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The new national voice of people with HIV in the U.S is…

published: June, 01, 2013 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, International , Opinion Pieces, Mark S. King

Mark S King on the demise of the US advocacy organization NAPWA and what has risen from the ashes.

The new national voice of people with HIV in the U.S is…

PositiveLite.com says: This story will be of interest to Canadian readers even though Canada does not have anything like the equivalent of The National Association for People with AIDS, the US advocacy organization which has just folded after allegations of financial mismanagement and ultimately declaring bankruptcy.  At a recent town hall forum in Washington, DC for people living with HIV, the very idea of what it means to be positive — and who is our national voice of advocacy — was qu

Going down under for AIDS2014

published: July, 17, 2014 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // International AIDS Conference , Conferences, Activism, International , Living with HIV, Media, Mark S. King

Mark S King introduces upcoming video coverage of the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne Australia this month

Going down under for AIDS2014

(NOTE: My AIDS2014 coverage is exclusive to TheBody.com this year and you can find my daily videos on their main page beginning this Sunday, July 20th.)  Are you ready for a theatre piece about HIV that takes place on an enormous bed that doubles as a boxing ring? How about a candlelight march with thousands of advocates from around the world? And don’t forget my favorite — the Global Village, stuffed with art and advocacy from every corner of the planet? All this and more will be part o

Like a CHAMP

published: March, 29, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Research, Health, Living with HIV, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Ethno-racial community coalition showcases report on successful HIV stigma reduction intervention research

Like a CHAMP

Government statistics and research studies have consistently shown that racial minority and newcomer communities bear a disproportionate burden of HIV. Previous research also showed that HIV stigma and discrimination, and the lack of HIV champions within ethno-racial communities are critical barriers that undermine effective HIV prevention education and support amongst these communities. In response to these needs, the Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment (CAAT), a coalition of over 30 leg

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for June: as the darkness descends.

published: June, 08, 2017 Written by // Ed Wolf Categories // Social Media, Aging, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Mental Health, International , Ed Wolf, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Long-time activist Ed Wolf: "Trump may bring out the narrow-minded hate in other people, but he’s bringing out the best in me. See you in the streets!"

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for June: as the darkness descends.

Day 42. Follow the Witches The recount failed to stop him, the Electoral College raised our hopes, but the darkness of his presidency continues to descend. What can we do with the ache of it, the anger, the grief and the fear? Follow the witches! Go to the ocean, the plain, the mountain, a place where you can watch the sun set into the longest night. Sing to it, cry to it, whisper to it, dance before it, ask it to return to help us through the darkening paths ahead. And then watch it rise tom

Applying for any community scholarship? What you should know.

published: May, 24, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // International AIDS Conference , Conferences, Activism, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Applying for a community scholarship? What you should know. Bob Leahy says it can be a frustrating experience which often leads to the big NO. But, he says, keep trying as persistence can pay off

 Applying for any community scholarship? What you should know.

HIV conferences are not for everyone, but they can be empowering, educational and a great way to interact with other people living with HIV. For those community members – people living with HIV – who would like to attend, though, it’s not easy. Simply put our attendance costs money – for travel and accommodation in particular. If you are not employed in the sector, and even if you are, the way to get there is usually to apply for a community scholarship which will fund your attendance

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

The little website that could

published: December, 24, 2013 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Social Media, Activism, Living with HIV, Media, Brian Finch

Founder Brian Finch provides an insider’s view of the history and rapid growth of PositiveLite.com, Canada’s unique online HIV magazine that is by and for people living with HIV

The little website that could

December 1st is World AIDS Day. For me it marks something even more personal - the anniversary of the launch of PositiveLite.com. Our tag line? "PositiveLite.com Goes Viral on Dec 1st 2009". In some ways it feels like the site has been around longer than four years, due to its rapid growth, all the while growing roots that have firmly taken in the community. The idea for the website came to me from a couple of directions. One was that I had been doing a lot of volunteer work, mostly on the t

Bracing for impact: key populations and HIV activists respond to the U.S election results

published: November, 25, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, General Health, Health, International , Living with HIV, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

GNP+ reports global key population networks stand in solidarity with U.S. activists

Bracing for impact: key populations and HIV activists respond to the U.S election results

We, the Bridging the Gaps alliance of global key population constituency networks, represented by the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC), the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP), the International Network of People Who Use Drugs (INPUD) and the Global Forum on Men Who Have Sex With Men and HIV (MSMGF), recognize that we are at a pivotal moment in our fight for the human rights of key populations and people living wi

One man's fight against HIV stigma, expressed in verse.

published: November, 17, 2016 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, International , Living with HIV, Alex Sparrowhawk

HIV poetry by Alex Sparrowhawk " I’m Undetectable, non-infectious But telling some of you is fucking pointless."

One man's fight against HIV stigma, expressed in verse.

  The Seven-Year Itch    The early days weren’t the typical honeymoon period And I guess that’s because I saw the situation as serious Reading up on the facts and speaking to people Realizing there was no use in staying hateful Life carried on and it was pretty normal Meds and appointments never stopped me being cheerful   As the relationship with HIV and me got older My confidence grew and became bolder I looked to tackle the ridiculous enigma Of ignorance and fear we pic

AIDS history turns another page

published: March, 14, 2016 Written by // Joshua Middleton Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Opinion Pieces, Joshua Middleton

Joshua Middleton writes, with Nancy Reagan’s death, on “The End of the Reagan Era”

AIDS history turns another page

The death of former first lady Nancy Reagan marked the end of an important chapter in American history.  While social media has been buzzing with the news, and the nation mourns her passing, a different sentiment is present throughout our HIV community. For many who are positive, this marks a step forward. A farewell to an ideology that was responsible for thousands of deaths, both men and women, devastated by the AIDS epidemic of the 1980’s.  It’s an image that remains vivid for so ma

Comments please

published: June, 25, 2013 Categories // Social Media, Activism, Media, Opinion Pieces

“Is apathy the new Canadian disease?” asks Dave R. In an age where anything and everything can be said on social media platforms, why don’t people react more to sometimes provocative articles on PositiveLite,com?

Comments please

“Lady gaga “speaks out” against bullying Macklemore “speaks out” against homophobia Kanye “goes on a rant” about racism. Kanye “goes on a rant” about George Bush.” Canadians are too polite to rant about anything! Adapted from thirstingaintdead  Okay, I know that’s going to offend some people. Canadian jokes? Really! However, my aim is to offend  - and hopefully to the point where people react, online and with passion. Writing for PositiveLite.com, a great site a

Taboo sex, racism, and gay men: a chat in black and white

published: July, 03, 2017 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Mental Health, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Mark S. King

In this interview by Mark S. King, Charles Stephens provides a searing indictment of racism among gay men and within HIV organizations. If you consider yourself a white ally to people of color, the level of your real commitment is about to be challenged.

Taboo sex, racism, and gay men: a chat in black and white

Detail from Rotimi Fani-Kayode’s “Untitled,” courtesy of Autograph, London In thirty years of HIV work alongside black advocates, I have rarely written on the topic of race. It makes me uncomfortable, or perhaps I feel unequipped, unqualified. But it’s that very hesitancy, according to black gay academic Charles Stephens, that only makes racism worse. Charles, the founder of the Counter Narrative Project in Atlanta, proved to be the perfect person with whom to chat about race (and

The Private War That Killed Spencer Cox

published: January, 08, 2013 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Health, International , Treatment, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Mark S King on the death of a leading American activist from “AIDS related causes”, a story which weaves activism, mental health, crystal meth addiction and finally treatment failure in to one compelling – and important – tale of our times

The Private War That Killed Spencer Cox

“My most courageous self, the best man that I’ll ever be, lived more than two decades ago during the first years of a horrific plague… I miss the man I was forced to become.”  – “Once, When We Were Heroes,” 2007 AIDS did not kill Spencer Cox in the first, bloodiest battles of the 1980’s. It spared him that. The reprieve allowed Spencer’s brilliance as co-founder of the Treatment Action Group (TAG) to forge new FDA guidelines for drug approval and help make effective HIV m

Canada to take the lead in rethinking drug policy?

published: April, 20, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Conferences, International , Legal, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network reports Canadian civil society calls for federal action on global drug policy with a 10-point plan for healthy drug policy released before UN General Assembly drugs forum

Canada to take the lead in rethinking drug policy?

TORONTO, April 18, 2016 — One hundred Canadian civil society organizations are calling on the Canadian federal government to champion progressive and evidence-based drug policy positions at this week’s world forum on drugs. Spearheaded by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition (CDPC), this civil society groundswell is asking federal Health Minister Dr. Jane Philpott to adopt and promote a series of 10 recommendations in her role as head of the Canadian d

Legal advocacy works! Canada's medical assistance in dying law amended; Interim Federal Health Program benefits restored.

published: December, 27, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Legal, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From the HIV/AIDS Legal Clinic of Ontario (HALCO), news of two recent poz-friendly advances in Canadian law.

Legal advocacy works! Canada's medical assistance in dying law amended; Interim Federal Health Program benefits restored.

Medical Assistance in Dying Law in Canada Autonomy in medical decision-making has always been central to the HIV movement, and HALCO maintains that medical choice throughout life, including at end-of-life, is vital. A society committed to human rights ought to enhance the autonomy of all Canadians, including, of course, those living with disabilities, by ensuring access to quality health care and social services, as well as end-of-life care. We were therefore very pleased to intervene, along

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