Research Reports

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Women and HIV Testing in Canada: Barriers and Recommendations

Screen Shot 2016-03-25 at 9.01.10 PMCarried out for the Canadian AIDS Society, the project drew from an extensive community consultation (including the guidance of a steering committee, an online survey completed by 75 respondents and 15 key informant interviews), to identify the barriers that limit women’s access to HIV testing in Canada’s diverse regions, and the strategies and recommendations that can help mitigate them.

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Suggested Citation: Wertheimer, S. (2011). Women and HIV Testing in Canada: Barriers and Recommendations as Identified by Service Providers: A Summary of Key Research Findings. Ottawa: Canadian AIDS Society.

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(Re)Inserting Women’s Accounts into HIV Prevention in Ghana

Written in the context of my doctoral degree in Communications Studies at the University of Calgary, this dissertation draws from two years of theoretical research and eight months of fieldwork in Accra. By comparing the HIV prevention messages that are used in Ghana to what women have to say about their own relationships and experiences, the thesis advocates for much more complex health promotion initiatives to respond to women’s multi-faceted lives.

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Suggested Citation: Wertheimer, S. (2010). (Re)Inserting Women’s Accounts into HIV Prevention in Ghana. Calgary: University of Calgary.

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 An Analysis of Canadian Newspaper Coverage of HIV/AIDS in Africa

 Written in the context of my Masters of Arts (MA) in Media Studies at Concordia University, this thesis critically analyses coverage of the HIV epidemic in Africa, as it is depicted in Canadian newspaper articles. The thesis draws from post-colonial theory and writings on racism, media and power to argue that these representations position themselves within a long history of Western ‘imaginings’ of Africa as dark, dirty, and dangerous.

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Suggested Citation: Wertheimer, S. (2004). “Africa’s Deadly Enemy:” An Analysis of Canadian Newspaper Coverage of HIV/AIDS in Africa. Montreal: Concordia University.

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