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Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA) report says philanthropic AIDS funding point highest since 2008

published: December, 29, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, Current Affairs, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Global philanthropic funding up to $663 million but more resources, broader engagement needed to end epidemic

Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA) report says philanthropic AIDS funding point highest since 2008

Washington, D.C., December 5, 2016 – Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA), the leading voice on philanthropic resources for the global AIDS epidemic, today released its 14th annual Philanthropic Support to Address HIV/AIDS report. This year’s findings indicate that global philanthropic funding to fight the epidemic increased 10 percent from 2014, reaching $663 million, the highest level of funding since 2008. “Although the increase in philanthropic funding is encouraging, there is st

Guide to prosecuting HIV cases ‘undermining’ public health, critics say

published: January, 18, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Legal, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

An Ontario court has rejected the Ministry of the Attorney General’s attempt to keep secret a “practical guide” to prosecuting HIV exposure and transmission cases. For the Toronto Star, Jacques Gallant reports.

Guide to prosecuting HIV cases ‘undermining’ public health, critics say

To read the full article by Jacques Gallant, visit The Star.com, here. After fighting for years to keep it secret, the Ministry of the Attorney General has finally been forced to turn over a “practical guide” that has been distributed to Crown attorneys on how to prosecute HIV exposure and transmission cases. The document, prepared by Hamilton Crown attorney Karen Shea, was obtained by Toronto lawyer Marcus McCann, who first asked for it through a freedom of information request in 2012,

Irrelevant voices

published: April, 10, 2013 Written by // Michael Yoder Categories // Activism, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Michael Yoder

Have we lost our political momentum? Michael Yoder and the sad state of dissent in the HIV community. “We’re more comfortable posting our rants on Facebook than we at rattling cages” he says

Irrelevant voices

“All animals are equal: but some animals are more equal than others.” George Orwell, Animal Farm  At the end of March I attended the Positive Gathering in Vancouver. This event is hosted by Positive Living BC and brings together people living with HIV from across the province. I was struck by the diversity of the more than 100 people in attendance: men, women, straight, gay, young and old; all sharing and discussing the things that are important in our lives as poz folk.  I wonder abo

Changes

published: January, 18, 2017 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Alex Sparrowhawk

The UK's Alex Sparrowhawk discusses his recent change in meds

Changes

Merely two weeks into the year and it feels like a lot has happened already. Back to work, into the swing of building up my fitness again and feeling much more human than I did over Christmas. The biggest change has been to my medication, after two years on Eviplera I’ve made the switch to Stribild due to interaction issues with other medication.  It’s about a week since I started the new combination but I seem to be tolerating it well so far.   It’s a once-a-day pill just like my l

US: advocates launch consensus statement on HIV “Treatment as Prevention” in criminal law reform

published: July, 20, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Women, International , Legal, Media, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From the HIV Justice Network, this report on how the ‘Undetectable = Untransmittable’ campaign might best be understood to impact HIV criminalization advocacy.

US: advocates launch consensus statement on HIV “Treatment as Prevention” in criminal law reform

Yesterday saw the launch of a Consensus Statement on HIV “Treatment as Prevention” in Criminal Law Reform, to provide guidance for efforts to reform or “modernize” HIV-specific laws across the United States. The concern, as highlighted by Charles King, President and Chief Executive Officer, Housing Works, Inc, is that if HIV criminalisation reform focuses soley on changing laws so that those who are virally suppressed are not considered ‘a risk’ that this approach will not addres

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

Myth-busting

published: October, 24, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Living with HIV

Guesting Joe Lethbridge says “I am not an "advocate" nor a "mentor" Though some say I tend to come off as an "HIV Missionary" I just have passion about things I believe in.”

Myth-busting

Statistics from January 2011 show that in Canada 0.30% of the population between 15- 49 is infected with the HIV virus. That is aabout 1 in every 300 people in that demographic.  In Botswana the rate for the same demographic is 30%. That is a staggering 30 in every 100 people. One thing is the same in both. STIGMA Maybe that is why we sometimes think "it won't affect me, that it's OVER THERE, not HERE." To be honest, before starting to write this I was not entirely sure where Botswana was.

Where is the vision for HIV community leadership in tumultuous times?

published: March, 24, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Gay Men, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From TheBody.com, Andrew Spieldenner, Ph.D.: " I am a gay man of color openly living with HIV, and I no longer see a place for my kind of leadership in HIV agencies."

Where is the vision for HIV community leadership in tumultuous times?

We are in tumultuous times. Just a few years ago, President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton were talking the "end of AIDS" and a few governors even advanced plans to address that lofty goal. Today, we wonder whether at the end of this year we still will have access to the health care we need as people living with HIV. Our representative organizations are largely silent, tense, waiting to see what will happen.  For decades, non-profit organizations were a loud voice in politics and advoc

From the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS), a plea to the Minister for an urgent change of direction

published: March, 21, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Health, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

A letter to the Minister of Health re the Community Action Fund. CAS says ”the process is placing many organizations across Canada in peril — some to the point of possibly closing their doors.”

From the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS), a plea to the Minister for an urgent change of direction

(Read our PositiveLite.com article “Funding update: Canadian AIDS Society says it’s time for the movement to mobilize to get more money from the Feds” for background.)  Dear Minister Philpott, It is with considerable dismay that I find myself once again obliged to write to you regarding troubling issues surrounding the HIV and HCV Community Action Fund (CAF), the flawed Letter of Intent (LOI) process and the subsequent offer of “transitional funding.” Community-based organization

Orlando: a catalyst for change

published: June, 17, 2016 Written by // Michael Yoder Categories // Pride, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Michael Yoder

Michael Yoder says “small things - Pride flags being lowered, vigils held, mayors and politicians and celebrities speaking out across the planet, rainbow colours decorating monuments are of immense importance.”

Orlando: a catalyst for change

"Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have." Margaret Mead  The mass shooting in Orlando has brought out the best and worst in people. Some continue to hate the LGBT community and some have turned to love: line-ups of people donating blood, people contributing money to assist the loved ones of those who were lost and to support those who survived. Those who hate never cared in the first place and their minds will not be changed. 

Defending uncritical art has consequences.

published: September, 14, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Art, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Performances, Media, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Guest author Rahim Thawer: "... some people indiscriminately defend artistic expression without any room for considering how power and privilege operate in our world."

Defending uncritical art has consequences.

Club 120, Toronto, 2012. Photo courtesy of the author. Marvellous Grounds is the first publisher of this essay. Rahim Thawer (2017). Defending Uncritical Art has Consequences. In Special Issue #2 – Bodies as Archives: QTBIPOC Art and Performance in Toronto, Marvellous Grounds.  I grew up in Etobicoke and went to a racialized-majority middle school and then a white-majority high school. My undergraduate education spanned a few institutions, and in each one, I found enclaves of people o

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for July: what would Woody do?

published: July, 06, 2017 Written by // Ed Wolf Categories // Aging, Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Ed Wolf, Vitamins - Supplements, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

As the Inauguration Day of His Awfulness approaches, Ed Wolf draws on diverse sources of inspiration to help maintain the balance between hope and despair.

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for July: what would Woody do?

Woody Guthrie New Year’s resolutions .  Photo from the internet  Day 53. What Would Woody Do? We’re not going to have to figure out how to resist Trump and his cronies by ourselves. We can always look back at the strategies women and men have used to get through difficult times before. One of my favorites is Woody Gutherie’s “New Years Rulin’s.” Taking number 17 and 33 to heart. Photo of no beginning, no end by Ed Wolf.  Day 54. Happy You Near!   Photo of intensive care s

PositiveLite.com named Best Canadian HIV website

published: December, 18, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

We won! PositiveLite.com was the only Canadian name honoured in the HIV Influencers’ Awards announced by Healthline on World AIDS Day.

PositiveLite.com named Best Canadian HIV website

This feels like such a big deal. And it is. PositiveLite.com has a fairly short history.  A creation of Brian Finch that debuted quietly almost exactly four years ago, it now, it seems, rubs shoulders with the best of them. It remains independent and entirely volunteer driven: we are a small but dedicated team, all people living with HIV here – and we exist – no, we thrive with no government funding of any kind. This award from Heathline.com – a huge US-based health information provi

Seven amazing things

published: July, 23, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // International AIDS Conference , Conferences, Activism, International , Opinion Pieces

From TheBody.com, seven amazing things human rights activist Michael Kirby said about HIV at the AIDS 2014 opening ceremony

Seven amazing things

This article by Myles Helfand first appeared on TheBodyPRO.com here.  The official start of the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) featured a series of eloquent, heartfelt, moving speeches by a diverse range of people, from outspoken advocate and UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé (who held up a protest sign as he began his speech) to the humbled and overwhelmed Yohana Haule, a 21-year-old Tanzanian man who won the competition to design the conference logo. But easily one

Trump seems to support Bush’s AIDS program for now... but will it be hobbled by his other policies?

published: February, 27, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Women, International , Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

As of 2016, the program helped provide life-saving antiretroviral treatment for over 11.5 million people, trained 220,000 health-care workers, and facilitated counseling and testing for over 74.3 million people. For The Atlantic, Joseph Frankel reports.

Trump seems to support Bush’s AIDS program for now... but will it be hobbled by his other policies?

To read the complete article by Joseph Frankel, visit The Atlantic, here. Despite concerns raised during the presidential transition, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) seems poised to continue its work. The multi-billion dollar government initiative created by George W. Bush in 2003 has worked with remarkable success to treat and prevent HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis in a number of countries around the world, and is often hailed as his greatest legacy. The

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