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Monkeypox & Pride: Know Before You Go!

WEBINAR: Wednesday, 8 June 2022 at 11:00 am PT | 6:00 pm GMT

Do you have questions about the Monkeypox virus? Would you like to learn more about how to protect yourself and others? To answer these questions and more, join us for a webinar on the Monkeypox virus and preparing for Pride:

  • Date: Wednesday, 8 June 2022
  • Time: 11am PT | 2pm ET | 6pm GMT | 8pm CEST

Moderated By: Michelle Meow

Confirmed Guest Speakers

World Health Organization

Dr. Meg Doherty, MD, Ph.D. | Director of the Department of Global HIV, Hepatitis and STI Programmes at World Health Organization (WHO)

Dr. Meg Doherty is the Director of the Department of Global HIV, Hepatitis and STI Programmes at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva and provides overall technical and managerial support for treatment and care for adults, adolescents, children, pregnant women, as well as, the development of the consolidated global antiretroviral treatment guidelines and all technical updates related to HIV treatment and care.

She leads a team of technical experts in the fields of adult, adolescent, and pediatric HIV, EMTCT, TB/HIV collaborative activities, HIV service delivery, and laboratory and diagnostics for HIV. Dr. Doherty received her MD from Harvard Medical School and her MPH and Ph.D. in Infectious Disease Epidemiology from JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases (Source AME).

Center for Disease Control

Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, MD | Director, Division of HIV Prevention

Dr. Demetre Daskalakis is CDC’s Director of the Division of HIV Prevention (DHP) in the National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP). He guides the Division in providing national leadership and support for HIV epidemiologic research and surveillance of the behaviors and determinants of HIV transmission and disease progression, and for prevention research and the development, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based HIV prevention programs that serve people affected by or at risk for HIV.

Dr. Daskalakis began his career as an attending physician at Bellevue Hospital in New York City, New York (NYC), where he spearheaded several public health programs focused on community HIV testing and prevention. He has since served in a number of healthcare and public health capacities in NYC. Most recently, he served as the Deputy Commissioner for the Division of Disease Control at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Dr. Daskalakis directed the public health laboratory and all infectious disease control programs for NYC, including HIV, tuberculosis, sexually transmitted infections, vaccine-preventable diseases, and general communicable diseases. In addition to his leadership in infectious disease control efforts, he served as the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene incident commander during the measles outbreak of 2018–2019, as well as the 2020 COVID-19 public health emergency.

Dr. Daskalakis received his medical education from the NYU School of Medicine and completed his residency training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He also completed clinical infectious disease fellowships at the Brigham and Women’s Massachusetts General Hospital combined program and received a Master of Public Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Daskalakis is recognized nationally and internationally as an expert in HIV prevention and has focused much of his career on the treatment and prevention of HIV and other STIs as an activist physician with a focus on LGBTQIA+ communities (Source


Julian Sanjivan — Co-President

Julian is originally from Malaysia and left for New York City in August 2012 to be part of a fellowship funded by the US Department of State. Upon completion of the program, they applied for asylum due to their life-threatening experience with a group of police officers in Malaysia due to their sexual orientation. Prior to arriving in the United States, they were the Human Resources Director at PT Foundation, one of the largest non-profit organizations in Malaysia focusing on HIV awareness, education, care, and support for most-at-risk populations including men who have sex with men (MSM), sex workers, transgender individuals and injecting drug users. Besides managing an organization of over 70 employees and 700 volunteers, they advocated for issues affecting the marginalized communities that PT Foundation worked very closely with. In 2013, they became the Director of Strategy & Communications at the Refugee & Immigrant Fund (RIF), an organization that provides support services for asylum seekers in New York City.

Julian’s asylum was granted in April 2015 and later obtained their Green Card in May of 2017. They are also a former Executive Board Member with Heritage of Pride as the NYC Pride March Director heading the annual Pride March in NYC. They were responsible for all aspects of one of the biggest Pride events in the world including the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and the 2019 WorldPride held in New York City. Julian was also one of the producers for the 2019 NYC Dance Parade and the former Director of Visitor Services at the LGBT Community Center in NYC. Currently, they are on the advisory board of AsylumConnect, a tech nonprofit providing the first and only resource website and mobile app for LGBTQ+ asylum seekers. An avid globetrotting news junkie, Julian is extremely passionate about the movements for civil rights of the LGBTQ+ and immigrant communities (Source InterPride).

Several cases of monkeypox, a disease caused by a virus not commonly seen in the global north, have been diagnosed. InterPride is working with public health authorities to protect our community. If we all know the facts and work together, we can stop the further spread of the virus.

  • Some, although not all, monkeypox infections have been diagnosed in gay and bisexual men.
  • Monkeypox is treatable, has an approved vaccine, and has not caused deaths in people involved in this recent increase in cases.
  • Anyone can be infected by monkeypox, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • It can be spread through skin-to-skin contact, by touching objects that have touched skin surfaces that shed virus, and possibly through respiratory droplets.
  • If you have a rash with or without fever, headaches, and swollen lymph glands, contact your healthcare provider or go to a public health clinic to be evaluated.
  • If you don’t feel well for any reason or have an unusual rash, don’t attend events! It’s good advice in general and helps us take care of each other!
  • Contact your healthcare provider if you’ve had contact with someone with monkeypox.

The risk to most people remains low, but knowledge empowers our community to protect its health! For more information about monkeypox, visit Monkeypox in the United States | Monkeypox | Poxvirus | CDC.

This session will include information on the virus, safety precautions, and how to make your Pride event as safe as possible!

It will be streamed live on InterPride’s social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Twitch, LinkedIn

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This webinar is hosted by InterPride in collaboration with our valued friends and partners at ILGA World, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention [US], and the World Health Organization (WHO).

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