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National HIVAnonymous Campaign a contradiction in terms

published: August, 17, 2015 Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

New writer Steven Hobé from Toronto says Canada’s latest stigma-fighting campaign “HIVAnonymous” is sending the wrong message

National HIVAnonymous Campaign a contradiction in terms

From the HIVAnonymous website:  'Here at HIVANONYMOUS, we want to encourage those living with HIV and AIDS to share your experiences with the world in a way that lets you keep your identity and HIV status as private as you are comfortable with. We invite you to talk about, in your own words, how stigma and discrimination have affected your life. Your stories will help educate others about the realities of living with HIV and AIDS, and open a discussion about the effects of discrimination a

PositiveLite.com Interviews VOICES director Daniel Larson Sidhu

published: April, 18, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Features and Interviews, International , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy interviews the director of the documentary VOICES, the story of how in 2006 AIDS activists in Toronto made a future possible for HIV-positive South Africans.

PositiveLite.com Interviews VOICES director Daniel Larson Sidhu

Bob Leahy: Thanks for talking to PositiveLite.com. We’ll talk about the film’s connection with Toronto in a minute. Tell me about yourself, first, Daniel.  Daniel: Thank you too. Sure, for people who don’t know me I’d say I’m a person who doesn’t give up. I think two things have shaped my life; and those two things are acting and running. Both pursuits are about discipline and determination – and both have made me the person I am today. Bob: You’ve made a film called VOICES

The Amazing Amazin Lethi

published: May, 29, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Features and Interviews, International , Bob Leahy - Publisher

From bodybuilding to HIV Activism. Bob Leahy interviews the multi-faceted activist Amazin Lethi, whose foundation addresses HIV in the Asian community.

The Amazing Amazin Lethi

Viietnam-born Amazin Lethi is a fitness expert, boxing coach & NLP/Life Coach, former natural competitive bodybuilder, philanthropist, actress, TV and film producer/director, author, entertainment personality, entrepreneur and global campaigner in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the Asian community. Bob Leahy: Hi Amazin. Thank you for talking to PositiveLite.com You have an unusual name.  May I call you Amazin? Amazin Lethi: Yes that is fine you can call me Amazin or Lethi, my name is Vi

No ordinary affair. IAS 2017 report from Paris, Part Two: U=U makes a huge splash

published: August, 01, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, International AIDS Conference , International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy with an insider’s report on how U=U made a huge impression last week in Paris - in the conference centre, on it’s main stage and in the media.

No ordinary affair. IAS 2017 report from Paris, Part Two: U=U makes a huge splash

What people said? Some said that history was made at IAS2017 in Paris last week. I’m too close to the campaign to be objective – I lead the Canadian arm of the Prevention Access Campaign's work – but certainly it was a big week. It was also one where the U=U campaign repeatedly made the news. Important things were said by important people, including by us and about us – people living with HIV. Here are some of the things people said about U=U last week “Scientists never like to

Stick it - interactively.

published: September, 02, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, Activism, Events, Upcoming Events, Events, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Pin Buttons Bring Community Together Over Live Stream Exhibit

Stick it - interactively.

TORONTO, ON. On September 28th 2012, the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA) will play host to an exhibit compiled of decades of archived LGBTTQ identified pin buttons. Earlier this summer, these buttons were launched online for public review) in an effort to collect and identify the stories and meanings behind their creation. The exhibit, Pushing Buttons™ will act as a facilitator for the community to engage with the pin buttons in a variety of different media forms (audio, video, and

GNP+: A global network for and by people living with HIV

published: December, 09, 2014 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, Features and Interviews, International , Living with HIV, John McCullagh

PositiveLite.com speaks with three of the Canadian leaders of GNP+NA, the North American region of the global network of people living with HIV

GNP+: A global network for and by people living with HIV

(left to right) Trevor Stratton, Rodney Rousseau and Christian Hui  The Global Network of People Living with HIV is the only international network of people living with HIV. I recently sat down with Trevor Stratton, Christian Hui and Rodney Rousseau, three current and/or past board members of the organization’s North American region, to learn more about this network and its work.  John McCullagh: My first question for you guys is, What is GNP+ North America?  Trevor Stratton: GNP+ Nort

Gay Mafia Presents . . .

published: April, 15, 2012 Categories // Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Movies, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Robert Birch on building generational bridges: "Do today’s young queer men and women need to more intimately know about the AIDS crisis? I say, ‘Hell, yes!’”

Gay Mafia Presents . . .

The word mafia means “a bold man.” The idea that we might need a ‘Gay’ Mafia emerged from a group of grassroots activists who were trying to imagine new ways to engage communities of men who have sex with men. Institutions that support and inform gay men’s health and wellness have certain limitations, especially since we rely on the public purse. When I envisioned a video blog from a bathhouse with performers eroticizing safer sex negotiation, funders graciously turned down the idea

Reports of cuts to funding alarm the Canadian HIV Community

published: October, 06, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Social Media, Current Affairs, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

But has the AIDS budget really been cut? And if not, who wins and who loses? Bob Leahy puts the recent announcements regarding funding of HIV and related diseases in focus

Reports of cuts to funding alarm the Canadian HIV Community

Here’s what we know Information has been drifting out in dribs and drabs all week as individual agencies received responses to their letters of intent to apply for funding under a $26.4 million fund falling under federal jurisdiction. The word was that there had been massive cuts to AiDS funding in Canada.  The reality is far more complicated. First here’s what everyone was waiting for. Last night the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), a division of Health Canada, shared this on the

Bob Leahy interviews poz US Marine gone viral Tanner White

published: September, 14, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Dating, Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

A conversation with the out poz and proud US marine who gained fame for asking gay country star Steve Grand to be his date for the Marine Corps Ball – on YouTube

Bob Leahy interviews poz US Marine gone viral Tanner White

From poz.com “Tanner White, who bills himself as “your favorite positive Marine” on his YouTube channel, has posted a new video in which he asks singer-songwriter Steve Grand to the 2015 Marine Corps Ball. Grand is an openly gay country singer who is as famous for his hunky body as for his music. White is an HIV-positive social media activist who posts videos about HIV prevention and awareness. UPDATE: Steve Grand Says Yes to Date With HIV-Positive Marine Bob Leahy: First of all, Tann

A little more magic

published: February, 20, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

In September 2011, Editor Bob Leahy interviewed HIV-positive magician Daniel Bauer. Today Daniel, gives us an update on the impact that interview had, what he’s been doing since and his public speaking AIDS awareness vehicle, Blunt Talk.

A little more magic

You can read Bob Leahy’s interview with Daniel Bauer here. Wowsa!!! Time has seriously flown by since Bob Leahy of PositiveLite.com did a story on me back in September 2011.  I can’t even begin to express how liberating and free my soul feels since that interview. I am truly indebted to PositiveLite.com for helping me kick-start my journey back into the public’s eye as a renewed face and voice in the fight against HIV/AIDS.  I am also grateful to all of the other publications who cam

'There's people that have survived': Windsor filmmaker explores HIV and aging

published: August, 01, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Movies, Features and Interviews, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Media

From the Windsor Star, Tamar Harris reports on "HIV and Aging", a documentary film being shot, fundraised and directed by Amanda Gellman.

'There's people that have survived': Windsor filmmaker explores HIV and aging

Portrait of Gregory Scratch, who is featured in a dicumentary called HIV and Aging, a project being shot/fundraised/directed by Amanda Gellman.  Photo: Jason Kryk, Windsor Star. In 1995, Gregory Scratch was told he had 12 hours to live. His list of ailments was long and life-threatening: pneumocystis pneumonia, cryptococcal meningitis and shingles. The underlying disease? HIV. Scratch was one of thousands to be diagnosed with HIV in the ’80s and ’90s. The then-mysterious disease claime

HIV in Uganda today

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

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

We all just stopped talking about it

published: February, 02, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Guest writer Jim Swimm from New York City attends a panel discussion about the early years of the AIDS epidemic and hears some survivors of those days say that they’ve “just stopped talking about it”. But Jim hasn’t and he’s upset.

We all just stopped talking about it

I recently attended a screening of scenes from How to Survive a Plague, a documentary about the people on the front lines in the fight against AIDS in the early years of the epidemic, namely the members/founders of ACT UP. Along with the film's screening, there was a panel discussion of not only the film but the subject matter -- the state of HIV/AIDS activism, both then and now. There were people on the panel and in the audience who are featured in the film. It was an exceptionally interest

Reigniting the HIV/AIDS Conversation = TeamWork: @HashTagHIV Campaign

published: May, 17, 2012 Categories // International AIDS Conference , Social Media, Activism, Conferences, Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

Guest author Daniel Bauer says “T-E-A-M-W-O-R-K!!! Yes that is what is going to create the most effective, super-global vaccine to END AIDS during this generation.”

Reigniting the HIV/AIDS Conversation = TeamWork: @HashTagHIV Campaign

Listen, I get it! We are all doing our own thing. . . outreach, prevention, testing and much more. Kudos to all of you who are getting their hands in the mix of the work that is necessary to care for those living with HIV/AIDS and necessary to educate those not living with HIV/AIDS to prevent contracting this virus and other STI's / STD's as well as to combat stigma and to get tested! On a serious note. . . I hear the following being repeated a lot (in fact I hear myself saying this too) . .

PEP can stop you from getting HIV: A conversation with ACT’s Duncan MacLachlan

published: March, 31, 2014 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, Gay Men, As Prevention , Features and Interviews, Health, Sexual Health, Treatment, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

A week of personal stories from gay guys who have experienced post-exposure prophylaxis starts with a conversation with the AIDS Committee of Toronto’s Duncan MacLachlan about PEP, its effectiveness and its availability.

PEP can stop you from getting HIV: A conversation with ACT’s Duncan MacLachlan

This week, PositiveLite.com is focusing on Post-exposure Prophylaxis, or PEP — medication that can help prevent HIV after a possible exposure. On Tuesday and Wednesday, two Toronto gay guys with experience of PEP will tell us their personal stories. Today, to kick off the series, I talk with Duncan MacLachlan, the Director of Community Health Programs at the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT), to find out about PEP, its effectiveness and its availability.  John McCullagh: Duncan, let

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