Articles tagged with: substance use

Webinar: preventing suicide among gay and bisexual men, Tuesday May 30th 10:00am PST

published: May, 15, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, CATIE, Mental Health, Upcoming Events, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Living with HIV, Media

Presented by CATIE and The Network: BC's gbMSM Health Resource.

Webinar: preventing suicide among gay and bisexual men, Tuesday May 30th 10:00am PST

Partners and Collaborators: Register Here! Suicide is the ninth leading cause of death among Canadians, responsible for nearly 4000 deaths each year. While everyone is susceptible to the feelings of hopelessness and despair that precede suicide, gay and bisexual men are 4 times more likely to attempt suicide in their lifetime than heterosexual men. Moreover, the suicide rate among gay and bisexual men in Canada is comparable to the current death toll from HIV/AIDS.  Suicide is preventable.

2017 and I’m not Nostradamus.

published: February, 06, 2017 Written by // Colin Johnson Categories // Social Media, Aging, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Colin Johnson, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

On "self-imposed social inactivity".As 2017 opens, Colin Johnson knows where he is and what he'd like to see, even though the future looks cloudy.

2017 and I’m not Nostradamus.

I haven’t written for a while. Sorry Bob, it's not because I can’t think of a topic; quite the contrary there are so many topics. For example, I kept agreeing with the consensus that 2016 sucked. However, in re-examining the year, I’m forced to admit that as a Long-Term Survivor (LTS) it was no different than the last ten years. I lost friends. I’m still on disability which really limits one’s life possibilities. There’s a sense of depressing regularity which naturally I counter w

Why a course on sexual health and dementia

published: January, 31, 2017 Written by // Megan DePutter Categories // Aging, Social Media, As Prevention , Mental Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Events, Sexual Health, International , Treatment, Megan DePutter, Sex and Sexuality

Megan DePutter: "Well-intended concerns about consent and capacity may lead to withholding information or efforts to restrict or manage sexual behaviour in ways that may be inappropriate."

Why a course on sexual health and dementia

Terrence Higgins Trust has partnered with Alzheimer Scotland to offer a course on Sexual Health and Dementia (for course details see bottom of post) in our new Learning Centre. Sexual health needs might not be the first thing you think of when it comes to supporting people with dementia. But sexual health is important for everyone. Here are a few reasons why we at Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland and Alzheimer Scotland felt it was important to create a course on Sexual Health and Dementia. 1.

Got SPUNK?

published: April, 22, 2013 Categories // Gay Men, Events, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Being a gay, bi, queer or trans guy who manages his drugs and booze and who navigates the realities of HIV, STIs and stigma requires SPUNK!

Got SPUNK?

What’s SPUNK! ?  SPUNK! is a confidential, non-judgmental group for gay, bi, queer and trans men in Toronto who want to talk about drugs, alcohol, sex and PnP.  Who's Welcome?  Gay/Bi/Trans/Queer/MSM guys aged 19 and over.  What is it?  A free and confidential six week group for guys that use drugs or alcohol and want a safe place to talk about the ways that substances impact our lives. Previous group members have found the skills and tools that they learned in SPUNK! to be very us

Lost in the bathhouse

published: March, 13, 2013 Categories // Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Josh Kruger: “I’m drug friendly and think in the right hands they can be great accents to human activities. But, if you get so high you get lost in the maze room at the bathhouse, you need to go to bed.”

Lost in the bathhouse

“I’m drug friendly and think in the right hands they can be great accents to human activities. But, if you get so high you get lost in the maze room at the bathhouse, you need to go to bed,” I inadvertently started giving advice to a younger version of myself when talking to a friend about our mutual experiences in bathhouses and the gay drug scene.  In particular, I was wincing at the novice way I, about a year ago, once,  clumsily but knowingly, put over a quarter gram of crystal met

Sex and party drugs - revisited

published: September, 06, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Population Specific , John McCullagh

Being a gay or bi guy who manages his drugs and booze and who navigates the realities of HIV, STIs and stigma requires spunk!

Sex and party drugs - revisited

SPUNK! [spuhngk] - noun a. Courage, spirit, boldness, resilience: Show some spunk. b. A slang word for semen                     Being a gay or bi guy requires courage and boldness of spirit - period. Being a gay or bi guy who manages his drugs and booze and who navigates the realities of HIV, STIs and stigma requires spunk! How can we be healthy if we use drugs and alcohol, but are afraid or ashamed to reach out about these t

Sex and party drugs

published: December, 23, 2011 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Population Specific , John McCullagh

John McCullagh reports on a new sex-positive, drug user-positive harm reduction-based peer support group for gay and bisexual guys who use drugs and alcohol and who want to explore in depth their drug use and sexual health

Sex and party drugs

PositiveLite.com’s editor Bob Leahy recently talked with Duncan MacLaughlin, the manager of community health programs at the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT), about the evolution in promoting gay men’s health that’s moving away from focusing on our weaknesses and vulnerabilities and more towards emphasizing our resilience and strengths. This interview, which you can read here, was specifically about a new ACT initiative TheSexYouWant.ca, which goes beyond the basics to tackle mo