Kirk Furlotte

 

At-large director

As CATIE Director-At-Large, Kirk hopes to speak to needs of smaller, rural communities in relation to HIV, Hepatitis C, and other STBBI. Having grown up in rural Nova Scotia and working with a mandate across Atlantic Canada, he has come to appreciate the unique challenges rural community members and providers face in relation to STBBI education, prevention (especially in relation to testing), and treatment.

Kirk holds two degrees in health promotion from Dalhousie University. In his BSc program, he studied young men’s help-seeking behaviour for sexual health. During his MA, he looked at end-of-life experiences of older gay and bisexual men. His research at Dalhousie University included projects on rapid HIV point-of-care testing, experiences of HIV+ women, and an Atlantic Canada study on HIV/Hep C prevention policies for youth.

He has worked with multiple organizations related to queer/trans rights and sexual health, serving as a Director with the Halifax Sexual Health Centre, Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project, and Youth Project. He is a long-time member of the Canadian Public Health Association, Public Health Association of Nova Scotia, and the Atlantic Interdisciplinary Research Network ​for Hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS.

As Atlantic Canada regional manager for the Community-Based Research Centre, Kirk works to improve the health of gay, bisexual, and queer men. His work focuses on increasing access to HIV/STBBI combination prevention through structural interventions, community-based programming, and increasing community uptake of services through social interventions. 

In his personal life, Kirk has a passion for spiritual health and is on the path to become a Zen Buddhist priest.

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