Tuesday Programs: The Changing Face of HIV/AIDS


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11:00 am

Guest Speakers: Tesha Johnson, Mariah Wilberg, Matt Toburen

Tesha Johnson, Mariah Wilberg and Matt Toburen have years of experience working with people living with HIV. The treatment and prognosis for people living with HIV/AIDS has changed significantly since the disease first appeared in the late 80s. Efforts now focus on how to live a healthy life with the disease, as well as keeping people at risk from contracting the disease.  Tesha, Mariah and Matt will share their experiences and their efforts to end HIV in Minnesota.

Tesha Johnson (she/her) currently serves as an HIV Medical Case Manager at the Aliveness Project. Tesha has spent over a decade advocating for people living with HIV with an emphasis on women and children. Tesha has served as a spokesperson and advocate for the needs of women living with HIV in multiple roles including: advocating at the state capitol, speaking to the media, and serving on government boards and committees.

Mariah Wilberg has been living with HIV since 2006. In 2013, she became public with her status and dedicated her career to HIV. Mariah spent several years providing HIV education, testing, and harm reduction services statewide for several community-based organizations before joining the Minnesota Department of Health as a Communications Specialist in 2016. There, she led Minnesota to be the third US state to join the Undetectable = Untransmittable campaign. In 2019, Mariah transitioned to her current role with the Minnesota Department of Human Services as the Statewide HIV Strategy and Services Coordinator leading the implementation of END HIV MN.

Matt Toburen is the Executive Director of the Aliveness Project, an agency based in Minneapolis serving over 4,000 Minnesotans living with HIV. Aliveness is a community center serving food, social services, and hope to the HIV community. Matt is an experienced leader with a background in nonprofit, government, and political campaigns. He brings over 10 years of experience in non-profit management, including: strategic vision and planning skills, program and financial management, fundraising, public relations, community collaboration, collaboration with executive boards, and policy/advocacy. 

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