Articles tagged with: HIV and families

The Men's Fertility Study: understanding the fertility desires and intentions among HIV positive men living in Ontario

published: February, 17, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, General Health, Research, Sexual Health, Health, Living with HIV, Media, Sex and Sexuality , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Interdisciplinary HIV Parenting Research Group (IHPREG) is looking for study participants.

The Men's Fertility Study: understanding the fertility desires and intentions among HIV positive men living in Ontario

Advances in HIV treatment have contributed to tremendous shifts in the lives of people with HIV in Canada. The prospect of HIV-positive individuals starting families is becoming increasingly accepted and supported among the medical community. For many men living with HIV, the desire and intention to have children requires greater attention, education, research and support. However, it is becoming increasingly evident that HIV research concerning reproductive health and family planning has foc

I will never forget the day

published: February, 16, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, International , Living with HIV, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From Huffington Post, Jesse Milan, President & CEO of AIDS United: "On National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day be aware that support of a mother, father, sister, brother, uncle, aunt, or cousin can be lifesaving."

I will never forget the day

To read the complete article by Jesse Milan, visit Huffington Post, here. I will never forget the day my mother asked me, “Is there something you want me to know about you?”  Mom wanted to know if I had HIV. She had just attended her first HIV educational program. She learned about the virus and how important being in care is to assure a person with HIV remains healthy. She was armed with new knowledge, but she was also my mom. She knew how important it is to support the ones she lo

He loves me, he loves me not.

published: October, 11, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

On homophobia. "I would be doing my children a great disservice if I showed them that they need to hang on to people simply because it’s family," says guest author Rob Newman

He loves me, he loves me not.

I have been struggling as of late to put into words confirmation of my brother's homophobia towards me.  I need to process this in such a manner that allows me to have a personal debriefing on why my brother would rather not know me and how I feel about that. I have for some time believed that my brother, my only sibling, is homophobic, which in turn would explain his absence in my life.  I have never been close with him so I find it hard to read his actions or lack thereof.  So, even thou

Feeling grateful for the ups AND downs of my journey.

published: September, 30, 2016 Categories // Social Media, Women, Opinion Pieces

"... All of it is a miracle," says Poppy Morgan who is not HIV-positive but is married to an HIV-positive man.

Feeling grateful for the ups AND downs of my journey.

I love all of you that reach out to me, asking for help and support on the issue of being a person whose life is affected by HIV. I thank you for trusting me with your stories and the personal details of your life. Your secrets are safe with me ;) Lately I've felt the urge to speak with you all in person. I want to hear your voices and let you know that there is a live human being somewhere on this planet who is going through life facing the same challenges, asking the same questions, dreamin

Whats in a haircut? (Stigma that's what.)

published: June, 09, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Hep B and C, Living with HIV

Guest Author Rob Newman on dealing with everyday stigma and prejudice. Sometimes it's one cut too many.

Whats in a haircut? (Stigma that's what.)

,Had to get my haircut today … I would like to say that my hair was unmanageable and completely out of control but truth be told when my hair gets past a certain length, I just look unkempt. As always I get my haircut at a local joint that doesn’t charge a lot … let’s face it I don’t have a lot of hair. During the cut as in almost every case the small talk will turn to where do you work, what do you do? This question is always a double-edged sword in that when I do tell an otherwise

Poz is here to stay

published: June, 07, 2016 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Aging, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Women, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Rob Olver - Editor

A few concerns for long term survivors and their children as Rob Olver looks into the possible future

Poz is here to stay

 “You won't have to wait for the judgment day, Judgment will happen every day. And fear is what will frame you, Not your DNA.” The Paper Chase, “We Have Ways to Make You Talk” OK so you've just been diagnosed Poz and you've got a million questions but the one that looms up first for a lot of people is, “Am I going to die?” And the answer is yes, darn right you are. We all will, but probably not as a result of HIV, not these days at least. Not as long as we're successfully in

Testing testing - when diagnosis isn't just about you (Part 2)

published: June, 02, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Women, Health, Living with HIV, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

With the conclusion of "Testing Testing", guest author Rob Newman continues to examine the start of his family's journey with HIV

Testing testing - when diagnosis isn't just about you (Part 2)

"...No sooner did we start the celebration than we realized that the test results for me and the boys did not come back ... odd we thought ... the tests were all done at the same time." The wait for the test results just so happened to coincide with both mine and my partners parents coming to our home over the Christmas holidays as well as my brother’s wedding happening on New Year’s Eve.  I cannot stress enough how impossible this secret was to keep so we decided to metaphorically let s

Testing, testing - "You could have infected your children" -- (Part 1)

published: May, 24, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Newly Diagnosed, Women, Health, Living with HIV, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

A family confronts their HIV diagnosis and an insensitive medical establishment in guest writer Rob Newman's "Testing Testing (Part 1)"

Testing, testing -

"The doctor wasted no time in letting us know what was up. In fact he said it so quickly that my partner misunderstood his words and thought he said she had a positive pregnancy test. She was not pregnant." A testing story … I bet we could put a book together about people’s journeys through testing whether the end result was a negative or a positive; the arduous journey of the test itself can be and in some cases is a part of the overall trauma. There was no rapid point of care testing