Articles tagged with: Disclosure of HIV status

Lose some or gain some... embracing my new life

published: March, 15, 2017 Written by // Billy Santo Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Youth, Billy Santo, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

From the Philippines, Billy Santo says, "I am simply satisfied with what I have at the moment and where I am right now."

Lose some or gain some... embracing my new life

Many things have been lost since I was diagnosed and disclosed myself with HIV but seeing where I am right now, I can truly say that I have lost some things, but these are those that I actually never needed - like fake friends, unsatisfying lifestyle, discontented relationships, unwanted affairs and that extreme feeling of loneliness and the guilt of engaging into so many bad habits that led me to be more and more lost. Now, I have gained some things that I never could have imagined.. Loving

An open letter to my future sex partners

published: January, 06, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

From The Body.com “I wanted to write this, not only because I still struggle with the right words to use each time I disclose, but also for others to read and understand the thought process someone has when disclosing his HIV status.”

An open letter to my future sex partners

This article by David Duran first appeared on TheBody.com here.  I wanted to write this, not only because I still struggle with the right words to use each time I disclose, but also for others to read and understand the thought process someone has when disclosing his HIV status. Hopefully it will help others with their own, personal disclosure, either through inspiration or by simply being a link that is shared with others to help start the conversation.   So there's something I want to d

Life after my HIV diagnosis (2014) Part One

published: September, 08, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Guest RYU Matsumoto from The Philippines talks about the changes he’s seen in his life since being diagnosed last year.

Life after my HIV diagnosis (2014) Part One

“The moment you accept that imperfect is more beautiful and full of joy than perfect is a good moment.”  I always tell my friends that “Life after HIV is beautiful.” I was able to find it, but the journey I had wasn’t really easy. There were beautiful moments, but sad things also happened along the way. These tested my faith, but here I am. The Changes I began feeling the virus taking over my entire body. It really changed the usual strength I used to have. I felt like being so d

[In]justice at its Worst

published: May, 20, 2015 Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, International , Legal, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Our Montréal correspondent — and former lawyer — Ken Monteith rants about the latest HIV criminalization case from south of the border in which the accused man was given a 60-year jail term

[In]justice at its Worst

The internet is abuzz with the latest case of HIV criminalization from Missouri, in which a college wrestler, who is gay, was convicted of two counts of transmitting HIV and a number of other counts of exposing partners to the risk of transmission of HIV. The sentence? 60 years, although it seems like his legal team is trying to have the two 30-year sentences serviced concurrently, so he would get 30 years for not saying something. If I don’t use his name or his image, it is deliberate: I r

Coming out with HIV! Are you sure?

published: August, 20, 2014 Categories // Newly Diagnosed, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Dave R: Coming out with HIV is difficult and can have wide-ranging consequences. Many people are tempted and even encouraged to challenge the world with their new truth - but have they thought it through?

Coming out with HIV! Are you sure?

‘My son was diagnosed with HIV. Understandably I was absolutely devastated. My own son, a filthy homo.’ Who knew twenty years ago that there’d be such peer pressure to be brave and come out to the world if you become HIV positive! I blame the ‘it gets better’ crowd; it’s a natural follow on from the pressure to come out if you’re gay. Be brave; love yourself; come out of the viral closet and be proud of it! It’ll help remove stigma! Yeah, yeah, sounds good but my advice is,

Exposed, part one

published: November, 06, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Ever unique, guest contributor Josh Robbins contributes an article from the man who unintentionally and unknowingly gave him HIV two years ago

Exposed, part one

Foreword from Josh Robbins, of imstilljosh.com:  I am truly humbled and excited to be able to feature a guest blog, although anonymous, from the guy that unintentionally and unknowingly exposed me to HIV on December 18, 2011. Since I started this blog and also shared my YouTube video that has good and not-so-nice comments on it, I have wanted to share the story of this brave guy. WHY SHARE HIS STORY, you wonder? After living with HIV for just about two years, the 2nd most common question I

A Clean Slate

published: January, 08, 2013 Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific

In the search for true love, our Positively Dating stumbles upon the perfect stranger. They hit it off on the phone madly, but what happens when our Positively Dating disclosed he is - well dating while positive?

A Clean Slate

After my recent dabble into domestication I was determined to start actually dating again. And I don’t mean the kind of dating that happens from a gentlemen’s socializing network - you know the ones where you are lucky if you get their first names. Don’t get me wrong, I had enjoyed those for quite some time, but I am just looking for something real now. I am looking for those 1950’s inspired kind of dates. So I dusted off my OkCupid account and took a gander at who is out there.  I s

Telling Him I’m Positive

published: June, 21, 2012 Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

MT O’Shaughnessy: “So as I kissed this man I confronted one of my bigger boogie-men and took a moment to lean back. Look at him. And despite only having exchanged a few random kisses, told him I’m poz.”

There is an interesting convergence of issues in this moment, I think as I run my hand along the back of a man’s neck and pull him in for a second kiss.  But then.  Almost every kiss is a coalescing of stories into a lovely experience of timelessness.  Or at least, it is if you’re doing it right.  And even if one of those stories happens to be “I saw him five minutes ago across the bar in something sexy”.  Specifically? I was flashing through the last few years of my life.  Due

Panic Attack

published: June, 20, 2012 Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Living with HIV, Population Specific

At the lab, a room full of faces was enough for Scott Foley to turn around – and think about where he is on the road to coming to terms with his HIV status.

It recently occurred to me that coming to terms with my HIV status is a life long process. I must have been in major denial to think that because I had written a few blog posts about my status (under a pseudonym, mind you), volunteered in the HIV/AIDS community and reluctantly disclosed my status to a very select few, that I was now ‘OK’ with being positive. Was I ever wrong!  The epiphany occurred when I was on my way to do long overdue blood work for my new family doctor located smack

Cruising - a look inside my secret world – Part Three

published: April, 16, 2012 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Wayne Bristow

On the cruising scene in small-town Ontario, Wayne Bristow says “It became an addiction, a dangerous one.”

Cruising - a look inside my secret world – Part Three

When I submitted the first two parts of this to PositiveLite.com, the editor commented that they were “brave”. By going out, learning and doing public speaking I hear many stories by others that are far more brave than mine. In some of those stories people admit to years of drug addiction. Talking about this subject I can relate to their addiction in a small way. Cruising is an addiction as well, a sex addiction where there is plenty of it around  - but you don’t pay for it. You sneak

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