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Surprise management change at the OHTN

published: September, 07, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Research

Sean Rourke is out, Jean Bacon is back in as Interim Executive Director of the Ontario HIV Treatment Network

Surprise management change at the OHTN

Jean Bacon, a respected voice in the Ontario HIV community for many years and who left the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) earlier this year, is back as the organization’s new Interim Executive Director. She replaces Sean Rourke who has stepped down as Scientific and Executive Director to focus on his research responsibilities at St Michael's Hospital. He remains listed on the OHTN website as an “OHTN Senior Affiliated Scientist”. Sean Rourke is also a Clinical Neuropsychologist an

I am male and I am a victim of rape.

published: September, 06, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Almost nobody talks about this. Guest author Isaac D. Joseph shares his experience of rape's aftermath.

I am male and I am a victim of rape.

Earlier this week I was asked to write an article on rape and my experience as a male who has been a victim of rape in my adult life. I thought that I would have been able to jot down a few paragraphs and be done by the deadline, but here I am writing this article with only two hours left before the article is scrapped and my chances of writing for this highly esteemed LGBT magazine ever again are over and done. I thought that I would have been able to chronicle my experiences without having a

As long term survivors we have a duty to educate.

published: September, 05, 2017 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Aging, Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Félix Garmendía

From New York, Félix Garmendía: "The years have filled my heart and mind with stories to tell the new generation of HIV positive people. Stories filled with HOPE, not despair..."

As long term survivors we have a duty to educate.

Today I was thinking about how the face of HIV has changed. I was telling my husband a story that I had long forgotten. In 1989, after 3 years of absolute celibacy, I found myself suddenly in a relationship with an HIV negative man. The terror of HIV loomed everywhere but I decided that, as scary as being tested was, I needed to do it. I tested HIV-positive on December 19, 1989 and had been in my new relationship for less than 3 months. Testing positive in 1989 was pretty much a “death

Who are trans women acquiring HIV from? And are trans women's partners a hidden population?

published: September, 05, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, International AIDS Conference , As Prevention , General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Women, Health, International , Treatment, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Is there a hidden population of heterosexual men who have sex with trans women and who are themselves at high risk of acquiring and transmitting HIV? From AIDSmap, Gus Cairns reports on a study that begs this question and others.

Who are trans women acquiring HIV from? And are trans women's partners a hidden population?

There is a lot we don’t know about trans women’s HIV risk, why they are so vulnerable to HIV and who trans women are acquiring HIV from. A study presented at last month’s 9th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2017) attempted to answer these questions, but in the process uncovered another mystery. This is whether there is a hidden population of heterosexual men who have sex with trans women and who are themselves at high risk of acquiring and transmitting HIV. On

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for September: seventy-seven days after the election.

published: September, 05, 2017 Written by // Ed Wolf Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Ed Wolf, International

Ed Wolf: "What we feared coming is here, but another part of the story has been revealed as well; we have new eyes."

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for September: seventy-seven days after the election.

Day 74. Preparing for Resistance March 1. Orthotics for heel pain 2. Ibuprofen for knee pain 3. Feminist tee shirt (lots to choose from) 4. Sign covered in plastic to use as umbrella 5. Pink hat that is actually orange but the best I could do in a pinch 6. Review of bathrooms along march route: San Francisco Public Library, BART stations, food court in Westfield Centre, Palace Hotel, MacDonald’s at 2nd and Market, Hyatt Regency, countless Starbucks and, last resort, alley on Jessie St

No one should be stigmatized whatsoever! Embrace respect and consider rehabilitation for decent living!

published: September, 04, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Kimutai Kemboi, Women, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Kenyan HIV activist Kimutai Kemboi shares the story of one of his Facebook friends who is a reformed sex worker.

No one should be stigmatized whatsoever! Embrace respect and consider rehabilitation for decent living!

This evening I was privileged to have a conversation with one of my Facebook friends who is a reformed sex worker. We discussed several issues at length and when I asked her if I could share her sentiments. She agreed but requested anonymity, to which I agreed. She said she has been one of my followers but had not found courage to interact with me or share her experience with me. That only lasted till this evening when she got the courage to share with me about her life. This is how the conve

Interview: Measuring Ontario’s performance on the HIV Care Cascade

published: August, 31, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, As Prevention , Mental Health, Features and Interviews, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

The Ontario HIV Treatment Network’s epidemiology unit has just released a report on how Ontario people living with HIV are doing on engagement in care, on treatment and viral suppression respectively. Bob Leahy interviews James Wilton and Abigail Kroch .

Interview: Measuring Ontario’s performance on the HIV Care Cascade

Read the full report “HIV care cascade in Ontario: Linkage to care, in care, on antiretroviral treatment, and virally suppressed”  Bob Leahy: Thanks for talking to PositiveLite.com. Tell us about the good news that’s contained in the report. OHTN: There’s lots of good news in the report! First of all, the report represents the first large knowledge exchange product released by the Ontario HIV Surveillance and Epidemiology Initiative (OHESI). This is a new collaboration responsible

What is “successful aging” for people living with HIV?

published: August, 30, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Aging, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Mental Health, Health, International , Treatment, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap, Roger Pebody reports on a qualitative study by Ontario researchers on HIV, aging and disability.

What is “successful aging” for people living with HIV?

When Canadian researchers asked HIV-positive people over the age of 50 how they would define “successful ageing”, six key themes emerged – accepting limitations, staying positive, maintaining social support, taking responsibility, living a healthy lifestyle, and engaging in meaningful activities. Writing in the International Journal of STD & AIDS, Patricia Solomon and colleagues note the emphasis on individual control. Clinicians and service providers should work with people livin

Site upgrades at PositiveLite.com!

published: August, 25, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Social Media, featured, Upcoming Events, Rob Olver - Editor

PositiveLite.com is upgrading its site.

Site upgrades at PositiveLite.com!

PositiveLite.com is currently upgrading to new software and introducing a mobile version. It's possible that you may see some temporary disruption and out of place features while this is going on.  We apologize for any inconvenience and hope you'll bear with us as we go through these growing pains. The PositiveLite.com Team

HIV in Uganda today

published: August, 24, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , African, Caribbean and Black, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Current Affairs, Mental Health, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Keeping love alive in Uganda: guest author William Matovu of Uganda's Love To Love Organization discusses the current state of HIV stigma, treatment and prevention and the challenges faced there.

HIV in Uganda today

Uganda is one of the most under developed countries in Africa, with a population of about 40 million people. There are a number of factors that have led Uganda to lag behind as far as HIV is concerned. I would like to take this great opportunity to talk more about stigma, treatment and prevention in detail. Stigma Due to misinformation about the virus, stigma is rising at a high rate; HIV-positive people are facing a very big challenge in the communities where they live and this has caused

U = U: how well is the message getting through to people living with HIV and their doctors?

published: August, 23, 2017 Written by // T.J. Miller Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Activism, featured, T.J. Miller, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Mental Health, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media

To help answer that question, T.J. Miller initiated a survey of HIV peers and physicians. Here are the results.

U = U: how well is the message getting through to people living with HIV and their doctors?

About two months ago, in anticipation of the upcoming International AIDS Society Conference in Paris, France, along with the United States Conference on AIDS in Washington, DC I decided to attempt a poll of both HIV-positive individuals and healthcare providers who treat HIV-positive clients. The topic of this poll was Undetectable Equals Untransmittable (U=U). In order to reach HIV-positive survey participants, I submitted posts for participants on Facebook to several HIV based groups. Thes

I got me... for now!

published: August, 23, 2017 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Social Media, Aging, 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

No exit?

published: August, 23, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Aging, featured, Activism, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy on HIV advocates who eschew retirement to keep on going . . and going . . and going.

No exit?

I want to talk about the life cycle of those who engage in HIV work, because it’s bothering me. It bothers me from a personal perspective because as an older adult I am nearing the end of that cycle. But it also bothers me that as community we seem kind of impervious to the consequences of not only aging but becoming aged. And as HIV advocates who stick up for minorities, accommodate those who need accommodation, we seem to have hit a blind spot.  To put this in a wider context, discussion

Brenda Musenga and the KUTUSA Ladies: fighting stigma and forging community as they go.

published: August, 22, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , African, Caribbean and Black, featured, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Mental Health, Features and Interviews, Women, Health, Sexual Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Rob Olver - Editor

Robert Olver in conversation with Zambian HIV activist, Brenda Musenga.

Brenda Musenga and the KUTUSA Ladies: fighting stigma and forging community as they go.

Brenda Musenga is a determined woman. I’d had a sense of that already from reading this story by Paul Shalala, about a group of young HIV activists who had adapted Kevin Maloney’s “Rise Up to HIV+” campaign for stigma-busting use in their communities in Zambia. Paul’s story introduced and told a bit about each member of the group and what shone through to me at the time about all of them was their sheer determination not only to thrive in the face of adversity and ostracism, but to

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