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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

Is there Pride in being HIV Positive?

published: November, 12, 2012 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Mark S. King

The shameless Mark S King pops the question: if HIV is nothing to be ashamed of, can it be something to be proud of?

Is there Pride in being HIV Positive?

During my new video blog episode, below, someone asks me incredulously if I would actually march down the street telling people I was HIV positive. Well, actually, I would. And have. Many Gay Pride parades ago, in 1994, I marched while wearing a t-shirt that said “NO ONE KNOWS I’M HIV POSITIVE.” This was prior to the advent of protease inhibitors, when many were still dying. The shirt felt like an enormous “screw you” to the virus, to the body count, and to anyone who had a problem

World AIDS Day 2012

published: November, 28, 2012 Categories // Activism, Events, International , Opinion Pieces

In a stunningly written piece, our senior writer Ed Wolf tells us he is recovering from surgery but he’s imagining where he would like to be on World AIDS Day if he could be out and about.

No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees, No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds, November!” Thomas Hood 1844 Tamara sticks a needle in my arm and begins drawing four tubes of blood. I’m coming back to this hospital next week for a left knee replacement and there are a lot of tests that need to be done beforehand. Tamara speaks with an accent and I ask her if she’s from Russia. She says yes and I tell her I’ve just returned from Ukraine. We get into a discussion about gay r

Sharing my story - but not condoms - with the Catholic School Board

published: November, 18, 2012 Categories // Activism, Living with HIV

John Henry Rombough-Davie with a roundup of what he has been up to and what his agency has planned for World AIDS Day, December 1

I’m quite certain that everyone agrees that we live in a very sexual world, and no matter your beliefs or your grass roots, we’re all at risk of the unknowns.  This next week I will be doing two presentations in front of an audience of students where it’s been difficult to give out condoms, and it’s not the students or the teachers that are at fault.  I’m downright nervous as there is a part of me that is still shameful of my own past.  I’m not in denial when it comes to having

I accept my status

published: March, 17, 2014 Written by // Joshua Middleton Categories // Activism, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Joshua Middleton

Joshua Middeleton says “acceptance is knowing that I am HIV Positive, however not letting it define me as a person.”

I accept my status

“God, give me grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed,Courage to change the things which should be changed,and the Wisdom to distinguish the one from the other……” (The first portion of the serenity prayer commonly found in Narcotics/Alcoholics Anonymous)  I know that I am HIV-positive and there is nothing that I can do to change that. It is an irreversible condition that is now a part of my being and my biological make up. The virus is constantly trying to rep

Another award for PositiveLite.com

published: June, 23, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Social Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Canada’s peer-driven HIV magazine again included in Healthline’s Best HIV/AIDS Blogs of the Year

Another award for PositiveLite.com

For the fifth year in a row, PositiveLite.com has made Healthline’s honour role of the world’s best HIV blogs. The full list appears here.  PositiveLite.com congratulates its fellow awardees.  Healthline is a social media-based giant, a provider of health information headquartered in San Francisco and helps people better understand and live with medical conditions. It is generally regarded as the number two most consulted health information resource in North America. Ironically, Posit

The Legacy Project

published: January, 07, 2013 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Activism, General Health, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Living with HIV

Building Support through a Mentoring Network: Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment (CAAT)’s Legacy Project Connects PHAs to Build Capacity and Community

The Legacy Project

This article first appeared on the CATIE website here. Une version française est disponible ici.  Many AIDS service organizations (ASOs) in Canada are committed to the greater and more meaningful involvement of people living with HIV (GIPA and MIPA) and the empowerment of people living with HIV. One manifestation of this commitment is the proliferation of “capacity building” and “leadership” programs for people living with HIV. While such programs play a critical role in building

In praise of the unconventional life

published: November, 29, 2013 Written by // Michael Yoder Categories // Activism, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Michael Yoder

Michael Yoder says “The AIDS world (or industry) is bereft of non-conformists. We have ceased to be unconventional and that saddens me.”

In praise of the unconventional life

“Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.” Oscar Wilde I was talking with my best friend Catherine this evening and at the end of the conversation I realized that we are odd. Odd (in my world) is good. My friend and I live unconventional lives. I think that many people living with HIV live unconventional lives, but we live them in tiny enclaves, hidden away from the world. Convention means conformity and “normalness”: hunting for pic

Country Living

published: November, 05, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

How does a small rural community, a two hour drive from Toronto and with a population of 700, handle issues like LGBT politics and HIV? Bob Leahy lives in one such community and files this report.

Country Living

“I’m feeling a little queer today” said Lillian, patting my arm while I drank my coffee at the local family diner. Lillian, in her 80’s is entirely not queer in the modern sense, so I seized the opportunity to have a chat about how the meaning of some words change over the years.  When I mentioned “gay” was another such word, she understood immediately - and promptly gave me a hug, leaned down and gave me a kiss on the brow. Lillian knows  I’m gay, knows I’m poz and it doesn

The future/now for queer/trans* health

published: July, 17, 2013 Categories // Activism, Youth, Health, Sexual Health, Population Specific

Robert Birch goes to British Columbia’s CampOUT!, a program of workshops and activities in a camp setting for queer and trans youth to discover their community, themselves and their health needs

The future/now for queer/trans* health

 “I’ve gone from being the butt of everyone’s jokes to being everyone’s friend until proven otherwise.”  This gentle fifteen-year-old trans* youth needs allies but lives in a culture of bullies. As a middle aged cisgender gay man who has survived his bullies, I continue to learn how to become a more effective ally. On a small west coast gulf island during the Canada Day weekend a new world opened up for 58 queer and trans* youth and two young straight identified allies. Thirty on-

No shame, part two – what changed?

published: March, 05, 2013 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow in a follow-up to his recent post about coming out to the world.

 No shame, part two – what changed?

So it's been a couple of weeks since I posted my last blog "No Shame For Being HIV+",  I thought I would write a follow up to share the reaction I received from it. To be honest, it took a large shot of courage to send that article off to be posted. I didn't know how it would affect the people around me. Would I offend someone, would they feel pressed to say something? I believe it could have been a really ugly situation……..if certain people chimed in on it.  My story went up on

One year at Terrence Higgins Trust

published: September, 08, 2016 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Opinion Pieces, Alex Sparrowhawk

Alex Sparrowhawk on his first year working for an AIDS service organization (ASO) in the UK

One year at Terrence Higgins Trust

This time last summer I left the comfort of my old workplace, which I loved and had spent eight years developing my career in, to jump into the unknown. A new sector, new(ish) city, new people and a brand new job. I’d always had a vision to work in HIV eventually, but always presumed this would come much later in life, potentially when I was looking to wind down (haha, if only I’d known…) or fancied something different before I retired. But when the opportunity presented itself

Meeting Nina

published: November, 07, 2012 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // Activism, International , Living with HIV, Louis "Kengi" Carr

Kengi: "Nina is unlike any leader I’ve ever met.....she is brilliant, very accomplished and has an unmatched record of compassion and great care as well as a commitment to healthcare and HIV services for populations hardest hit by HIV and AIDS."

Meeting Nina

I’ve been very busy lately with photographing various HIV events here in Los Angeles. This is how I had the pleasure of meeting Nina Harawa. She was one of the guests in attendance at the Leadership Awards put on by the Los Angeles Women’s HIV Task Force which I wrote about recently. She is also the reason I was able to photograph and video the Breaking the Silence event in Los Angeles. I know you’re wondering what is Breaking the Silence and let me start by saying, no I did not complet

The glamour and money of HIV activism

published: April, 14, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

Long term survivor Steve from BeyondPositive: “A number of people seem to think there’s a certain amount of glamour and money that comes with being an HIV activist or advocate, but what’s the reality?"

The glamour and money of HIV activism

This article first appeared on BeyondPositive here.   If I might quote from a recent post by our editor, Tom Hayes, on Facebook: “I’ve seen some snarky tweets/statuses alluding that HIV activists/advocates (like myself) only do the work we do for the “glamour and money”. Most months I don’t make enough money to feed myself. And I don’t find anything remotely glamorous about staying in budget hotels (that I often have to pay for myself) and talking about side effects like diarr

AIDS funding: all these new start-up projects make me want to scream!

published: April, 30, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

A guest author says “We end up in the AIDS industry with all of these competing, duplicating services, with very few of them being able to make an impact in any one area to reduce and eradicate the transmission of HIV.”

AIDS funding: all these new start-up projects make me want to scream!

When I see or hear of a new HIV project starting up it makes me want to scream and here is why.  There are so many existing projects and organizations, both small and on a larger scale, in existence today, I cannot keep track of them all. Many of the existing community projects and organizations are not doing anything that is terribly original but rather duplicating one another. In duplicating services the existing programs compete for funds. They compete for funds that are always limited to

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