Current Affairs

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, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, 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, Media, Guest Authors, 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

The Numbers Game

published: May, 02, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Current Affairs, Women, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Positive Women’s Network in BC on the HIV funding issue and a comment about the relative merits of funding women’s HIV programs that found its way in to a controversial editorial in Xtra!

The Numbers Game

Editor’s note: This article first appeared on the blog of the Positive Women’s Network here.  We had published the Xtra article referred to below, without comment on our part, here. That's not to say we didn't recognize the controversial nature of some of Salerno's remarks relating to funding of women’s programming. So we welcomed this opportunity for a representative of the HIV women’s community to present her views. (Thank you, Janet.) *Sigh.* It was disheartening to

PrEP acceptable to UK gay men, studies find

published: April, 29, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Current Affairs, Health, Research, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) would be an acceptable HIV prevention strategy for large numbers of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men in major UK cities, according to two studies presented at a British HIV conference this week.

PrEP acceptable to UK gay men, studies find

This article by Roger Pebody first  appeared on aidsmap.  The First Study Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) would be an acceptable HIV prevention strategy for large numbers of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men in major UK cities, according to two studies presented to the British HIV Association (BHIVA) conference in Birmingham this week. The conference also heard details of a small pilot PrEP study, likely to start recruiting later this year. A cross-sectional survey of 842

Top AIDS scientist declares end in sight for pandemic

published: April, 23, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Current Affairs, Health, International , Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

Anthony Faucii says today he can look a 25-year-old, HIV-positive patient in the eye and tell him, “If you start on one pill a day, you will live 50-plus years. There are few successes that can match that,”

Top AIDS scientist declares end in sight for pandemic

This article  by Ruthann Richter first appeared in the journal of Stanford School of Medicine. The end of the AIDS epidemic — one of worst pandemics the world has known — is now in sight, given the myriad scientific tools available today, from drug prevention to circumcision and methods to stop transmission from mother to child, Anthony Fauci, MD, the country’s top AIDS scientist, said today at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Al

HIV in Toronto and the Canadian Government's negligence

published: April, 10, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

XTRA’s Rob Salerno says AIDS funders The Public Health Agency of Canada and Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq should be ashamed of the way they handled the latest round of ASO funding proposals.

HIV in Toronto and the Canadian Government's negligence

This editorial by Rob Salerno first appeared in Xtra, Canada’s Gay and Lesbian News source, here. Two weeks ago, I found myself at the Newmarket Health Centre, where Conservative MP Lois Brown was making an announcement of new funding for the AIDS Committee of York Region (ACYR). It was a tastefully subdued affair. ACYR’s executive director, Radha Bhardwaj, gave a speech outlining the accomplishments of her organization and some of the unique challenges of providing services for HIV

When to start treatment?

published: April, 03, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

New US guidelines released just last week recommend treatment for all people with HIV infection. Are they a step in the right direction, something that others should consider following? Bob Leahy reports.

When to start treatment?

Newly updated US treatment guidelines are recommending antiretroviral treatment for all people with HIV infection, rather than starting at a particular CD4 range. But for those about to start treatment and their doctors, it’s not quite that simple; the strength of the recommendations varies by category of patient. Here is how a simplified scale looks: CD4 count less than 350 – strong recommendation CD4 count 350 to 500 - strong recommendation CD4 count over 500 – moderate recommend

HIV+ singer Jamar Rogers advances to the next round on The Voice

published: March, 12, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Current Affairs, Television, Music, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy on a reality show contestant who has come out loud and proud and poz – and boy, he can sing too!

HIV+ singer Jamar Rogers advances to the next round on The Voice

Let’s face it, The Voice is no American Idol, but it’s diverting enough, and the format  -  intended to showcase the voice more than any other performance factor – is  original.  And unlike American Idol, it also hasn’t been shy to feature lgbtq contestants who aren’t shy about their sexual orientation. But there is a twist this season – there’s an openly HIV+ contestant in the line-up. Last night saw Jamar Rogers, billed as “the comeback kid on the road to recovery”  b

Porn Today, Gone Tomorrow

published: March, 11, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Current Affairs, Movies, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Sex and Sexuality

A Los Angeles city ordinance that requires the use of condoms on adult film shoots went into effect last week, but health advocates remain skeptical on how the law will be enforced.

Porn Today, Gone Tomorrow

Originally published in The Los Angeles Daily News, Susan Abram. The Los Angeles City Council approved the ordinance in January, after a ballot initiative by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation appeared to be heading to voters in a costly election. But the city still must settle the details of enforcing the ordinance, which would require adult productions to pay a fee to fund inspections and an enforcement program. "On a symbolic basis, it's extremely important that this ordinance was passed, but

The Unspeakable, Spoken

published: February, 28, 2012 Categories // Activism, Current Affairs

Controversial AIDS Action Now poster campaign gets sparks flying in Montreal

The Unspeakable, Spoken

It happened at the demonstration against HIV criminalization outside the Palais de Justice in Montréal the day before the recent Supreme Court of Canada hearing in R v Mabior and R v DC. Some people associated with local ASO AIDS Community Care Montreal (ACCM) were holding a couple of the posters from the recent AIDS Action Now! Poster campaign, namely the "Fuck Positive Women" poster and the "I Party / I Bareback / I'm Positive / I'm Responsible" poster. This last one was the spark for what

What’s in a name?

published: February, 02, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Current Affairs, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

A lot - when it’s attached to an AIDS Service Organization. But is “AIDS” Service organization a misnomer in 2012? How many people with “AIDS” do they serve. And does that “AIDS” name drive potential clients away? Here’s one agency that says yes.

What’s in a name?

If you are an organization with AIDS in its name, there are probably a few reasons NOT to change one’s name,  No matter if that name relates to a disease scarcely anybody has in North America, or that name scares people away from  the services  that are offered by that “AIDS” service organization.  Life is complicated and so is delivering HIV-erlated services. Sometimes living with an anachronism is more attractive than responding to the changing times.  But it’s becoming increas

Martin Luther King, the n-word and 2012

published: January, 17, 2012 Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Opinion Pieces

Another blog by DJ Relentless - who points the finger. “You as black people are giving everyone the right to call you that word when you callously just drop "nigger" in a sentence.”

Martin Luther King, the n-word and 2012

It's hard to believe how quickly the years are going by. Just three years ago, I was debating whether or not to make my annual Martin Luther King Day CD. New York City seemed to be changing drastically and the kids who were coming out to Escuelita were not interested in my traditional musical celebration of Rev. King. Last year at this time, I posted a blog about my appreciation for the achievements of President Obama. That blog garnered me some unwelcome comments -  a well known drag qu

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