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Celebrity Fued Alert! Michael 'tangos' with Dan Savage!

published: July, 31, 2010 Categories // Media, Sex and Sexuality

n a May 8th front page cover story by the newspaper the Ottawa Citizen, a quote was taken from my interview and referenced in a blog posting by American sex columnist Dan Savage. Savage hated my use of 'it takes two to tango'...

Opinions are like butt holes. Everyone has one. In a May 8th front page cover story by the newspaper the Ottawa Citizen, a quote was taken from my interview and referenced in a blog posting by American sex columnist Dan Savage. Savage hated my use of 'it takes two to tango' when discussing accountability for HIV transmission. Not being a regular reader of Dan Savage, his entry referencing the criminalization of HIV transmission, and the Steven Boone case in particular, went unnoticed

Swizzles 3rd Annual GET NAKED BENEFIT: In Support Of The Courage Campaign!

published: August, 01, 2010 Categories // Community Events, Events

hile my father was receiving chemo therapy at the Ottawa General Hospital in 2006, I became aware of the Courage Campaign. Designed to raise funds from the private sector, The Courage Campaign is striving to raise $20,000 000 by 2015 to aid ..

While my father was receiving chemo therapy at the Ottawa General Hospital in 2006, I became aware of the Courage Campaign. Designed to raise funds from the private sector, The Courage Campaign is striving to raise $20,000 000 by 2015 to aid in the reconstruction and expansion of the General Hospital’s Cancer Wing. Motivated to get involved, I started the Get Naked Benefit at Swizzles Bar.    Last year, we raised over $1700.00 and packed the bar to the rafters! This year, we're pa

Are We All Criminals?

published: August, 03, 2010 Categories // Legal, Sex and Sexuality

I think I’m gonna be sick” he heaved into the phone as I confirmed his worst fear. I started apologizing profusely and lamenting that I thought he already knew. How could he not have known?

“I think I’m gonna be sick” he heaved into the phone as I confirmed his worst fear. I started apologizing profusely and lamenting that I thought he already knew. How could he not have known? I walked in the AIDS Walk four years running, my picture has been in the papers for my HIV/AIDS activism numerous times, he knows my ex-boyfriend; there friends. “Dude, he wheezed, I didn’t know you had HIV!” Over the next half hour on the phone I tried to reassure him. “My counts are undetec

Change = Opportunity

published: May, 30, 2010 Categories // Brian Finch

The one constant is that thing you can count on in life is that it never remains the same. Before I know it, what is, was. But does it all have to be bad? Often I look at change as guideposts charting the journey of life.

The one constant is that thing you can count on in life is that it never remains the same. Before I know it, what is, was. But does it all have to be bad? Often I look at change as guideposts charting the journey of life. There certainly been great journeys, even life changing ones for which I have so much gratitude. I think of the kids in Africa, or the fellow cleaning my hotel room everyday in Rwanda who I gave twenty dollars to, only to return with a basket he had purchased for me.  T

420

published: May, 25, 2010 Categories // Alternative Therapies, Legal, Treatment

n light of Bill S-10 in Parliament and the recent raid of Toronto's Cannabis As Living Medicine (CALM) club only six days before by Police, I had expected those mobilizing on Parliament Hill for the annual 420 Protest...

In light of Bill S-10 in Parliament and the recent raid of Toronto's Cannabis As Living Medicine (CALM) club only six days before by Police, I had expected those mobilizing on Parliament Hill for the annual 420 Protest (So named after the Police code for marijuana) to be more politically charged. Instead, as the Parliamentary Peace Tower clock struck 4:20pm, the crowd erupted in cheers, gleefully lit up there joints and laid back in the sun as a fog of pot smoke comically wafted over the

Clues to where HIV prevention in young gay men should go?

published: September, 04, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Sexual Health, Health, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Ever notice that HIV prevention aimed at gay men seems to be mostly about casual sex, less about relationships. But some data suggests, at least in the US, that most new infections in youth occur between primary partners?

Clues to where HIV prevention in young gay men should go?

Lets's start with a news article from POZ on-line posted August 29, 2011 Young Gay Men Less Likely to Use Condoms With “Serious” Partners Young gay men were eight times more likely to have unprotected sex when they're in a "serious" relationship than during a casual sexual encounter, according to a study conducted by Northwestern University in Illinois and reported by aidsmap. Study participants were ages 16 to 20, and half were African American. Previous findings have indicated that two t

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