Silvia Petretti is a woman living with HIV and advocate for the human rights of people living with HIV. She was diagnosed in 1997 and since 2005 she has been openly living with HIV, because she believes it is a powerful tool to challenge the stigma and prejudices directed towards women living with HIV. Silvia has been working with Positively UK for 16 years and is now leading the organization as Deputy CEO. She is a member of the steering group of the UK Community Advisory Board, a national network of treatment advocates, and was its chair from 2012 to 2016. Silvia is an experienced trainer and public speakers and one of the authors of the SHE toolkit: a manual to enable women living with HIV in Europe to develop peer support services. The manual has been translated in 10 languages. Silvia has played a key role in training women activists using the SHE toolkit in the UK, Italy, Russia and Finland. Silvia represented the Global Network of People Living with HIV at the United Nation High Level Meeting on HIV and AIDS in 2011 by giving a keynote speech, and has given evidence to the House of Lords for the report: HIV No Vaccine No Cure. Silvia is also member of the Global Reference Group which contributed to the first global consultation on Women with HIV and access to HIV treatment commissioned by UN Women, some of the preliminary findings can be seen here Silvia writes a blog on HIV and Activism: Speaking Up, and has contributed to popular online media such as Open Democracy and Huffington Post.