Current Affairs

Elton John speaks at AIDS 2012

published: July, 24, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // International AIDS Conference , Conferences, Arts and Entertainment, Current Affairs, Music, Bob Leahy - Publisher

We have the video link . . . .

Elton John speaks at AIDS 2012

“Everyone deserves compassion. Everyone deserves dignity. Everyone, everyone, everyone deserves love. Why am I telling you this? Because the AIDS disease is caused by a virus, but the AIDS epidemic is not. The AIDS epidemic is fuelled by stigma, violence and indifference.” Here is the link to the video.  

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network Faces Major Funding Cuts

published: July, 21, 2012 Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

We share an important message from our friends at the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network about a cut in their government funding that “significantly undermines our ability to continue our work in defending and promoting human rights in the response to HIV.”

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network Faces Major Funding Cuts

I am writing to share some very important news and to appeal for your solidarity and support. As the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network marks its 20th anniversary, we face an unprecedented challenge with recent news of a drastic cut in funding under Canada’s federal AIDS strategy — a cut that significantly undermines our ability to continue our work in defending and promoting human rights in the response to HIV. For most of its history, the Legal Network has been seen by the federal governm

Rejoice!

published: July, 18, 2012 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Current Affairs, Events, Opinion Pieces, Philip Minaker

Philip Minaker is excited that the running of the Games of the XXX Olympiad are just days away.

Rejoice!

From the Opening Ceremonies on July 27th right up to the closing ceremonies on August 12th the world will witness the best athletes from 204 Countries vie for supremacy. Oh, the agony and the ecstasy! The added drama will be whether London, the only city to host the Summer Olympics for a third time, will succeed as hosting the best yet. The athletes are certainly not the only ones feeling the pressure.  The cost of hosting the Games is beyond ridiculous! The challenge for a nation to capit

Unexpressed Emotions

published: July, 17, 2012 Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Lifestyle, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality

Wes Austin on what happens, sometimes tragically, when men don’t express their feelings.

“Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways.” -Sigmund Freud I hear many people in my social circles toss around the words ‘male privilege’ when talking about gender. I hear the contempt in their voices and the judgment in their pronunciations. Male privilege is bad, unqualifiedly bad.  I’m not here to debate that point. I’ll leave that to everyone else. What I’m here to talk about is the shadow side of that. It’s be

HIV home tests – how will they be used?

published: July, 16, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Current Affairs, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors

From aidsmap, a review of the issues raised by the FDA’s recent approval of the OraQuick Home HIV Test for use in the USA. No such application has yet been made to Health Canada – but can it be long in coming?

HIV home tests – how will they be used?

This article by  Roger Pebody first appeared on NAM/aidsmap  here and is republished with permission. This week the OraQuick In-Home HIV Test, which will be sold over the counter and used without medical supervision, received its final approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), meaning that it can be legally sold in the United States. Similar approvals may follow for other countries. But who is likely to use it and in what circumstances? And will the increased accessibili

Five key themes of AIDS 2012

published: July, 12, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // International AIDS Conference , Conferences, Current Affairs, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

NAM/aidsmap with a guide to what's going to be hot in Washington D.C. this summer

Five key themes of AIDS 2012

This article by  Keith Alcorn originally published by NAM/www.aidsmap.com is republished with permission. If you have an interest in HIV and have been anywhere near the internet in the last few months, there’s a good chance you will have heard of the 19th International AIDS Conference, also known as AIDS 2012. The conference is taking place in Washington DC, 22nd to 27th July. More than 20,000 people are expected to attend, but the reach of the research presented at the conference will go

Poz Jesus

published: July, 09, 2012 Categories // Current Affairs, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

A pastor in Zimbabwe says Jesus had HIV. Christopher Banks responds “One could argue that religious dogma has done far more damage in Africa, and indeed the rest of the world, than HIV ever could hope to.“

The narrator in Woody Allen’s underrated 2010 film “You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger” comes out with a brilliant gem toward the end of the story: “Sometimes the illusions work better than the medicine.”  While this doesn’t apply to HIV as a biological entity, evidence abounds in our world as to how it fits incredibly well with HIV as a psychological one.  As a friend told me recently, “there is no pill to get people to treat you the way they did when you were negative.” 

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

The Evil and the Underhanded

published: July, 09, 2012 Categories // General Health, Current Affairs, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

It’s official: HIV is a danger to public health which means that HIV drugs for refugee claimants will be covered. But there's a catch. Ken Monteith says the new Canadian regulations mix the good and the very, very bad.

The Evil and the Underhanded

I'm writing this on the first day of the application of new rules for the (Canadian) Federal Interim Health Program and I am saddened by what has become of this country. "Happy Canada Day! You no longer have health care, refugee claimants!"  Just to be clear and not to be accused of exaggeration, let me outline my understanding of the changes that have come into force. Some refugee claimants will be entitled to certain kinds of doctor visits, while others will not have those covered (if they

Donna Summer: The Tributes Continue

published: June, 23, 2012 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Current Affairs, Music, Opinion Pieces, Philip Minaker

Philip Minaker remembers the artist who made a deep impression on so many in our community.

Donna Summer: The Tributes Continue

In this day and age of instant stardom, over-hyped comebacks and tabloid fodder, the loss of a true talent that refused to be a part of the fame game is indeed a great loss. I can’t think of any other artist that managed to slip in and out of the spotlight, on their own terms, without capitalizing on their prior successes or personal struggles. She kept her private life and those she loved from being exploited, relying solely on her passion to share her love of music. Her estimated worth upo

Pride and giving back to the community

published: June, 17, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Current Affairs, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

Guest writer naturopathic doctor Timothy Swift urges us to give back – to our own community or to that of others.

Pride and giving back to the community

We all have Pride in our communities and it is for us to define those communities.  For some it is a geographic place, others it is more of about the collective - the bigger community.  All I know is that I belong to many communities and am not defined by any one of them but each is a thread in the tapestry that is me.  My tapestry is unique to me and shaped by my experiences, friends, places and knowledge.  It makes me as unique as the patients that walk in my medical office door.  Each

The Crystal Meth Connection of the Gay Porn Killer

published: June, 14, 2012 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Gay Men, Current Affairs, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Mark S. King

A shockingly honest post from Mark S. King who draws the dots between Canadian accused killer Luka Magnotta, Mark’s own struggle with crystal meth addiction and the very dark places it can take you to.

The Crystal Meth Connection of the Gay Porn Killer

I knew it. I felt it. It was as clear as the incessant call of crystal meth itself, on those nights when a seductive phantom of the drug cozies up to me in bed and brings its knitting. In a Huffington Post news article on accused killer Luka Rocco Magnotta, buried in the story pages deep, a former lover says that the alleged murderer used methamphetamine, the drug popular among gay men that has claimed years of my life and left countless men in utter wreckage. The story of the Canadian “lo

Time to evolve

published: May, 22, 2012 Categories // Current Affairs, International , Opinion Pieces

Megan DePutter on same-sex marriage: “it isn’t just Obama’s support that makes me happy; it is that he is willing to “evolve” his opinion on the matter.”

Time to evolve

I still remember the first time I made a homophobic comment. I was probably about 10 years old. My mom told me that her best friend, Matthew, was gay. Upon hearing this, I imitated the kind of responses I had heard from my peers and retorted, “eww, gross.” My mom didn’t chastise me for saying this; she simply encouraged a little self-reflection by asking me a question: “why is it gross?” That simple question made my 10 year old self actually think about what I was saying, instead o

The HIV-Positive Sex Worker

published: May, 17, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Current Affairs, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Guest Alex Garner from FrontiersLA.com asks “What exactly are the dynamics at play if one is an HIV-positive escort?”

The HIV-Positive Sex Worker

This article by Alex Garner, Frontiers’ Editor-at-Large first appeared on the website of FrontiersLA.com here. I’m sure you’ve seen the sensational headlines, “HIV-Positive Prostitutes Arrested” or, “Greek Panic over HIV-Positive Prostitutes.” 17 female prostitutes in Greece were arrested for having HIV. It’s being covered as a scintillating story full of drama and intrigue. It has all the makings of an 80s miniseries. All that is missing is Phoebe Cates asking, “Which one o

The NIght Shift: Our Future Without Ignorance

published: May, 16, 2012 Categories // Community Events, Activism, Current Affairs, Events, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media, Opinion Pieces

CANFAR’s Young Professional Council held its second annual Our Future Without AIDS fundraiser last Saturday night. It reminds us why we need to keep caring about HIV—and why we’ll always need so much more than parties to remind us.

The NIght Shift: Our Future Without Ignorance

This article by  Paul Aguirre-Livingston  first appeared in The GridTO.  Republished with permission.   This year marks the 31st anniversary of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The issue, we know, is multi-dimensional and complicated. Even within my lifetime, the way we talk about it has changed from fear and self-loathing (riddled with homophobia) to far-reaching global advocacy tinged with optimistic complacency. On Saturday night, the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR) dispatched its

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