Strub in conversation with Tim Murphy at the One Grand Pop Up bookstore The Milford Readers and Writers Festival 2016   Photo by Charise Isis

Strub in conversation with Tim Murphy at the One Grand Pop Up bookstore The Milford Readers and Writers Festival 2016   Photo by Charise Isis

Sean Strub

Mayor of Milford, Strub is the author of Body Counts, a memoir os activism, sex and survival. He is a long-time activist and writer who has been HIV positive for more than 33 years. He is the founder of POZ Magazine, the leading independent global source of information about HIV, and served as its publisher and executive editor from 1994 to 2004. 

He presently serves as the executive director of the Sero Project, a network of people with HIV fighting for freedom from stigma and injustice and as treasurer of the U.S. Caucus of PWHA Organizations. He served on the board of directors of the Global Network of People living with HIV/AIDS from 2009 to 2012 and as co-chair of its North American affiliate from 2011 to 2012.

He is a popular speaker and is frequently cited in the media as an expert on HIV prevention and treatment policy and the intersection of sex, public health and the law.  He is a recognized global leader in the effort to empower people with HIV to be meaningfully engaged in the response to the epidemic and in combating HIV-related stigma, discrimination and criminalization.

Strub was active with the People With AIDS Coalition/New York in the mid 80s, co-chaired the fundraising committee for ACT UP/New York in the late 80s and in 1990 became the first openly HIV positive person to run for the U.S. Congress. He was the producer of David Drake’s hit play, The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, which has now been performed in more than 20 countries. In 2010, he co-founded the Positive Justice Project and produced the short documentary film, “HIV is Not a Crime,” about HIV criminalization in the U.S.