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The Revolving Door is the place where we publish occasional articles by guest writers. If you would like to submit an article for publication, please contact editor Bob Leahy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Underwear………it’s what you have in them that counts

published: April, 11, 2011 Categories // Guest Authors

Guest blogger Wayne Bristow tips his fedora to another endeavour that raises awareness around safer sex.

Underwear………it’s what you have in them that counts

The passion heats up and the clothes come of. This is it. It’s time. Then he says, "oh, my condoms are in my pants, hang on a sec." You lay there waiting while he checks one pocket, then the other and the moments seem more like minutes and finally he has it and is fumbling to open it. Has this ever happened to you? Then there are the times when you have to stop to dig into a drawer on the night stand and get everything out. What if they had underwear with a secret pocket that would hold your

Vauxhall by Daylight: Sex and Drugs, no Rock 'n Roll

published: April, 08, 2011 Categories // Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

U.K. Guest writer Viral Load Warrior turns the spotlight on London’s alternative gay village, the sex and drugs scene it has become known for – and the consequences.

‘Vauxhall by daylight! A porter-pot without porter! The House of Commons without the Speaker, a gas-lamp without the gas—poo, nonsense, the thing was not to be thought of’ Charles Dickens, Vauxhall Gardens by Day Vauxhall is nestled near the Thames in South London. The area is nothing special to look at, consisting of a transport hub, sprawling roads, disused railway arches, businesses and warehouses. At night, however, Vauxhall becomes an entirely different place. In the above quote, Di

Fighting Hep C in the Waterloo Region of Ontario and beyond.

published: March, 30, 2011 Categories // Health, Guest Authors

Guest writer, AIDS Committe of Guelph volunteer Wayne Bristow has, like many HIVers, become a workshop regular . When he feels that something is working well, he says it deserves a shout-out.

Fighting Hep C in the Waterloo Region of Ontario and beyond.

by Wayne Bristrow - March 30, 2011 Last week, I attended a workshop on Hepatitis C in Waterloo Region put on by ACCKWA (AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener-Waterloo and Area) and the Sanguen Health Centre.  Brendan McCallum, the Hep C Worker for ACCKWA. delivered his Hep C 101 course. Leah Boelhouwer from Toronto Public Works did a presentation on Harm Reduction Initiatives and Dr. Chris Steingart, Medical Director of the Sanguen Health Centre, spoke on Expanded Hepatitis C Support &am

The Treatment Coles Notes: This combination therapy is not looking good for those with high viral loads. - Updated March 17, 2011

published: March, 17, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Health, Guest Authors

Nuke-sparing combination doesn't work well with high viral load. Read more for the simple facts.

The Treatment Coles Notes: This combination therapy is not looking  good for those with high viral loads. - Updated March 17, 2011

Treatment Info: The Coles Notes Edition Source: NATAP People who began a first-line nucleoside-free regimen of darunavir/ritonavir plus raltegravir with a viral load above 100,000 copies ran a higher risk of virologic failure and raltegravir resistance than if they started with a lower viral load [1]. At week 48 of this single-arm study by the AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG), one quarter of study participants had protocol-defined virologic failure, a rate  higher than those seen with fi

Bill C-393 - to provide generic life-saving HIV medications is jeopardy! What can you do? (le français suit) Updated March 17, 2011

published: March, 17, 2011 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Events, Guest Authors

We have come so far with the support from people like YOU. This is the final push to ensure that Bill C-393 becomes law – but time is running out. Le français suit

Bill C-393 - to provide generic life-saving HIV medications is jeopardy! What can you do? (le français suit) Updated March 17, 2011

(Voir plus bas pour le français.) ** PLEASE CIRCULATE WIDELY **Bill C-393 (the bill to provide production of generic HIV medications to developping countries) is currently before the Senate and is first scheduled for debate on Monday, March 21st. With the threat of election looming, Bill C-393 runs the risk of dying in the Senate if our Senators do not pass it before the Governor General declares an election. The Senate can pass this humanitarian bill within a matter of days – but only if t

BC Persons With AIDS Society changes its name to Positive Living BC - Updated March 16, 2011

published: March, 16, 2011 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Guest Authors

HIV-positive British Columbians mark a new era for their community

BC Persons With AIDS Society changes its name to Positive Living BC - Updated March 16, 2011

VANCOUVER, BC—HIV-positive British Columbians redefined their collective identity today by officially renaming Western Canada’s largest HIV/AIDS* organization “Positive Living Society of British Columbia (Positive Living BC)”. Most recently known as “British Columbia Persons With AIDS Society (BCPWA)”, Positive Living BC will build on the Society’s 25-year history of empowering persons living with HIV/AIDS through mutual support and collective action—but for the first time, the

National Aboriginal Youth Council on HIV/AIDS Youth (NAYCHA) Research Statement.

published: March, 15, 2011 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Guest Authors

This direction is a result of “Aboriginal Youth Doing Research” session at Wise Practices III in Halifax, NS, March 9, 2011 YOUTH IN RESEARCH = PART OF THE SOLUTION

National Aboriginal Youth Council on HIV/AIDS Youth (NAYCHA) Research Statement.

YOUTH IN RESEARCH = PART OF THE SOLUTIONThe National Aboriginal Youth Council on HIV & AIDS offers the following guidelines : Aboriginal Youth want to be actively leading research, not just being the subjects Aboriginal Youth ask that the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) offer experiences to participate in research projects, research committees, and community based journals Aboriginal Youth ask to be involved in International Indigenous HIV and AIDS initiatives CAAN spotlight

Just Because: a tribute to Kylie

published: March, 14, 2011 Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Guest Authors

The (Shirtless) Boys of Randy Blue in a Tribute to Kylie

  Not sure if there is any point to this post other than the chance to ogle a bunch of cuties with their shirts off. Come to think of it, that's as good a reason as any, no?

Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" Battles HIV

published: February, 25, 2011 Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Guest Authors

An edited version of an article first appearing on ww.poz.com on February 18, 2010 by Trenton Straube, Copy Editor, POZ. Because we are devoid of original thought, we shamelessly reproduce it here. For the entire article go to www.poz.com

Lady Gaga's latest hit single "Born This Way" must be the most overtly pro-gay song to perch atop the Billboard Hot 100, where it currently waves like a rainbow flag on a Pride float. (You can read the lyrics at the end of this post). Though her message to love and express yourself has been labelled a "gay anthem" linked to LGBT causes -- for example, to counter gay teen suicides--Gaga's empowering dance track also does double duty as a battle cry against HIV/AIDS. How? Simply put, LGBT people

Favourite YouTube Video of all time

published: February, 23, 2011 Categories // Guest Authors

It’s that Prison Shower Scene that’s been around forever, but we STILL love it.

Favourite YouTube Video of all time

Lordy!  So many to choose from.  But here's my personal fave. Robbing unashamedly from both gay porn and every prison drama you’ve ever seen, it plays off all the stereotypes, yet the ending is always a kicker, however many times you’ve seen it.  It's also beautifully filmed, with a near-perfect musical score. Men in the Shower.  It defines oldie but goodie. It’s 1:03 minutes of perfection. THe TV commercial titled JAIL was done for Stocker Jeans (brand Texm

What Do the Public Think of Us?

published: February, 22, 2011 Categories // Guest Authors

Have public attitudes to HIV/AIDS changed? Two recent surveys and a TV spot on the way people living with HIV are perceived today say yes

What Do the Public Think of Us?

First off, we have a neat little 7:40 spot from last week's ABC New series What Would You Do? It’s a set up designed to test the reaction of patrons of a restaurant in New Jersey on discovering that they have an HIV-positive diner in their midst. The concept for this segment was actually submitted to ABC by Vickie Lynn, a past contributor to PositiveLite.com’s revolving doors column. ABC won't let me embed the video but the link is here. You need to understand the setup: the

Valentines Love Notes by D. George

published: February, 13, 2011 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Guest Authors

What became of the seemingly carefree joy, reveling laughter, blissfully amorous kisses at the stroke of midnight only 6 weeks earlier?

Let’s play Jeopardy!  Answer: A score of zero in tennis.  Question: What is love? If only it were that simple, right?  Days of Auld Lange Syne barely forgotten and Baby New Year is already confronted with what appears to be somebody’s cruelly calculated idea to schedule a holiday causing many to grapple with self-analysis on the scales of life’s love meter.  What became of the seemingly carefree joy, reveling laughter, blissfully amorous kisses at the stroke of midnig

InSite - where the legal woes of Vancouver's safe injection site seem to have ended

published: February, 05, 2011 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Guest Authors

PositiveLite looks back at a documentary on the famous Vancouver safe injection site and checks up on where the facility's legal issues stand now.

InSite - where the legal woes of Vancouver's safe injection site seem to have ended

In case you missed it first time around as I had, Vancouver’s InSite is the subject of a really excellent 2009 CBC documentary. A ten-minute excerpt appears at the bottom of this post.  Alternatively you can go to the CBC website – alas they don’t allow embedding – for the full 40-minute version.   We haven’t heard too much about InSite lately. Is no news good news? Perhaps, I thought, the silence was because arch-foe and all-round doofus Tony Clement (famous for annou

Worried about your sexual orientation. Think you might be gay?

published: February, 03, 2011 Categories // Guest Authors, Sex and Sexuality

Take this simple test . . .

Worried about your sexual orientation.  Think you might be gay?

           

- New Dawn … Thinking (and Feeling) Outside the Box of HIV –

published: January, 05, 2011 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Guest Authors

At the intriguing suggestion of a friend, I recently took the Meyers–Briggs personality test. My score revealed that I’m basically...

- New Dawn … Thinking (and Feeling) Outside the Box of HIV – by D.S. George At the intriguing suggestion of a friend, I recently took the Meyers–Briggs personality test.  My score revealed that I’m basically Introverted rather than Extroverted, Intuitive rather than Sensing, Feeling rather than Thinking, Judging rather than Perceiving.  “Is this a good thing?” I thought to myself.  I don’t mind the Introverted and Intuitive parts.  But, Feeling instead of Thin

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