Articles tagged with: GMSH

One year ago today, PositiveLite.com endorsed the U=U campaign

published: August, 10, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

A wild ride: Bob Leahy looks back at what’s happened since PositiveLite.com became the first Canadian organization to sign on to the Undetectable = Untransmittable (U = U) campaign

One year ago today, PositiveLite.com endorsed the U=U campaign

I don’t remember how I first heard about Bruce Richman but it was surely on social media. It was the summer of 2016. Bruce had started cropping up everywhere. He seemed charismatic, passionate, informed. I asked him for an interview. He obliged and we talked for an hour or so by phone. I posted the resulting interview on August 10, 2016  under the title “Bob Leahy talks to Bruce Richman, the man behind Undetectable = Uninfectious.” The same day we also published an editorial “Positive

Self reflection workout: stress and ab-spectations

published: July, 30, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Guest Rahim Thawer from ACT talks about how expectations for our own bodies can often translate into judgements of others’ bodies and self-shaming, sorting through the stress of the gym & reflecting on pressures surrounding body culture in our community.

Self reflection workout: stress and ab-spectations

This article originally appeared on the website of OurAgenda.ca here.  There used to be a campaign that said ‘the only way to fight homophobia is to outlive it’ and that meant as gay men we should take better care of ourselves. While taking care of oneself can mean so many things, it’s often read as going to the gym. And it makes sense. Exercising makes us feel better, healthier, sexier, in charge of our lives, in control, motivated to eat better, and let's be honest, the gym is also a

Our Agenda - a new type of campaign

published: July, 22, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Mental Health, Features and Interviews, Sexual Health, Health, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks to ACT’s John Maxwell from Ontario’s GMSH (Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance) about an innovative new campaign which explores the connections between gay men’s emotional, mental and sexual health

Our Agenda  - a new type of campaign

The Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance (GMSH) is a network of front-line workers, HIV researchers, public health, policy makers and community members responding to gay men’s sexual health in Ontario. The GMSH works to establish long-term, goal-oriented, evidence-based strategies, tools, policies and programs that will effectively assist all of us, committed to ensuring that gay and bisexual men in our communities enjoy healthy, full sexual and emotional lives. John Maxwell is Director of Pr

My Pride diet

published: June, 27, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Fitness and Exercise, Health, Lifestyle, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Guest Shazad Hai writes on Ontario’s new “Our Agenda” website about getting in shape for the big day – or not.

My Pride diet

Welcome to Pride!  It’s that time of year again when all the gays of the land start wondering what they want to wear or how to look for the (circuit/beer garden/beach) balls; bigger ass, smaller waist, larger shoulders?  I mean sometimes we hold these desires all year round, but usually a month or two before Pride we can go into a mad panic of trying to get those thick “high top” cut calves or that perky “booty short bustin’ ass”, because apparently it’s “gay prom” and it

The immigration and refugee rights of gay men and people living with HIV

published: June, 13, 2013 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Conferences, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Features and Interviews, Health, International , Legal, Living with HIV, Population Specific , John McCullagh

Immigration and refugee rights in Canada are under siege and this is impacting people living with HIV. Toronto lawyer and human rights activist El Farouk Khaki, in a video interview, explains why this is so and what we can do about it.

The immigration and refugee rights of gay men and people living with HIV

The implications of intersectionality on gay men was the topic of one of the plenary sessions at the Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance  (GMSH) summit held in Toronto in May 2013. Intersectionality considers the simultaneous intersections between social difference and identity as well as the different forms of systemic oppression that reflect relationships of power.  One of the panel members at this plenary session was El Farouk Khaki, a Toronto refugee and immigration lawyer and human righ

Putting barebacking into context

published: June, 06, 2013 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Conferences, Gay Men, Events, Features and Interviews, Sexual Health, Health, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

Who barebacks and why? The AIDS Committee of Toronto’s bathhouse counsellor Rahim Thawer provides some answers.

Putting barebacking into context

What are we really taking about when it comes to barebacking? This was the question PositiveLite.com, in a video interview, posed to social worker and ACT TowelTalk bathhouse counsellor Rahim Thawer, following his presentation on this topic at the 9th annual Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance of Ontario  summit, held in Toronto in May 2013.  Putting barebacking into context is important now that we’ve begun to have more open discussions about the reality that gay guys aren’t always usi

Meeting the Grindr guy

published: May, 30, 2013 Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Social Media, Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Media, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher, Ontario HIV Treatment Network

Bob Leahy interviews Jamie Woo, author of the new book Meet Grindr about the smart phone app for gay men that has changed the way some of us cruise.

Meeting the Grindr guy

The Gay Men’s Sexual Health Summit is always an interesting affair, a well attended conference put on by Ontario’s GMSH (Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance.)  It attracts those involved in HIV prevention and support work, mostly from Ontario, but also from across Canada. It's held over two days in Toronto. This year the theme was “Our Minds our Bodies and our Communities, connecting the dots between how we feel and how we fuck,” This allowed the exploration of themes like PrEP, bareb

Hottest at the Start, Revisited

published: March, 25, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Sexual Health, Health, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

At the recent Gay Men’s Sexual Health Summit in Toronto, John McCullagh interviewed Jody Jollimore of Vancouver’s Health Initiative for Men about the need to inform gay guys about the acute stage of HIV infection.

Hottest at the Start, Revisited

New research suggests that a disproportionate number of HIV transmissions - perhaps more than half - may originate from people during the acute stage of HIV, which is the first few months after someone is infected. Why? Because HIV replicates very quickly immediately after infection so a person is much more likely to pass on the infection at this stage if they’re having unprotected sex. And they’re more likely to think they’re negative. Health Initiative for Men (HiM), a gay men’s hea

The Drive for Muscularity

published: March, 19, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Fitness and Exercise, Features and Interviews, Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy interviews University of Toronto’s David Brennan at the recent Gay Men’s Sexual Health Summit in Toronto about queer men and body image. Is the obsession healthy? What concerns do people with HIV have? The answers are here.

The Drive for Muscularity

There is no doubt that our culture – I’m talking gay men here -  has a bit of an obsession with buff bodies. Gyms have never been busier. Clothes are tighter. Porn (or at least gay porn) and gay magazine covers ONLY feature the perfectly muscled. How does that leave those of us with less than perfect bodies?  Like me. Is there an impact on my psyche, my sense of well-being, even on my risk behaviour? And just how healthy is being obsessed with being healthy anyway? Is there a down-side?

TheSexYouWant.ca

published: December, 22, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

A new Ontario-based resource goes beyond HIV 101 to tackle the kind of sometimes difficult issues gay men are really talking about. Bob Leahy talks to one of the people behind it.

TheSexYouWant.ca

TheSexYouWant.ca - go see it - is a resource created by the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) with whom I go back aeons, in partnership with GMSH (Gay Mens Sexual Health Alliance) with whom I’ve also had more than casual contact.  I was part of the HIVStigma.com campaign that GMSH facilitated,  and I’m also a member of their poz prevention working group since its inception. ACT and GMSH worked on TheSexYouWant.ca initiative in consultation with an Advisory Comm

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