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Australia hits a bulls-eye with raunchy HIV drama grounded in reality

published: January, 01, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Health, International , Sexual Health, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

A NSFW soap featuring four horny house-mates in real-life situations delivers subtle HIV prevention and sexual health messaging. Does it entertain? More importantly, does it work? We say YES to both.

Australia hits a bulls-eye with raunchy HIV drama grounded in reality

From the Sydney Morning Herald   "HIV drama stays grounded in reality. Deadly serious ... Queer as F**k. At first, the war on HIV was fought with fear: ''grim reaper'' commercials, stern pamphlets and alarming TV reports. But 25 years on, authorities are using very different weapons, including Facebook, stand-up comedians and an Oscar-winning actor, to tackle the epidemic. The result is an educational web drama called Queer as F--k, featuring Academy Award-winner Geoffrey Rush and come

Must-see Canadian HIV musical Living with Henry moves on up

published: December, 31, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Performances, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Hear what poz playwright Christopher Wilson has to say to PositiveLIte.com readers about Living with Henry, his HIV musical which wowed Fringe audiences last summer and is now being remounted at the Factory Theatre.

Must-see Canadian HIV musical Living with Henry moves on up

I’m tickled pink to feature today a video by Guy McLoughlin of Christopher Wilson, the writer of Living with Henry, talking to PositiveLite.com readers. It’s at the end of this post. Read this, then do go and have a look at it.. First of all, if you live in the Toronto area and haven’t seen Living with Henry yet, go.  Simple as that. PositiveLite.com has followed the course of Living with Henry since last summer. We had somehow got wind of a new show that was opening as part of th

Scott gets the news he didn’t want to hear

published: December, 29, 2011 Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, International , Living with HIV, Population Specific

In part Six of Scott Foley’s tale of his journey to Canada and his application for refugees status, he tells how he came to be tested for HIV – and the results..

In part 5 of Scott’s story, which you can read here, he speaks of his life after leaving his family home. He describes how his family’s reach got him booted from his safe house and how he came to live with his boyfriend Joe. Living in secrecy and fear, he quits his job and loses a friend to HIV. It didn’t take me long to find a new job. It was in the north of the country and though it meant that I’d have to leave at ungodly hours again to get there on time, I had peace of mind. I

The great divide?

published: December, 29, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Are there divides in the gay community, based on sero-status – whose positive nad whose negative? If so, what causes this separation that some would label stigma and what is its impact? New research provides some answers.

The great divide?

New research recently published in AIDS Care looks at HIV stigma within the gay community, and what it calls “a growing division between HIV-positive and HIV-negative gay men”  It goes on to assess its impact. First my own observations. I think it’s important when looking at this kind of data to keep in mind that your experience may, and likely will, vary. Research makes observations based on statistical compilations that may not reflect anything like our own circumstance

Life in the Marines: boot camp to discharge.

published: December, 29, 2011 Categories // Gay Men, Living with HIV, Population Specific

What does “don’t ask don’t tell” really look like in practice? Our ex-US marine, poz guy Nicholas Wise spent three years as a gay man in the military and tells all here.

With The Iraq war coming to a close and the U.S. Military coming home for the holidays, I started to think about my time in the Marine Corps and thought I would share my experience. It all started September 2nd, 1996, the day I left for boot camp.  My family took me out for a going away dinner before I had to meet the recruiter.  You see, my mom was a mess that whole day as she didn’t want me to go.  At dinner my father kept adding extra shots of tequila to her margaritas.&nb

Gay marriage 'improves health'

published: December, 28, 2011 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Health, Revolving Door, Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Legalising same-sex marriage may create a healthier environment for gay men, say US researchers.

Gay marriage 'improves health'

From BBC Online News  The number of visits by gay men to health clinics dropped significantly after same-sex unions were allowed in the state Massachusetts.This was regardless of whether the men were in a stable relationship, reported the American Journal of Public Health. A UK HIV charity said there was a clear link between happiness and health. Research has already suggested that gay men are more likely to suffer from depression and suicidal thoughts than heterosexual men, and that s

It Was a Bust

published: December, 27, 2011 Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Find out want happens when our intrepid positive dater tries to turn his friend Philip in to something more

It Was a Bust

It was a bust. Not the type of bust that gay men are oddly attracted to, but rather, my efforts to proclaim my affection for Philip.Unfortunately for me, that was not the only thing that was a bust. First: Dinner. Philip was going to be a couple minutes late to dinner on his last night in town, so I made the regrettable decision to wait for him in one of the million Starbucks in New York.  When we finally sat down for dinner at one of my favorite places to go in Hell's Kitchen, which apt

Sex and party drugs

published: December, 23, 2011 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Gay Men, Health, Sexual Health, Population Specific , John McCullagh

John McCullagh reports on a new sex-positive, drug user-positive harm reduction-based peer support group for gay and bisexual guys who use drugs and alcohol and who want to explore in depth their drug use and sexual health

Sex and party drugs

PositiveLite.com’s editor Bob Leahy recently talked with Duncan MacLaughlin, the manager of community health programs at the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT), about the evolution in promoting gay men’s health that’s moving away from focusing on our weaknesses and vulnerabilities and more towards emphasizing our resilience and strengths. This interview, which you can read here, was specifically about a new ACT initiative TheSexYouWant.ca, which goes beyond the basics to tackle mo

TheSexYouWant.ca

published: December, 22, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Health, Sexual Health, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

A new Ontario-based resource goes beyond HIV 101 to tackle the kind of sometimes difficult issues gay men are really talking about. Bob Leahy talks to one of the people behind it.

TheSexYouWant.ca

TheSexYouWant.ca - go see it - is a resource created by the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) with whom I go back aeons, in partnership with GMSH (Gay Mens Sexual Health Alliance) with whom I’ve also had more than casual contact.  I was part of the HIVStigma.com campaign that GMSH facilitated,  and I’m also a member of their poz prevention working group since its inception. ACT and GMSH worked on TheSexYouWant.ca initiative in consultation with an Advisory Comm

Make some noise

published: December, 20, 2011 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Music, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Music we like: Gavin Creel "NOISE" An Anthem for Equality

Make some noise

Thirty-fiveyear-old Gavin Creel is an American  singer, songwriter, actor and advocate for LGBT rights best known for his TonyAward nominated turns on Broadway in HAIR and Thoroughly Modern Millie..  Gavin lives in Harlem with his dog Wally. Openly gay Creel is a regular on the LGBT FamilyVacations cruise with Rosie O'Donnell.  He is also one of the founders, with Rory O'Malley and Jenny Kanelos, of Broadway Impact, an organization fighting for equality and the LBGT community.

No day like today

published: December, 19, 2011 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Part Seven of Brian the Shochusucker’s tale of an American in Japan, diagnosed with HIV. Here he starts exercising, gets good news from his doctor and goes to see a musical that packs a powerful message

 No day like today

Read  part six here. After a few weeks of taking meds, I was relieved to have no side effects to speak of. I was excited about joining the gym, to have something to do, and to get my strength back. On the first day one of the trainers gave me an orientation. She weighed me and checked my body mass and fat. She made a comment that I was a bit skinny for someone of my height.  "Ya ya ya. I know." She took me to the work out machines.  On a couple, there were two coloured sticke

The ‘My Fabulous Disease’ Holiday Spectacular!

published: December, 17, 2011 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Gay Men, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Mark S. King wanted to call this “A Very Diseased Christmas” . But it’s a lovely post, it really is. The video will move and inspire you. Mark, we love you!

The ‘My Fabulous Disease’ Holiday Spectacular!

My mother’s home here in Shreveport, Louisiana, was fraught with excitement last week. Christmas decorations littered the living room, the almond scent of cookies filled the air, and last minute phone calls and arrangements made it all feel like a major production was underway. And there was. The event that had everyone scrambling was held on a Sunday afternoon, when siblings and extended family arrived for the taping of The ‘My Fabulous Disease’ Holiday Spectacular. Now just take that

Away from home at last

published: December, 15, 2011 Categories // Gay Men, International , Living with HIV, Population Specific

Scott Foley has finally left home and a family unable to accept that’s he’s gay. In Part five of the story of his immigration to Canada and application for refugee status, he’s found a friend, but the living isn’t easy.

In part 4 of Scott’s story, which you can read here, he tells of how he’s finally allowed to leave home. He’s followed and threatened by his grandmother for leaving. His boyfriend Joe organizes a safe place for him to stay. He takes his belongings and leaves feeling torn and less than a person. While seated in the taxi on my way to the safe house that Joe arranged, I recounted the events of the last few days and I still felt at war with myself for what happened. I thought of Joe an

Gay men and the internet.. What kind of HIV prevention messages work.

published: December, 14, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder, Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Conferences, Gay Men, Events, Features and Interviews, Health, Sexual Health, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, Population Specific , Brian Finch

Simon Rosser discusses HIV Online Prevention for Gay men with Brian Finch of Positive Lite at the Ontario HIV Treatment Network 2011 Research Conference.

Gay men and the internet..  What kind of HIV prevention messages work.

Explicit or not? Simon Rosser discusses online HIV prevention programming with Brian Finch of PositiveLite.com at the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) Research Conference in Toronto, 2011.

Learning to be Positive

published: December, 13, 2011 Categories // Gay Men, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Our stories are worth their weight in gold. Our new writer Nicholas Wise from Louisville, Kentucky writes about his own journey - from coming out gay while in the Marines to finding out he was HIV-positive to coming out to his mother,

Learning to be Positive

My name is Nicholas Wise.  I was asked to write about my story and how I got here.  I am a 34 year old HIV+ gay man living in Louisville, Kentucky.  I live with the struggles of HIV every day, yet I play an active part in bringing awareness of HIV/AIDS to everyone I come into contact with. To understand why I do what I do, you must first understand what I had to overcome. I am open, honest, and proud of my HIV status.  However, this hasn’t always been the case.  Pri

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