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Undetectable – Big Deal or No Deal? Take two.

published: February, 21, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Health, Sexual Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , John McCullagh

“The status of being ‘undetectable’ ”, writes John McCullagh, “gives me a sense of positive self-esteem and emotional well-being. I’m not diseased. What I have is a well-managed, chronic illness. It’s unfortunate, but it’s nothing to be ashamed of."

Undetectable – Big Deal or No Deal?  Take two.

This is the second of three articles by PositiveLite.com writers on “what undetectable means to me.” Read Bob Leahy’s earlier take on this topic here.  Wayne Bristow will follow later this week. Three months after I started anti-retroviral therapy (ART), I got a call from my doctor. Even though my next appointment with him was still a week away, he phoned me because he wanted to give me the good news right away. My lab results had just come back showing that my HIV viral load had reach

Gay/bi men hung out to dry?

published: October, 05, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Health, Sexual 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

I got me... for now!

published: August, 23, 2017 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Aging, Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, Photography, Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow: I have a list of things that I need to do and no determination to attempt any of them."

I got me... for now!

I’ve realized, I’m not burning out, I’m having days when I wake up and say, “I just don’t want to do anything today”. August 15th, 2017, I received an email from the editor of PositiveLite asking if I had something for publication, that it’s been a while since my last submission. I haven’t responded to the email yet, deciding I would write something to explain why instead. I sat here most of the day and tried to think of a place to start, and it honestly became a struggle. I

Sean McKenna wants you to know that AIDS isn’t over – and that long term survivors matter

published: June, 06, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, Aging, Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Photography, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks to the outspoken New York City activist and advocate for long term survivors whose photos of a man dying of AIDS in 2016 caused a Facebook storm

Sean McKenna wants you to know that AIDS isn’t over – and that long term survivors matter

"In my mind, one of the worst things that anyone could have done was to say that AIDS is a manageable disease. In my life it’s never been quite manageable."  Bob Leahy: Thanks for talking with us Sean. Let’s talk first about the photos you posted on Facebook – photos of a man dying. Tell me what you know about them. Sean McKenna: Well, my neighbour’s husband a year ago was built like a brick shit house, one of those people that would sit by the pool and everyone would stare at. In t

UNJUST SUPREME COURT RULING ON CRIMINALIZATION OF HIV

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

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

posterVIRUS 2012

published: December, 04, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Community Events, Art, Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Launches, Events, Features and Interviews, Health, Legal, Living with HIV, Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

John McCullagh talks with AIDS ACTION NOW’s Jessica Whitbread and Alex McClelland about the 2012 posterVIRUS project in which artists and activists collaborated in producing posters to respond to current issues facing people living with HIV.

posterVIRUS 2012

In honour of The Day With(out) Art, AIDS ACTION NOW! (AAN) last week launched at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) eight new collaborative activist art works as part of the posterVIRUS project. They are being plastered across the streets of Toronto while being simultaneously launched online via AAN’s posterVIRUS Facebook and Tumblir pages.  I had the opportunity at the AGO launch to catch up with posterVIRUS curators Jessica Whitbread and Alex McClelland and to chat

Darren’s story

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

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

Len Tooley on PrEP — Part Three

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

Len Tooley on PrEP — Part Two

published: February, 20, 2013 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, Gay Men, As Prevention , Features and Interviews, Mental Health, Health, Sexual Health, Treatment, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

Len Tooley, an HIV-negative guy on pre-exposure prophylaxis, works as a gay men’s health promoter, HIV educator, tester and counsellor. In this second of three interviews, he talks about conversations with his doctor about PrEP and about being on it.

Len Tooley on PrEP — Part Two

Len Tooley is a 31-year old, sexually active, HIV-negative gay guy who lives in downtown Toronto, where he works as a gay men's health promoter, HIV educator, tester and counsellor. As a way of helping him stay HIV-negative, his family doctor has prescribed him Truvada as a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).  In the first part of his interview with me, which we published last week, Len and I talked about what motivated his decision to go on PrEP. This week, he discusses the conversations h

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 // Activism, AIDS Walk for Life, Conferences, 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

Trump government and Big Pharma threaten access to HIV medications with new NAFTA deal.

published: September, 11, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, As Prevention , Youth, Current Affairs, Newly Diagnosed, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Upcoming Events, Women, Research, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

If you live in North America, tell your representative: Commit to vote no on NAFTA corporate power grab!

Trump government and Big Pharma threaten access to HIV medications with new NAFTA deal.

September 8, 2017 The re-negotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is now underway. As these critical discussions continue, the Government of Canada needs to counter the attempts by the Trump administration to ratchet up further the restrictive rules on intellectual property that create even more monopoly profits for Big Pharma at the expense of people who need affordable medicines. The Ottawa Citizen recently published our analysis and recommendations to the federal g

Not All Redemption Songs

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

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, Features and Interviews, Health, Research, 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

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

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