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Thanks to CBC I'll never lick chicken off a food tray ever again.

published: February, 16, 2011 Categories // Health, Brian Finch

Thanks to CBC I'll never lick chicken off a food tray ever again.

Prior to writing this piece, I’ve been a bit paranoid about germs. Having lived through SARS in Toronto, and HINI as an asthmatic, it’s hard not to be. Over the years I’ve had the A – Z of gut infections, and no I’m not into rimming. In fact my motto generally is “you can do anything you want, just don’t kiss me on the lips after!” And yes, I use a meat thermometer. Two bits of information hve recently been disseminated through the fine work of CBC’s Marketplace, an inve

Cannabis Use and Earlier Onset of Psychosis

published: February, 15, 2011 Categories // Mental Health, Health

The HIV sector has not undertaken any long term research on the safety of marijuana use on immune functions, mental health or concurrent disorders in poz persons who smoke marijuana.

   The use of marijuana or cannabis is common amongst HIV positive persons to assist as an appetite stimulant and minimize weight lost.  Its use has been “normalized” in the HIV community, and in general marijuana use in the poz community has not caused much concern.  But the HIV sector has not undertaken any long term research on the safety of marijuana use on immune functions, mental health or concurrent disorders in poz persons who smoke marijuana. Additionally,

Hitting the Gym with HIV Fitness Expert Nelson Vergel

published: February, 08, 2011 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Food, Nutrition and Recipes, Fitness and Exercise, Features and Interviews, Health, Mark S. King

I’m as vain as the next guy. And if the next guy happens to be modest, or straight, or comfortable in his own skin, then it’s really no contest.

Hitting the Gym with HIV Fitness Expert Nelson Vergel

I’m as vain as the next guy. And if the next guy happens to be modest, or straight, or comfortable in his own skin, then it’s really no contest. I’m way more vain. Describing my vanity requires making up new words. Vainer. The vainiest. Psychovain. That must be the old Mark, because the new one is appearing in gym clothes standing next to HIV fitness and nutrition expert Nelson Vergel. There I am, all doughy and smiling, thirty pounds heavier after a year without a cigarette (how long do

Creepy Crawlers

published: February, 06, 2011 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Health, Philip Minaker

New York City is currently the number one American city in bedbug infestation as is Vancouver in Canada.

Creepy Crawlers

Getting “Crabs” is a Gay rite of passage. Remember the discomfort, paranoia and anxiety of being infested and the mad panic to get rid of those little critters? Multiply that by a few months or possibly a year and then you can imagine the trauma of having Bedbugs. Though largely eradicated in the developed world in the 1940’s, they have mysteriously returned with a vengeance. Bedbugs are appearing in Hotels, Second Hand Shops and a variety of other public institutions and public modes of

New 2011 HIV Treatment Guidelines

published: January, 31, 2011 Categories // Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Treatment

Devan Nambiar looks at recent changes in standards of care for people living with HIV

The US Dept. of Health and Humans Services updated the HIV treatment guidelines in January 2011. The review and clinical updates is conducted twice a year as science understands more of the intricacies of HART and the immune health. What has changed? 1. The guidelines state that CD4 + cells /mm3 only need to be monitored every 6 to 12 months for most HIV positive persons who are successful on HART and does not have another concomitant illness. Concomitant illness such as kidney disease, liver

My Muscles, My Disease: Portrait of a Gay Drug Addict

published: January, 25, 2011 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Mental Health, Health, Opinion Pieces, Mark S. King

"It wouldn’t be long before my drug use trumped my gym schedule, and my status in online chat rooms devolved from intriguing hottie to that crazy mess that doesn’t look like his pictures."

My Muscles, My Disease: Portrait of a Gay Drug Addict

There is a folder, tucked within a folder, buried deep in my computer files. I shouldn’t be looking at its contents, yet I can’t bring myself to delete it altogether. It is labeled MARCUS, and inside the folder is my disease. During my years of crystal meth addiction I went by the name of Marcus, at least to dealers and tricks and fellow addicts. It helped me determine who was calling my cell phone – those calling for Mark or Marcus usually had very different agendas – and Marcus even

Like sex much? (le français suit)

published: January, 22, 2011 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, Sexual Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Sex and Sexuality

CATIE is a pretty sex-positive place (tho’, fortunately, we don’t have to endure the corny disco music). We like sex, and we like it safer. We also appreciate that sex is not everyone’s cup of tea (and we’re cool with that) . .

Like sex much? (le français suit)

. . but if it is yours and you’re an HIV-positive gay man, we have three resources we want to share with you—happy ending guaranteed.  Pozitively Healthy: a gay man’s guide to sex and health in Canada Sex can be a minefield for sexually active HIV-positive gay men. This guide tackles sexual health, top to bottom. It covers the risk of passing on HIV during different sex acts, and it also has sections called “Hard-on, not hard up” and “Coming clean on butt play.” Th

The Most Effective Anti–Cholesterol Drugs

published: January, 19, 2011 Categories // General Health, Health, Treatment

Devan Nambiar tells us HIVers how to have healthy cardio-vascular systems

High cholesterol and an increase in triglyceride level (fat in the blood) is a concern for many poz folks. Cardiovascular disease is a high risk factor for HIVers too. Many factors can cause an increase in cholesterol and triglycerides, including HIV infection. High cholesterol and triglyceride levels are treated with statin drugs, such as Lipitor (atorvastatin), Pravachol ( pravastatin) and Crestor (rosuvastatin). The statin drugs help to decrease bad cholesterol (LDL), increase good choleste

Safer Sex Japanese-style

published: January, 18, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Health, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In which Bob Leahy looks at Little Taiko Boy, a classy, homo-erotic and sex-positive HIV prevention video replete with references to Christmas, Shinto mythology and Japanese gay culture. How’s that for a mash-up?

Safer Sex Japanese-style

This HIV prevention video shown below seems to be getting good reviews, particularly when compared to the NYC Public Health Authority’s scare-tactics video which nobody seems to like, that came out about the same time. This one's extremely clever, extremely well done too. I think it’s a winner. If you're puzzled by the imagery contained in it, though, as I initially was, here’s what the producers, All Out Attack Films have to say about it. "Little Taiko Boy combines Western holiday

More on The Greying of the Epidemic

published: January, 12, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Health, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In which the beyond greying Bob Leahy delves more in to what else is out there on the subject of HIV and Aging

More on The Greying of the Epidemic

Sorry for those not all that much in to the topic of HIV and aging. If I was younger, I probably wouldn’t be either. But it seems that HIV and Aging has developed in to one of THE causes of the day, which is why I write about it often here. As more and more folks join the over-fifty set and find the HIV care they need is suddenly more complicated than it used to be, I can’t see us letting up on this story. So PositiveLite will continue to give aging issues a prominent place in these column

THE UNKINDEST CUT OF ALL

published: January, 10, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Health, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In which Bob Leahy cuts to the chase and looks at circumcision and whether it still has any relevance at all to HIV transmission in gay men.

THE UNKINDEST CUT OF ALL

Boy, this is a murky topic, but I’ll do my best to wade through the last four years of facts, fiction, opinion and debate on the impact of circumcision on HIV transmission between men who have sex with men (MSM). Let’s start in 2006. That’s when large scale research studies conducted in Africa were telling us that circumcision is indeed effective in substantially reducing HIV infection rates. BUT the study referred only to heterosexual boinking. Bill Clinton jumps in to the fray at the I

All New Practical Guide to HIV Drug Treatment/Tout beau, tout nouveau, le dernier Guide pratique du traitement antirétroviral

published: January, 04, 2011 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment

All New Practical Guide to HIV Drug Treatment

All New Practical Guide to HIV Drug Treatment/Tout beau, tout nouveau, le dernier Guide pratique du traitement antirétroviral

All New Practical Guide to HIV Drug Treatment (le français suit) Happy New Year to all you readers of PositiveLite.com! May 2011 be full of health and happiness (and a good adventure or two—we all need adventures).  As Canada’s source for HIV and hepatitis C information, CATIE can certainly help you with the first one—health, so get in touch  whenever you have a question about HIV or hepatitis C. We’re starting the year with a bang as big as a firecracker: Our all new Pract

CATIE: Bedrooms and Courtrooms- (le français suit)

published: December, 29, 2010 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Legal

“There's no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation”

CATIE: Bedrooms and Courtrooms- (le français suit)

(le français suit) “There's no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation” Those famous words by Pierre Elliot Trudeau, expressing an uncharacteristically progressive attitude toward homosexuality in the 1960s, sent waves through the country. Sadly, forty years later, those words still don’t seem to extend to people living with HIV. In Canada, people living with HIV have been criminally charged, convicted and sent to prison for not disclosing their HIV status before having sex. H

The Positive Side Winter 2011 Issue – Good Readin’ for a Chilly Evenin’ - (le français suit)

published: December, 15, 2010 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health

If you don’t know about The Positive Side, CATIE’s magazine for and by people with HIV, we won’t be offended. (Well, maybe a bit, but we’re a resilient bunch and we’ll bounce right back.)

The Positive Side Winter 2011 Issue – Good Readin’ for a Chilly Evenin’ - (le français suit)

(le français suit) If you don’t know about The Positive Side, CATIE’s magazine for and by people with HIV, we won’t be offended. (Well, maybe a bit, but we’re a resilient bunch and we’ll bounce right back.) It’s our favourite little magazine full of personal stories of life with HIV and practical health information and tips. The Winter 2011 issue is now available online and for order through the CATIE Ordering Centre. (Did we mention that all our publications are free for people i

Condoms for Gay Men in the Indian Market

published: November, 30, 2010 Categories // Health, Sexual Health, International

Very soon there’ll be a reason for the gay community in Pune and Mumbai to rejoice, as specially modified gay condoms will be launched in the two cities by the first week of January, 2011

From the land of the Kamasutra comes a condom for gay/MSM/ bisexual men who want a condom with extra lube and that is made for them versus everyone. What a novel idea!. The article below is from The Pune Mirror, written by Vishakha Sharma. Very soon there’ll be a reason for the gay community in Pune and Mumbai to rejoice, as specially modified gay condoms will be launched in the two cities by the first week of January, 2011.  This new condom will be more durable and lubricated. It will

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