Articles tagged with: Joshua Middleton

Reflections: My first LGBT+ pride

published: August, 08, 2017 Written by // Joshua Middleton Categories // Community Events, Social Media, Pride, Gay Men, Youth, Events, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Joshua Middleton

Joshua Middleton gives an account of his first LGBT+ Pride as an out bisexual man.

Reflections: My first LGBT+ pride

Disclaimer: The views represented in this blog are entirely my own and do not represents the thoughts, opinions, views, of any particular organization including those of the San Diego LGBT Community Center.  The day was quickly approaching, it all felt so surreal. A week prior I had taken one of the biggest steps in my life and come out as bisexual to my family, friends, and followers. And now I was taking part in my first ever LGBT+ Pride event in San Diego by marching in the parade in fro

My coming out story: realizing my bisexual identity

published: July, 18, 2017 Written by // Joshua Middleton Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Youth, Mental Health, Health, International , Living with HIV, Media, Joshua Middleton

Joshua Middleton is now out as bisexual and feeling good about it. Here Joshua explains how he got to this point.

My coming out story: realizing my bisexual identity

Yes you read the title correctly; this is my coming out story. I have recently come to the realization and acceptance that I am indeed bisexual and I’m excited to share this new part of my life with all of you. For years I have had both romantic, sexual feelings, and experiences with those of the same and opposite sex. Up until this moment I have identified as heterosexual because I was still in the process of exploration, discovery, and acceptance of what these feelings and experiences mea

Attending #HealtheVoices2017: a conference like no other.

published: April, 28, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Social Media, Activism, Mental Health, Research, International , Living with HIV, Rob Olver - Editor

Rob Olver reports back on attending HealtheVoices17, a conference of online health advocates held in Chicago by Janssen & Janssen.

Attending #HealtheVoices2017: a conference like no other.

I applied, but didn't expect to go. HealtheVoices is a very different sort of conference to any of the others I’ve been to. It’s a conference of online patient health advocates, 105 of them this time, representing different chronic health conditions, HIV being just one. I was already aware of the conference due to PositiveLite.com’s Wayne Bristow and Bob Leahy having attended last year. They’d both had nothing but good to say about the experience and so, thinking, “Why the heck not

Tomorrow I'll be in Chicago at HealtheVoices17!

published: April, 18, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Social Media, Conferences, Activism, Gay Men, Upcoming Events, Health, International , Living with HIV, Media

#Healthevoices17: a conference for online health advocates.

Tomorrow I'll be in Chicago at HealtheVoices17!

I’m feeling very fortunate and getting pretty excited now because in just two more days I’ll be in Chicago for #HealtheVoices17. #HealtheVoices17 is a conference for online patient advocates. Bloggers who advocate for the rights of people living with a variety of ailments, of which HIV is just one. This year, the conference is proud to host more than 100 attendees from 30 different states in the U.S., as well as Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Australia, the United Arab Emirates and Taiwan So

A day in the life of an anxious and depressed HIV advocate

published: March, 30, 2017 Written by // Joshua Middleton Categories // Social Media, Mental Health, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Joshua Middleton

Josh Middleton: "I'm simply Josh. An advocate who lives with HIV, depression and anxiety. Nothing more, nothing less."

A day in the life of an anxious and depressed HIV advocate

The days pass by and the voices inside my head seem to grow louder and louder. Is my advocacy really making a difference? Am I doing enough? Does anybody really care? You read the title right. It wasn't a typo, and I didn't misspeak. This is a brief look into my life as an HIV advocate who battles anxiety and depression. I've spoken about mental health before, and while many times I speak from a "third-person perspective," today, I would like to speak from a "first-person perspective." That

Sex after diagnosis: my journey to believing that undetectable HIV viral load means uninfectious

published: February, 20, 2017 Written by // Joshua Middleton Categories // Social Media, Dating, As Prevention , Activism, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Sexual Health, Health, International , Treatment, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Joshua Middleton

Joshua Middleton tells of how he addressed self-stigma and maintained a sexual identity post-diagnosis.

Sex after diagnosis: my journey to believing that undetectable HIV viral load means uninfectious

To read the entire  article by Joshua Middleton, visit TheBody.com, here. An image of the moment I was diagnosed HIV positive remains vivid in my mind. The feelings and emotions that ran through my body like a lightening bolt that day are not easily forgotten. They will be with me forever, as will my feeling of infectiousness upon hearing the words that have played in my mind like a broken record all these years: "Josh, I am sorry, but you are HIV positive." I remember telling myself that

Donald J. Trump: An HIV-Positive Born-Again Christian’s Perspective

published: December, 27, 2016 Written by // Joshua Middleton Categories // Social Media, Activism, Current Affairs, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Joshua Middleton

Joshua Middleton: "Christians have put nation before kingdom, and that is a big reason why Trump will be our 45th president."

Donald J. Trump: An HIV-Positive Born-Again Christian’s Perspective

It’s now well known across the world that the United States recently elected Donald J. Trump to be its 45th president. Emotions are running high, not only within the HIV community, but also within communities across the globe, as we grapple what the future holds for our country. His presidency came as a surprise to many, especially in light of polls that overwhelmingly favored his opponent, democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, as the projected winner. I’ll be the first to say that Trump wa

PositiveLite.com wins “Best Canadian HIV Website” award for fourth year in a row.

published: December, 05, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, International , Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Once again PositiveLite.com takes its place among the best on the continent

PositiveLite.com wins “Best Canadian HIV Website” award for fourth year in a row.

PositiveLite.com is honoured to be named “Best Canadian HIV Website” for the fourth year running. Healthline, a major US consumer health information provider with over 40 million visitors per month and offices in New York and San Francisco has included PositiveLite.com in its list of the 27 Most Influential Voices in HIV/AIDS for 2016. PositiveLite.com was the only Canadian voice to be so honoured. As the Healthline website says, “Every year, we commemorate World AIDS Day by honoring th

"Si Se Puede": Speaking up as allies to Latinx communities

published: November, 02, 2016 Written by // Joshua Middleton Categories // Social Media, Activism, International , Living with HIV, Joshua Middleton

Culturally, this virus remains a highly stigmatized and hush-hush subject within the Latinx community, as Josh Middleton explains.

This article previously appeared at TheBody, here. It also appears on Joshua’s own blog, PozitiveHope, here.   “Si se puede” or “yes, one can,” a term coined by Dolores Huerta, could be heard in speeches by Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers in the early 1970s. It’s a slogan that not only served to unify Latinx people, namely Mexican Americans, but also raised awareness around the plight of farm workers. It is still used almost 40 years later for various causes. Little

A suicide every 40 seconds

published: September, 27, 2016 Written by // Joshua Middleton Categories // Social Media, Mental Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Joshua Middleton

“We need to raise awareness about the other epidemic—depression” says Joshua Middleton

A suicide every 40 seconds

I am HIV-positive and, yes, I also live with depression. That’s right, I said it. The big “D” word that no one wants to say. Let me share with you my perspective on an epidemic possibly far bigger than any we have ever faced before. On a recent trip, as I bicycled over the Golden Gate Bridge, the reality of what has become such a taboo subject really hit home. The architectural masterpiece that is visited by swarms of tourists a year also sits above a graveyard where thousands have suc

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