Articles tagged with: education

Beating HIV stigma in Uganda with Love to Love Organization

published: December, 30, 2016 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Arts and Entertainment, Current Affairs, Youth, Mental Health, Features and Interviews, Health, Photography, International , Music, Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Rob Olver - Editor

"We provide and advocate for the rights of the innocent children who are orphaned and vulnerable and youth who we believe deserve love, care and support." William Matovu of Love to Love Organization tells his story

Beating HIV stigma in Uganda with Love to Love Organization

One of the things that delights me most in my work with PositiveLite.com is the window it allows me onto a worldwide community that affords me boundless uplift and inspiration. Recently I was privileged to make contact online with William Matovu, a young HIV activist working at Love to Love Organization, which supports orphans and children living with HIV in Uganda.  "We provide and advocate for the rights of the innocent children who are orphaned and vulnerable and youth who we believe des

Doing the math

published: October, 27, 2015 Categories // Aging, Gay Men, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Guelph, Ontario's Wayne Bristow says, “with the years adding up and subtracting the negatives from my life, I’m liking how my life is becoming balanced”. His secret? Keep doing the math and an eye on his health.

Doing the math

I quit school and left home during the first week of March 1970. It couldn’t have come soon enough. I had just turned sixteen. I was in grade ten, failing in all subjects and math was the worst. I don’t recall much being said to me about my grades, but being tossed out of school for smoking in the wrong place had become the ultimate crime. It meant that I would face a beating from my stepfather when his ship came in. (He worked in the Great Lakes shipping business). After receiving my ver

Generation game

published: April, 06, 2015 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Sexual Health, Health, International , Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality , Alex Sparrowhawk

Alex Sparrowhawk on the state of sex education in UK schools today

Generation game

Hearing that almost 90% of 12-17 year olds in the UK taking part in a sexual health survey felt they would never be at risk of HIV during their entire lifetime is the sort of eye-opener that reminds me why I am proud to be an HIV activist.  When a BBC Newsbeat journalist got in contact with me on Twitter with the MAC AIDS Fund survey findings I wasn’t surprised to discover the results weren’t good, but I was shocked at just how bad the state of sexual health knowledge is amongst Britain

HIV and aging revisited – connecting with healthcare

published: June, 05, 2014 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Aging, Gay Men, Health, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Wayne Bristow

He has waited two and a half years but Wayne Bristow has finally been able to talk with future healthcare workers in his area, to educate them that we will be coming into care, what they need to know and the truth about people living with HIV

HIV and aging revisited – connecting with healthcare

On November 22, 2011 PositiveLite.com published my post called “On Getting Older”. In the post I wrote about being asked to sit on a panel at a symposium for a local ASO (AIDS Service Organization) on “HIV and Aging” that was aimed at the healthcare profession. At the end of the panel discussion I was asked to give a final thought, so I chose to speak on what I felt the healthcare industry needed to do to prepare for people living with HIV who may be coming into their facilities.  I

Barebacking right: on duty of the HIV+

published: February, 27, 2013 Categories // Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Are the HIV+ used as the boogeymen? Josh Kruger bashes how we do HIV prevention. “In 2013, we need to stop scaring people by implicitly stigmatizing the HIV+ through otherwise well-meaning public health efforts.”

Barebacking right: on duty of the HIV+

The days of the schoolmarm who contracted HIV through a blood transfusion are over. That is, if an individual becomes HIV+ in 2013, that individual participated willingly in behaviors that could, potentially but also in many cases unlikely, lead to contracting HIV. Moreover, these behaviors are morally neutral; they are not good, and they are not bad, they are simply human. Yet, because of the stark fact that the HIV- community is still stubbornly opening themselves up to seroconversion, a com

It’s not always who you might think it is.

published: November, 25, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

Dealing with addiction: a guest post with personal insights from Delta Augustine, Miramichi Needle Exchange Coordinator, from AIDS New Brunswick

It’s not always who you might think it is.

One thing I have never understood was the hierarchy within the drug using community. Like all other aspects of our society, there are different classes within the drug using population. Pot smokers are more accepted than coke smokers who are “better” than crack smokers. Smokers are “better” than snorters, who are better than injection users, and solvent users are at the bottom.  All drugs, regardless of how they are used or what type they are, alter your body. How can one be seen as

Segregation or integration? It’s nature versus nurture all over again

published: October, 02, 2012 Categories // Current Affairs, Youth, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Dave R writes...the recent scheme to provide queer-centric education in Toronto is a bold but controversial project but it creates several dilemmas.

Segregation or integration? It’s nature versus nurture all over again

“...Segregation, determination, demonstration, integration Aggravation, humiliation, obligation to my nation, Ball of confusion, Oh yeah, that's what the world is today...” The Temptations: Ball of Confusion 1970 You may have caught the recent CBC news clip, or read about it in Xtra where Fan Wu, a University of Toronto student who graduated from Douglas Collegiate in 2010, put forward the idea of a queer-centric school for Toronto. The idea being that you would be able to provide a sa

Just let the guy dance

published: September, 14, 2011 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow says Chaz Bono doesn’t just walk, talk and dance like a man, he IS a man, which is why partnering women on Dancing With The Stars is a no brainer.

Just let the guy dance

Way back in the very early 1970’s, maybe ‘71 or ’72 I went to see Sonny & Cher in concert at the CNE (Canadian National Exhibition). We were way up in the nosebleed section, they looked like ants on the ground but the music was very good. Part way through their show they brought out little Chastity on stage and had her say hello. They didn’t have big screens then so you had to read about the actual event in the newspaper the next day. In the last year or so I have followed the stor