The Positive Side

Summer 2011 

Sandy Lambert (Spring 2008)

Age: 51
Advocate at the provincial and national levels
Living with HIV for 14 years
CD4 count: 1,008
Viral load: undetectable

“A First Nation positive male who advocates on behalf of all Aboriginals living with HIV/AIDS for a better quality of life.”

How would you describe your health?

Are you experiencing any specific issues around HIV or your treatment?
I still have challenges with lipodystrophy. I have enlarged breasts (gynecomastia) and I will be seeing a surgeon for reduction surgery, which is currently not paid for by BC Medical.

What have you been up to since appearing on the cover of the Spring 2008 issue?
Most of my time is spent living life to its fullest and volunteering on a variety of committees, including those of the Renewing Our Response provincial Aboriginal advisory group and the provincial STOP HIV/AIDS (Seek and Treat for Optimal Prevention of HIV/AIDS) program.

In one word, describe this moment in AIDS.

In 10 years…
I’ll continue to help make policy and procedure changes that will help our communities.

What song is the soundtrack of your life?
“Unchained Melody” by the Righteous Brothers.