Articles tagged with: advocacy

I got me... for now!

published: August, 23, 2017 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Aging, Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Mental Health, Photography, Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow: I have a list of things that I need to do and no determination to attempt any of them."

I got me... for now!

I’ve realized, I’m not burning out, I’m having days when I wake up and say, “I just don’t want to do anything today”. August 15th, 2017, I received an email from the editor of PositiveLite asking if I had something for publication, that it’s been a while since my last submission. I haven’t responded to the email yet, deciding I would write something to explain why instead. I sat here most of the day and tried to think of a place to start, and it honestly became a struggle. I

After a period of tumult, CPPN resets with a new board and big hopes for the future

published: May, 19, 2017 Categories // Social Media, Activism, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy reports: Canada’s national organization for people living with HIV, the Canadian Positive People Network (CPPN), regroups with new officers, funding on the horizon and fresh hopes

After a period of tumult, CPPN resets with a new board and big hopes for the future

Fresh start In a widely circulated press release the Canadian Positive People Network, (CPPN), today attempted to put past troubles behind them.  “The current leadership team acknowledges that the CPPN is faced with many governance and operational priorities and considers this its opportunity to realize change to further strengthen the CPPN’s foundation” it says. Those challenges include the very public resignations last month of vice–chair Gord Asmus from Ontario, founding directo

Tomorrow I'll be in Chicago at HealtheVoices17!

published: April, 18, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Activism, Social Media, Conferences, 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

Our hopelessly over-active activists

published: April, 06, 2017 Categories // Activism, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy on the phenomenon of community activists becoming consumed by the work they do, despite the prospect of burn-out – and how some are coping with it. (Part one of a two-part series)

Our hopelessly over-active activists

This column is not about me – but it could be. I'm writing this on a Sunday afternoon. Spring has spring - almost. It looks nice outside. But I'm inside, working, just like on most weekemds In a few minutes I have a conference call with two other activists about an upcoming community meeting in Montreal - an evening meeting as it happens. One of us is sick, coughing and should be in bed. And that's the landscape of what this story is about. ****** I work as an independent activist and ad

The Canadian Consensus Statement. Sign it. Use it. I have and here’s why.

published: September, 22, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , Gay Men, CATIE, Youth, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Newly Diagnosed, Research, Women, Sexual Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Treatment, Opinion Pieces

From the CATIE blog, Glenn Betteridge on what the Community Consensus Statement is and why it's so important to all people living with HIV

The Canadian Consensus Statement. Sign it. Use it. I have and here’s why.

Une version francaise est disponible ici. Many of you may have noticed the ebb and flow of the community-based HIV movement, influenced by medical and scientific breakthroughs, funder priorities, community activism and larger political, social and economic forces.  Throughout my 20-plus years in HIV community-based work and volunteering, I have tried to ground myself in a few bedrocks as a way of anchoring my work. The essential connection between health and human rights. The need for polic

Bob Leahy interviews Kevin Maloney, the man behind RiseUptoHIV

published: August, 24, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Fundraisers, Features and Interviews, International , Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

He’s shy, he’s unassuming and he’s a dynamo when it comes to HIV advocacy. Kevin Maloney talks about RiseUpToHIV, his new video campaign What’s Your Positive Message and (reluctantly) the man behind it all

Bob Leahy interviews Kevin Maloney, the man behind RiseUptoHIV

Bob Leahy: Let’s talk about the RiseUptoHIV campaign which you are well known for, particularly for your T-shirts. Kevin Maloney: Yes, it was a two-pronged campaign. The name “RiseUptoHIV” came to me in the middle of the night. I was thinking about how I was rising up to the challenges in my life at the time when I was diagnosed in 2010. The “No shame about being HIV-positive” story telling campaign started in 2013 – people would send me their stories and photos, which I would pos

Together we can make HIV JUSTICE WORLDWIDE a reality

published: April, 11, 2016 Categories // Activism, Revolving Door, International , Legal, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

The UK’s Edwin J. Bernard says "preventing and remedying HIV criminalisation is going to take many years, if not decades, and so we need to work together” but a new global initiative is working on it!

Together we can make HIV JUSTICE WORLDWIDE a reality

HIV JUSTICE WORLDWIDE founding partners and some of their supporters in Brighton, March 24 2016. Back row L-R: Rhon Reynolds (GNP+), Edwin J Bernard (HIV Justice Network), Jessica Whitbread (ICW), Boyan Konstantinov (UNDP), Patrick Eba (UNAIDS), Sean Strub (SERO). Front row L-R: Julian Hows (GNP+), Sylvie Beaumont (HIV Justice Network), Cécile Kazatchkine (Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network), Naina Khanna (PWN-USA) and Michaela Clayton (ARASA). Two weeks ago, thanks to generous funding for 201

It’s all about me, me, me – or is it?

published: March, 30, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, Conferences, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy on blogging and putting yourself out there on the internet – a great idea but he says it’s important to know why you are doing it and what you would like to achieve

It’s all about me, me, me – or is it?

Putting a face to HIV isn’t for everyone – but legions now do it, and doing it well. The reasons we do so are both varied and complex. For some it’s about overcoming barriers. Isn’t HIV a stigmatizing condition, after all, that many associate with shame and a secret life? And aren’t private lives meant to be private? And why are our views, if we express them, more worth sharing than those of the average poz man or woman? What makes us so dammed special?  I think the answer is “no

Gilead applies for PrEP approval in Canada

published: September, 02, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Current Affairs, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors

Good news. The work of BC advocates pays off. Now over to Health Canada and then the provinces to put Truvada quickly in the hands of negative people wanting to stay that way

Gilead applies for PrEP approval in Canada

This article by Kevin Moroso fisrt appeared on Homoculture.ca here.  It’s official – Gilead has applied to Health Canada for Truvada to be approved as PrEP – an HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis. Truvada, a combination of the drugs Tenofovir/emtricitabine, is highly effective at preventing HIV when taken daily. It has been recommended for people at high risk of acquiring HIV by UNAIDS, the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and the International Aids Society.

Accomplishments/Manchester TV interview

published: August, 05, 2015 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Activism, Gay Men, International , Living with HIV, Population Specific , Alex Sparrowhawk

The UK’s Alex Sparrowhawk “I won’t give up fighting stigma and ignorance, yes because I am stubborn as a mule, but also because it is the right thing to do.” Plus his recent TV interview.

Accomplishments/Manchester TV interview

Accomplishments  It’s hard to work out where the last six months have gone, paradoxically it feels as though it was New Year just yesterday, whilst at the same time many, many moons ago. The year so far has been super busy and lucky for me there have been plenty of “ups” and not so many “downs”, so less of a rollercoaster ride and more of a rocket blast into space. I’m struggling to find out how I had to time to do so much in just half a year, completing my face to face peer sup

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