Dr Susan Paxton is a public health specialist who has been living with HIV for over 25 years. She is a passionate advocate for the rights of women living with HIV and is committed to developing leadership skills of women so they take their place as equal partners in the response to HIV. Susan has worked in over twenty countries in the Asia-Pacific region. In 2000 she went public about her HIV status when she carried the Olympic Torch on behalf of people with HIV.
Susan’s doctoral research indicates the significant impact of positive women as HIV educators. She also conducted the first documentation of AIDS discrimination in Asia, which found women living with HIV face significantly more discrimination than men do. Among her many publications is “Lifting the Burden of Secrecy”, which has been translated into over a dozen languages, and “Positive and pregnant – How dare you”, a study which highlights the violations of positive women’s rights within maternal health care settings.