Articles tagged with: drug use

Activists disrupt the health minister’s speech on the overdose crisis

published: May, 23, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, Current Affairs, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

“Stop smiling, thousands are dead and you’re smiling… thousands of our friends are dead.”

Activists disrupt the health minister’s speech on the overdose crisis

Last weekend, the federal health minister, Jane Philpott, when speaking at the International Harm Reduction Conference 2017 in Montreal, acknowledged that more people have died in the past few years in the opioid epidemic than at the height of the AIDS epidemic in the late 80s and early 90s. This is a sad and shocking fact that activists on the ground have known of a while. Think about that for a minute. The death toll of the opioid epidemic, an epidemic caused by drug prohibition, has surpas

That time 37 years ago I won a car on The Price is Right

published: March, 16, 2017 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, International , Living with HIV, Media, Mark S. King

Mark S. King: "Year after year I’ve seen that video and find myself pulling farther away from the image on my television screen..."

That time 37 years ago I won a car on The Price is Right

When I was nineteen years old, I vacationed to Los Angeles and won a car on “The Price is Right.” In the following years, if I really liked you and wanted to impress you — or give you a small, wacky glimpse of my life — then at some juncture I’d say “So hey, have you ever been to Los Angeles?” Or, “Did I ever tell you about the car?” It was a long time ago. Thirty-seven years. I have a videotape of the entire episode and it gets trotted out and viewed from time to time. Now

Bill C-37 a welcome step forward for life-saving supervised consumption sites and sound drug policy in Canada

published: December, 20, 2016 Categories // Social Media, Activism, Health, Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors

A message from the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network welcoming "a real turning point in Canada's drug policy"

Bill C-37 a welcome step forward for life-saving supervised consumption sites and sound drug policy in Canada

TORONTO, December 12, 2016 - The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network welcomes the introduction of Bill C-37, which - at long last - signals a real turning point in Canada's drug policy, emphasizing evidence, public health and human rights above fear, stigma and misinformation. We are heartened that the federal government is taking this much-needed action to combat the opioid overdose crisis in our country, which continues to claim lives at an alarming rate.It is clear that today's bill and subsequ

I’ve Got A Secret

published: September, 23, 2016 Written by // Colin Johnson Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Sexual Health, Colin Johnson, Living with HIV

"Not getting a hard-on when getting blown and so on can and does impact the scene," says PositiveLite.com's newest contributor, Colin Johnson

I’ve Got A Secret

Pssst – I’ve got a secret but you’ve got to pinky-swear not to tell anyone, please. It’s embarrassing! I don’t talk about it. I’ve started the article like this because the topic is hard (no pun intended) to write and yet in hindsight it's somewhat childish, the way we refuse to speak about it. We don't admit that it’s an issue for men in general, earth-shattering for gay men, confusing and depressing for all men and especially for those living with HIV. If we do talk about it,

Depression increases risk of heart attack for adults with HIV

published: September, 09, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, General Health, Mental Health, Research, Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors

From AIDSmap, Michael Carter reports on the Veterans Aging Cohort Study

Depression increases risk of heart attack for adults with HIV

Major depression is associated with an increased risk of heart attack for middle-aged HIV-positive people, investigators from the United States report in JAMA Cardiology. Overall, presence of a major depressive disorder (MDD) increased the risk of heart attack – acute myocardial infarction (AMI) – by almost a third. Use of antidepressants weakened the association between depression and heart attack risk, and there was no evidence that milder forms of depression – dysthymic disorders –

HIV is an apt teacher

published: August, 29, 2016 Written by // Colin Johnson Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Colin Johnson, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

From Toronto, new author Colin Johnson on some of the life lessons his HIV journey has taught him

HIV is an apt teacher

It was on April 20th 1984, at 3:24 pm in Toronto, Ontario at my regular check up that my family doctor (a friend of my father’s) informed me that I had tested positive for HIV and that he could no longer be my physician.  I was aware of the horror stories in the media emanating from the US: pictures of young men wasting away from unpronounceable cancers, skin disorders, brain diseases and dying, many alone, having been disowned by their families. Many families were finding out for the fir

There's more room in a broken heart

published: June, 15, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Mark S. King

Recovering from meth addiction, dealing with HIV and making peace; from Mark S. King, the success story of Will Armstrong

There's more room in a broken heart

So don’t mind if I fall apart There’s more room in a broken heart. — Carly Simon, “Coming Around Again” When Will Armstrong emerges from heart surgery in just a few days, he will have weeks of hospitalization ahead. He will also have expensive new hardware in his chest and a devoted animal waiting anxiously at home. What he will not have is a pulse. Will, a 44-year-old living in Atlanta, is having a Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) implanted, and it will push the blood flow

Are people who use drugs listened to?

published: June, 07, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // General Health, Mental Health, Research, Health, Guest Authors

Bob Leahy talks to the Canadian AIDS Society’s Lynne Belle-Isle whose research work includes examining the inclusion of people who use drugs in decision making processes

Are people who use drugs listened to?

Bob Leahy: Thanks for talking to PostiveLite.com Lynne. Now tell me, the title of the research you presented at CAHR was what? Lynne Belle-Isle: What I presented was a summary of my research with the Centre for Addiction Research, B.C. It was tilted “From One Ally to Another: Practical Guidelines to Better Include People who Use Drugs at your Decision-making Table.” Why did you think this would be a valuable topic to explore? It started back with my work at the Canadian AIDS Society. I

My Fucking Life

published: March, 19, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Youth, Sexual Health, Health, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks to Jody Jollimore of B.C.’s Health Initiative for Men (HIM) about a campaign that uses frank videos centred around gay men’s real sex adventures to spark conversations about . . well, sex.

My Fucking Life

It's sexy, provocative and adults only. Says the My Fucking Life website, "The guys at Health Initiative for Men have teamed up with Pull Focus Film School to create a six part web series that explores the creative and complex ways gay men love and fuck each other. More than 70 men shared their stories, talents and private parts in this series of sexual adventures." We will be featuring some of the videos on PositiveLite.com and you can see a sample below, or go to their website to see a

Does drug use lead to risky sex?

published: April, 18, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Research, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Population Specific

Aidsmap reports on research that says there is no simple relationship between drug use and risky sex in London gay men

Does drug use lead to risky sex?

This article by Roger Pebody first apopeared on aidsmap.com here. Very different patterns of behaviour described by London gay men Gay men involved in ‘chemsex’ (taking recreational drugs such as mephedrone, GHB/GBL and crystal methamphetamine during sex) have a range of experiences, with no single narrative able to sum up the impact of drug use on sexual behaviour and possible HIV transmission. While some men describe taking sexual risks that they subsequently regret, others are able to

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