Between diagnosis and death an unlikely activist changed the way Inuit think of AIDS. Twenty years on, her lessons have been all but forgotten

Silence pervaded the small room where Leetia Geetah sat with her doctor. It was broken by the news she had come to Iqaluit’s hospital to hear.

The battery of tests from her stay in an Ottawa hospital had finally uncovered why she’d been so sick, why the antibiotics weren’t helping. It wasn’t meningitis. It was HIV. And she would be dead in a year.

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