Cass taught the English and Welsh Nursing Board AIDS awareness courses for several years. The ethos from the beginning was that Positively Healthy would pay no salaries, own no premises and would be 100% run and directed by its service users. That approach has never changed. The charity is 100% run by its beneficiaries. For more information about HIV/AIDS, visit http://www.AIDSvideos.org/. This video is freely downloadable from http://www.archive.org/details/TheMis... . [Do you want to help prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS? Are you fluent in a language other than English? Then volunteer to translate our videos into other languages! Click http://AIDSvideos.org/translate.shtml to to learn how you can help!!! © Copyright 2008-2011 Global Lifeworks. All rights reserved. This work is licensed to be used for non-commercial purposes under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/b....]

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