Alex has been a part of Positive Youth
Outreach, an organization for HIV-positive
youth in Toronto, for almost six years.
Alex has been there for me. He has seen
all my ups and downs but has always been
someone I could talk to without judgment
and he always has a helpful solution or
idea. For all his help through the years,
I see Alex as my Positive Hero.
Alex M. tested HIV positive in 1998 at
the age of 19. He immediately started to
volunteer at Positive Youth Outreach (PYO)
a small organization looking to meet the
needs of HIV-positive young people.
As one of only two such programs run by
and for young people living with HIV/AIDS
in Canada, PYO is innovative in many ways.
The peer-based program, which merged with
the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) in late
2001, works with a very diverse population
of young people in downtown Toronto and
across Ontario. Alex is now the coordinator
of the program.
Although he is getting older, Alex is still
very passionate about the unique issues
facing young people living with HIV. Alex
has spoken about his experiences being HIV
positive around the country and has even
traveled to the Arctic to speak with Inuit
communities. Since 2003 Alex has been on
the Board of Directors of the Canadian AIDS