Saturday Dec 10, 2022

My Unexpected Life with HIV from Author, Activist, Educator, Grateful Aunt, and occasional Singer Martina Clark

Welcome to the Wellbeing and career world podcast, I am delighted to be chatting with the first openly HIV-positive person hired to work for UNAIDS in 1996. She subsequently worked for the United Nations system for 20 years, advocating globally for the rights of
people living with HIV. Her collaborative work also led to a mandatory HIV In the Workplace program internal to the United Nations system, facilitating platforms for freer dialogue and a more supportive environment for all personnel, including LGBTQ, persons with disabilities, and other marginalized populations. Clark holds a BA in International Relations and an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature. Currently, she is an adjunct for LaGuardia Community College (part of CUNY) where she teaches English 101 and Critical Reading to NYC public high school students earning college credits early. Her award-winning debut book, My Unexpected Life: An International Memoir of Two Pandemics, HIV and COVID-19, was published in October 2021 and the audio version is available from January 2023.


Martina answers some of the questions asked below during the podcast or answers questions as part of the conversation.

I gave a brief introduction about your background, Can you let
listeners know more about your background? What is HIV? What are the some of the symptoms you experienced if any prior
to your diagnosis? What is the test to diagnose HIV?How did you feel when hearing the result? What about friends and family, did you have support?What about your employment status at the time, was there fear and or Ignorance? How are you now? Is it possible to live a normal live with HIV and are treatments available to manage any associated symptoms?What did your work involve within the United Nations system? What is the squishy underbelly of the United Nations? What is the attitude in today's world towards individuals who are living with HIV? Can Society do more to educate ourselves on HIV and the affect it has globally? What can listeners expect from your Book: My Unexpected Life: An International Memoir of Two Pandemics, HIV and COVID-19?

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