Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy - Publisher

Award-winning blogger Bob Leahy first made his social media mark a decade ago on LiveJournal.com where there are still to this day almost 3,000 entries of his available to be read. He was a featured blogger on Ontario’s HIVStigma.com campaign, along with PositiveLite.com founder Brian Finch.  He joined PositiveLite.com at its inception in 2009 and became it's Editor a year later.

Born in the UK, Bob’s background is in corporate banking, which he gladly left in 1994, after being diagnosed with HIV the previous year.  He has chaired the board of PARN (Peterborough AIDS Resource Network) and has been an executive board member of both the Ontario HIV Treatment Network  (OHTN) and the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS).  He was inducted in to the Ontario AIDS Network’s Honour Roll in 2005.  Bob is currently a member of Ontario’s GMSH (Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance). He also writes for TheBody.com.

In 2012, Bob was honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for his work and commitment to HIV/AIDS in Canada.

Bob continues to write for this site while in the Positivelite.Com editor’s seat, with a particular interest  in HIV prevention, theatre and the arts in general. He is accredited media for a number of Toronto theatres. He lives in Warkworth, Ontario with his partner of thirty-two years and three dogs.

Furry Friends Friday – The Pride Wrap-Edition

published: July, 09, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Bob Leahy - Publisher

If you haven't seen the hunks of pride, go to my previous post.  And try not to droll on the keyboard, or worse.

If you haven't seen the hunks of pride, go to my previous post.  And try not to droll on the keyboard, or worse. But I wanted to feature the pooches here first, decked out in their terribly understated, less-is-more pride finery.  (Do you know how many treats I had to give them to do this?) \ Some assholes less than astute people have said in the past "why do we need pride; there isnt a straight pride, we should just fit in."   So for those assholes less than

Why worry?

published: July, 13, 2010 Categories // Bob Leahy - Publisher

ifes'a puzzle, isn't it?  What the article says is that safety nets for drug resistance patients like me are not coming down the pipe-line like they used to.

Are you a worrier?  I used to be.  I spent the first five years after my diagnosis in 1993 worrying about everything non-stop.  Those worries seemed huge too. Not that I was scared of dying;  I somehow came to grips with that possibility fairly soon. But I worried about everything else.  Like how do I handle getting sicker and sicker (because that’s what people did in those days) and still go to work each day. I had a hateful job that was slowly killing me anyw

Furry Friends Friday – the Condom Edition

published: July, 16, 2010 Categories // Bob Leahy - Publisher

Well if that headline hasn’t piqued your interest, I don’t know what will.  Unfortunately you’ll get no bestiality here (sorry, boys and girls)...

Well if that headline hasn’t piqued your interest, I don’t know what will.  Unfortunately you’ll get no bestiality here (sorry, boys and girls),  only the latest video of my brood of critters doing absolutely nothing, followed by an amusing clip about imaginative uses of condoms.  Don’t say you don’t get variety here, folks. First, though, let’s get past the Furry Friends thing.  Regular readers will have heard me mention my rudimentary skills in the video-

Hello Lomo Camera

published: July, 21, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Bob Leahy - Publisher

If anyone reads my other blog over on LiveJournal, they’ll be all too familiar with my love of Lomos. 

If anyone reads my other blog over on LiveJournal, they’ll be all too familiar with my love of Lomos.  The rest of you will probably be scratching your heads and asking “what the hell is a Lomo?” Before I reveal all, Brian had mentioned some time ago that it would be cool to provide occasional reviews of iPhone apps and/or apps that run on other platforms.  So I’m going to start the ball rolling, initially with photography apps – because that’s my thing – and later

Furry Friends Friday - the Pissed-Off Edition

published: July, 23, 2010 Categories // Bob Leahy - Publisher

I’m posting a funny picture today because everything else is a bit of a downer here, I’m afraid. PositiveLite can’t always wear a happy face.

I’m posting a funny picture today because everything else is a bit of a downer here, I’m afraid. PositiveLite can’t always wear a happy face. . Almost everything I’ve read about the International AIDS Conference in Vienna pisses me off. But I was pissed off even before that. The lack of community scholarships for the very people the conference is all about (***waves PHA hand in the air***) was annoying. Plus I really wanted to do the Danube. But not being seen as a) having anything to

Good Eats

published: July, 26, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Bob Leahy - Publisher

An appetizer or lunch plate like this - samosas with fruit, and some chutney on the side- -sounds a bit odd, but it works. 

An appetizer or lunch plate like this - samosas with fruit, and some chutney on the side- -sounds a bit odd, but it works.  This household in particular loves their samosas and we’ve devoted considerable time over the years, even when we lived in Toronto, to finding  the perfect samosa.  I’m not sure it even exists – it has to have just the right mix of potato, veggies and spices – but these ones are good.  We buy them in Ajax, of all places - on the outskirts of To

Furry Friends Friday – the Au Revoir Edition

published: August, 05, 2010 Categories // Bob Leahy - Publisher

So I won’t be around for a little while.  My partner and I are off on a trans-Atlantic jaunt, spending two weeks in Scotland, one in Wales and the rest in the south.  We won’t be back until August 25.

So I won’t be around for a little while.  My partner and I are off on a trans-Atlantic jaunt, spending two weeks in Scotland, one in Wales and the rest in the south.  We won’t be back until August 25. Travelling seems so much more complicated than it used to be.  I’m taking five devices – my iPhone, an iPhone battery pack, my Nikon D90, my Lumix pocket camera and a battery operated shaver, all of which require their own cables.  Not one single incidence of overlap,

Clues to where HIV prevention in young gay men should go?

published: September, 04, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Sexual Health, Health, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Ever notice that HIV prevention aimed at gay men seems to be mostly about casual sex, less about relationships. But some data suggests, at least in the US, that most new infections in youth occur between primary partners?

Clues to where HIV prevention in young gay men should go?

Lets's start with a news article from POZ on-line posted August 29, 2011 Young Gay Men Less Likely to Use Condoms With “Serious” Partners Young gay men were eight times more likely to have unprotected sex when they're in a "serious" relationship than during a casual sexual encounter, according to a study conducted by Northwestern University in Illinois and reported by aidsmap. Study participants were ages 16 to 20, and half were African American. Previous findings have indicated that two t

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