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Getting PrEP at no cost in the hands of those who need it

published: March, 10, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, As Prevention , Gay Men, Health, Treatment, Population Specific , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) asks for your help in getting PrEP covered in Canada!

Getting PrEP at no cost in the hands of those who need it

As you may have heard, Health Canada recently approved Truvada as PrEP, the highly effective new HIV prevention tool! While this is exciting news, an important part of the process remains, the part where regulators decide whether the drug will be covered by public and private insurance. If it’s not covered, PrEP is too expensive for most people to access. Luckily, there’s a role for community members to have our voices heard!  ACT is organizing a series of focus groups to hear from gay,

"Si Se Puede": Speaking up as allies to Latinx communities

published: November, 02, 2016 Written by // Joshua Middleton Categories // Social Media, Activism, International , Living with HIV, Joshua Middleton

Culturally, this virus remains a highly stigmatized and hush-hush subject within the Latinx community, as Josh Middleton explains.

This article previously appeared at TheBody, here. It also appears on Joshua’s own blog, PozitiveHope, here.   “Si se puede” or “yes, one can,” a term coined by Dolores Huerta, could be heard in speeches by Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers in the early 1970s. It’s a slogan that not only served to unify Latinx people, namely Mexican Americans, but also raised awareness around the plight of farm workers. It is still used almost 40 years later for various causes. Little

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years, part three: facing Trump's dystopia.

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

Ed Wolf: "... mostly I need to do this month again and again, 47 times exactly, until we vote him out of office on 11/3/20."

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years, part three: facing Trump's dystopia.

Hokey pokey Day 22. The Hokey-Pokey It’s been 3 weeks now since the Donald got voted in and I continue to be angry, disappointed and afraid. A friend said I need to lighten up, which does not sit well with me. He’s someone I used to work with back in the early days of the AIDS epidemic when so many young people were dying. It comforts him to collect the obituaries of people who have lived a long time. He told me he recently come across the obit of the creator of the Hokey Pokey, a man wh

U=U’s naysayer moments

published: June, 13, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy says working on the U = U campaign has had its highs and lows. It’s achieved incredible success but detractors are out there also, sometimes with intelligent, thoughtful ideas, sometimes less so. This is about the less so.

U=U’s naysayer moments

Guilty as charged? The Undetecable = Untransmittable campaign has enjoyed a lot of success  – more so in fact than any campaign I've witnessed in 20 years of advocacy work. The term #uequalsu has become ubiquitous, part of the HIV lexicon, Over 270 community partners have adopted the slogan as their own in 25 countries. The number grows daily.    This is remarkable. In an age where the response to HIV has been largely taken out of the community’s hands, instead becoming institutionali

Side by Side, part seven

published: February, 18, 2014 Categories // Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Current Affairs, International

Ed Wolf in St. Petersburg, Russia for an LGBT film festival goes to visit an HIV/AIDS agency and later to yet another screening disrupted by a bomb scare and marred by threats of violence

Part Seven: LaSky  Tuesday, November 26, 2013 I toss and turn and don’t sleep well. In the morning there’s a message from Olga, the volunteer who I met on my second day here. She reports that last night’s fire was most probably an accident with no connection to the festival. I go down to breakfast, feeling nervous about tonight’s screening of “Blue Is the Warmest Color,” which won the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or this year. It’s showing at a mainstream cinema, the ti

Keeping love centre at Pride LA

published: July, 04, 2017 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Louis "Kengi" Carr

PositiveLite.com's L.A. Correspondent, Louis Kengi Carr goes to L.A. Pride and is reminded of the things that keep him strong in his advocacy.

Keeping love centre at Pride LA

Full disclosure. Let’s just get this out of the way up front ok? I’ve been gay my entire life and I’ve never once attended gay pride. Well not the mainstream gay pride. It just never felt like something I wanted to attend because as a Black man I’ve never felt welcomed, embraced or celebrated by gay pride. It’s just too white for me and let’s just be honest, West Hollywood doesn’t represent the fullness of gay life and it certainly does not represent the City of Los Angeles eithe

Your voice in your care

published: September, 27, 2016 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Alex Sparrowhawk

"All too often decisions are made with little involvement with the people that new arrangements will impact," says U. K. guy, Alex Sparrowhawk

Your voice in your care

A long and busy week – but a really informative and interesting one, especially the last couple of days! On Friday I attended the Second Joint Multidisciplinary Conference of the British HIV Association (BHIVA) and the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), looking at HIV in primary care. Throughout the day there was a lot of debate about cost, collaboration and communication. I believe the normalisation of HIV can only occur with increased involvement of primary care in HIV tes

Forum for hope

published: June, 01, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Conferences, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

The CAS (Canadian AIDS Society) Forum for People living with HIV is In Regina, Saskatchewan next week. Bob Leahy says it's a meeting to watch for those following the course of HIV advocacy in Canada.

Forum for hope

Opportunity knocks Next week sees sixty people living with HIV from across Canada gather in Regina, Saskatchewan. It’s an annual event, usually a precursor to the CAS Annual General Meeting held immediately following it. There will be no such double-barreled affair this year, Money is tight and PHAC is no longer funding AGMs so the AGM will be held in a different (online) format at a later date.  It’s unusual for financial considerations to intrude so glaringly, but as previously report

A counsellor’s perspective: it’s about more than just a virus

published: October, 10, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Activism, CATIE, Gay Men, Health, Living with HIV, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

From CATIE's Positive Side, ACT's John Larsson from Toronto reflects on the many changes antiretroviral therapy (ART) brought to HIV work.

A counsellor’s perspective: it’s about more than just a virus

This article previously appeared at CATIE's Positive Side, here. Une version française est disponible ici.  In 1996, everyone was very excited, elated, about the new treatment “cocktails.” But those of us who had been working in the field for a while recognized pretty quickly that this new hope presented a double-edged sword: Yes, it was great, but it was really going to f*** with people’s heads. Before antiretroviral therapy (ART) came on the scene, my work as a counsellor ofte

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for May: where to find relief while waiting for a miracle?

published: May, 01, 2017 Written by // Ed Wolf Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, International , Ed Wolf, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Ed Wolf: "Miracles happen, over and over and over again..."

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for May: where to find relief while waiting for a miracle?

Photo by me of the home made time travel machine Day 36. Trust the street Thirty-six days since the United States got Trumped, 36-days of questions, over and over: What to do? How to hold up? When to let go? Where to push back? Who to read and who to listen to? And still the nagging question: “How did it happen?” I walk the streets, looking for answers, and come across this Time Machine. I stop. Somebody put five cents down and jumped through. Where are they now? On hold somewhere, waiti

What If I Told You the Project Inform Staff Was Hilarious?

published: March, 01, 2017 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, International , Living with HIV, Mark S. King

As Mark S. King explains, HIV work can be hard but the people doing it have always found ways to have fun and stay sane

What If I Told You the Project Inform Staff Was Hilarious?

Throughout the earliest years of the HIV/AIDS crisis, I deeply admired the fierce intellect of the late Martin Delaney, the researcher and advocate who, among many other historic accomplishments, founded Project Inform, the HIV treatment advocacy group with intimate ties to the community. What I did not know, however, was that his staff called him “Bunny.” A sense of humor helps, especially when you work for an organization with a mission statement that addresses an enormous and someti

Us and them

published: April, 19, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Guest Jason McDonald advocates for those with HIV. But, he says, the thing that drives him most is the part of him that wants to fight for others, those who are HIV-negative.

Us and them

Being an HIV advocate means straddling two different, diametrically opposed worlds.  Engaging in battle on two fronts, much like a war, I advocate for both HIV+ (us) and HIV- people (them).  Each battle has it's own challenges and rewards, some of them immediate but most of them are unknown or more long-term in the rewards.  It is sometimes hard to juggle two hats - fighting for those with HIV and fighting for those who do not have HIV.  Both groups of people have their separate challenge

Today, Friday March 8, is International Women’s Day

published: March, 08, 2013 Categories // Activism, Women, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Megan DePutter asks “what does the day mean to you? For me” she says “it’s about change . . . . My hope is that this year, more men participate in International Women’s Day events.”

Today, Friday March 8, is International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day feels a little like World AIDS Day, in that it is a mixed message; it’s about recognizing where we’ve been, appreciating where we are today, and considering how much more there is to be done. It’s at once a celebration and a call for action. Sometimes people send out messages on International Women’s Day about celebrating the women in your life. For me, the day is not about loving, appreciating or celebrating women in my life. It’s about change. It’s ab

HIV stigma? Speak out, shut them up!

published: May, 26, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, General Health, Mental Health, Kimutai Kemboi, Health, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Kimutai Kemboi: "Shame is another virus on its own."

HIV stigma? Speak out, shut them up!

The best way to win a battle is to avoid what is being fought for. It sounds like a simple statement but has an immense impact. This is what has made me the person I am today: strong, courageous and optimistic. Many people have asked me why I always post HIV related issues and disclose my status publicly, I do it for a purpose. I know it is a very sensitive issue but the reason behind it is more significant than its sensitivity and that is why I talk about it like anything else, without fear.

SERO Project and Positive Women’s Network-USA announce 2018 HIV Is Not a Crime III National Training Academy in Indianapolis

published: May, 19, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, Current Affairs, Upcoming Events, International , Legal, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

The training academy will be held at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) June 3-6, 2018.

SERO Project and Positive Women’s Network-USA announce 2018 HIV Is Not a Crime III National Training Academy in Indianapolis

May 15, 2017: Building on the amazing success of the HIV Is Not a Crime II National Training Academy last year, the SERO Project and Positive Women’s Network-USA are pleased to announce that the planning process is underway for the third HIV Is Not a Crime National Training Academy to support repeal or modernization of laws criminalizing the alleged non-disclosure, perceived or potential exposure or transmission of HIV. The training academy will be held at Indiana University-Purdue Univer

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