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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.

The little show that could

published: August, 11, 2011 Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Guest Authors

Poz Playwrite Christopher Wilson, fresh from the bonzo success of his Fringe play Living with Henry, a musical about living with HIV in 2011, shares his thoughts with us.

The little show that could

Hello PositiveLite community. Christopher Wilson here, writer/composer of the recently debuted musical, "Living With Henry". I would first like to take this opportunity to thank PositiveLite for all the promotional support and editorial coverage throughout this exciting first footing of the piece. The process these past few months was incredibly intense and extremely rewarding - and I thank PositiveLite for walking with me on this amazing journey thus far!I wanted to share some thoughts around

Joplin, Missouri: Finding Adam

published: August, 05, 2011 Categories // Guest Authors

A guest post by poz hipster, Seattle-iite Ian Awesome of Hivster.com about finding love in the most unexpected places.

Joplin, Missouri: Finding Adam

First Posted by Ian Awesome on Hivster.com July 19,2011. Ian previously contributed to PositiveLite.com here. I’m in Joplin today, writing this column in a house just a block from the devastation caused by the EF-5 tornado that struck just weeks ago, cutting a swath of destruction through the town.  I never thought I would end up in this wounded town in far-flung corner of Missouri, but I came here for very good reason. Meet Adam I first met Adam in March of 2009 in Seattle.  I h

Don't bother locking up your daughters, just lock up black men with HIV

published: August, 05, 2011 Categories // Guest Authors

Edwin Bernard, a UK expert on international criminalization issues, weighs in on the latest development in the Canadian criminalization saga, “dangerous offender" status.

Don't bother locking up your daughters, just lock up black men with HIV

This article By Edwin Bernard first appeared in the online version of POZ, here. Go to that page for a selectioin of the comments received. Edwin Bernard is a writer, editor and advocate specialising in HIV criminalization. He also writes and edits a widely read blog that reports and comments on laws, prosecutions and media reporting of criminal HIV non-disclosure, exposure and transmission cases from around the world, and which encourages and highlights advocacy against su

Common Lab Tests for HIVers and Why You May Need Them

published: July, 31, 2011 Categories // General Health, Health, Guest Authors

Don’t understand why all those vials of blood are taken, what the tests are and what the results tell your doctor - and you? This will really help.

Common Lab Tests for HIVers and Why You May Need Them

This article by D. Gregory Smith first appeared in The Blierico Project . The Bilerico Project is the web's largest LGBTQ group blog with dozens of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and genderqueer contributors.  Check ithe website out.  It's highly recommended.  HIV-infected persons have a lot to deal with. It can be hard to think about - and even harder to talk about. There's a lot to know about this disease and it can be overwhelming. Because it can be, we may

Isn't It Ironic?

published: July, 28, 2011 Categories // Guest Authors

“After all of the blame, all of the discrimination, all of the judgment, there is something quite wonderful about the prospect of PWAs bringing an end to this devastating disease.”

Isn't It Ironic?

PositiveLite says: the recent IAS Conference in Rome truly turned the spotlight on treatment as prevention as a potential  method of putting an end to the epidemic, or at least substantially reducing new infections.  But treatment  as prevention is also highly controversial.  PositiveLite has in the past published a number of posts from contributors less than enthusiastic about treatment as prevention, the most recent being here. POZ has also published pieces opposing trea

Continuing our spotlight on Pet Therapy: PositiveLite’s LA friend Kengi and pal Dodger

published: July, 27, 2011 Categories // Mental Health, Health, Pets, Guest Authors, Louis "Kengi" Carr

“Dodger is a rescue, when he came to me he was pretty beat up. He had stitches all over. He looked a bit sad too. In many ways he reminded me of myself - homeless, scared, badly broken and in need of love.”

Continuing our spotlight on Pet Therapy: PositiveLite’s LA friend Kengi and pal Dodger

I have to be completely honest and say that I almost sent Bob an email letting him know that I would not be able to write this article. The very same day he asked me to write it turned out to be the very same day I lost someone very dear to me. Someone who was the inspiration behind my Unplugging HIV outreach. Someone who was my HIV peer support, but more than this, someone who I considered my friend. The very same day I said "yes I would write this article" is the same day about 6 hours later

Philippines warns against geckos as AIDS treatment

published: July, 22, 2011 Categories // Health, Treatment, Guest Authors

Want to buy some genetly used geckos? (PositiveLIte brings you all the news that's fit to print. And then there is this.)

Philippines warns against geckos as AIDS treatment

(AP) – Jul 14, 2011  MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines warned Friday against using geckos to treat AIDS and impotence, saying the folkloric practice in parts of Asia may put patients at risk. Environmental officials have also expressed alarm about the growing trade in the wall-climbing lizards in the Philippines. An 11-ounce (300-gram) gecko reportedly sells for at least 50,000 pesos ($1,160). Geckos are reportedly exported to Malaysia, China and South Korea, where they are u

HIV infection not a death sentence, Canadian judge rules.

published: July, 19, 2011 Categories // Guest Authors

National Post reports landmark ruling that helps just a little bit in the fight against criminalization of HIV non-disclosure

HIV infection not a death sentence, Canadian judge rules.

From a National Post story of July 14, 200 , reporter Adrian Humphreys An Ottawa judge’s rejection of attempted murder charges against a man accused of knowingly transmitting HIV, saying it is no longer an “automatic death sentence,” reflects medical reality and should send a message to police and prosecutors, Canada’s AIDS experts say. Ontario Court Justice David Wake dismissed four charges of attempted murder against Steven Paul Boone on Wednesday, declaring that death from HIV is a

How I would put an end to HIV

published: July, 18, 2011 Categories // Guest Authors

Guest writer and activist Alex McClelland takes on the challenge presented by the question ”Endfing HIV by 2020 - Misssion Possible?”

How I would put an end to HIV

I was recently asked to present at the 20th CAHR Conference for the session "Ending HIV by 2020: Mission Possible?" along with Dr. Rupert Kaul, Dr. Ahmed Bayoumi ,Dr. Paty Daly and Dr. Michael O’Shaughnessy. The awesome folks at PositiveLite have asked me to turn my presentation into a blog post. So I have reworked my thoughts to present them here. I’m very happy to finally be posting on this site, as I read it all the time and love it! CAHR asked each presenter to present our thoughts on

Offerings To The Needle And My Search For Normalcy

published: July, 13, 2011 Categories // Mental Health, Guest Authors

Guest writer Ian Awesome from hivster.com in a compelling post about the power of crystal meth addiction and how he’s fighting it.

Offerings To The Needle And My Search For Normalcy

PositiveLIte says: This article first appeared in hivster.com, an "online Magazine for forward-thinking, hip/alternative men, women that are HIV+ and the people who love us.” From the hivster.com website: "hivster.com is an online magazine that strives to give voice to anyone living with or affected by HIV. We believe that living life to the fullest is essential to everyone, especially those who are HIV+. The disease is only part of one’s life and it’s important to remember the thin

Pride Toronto: Perfect Partners Match Makers & Patti Stanger's Quick Gay Dating Tip

published: July, 06, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Dating, Pride, Events, Features and Interviews, Guest Authors, Brian Finch

My travels down Church St lead me to Perfect Partners, and as a fan of the Millionaire Matchmaker, Patti Stanger, I had to stop by and ask a few questions.

Pride Toronto: Perfect Partners Match Makers & Patti Stanger's Quick Gay Dating Tip

My travels down Church St lead me to Perfect Partners, and as a fan of the Millionaire Matchmaker, Patti Stanger, I had to stop by and ask a few questions. If I were to be in the market and looking to meet someone I think I’d try their approach. But I’m not. Just when I had all but given up and pretty much figured I was on a journey for one in life, along came Miguel who surprised me in so many ways. This post however is not about me. Perfect Partners actually meets with clients, no fillin

Marching in Pride, AIDS Committee of Toronto & Toronto PWA Foundation Interviews

published: July, 05, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Pride, Events, Features and Interviews, Guest Authors, Brian Finch

What do wet t-shirts, ACT & PWA have in common? Pride!

Marching in Pride, AIDS Committee of Toronto & Toronto PWA Foundation Interviews

As with most people, I’m feeling the post-Pride fatigue from all the work leading up to, and from during the festivities. I hope everyone had a great time! Hanging out on the street wandering with my video camera looking for folks to talk to was a lot of fun. Despite the fact I lost my phone and didn’t notice this until Sunday morning, the time I needed it the most, we still managed to co-ordinate and get through the day. On the upside I got a new phone that is so much better than tha

Older HIV Drugs Accelerated Aging Effects in Muscle Cells

published: July, 04, 2011 Categories // Health, Guest Authors

Poz Magazine “People treated with some of the older versions of a class of HIV drugs known as nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs) were more likely to have signs of premature aging than people with HIV who weren’t treated with those drugs.

Older HIV Drugs Accelerated Aging Effects in Muscle Cells

The authors of this study, reported online June 26 in the journal Nature Genetics, claim that the cellular aging effects they found could help explain why some people with HIV are experiencing age-related diseases earlier than HIV-negative people.During the past decade, researchers have increasingly found that a host of diseases and conditions typically seen in the elderly are occurring in HIV-positive people at a younger age. These diseases, which range from cardiovascular disease to early bo

Pride Toronto 2011 Feature: Dianne Moore talks to PositiveLite.com about this year's Free Zone

published: June, 30, 2011 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Pride, Events, Features and Interviews, Guest Authors

Pride Toronto 2011: Free Zone, a substance-free place - oasis of calm and community, a gentle, loving and, yes, safe, green space.

Pride Toronto 2011 Feature: Dianne Moore talks to PositiveLite.com about this year's Free Zone

WE are talking to Dianne Moore, one of the organizers for the Pride Toronto 2011 substance free area called Free Zone. We here at Positivelite.com want to give a special thank you to Dianne for taking the time to share about the Free Zone during her very hectic schedule. Could you tell me about the Free Zone? Its history, why it was created, and finally where is it located?. Farzana Doctor, Rosemary Hardwick and Gord McNaughton are the three people who I regard as the founders of our Free

Guest Writer Denise Becker and the Power of Twitter

published: June, 30, 2011 Categories // Guest Authors

"This year, I realized the full power of Twitter and learned how it can be used so effectively in campaigns for social justice."

Guest Writer Denise Becker and the Power of Twitter

The Canadian campaign for access to affordable medicine in developing countries struck a note with me.  In 1994, I found out that my six month old daughter and I were infected with HIV. It was a horrific discovery, as you can imagine, and the next three months were the worst in my life. I had to watch her slowly die with no medicine that would save her. The triple cocktail was two years away and the only medicine available was AZT. Her liver, already under heavy attack by the virus, was j

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