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Len Tooley on PrEP — Part Three

published: February, 27, 2013 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, As Prevention , Gay Men, Mental Health, Features and Interviews, Sexual Health, Health, Treatment, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

Len Tooley is an HIV-negative gay guy who is on pre-exposure prophylaxis. In this third of three interviews with PositiveLite.com, he responds to critics of negative guys who think PrEP is right for them.

Len Tooley on PrEP — Part Three

Len Tooley is a relatively young, HIV-negative gay guy who works in downtown Toronto as a gay men’s health promoter and an HIV educator, tester and counsellor. As a way of helping him stay HIV-negative, his family doctor prescribed him Truvada as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).  In the first part of his interview with me, which we published two weeks ago, Len talked about what motivated him to go on PrEP. Last week he discussed the conversations he had with his family doctor about PrE

Gay/bi men hung out to dry?

published: October, 05, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy asks why are gay men, who account for by far the majority of those living with HIV in Canada, seeing HIV prevention making gains all around them, leaving them wondering why they are being left out.

Gay/bi men hung out to dry?

The place of gay/bi men in our response to the HIV epidemic has changed. (And I say "gay/bi men" because I dislike seeing the term MSM – men who have sex with men – outside the realm of epidemiology.)  Once, in those early days of the epidemic, we were both leaders and the focus of everything about HIV.  But over time, and as other at-risk groups became more affected by the disease, that all changed. It had to. So in looking at where gay/bi men stand today, there is history to be cons

UNJUST SUPREME COURT RULING ON CRIMINALIZATION OF HIV

published: October, 05, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Legal, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

COALITION OF HIV ADVOCATES SAY TODAY'S SUPREME COURT RULING ON CRIMINALIZATION OF HIV IS A MAJOR STEP BACKWARDS FOR PUBLIC HEALTH AND HUMAN RIGHTS

UNJUST SUPREME COURT RULING ON CRIMINALIZATION OF HIV

October 5, 2012 — As a coalition of interveners, we are shocked and dismayed at today’s ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada that says that even the responsible use of a condom does not protect a person living with HIV from rampant prosecution. The Court’s judgments in R. v. Mabior and R. v. D.C., two cases relating to the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure, are a cold endorsement of AIDS-phobia. They will stand as an impediment to public health and prevention, and add even more fuel

Darren’s story

published: March, 27, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Youth, Sexual Health, Health, Population Specific , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

In the third of three stories by graduates of Vancouver’s Totally Outright program, Darren Ho writes about how the program motivated him to start Our City of Colours, a project that promotes the visibility of LGBTQ people in ethnic communities.

Darren’s story

Growing up with a Chinese-Canadian background, I’ve often been frustrated by the fact that there have been very few materials and resources about gay life produced in a way that my Chinese-literate parents can understand. Yes, there are some fantastic and brilliant gay-themed movies and literature produced in Hong Kong for the Chinese audience, but how often do these hit the international scene for the Chinese audience in the West? Not that I doubt the pirating ability of any computer user i

Changing my mind on treatment as prevention

published: March, 11, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, As Prevention , Research, Health, Sexual Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Editor Bob Leahy used to be a strong opponent of treatment as prevention and all it stood for. But times change and there has been a sea change in his view. Now he’s a treatment as prevention supporter. Find out what it was that changed his mind.

Changing my mind on treatment as prevention

One hundred and eighty degree turns happen in a variety of ways. Sometimes we seize the steering wheel of our lives and in one fell swoop travel along an opposite path.  Other times, we take the turn slowly, one degree at a time, gradually realizing the path we are on leads nowhere and we need to go off in radically new directions. That’s been the case with my realizing that most of my once fervently held objections to treatment as prevention, in 2013, make much less sense than they once di

CAS staffers break ranks to drop bombshell accusations and a plea for help

published: October, 04, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // AIDS Walk for Life, Conferences, Activism, Current Affairs, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In an open letter, three Canadian AIDS Society staffers risked their jobs this past weekend to express a loss of confidence in CAS leadership. Can the already embattled CAS survive this latest blow? Bob Leahy reports.

CAS staffers break ranks to drop bombshell accusations and a plea for help

Three insiders take aim at CAS leadership  Three unhappy staffers from the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) have blown the whistle on the organization, accusing its leadership of a lack of transparency and accountability to its members, a lack of vision, failure to honour the GIPA principles and inadequate consultation with the community in developing its strategic plans. In the letter, remarkable for its bluntness, they also cite a focus on internal funding issues rather than the needs of the co

Not All Redemption Songs

published: March, 18, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, As Prevention , Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Sexual Health, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Activists Alex McClelland and Mikiki talk sex, irresponsibility and accountability.

Not All Redemption Songs

As part of the ongoing AIDS ACTION NOW! POSTER/virus project, which will continue with a new series of posters in 2012, Alex McClelland of AIDS ACTION NOW! and Mikiki, the artist (in collaboration with Scott Donald) behind the provocative:  “I Party, I Bareback, I’m Positive, I’m Responsible”  poster, sat down to chat about the HIV community’s response to the project, and examined together what being ‘responsible’ really means for people living with HIV 30 years into the epide

(Reprise) Unacceptable. Reprehensible. Strong words on Canada’s approach to HIV prevention from one of its own.

published: November, 08, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Research, Features and Interviews, Health, Sexual Health, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy with Part One of his exclusive interview with British Columbia’s most famous scientist, Dr Julio Montaner. Treatment as prevention is Montaner’s passion and the world is listening – and acting. But not Canada, he says – and he’s angry!

(Reprise) Unacceptable. Reprehensible. Strong words on Canada’s approach to HIV prevention from one of its own.

This interview was originally published on PositiveLite.com January 18, 2012. Dr Julio Montaner, head of the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS  is proud of what he and his Province have achieved in reducing HIV transmission rates through treatment as prevention strategies. It’s a trend he doesn’t see elsewhere in Canada, not that he hasn’t tried to make it happen. “The public needs to get incensed” he said to me last week. “I‘ve been in the White House three t

I didn’t know anyone HIV-positive: My HIV story

published: March, 12, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Media, Population Specific , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Less than two months ago, Josh Robbins, a safer-sex poster boy, filmed himself getting the news that he’d tested HIV-positive. Here’s his story.

I didn’t know anyone HIV-positive: My HIV story

I didn’t know one person who was HIV-positive before I walked down that long hallway to get the results of my recent-exposure HIV test. I didn’t know one person who was HIV-positive before I made a decision, on December 18, 2011, to have unprotected sex, based on my assumptions about someone’s character instead of my knowledge of their status. But everything changed for me on January 24, 2012. On that day, the answer I have given for my entire life - that I’m negative - changed. Hello

An Imperfect Man: The Story of Dr. Richard Isay

published: July, 09, 2012 Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Population Specific

Dave R with the story of a man who grew from being a closeted and yet ambitious psychology student, into a still-closeted married man and father; and eventually, an advocate for LGBT rights and equality within the conservative psychiatric profession.

An Imperfect Man: The Story of Dr. Richard Isay

Photo courtesy of Gordon Harrell, husband of Richard Isay ‘When he came in, his face was grave. He sat down on the bed and said, “I have something I need to tell you.” He took a deep breath. “I’m homosexual.” At that moment I saw my future collapse before my eyes. I got the chills and ran to take a hot bath. It gave me time to think and warmed me, but not for long. We spent the night talking and lamenting. On the plane home, we held each other and sobbed and planned. By the time w

Sexy, serene, undetectable and uninfectious: AIDES Paris launches groundbreaking "Revelation" campaign

published: November, 28, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Art, Activism, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Photography, International , Treatment, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

France scores big time! Guest author Denis Leblanc reports on an amazing French publicity campaign designed to explain to the public what undetectable viral load means and in doing so, puts a big dent in HIV stigma

Sexy, serene, undetectable and uninfectious: AIDES Paris launches  groundbreaking

PositiveLite.com has published many articles to share the news and discuss the facts around the Undetectable = Uninfectious campaign: that people living with HIV who are on successful treatment and undetectable for six months cannot transmit HIV. PositiveLite.com is a community partner with the Prevention Access Campaign and has endorsed the Consensus Statement given the wealth of scientific support for these facts. France’s oldest HIV/AIDS organisation, AIDES, has just launched a publicity

Len Tooley on PrEP — Part One

published: February, 13, 2013 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, As Prevention , Gay Men, Mental Health, Features and Interviews, Sexual Health, Health, Treatment, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

Len Tooley is an HIV-negative gay guy on pre-exposure prophylaxis who works in Toronto as a gay men’s health promoter, HIV educator, tester and counsellor. In the first of three interviews about being on PrEP, he discusses his decision to go on it.

Len Tooley on PrEP — Part One

In July 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of Truvada (a fixed dose combination in one tablet of emtricitabine and tenofovir) to reduce the risk of HIV infection in uninfected individuals who are at high risk of HIV infection and who may engage in sexual activity with HIV-infected partners. This use of an anti-HIV drug to prevent infection is known as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).  PrEP is considered by most observers to be a major breakthrough in

Republishing "Fuck poz guys!" Has the message sunk in yet? We think not.

published: June, 16, 2016 Categories // Dating, Activism, Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Lifestyle, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Marc-André LeBlanc asks if you’re a neg guy is it safer to have sex with poz guys or neg guys? Limit your condomless sex to poz guys with undetectable viral loads and avoid condomless sex with casual negative partners he suggests.

Republishing

PositiveLite.com Editor's note: This article, now over three years old, has been read by more people in PositiveLite.com's six-year history than any other. When Marc-André LeBlanc wrote it, the view expressed - that undetectable poz guys were a much safer bet than neg guys realized - was groundbreaking. It's since become mainstream - and yet not. Anybody who is undetectable who has been rejected by a "neg" guy seeking a "safe" partner knows it. Many neg guys still think that going with anot

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