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Brian FInch on Empowerment Interview: Proud FM

published: June, 15, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // General Health, Features and Interviews, Health, Brian Finch

Hear my tips on getting the most out of your doctors' appointments.

Brian FInch on Empowerment Interview: Proud FM

Last week I went on Proud FM for an interview on "patient empowerment." This is just a fancy way of saying I had a chat about how to make the most out of your doctor's visit; if you are having trouble with your medications don't be afraid to do something about it.  There are so many options for HIV medications these days that for most people there is always another combination that will work for you.  People such as myself who are multi-drug resistant don't have a lot of o

LEARNING TACTICS AND STRATEGIES WITH ACT UP

published: June, 14, 2011 Categories // Community Events, Activism, Events, Health, Events

The conversation will focus on how ACT UP (the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) was effective in forcing governments and societies to change their views and responses to AIDS, and what contemporary activists can learn from this experience about how to be

LEARNING TACTICS AND STRATEGIES WITH ACT UP

23 June · 21:00 - 23:00 Location Bell Lightbox Theatre 350 King Street West Toronto, ON AN EVENING WITH ACCLAIMED LESBIAN NOVELIST, PLAYWRIGHT, AND ACTIVIST SARAH SCHULMAN IN CONVERSATION WITH NOW MAGAZINE'S BOOKS AND ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR, SUSAN G. COLE. Sarah Schulman, is co-founder of the Lesbian Avengers, the organizers of the first Dyke March, and of MIX NYC, New York's Queer Experimental Film Festival. A member of ACT UP and a principal historian of the AIDS movement, she is also an accl

Talking to Michael Vonn about patient's rights: are they going down the tube?

published: June, 14, 2011 Categories // Health, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy turns an unexpected delay in filming an interview with a feisty human rights activist about E-Health Records in to a discussion about perhaps the most contentious topic of all, treatment as prevention.

Talking to Michael Vonn about patient's rights: are they going down the tube?

I interviewed Michael Vonn last week for PositiveLite. Typically you don’t get to know interview subjects all that well. You talk a little, sit a little and then the cameras start rolling (or not – this is the digital age after all) and afterwards you part ways. But due to a glitch that occurred that morning because our camera-man was nowhere to be found, I had a chance to talk with Vonn for some time. What an interesting woman she is! I think the filmed interview we eventually did wi

The Positive Side celebrates 10 years! - le français suit

published: June, 12, 2011 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

Vision positive fête ses 10 ans! - le français suit. Latest issue is hot hot hot! Celebrating 10 years.

The Positive Side celebrates 10 years! - le français suit

The latest issue of The Positive Side is hot, hot, hot—just like our summer will hopefully be. In this issue we celebrate our 10-year anniversary by catching up with the HIV-positive people who have appeared on the cover over the past decade. The stories of where life has taken them are varied and surprising. Truly a slice of life with HIV. We also take a look at living with HIV outside of Canada's largest cities in "Small-Town Life."  Other articles in the issue look at bone heal

Ron Shore talks about new ways of understanding the HIV risk of people using injection drugs

published: June, 09, 2011 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // Events, Features and Interviews, Health, Ontario HIV Treatment Network

Our continues interview series from the 2010 OHTN Research Conference

Ron Shore talks about new ways of understanding the HIV risk of people using injection drugs

Brian Finch of PositiveLite.com talks to Ron Shore, the director of Urban Health and Research of Kingston Community Health Centres. Ron works directly with injection drug users and advocates for a more thorough investigation into the reasons why people use injection drugs. Ron was a presenter at the 2010 OHTN Research Conference. For more information the OHTN please visit their website.

Crossroads

published: June, 06, 2011 Categories // Health

Rob Newman in a brutally honest piece about the love he has for his work, his addiction – smoking – and the role both play in his life.

I am a self confessed workaholic; I love my job and everything and everyone about it. Recently a policy regarding not working while you’re sick circulated through the office and I must confess that I took it personally. I am usually not the type of person to see, hear, or read about something and right away think it has anything to directly do with me; but in this case I was convinced that this policy came about because of me. When I am at work, I work. When I am at home, I work. In writing

Heroes Week: Can I blame gay culture for my drug addiction, please?

published: June, 04, 2011 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Gay Men, Mental Health, Health, Mark S. King

Mark S King: after a lifetime of sporadic, recreational drug use, I became a full-blown crystal meth addict ten years ago, and then eventually got clean and sober in January of 2009. But why would I, or anyone as engaged in life as I was . .

Heroes Week: Can I blame gay culture for my drug addiction, please?

 . . . . morph in to a drug addict? It seemed an unlikely turn of events for a gay advocate and outspoken community leader living with HIV. Was my drug addiction some sort of post-traumatic stress from the AIDS horror show of the 1980’s? Maybe it pre-dated AIDS, and resulted from the stress and shame of growing up gay. It’s easy to understand why anyone who came of age believing they were perverted (and going straight to hell) might need a stiff drink. Research indicates that gay men

Good news (I think) for relieving that hurting feeling from peripheral neuropathy- affected feet

published: June, 01, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Health, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy checks out Dr Scholl’s Foot Mapping Technology and Custom Fit Orthotic Inserts

Good news (I think) for relieving that hurting feeling from peripheral neuropathy- affected feet

So regular readers will know my feet are a mess, the product of peripheral neuropathy caused perhaps by the prescribed drugs I take or have taken, perhaps by HIV itself. I’ve recounted here more than once how this side-effect induced pain in the feet has advanced so that it's hard to get it under control. Firstly my healthcare team has withdrawn Truvada from my five-drug combo and secondly they have added Gabapentin to the mix. For my part, I have invested in New Balance

Harm reduction, idealist outrage, an Xtra article & my two cents: barebacking galore.

published: June, 01, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Health, Opinion Pieces, Brian Finch

The article is now published on Xtra.ca and most likely in the next print issue. At first I thought, “Oh lord, what mine field am I going to be walking into now?”

Harm reduction, idealist outrage, an Xtra article & my two cents: barebacking galore.

The other day I got an unexpected message to comment on the AIDS Committee of Toronto’s (ACT) harm reduction insert with their condom packages called the “Pig Pac” Here is what it said: It’s your choice! We believe that sex is a spectrum of possibilities. From pig sex to vanilla sex. Bareback to wrapped. We’ve got information and sex positive tips to make your choices safer and more rewarding. The article is now published on Xtra.ca and most likely in the next print issue.  At f

HIV prescribing in the UK needs to be more cost-effective. Apparently... (BHIVA Guidelines)

published: May, 31, 2011 Categories // Health

I was disturbed to read in The Rx Coles notes last week of new UK guidelines for HIV prescribing in London, cobbled together in order to ‘save money’.

Despite all the penny pinching going on in the UK lately, our Prime Minister recently splashed out nearly £700k of tax payer’s money on refurbishments to Downing Street. However, whilst he is languishing in luxury, the rest of us are getting shafted left, right and centre. I was disturbed to read in The Rx Coles notes last week of new UK guidelines for HIV prescribing in London, cobbled together in order to ‘save money’. My concerns mirror those held by Brian Finch. Primarily, I worry t

Patrick Truong discusses the benefits of involving people with HIV in HIV research

published: May, 31, 2011 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research, Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Events, Features and Interviews, Health, Ontario HIV Treatment Network

More rapid interviews from the OHTN Research Conference 2011, this time I speak to Patrick Truong.

Patrick Truong discusses the benefits of involving people with HIV in HIV research

Brian Finch of PositiveLite.com speaks with Patrick Truong about the benefits of involvement of people with HIV in HIV research. Patrick was involved in a peer-mentoring project that provided skills training for South Asian men living with HIV. Since the project completed, most of the participants have found employment.Patrick was a presenter at the 2010 Ontario HIV Treatment Network Research Conference in Toronto

Of Truvada, Neuropathy and the state of Health Care in Canada today.

published: May, 30, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Health, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy continues the saga of his ouchy feet, with stops on the way for talking about drug regimes. proactive doctors and a report card on how the health care system treats this particular HIVer.

Of Truvada, Neuropathy and the state of Health Care in Canada today.

Something very unusual happened to me yesterday. I got a phone call out of the blue from Dr No-Bedside-Manner’s office. (Attentive readers will remember me writing about my experience with Dr NBM here. ) He's my HIV specialist at the Toronto Positive Care Clinic that looks after me. Actually it was earnest young pharmacist (EYP) placing the call – he works with Dr NBM and had been talking to him - with a suggestion that I drop Truvada from my regime. The reason? It’s potentially contribu

Revving up for summer (Le Français suit)

published: May, 27, 2011 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

Tips and tricks on nutrition, exercise and relaxing to get you into that summer groove! - le français suit

Revving up for summer (Le Français suit)

Spring looks as if it might finally be making an appearance after the sogginess that has been affecting many parts of the country, and with it many of us feel the urge to get out and get active. We don't all have to complete an Ironman triathlon, as HIV-positive Joseph van Veen did when he turned 40, but as we start moving and shaking, let's talk about some of the different things a person with HIV should know. Nutrition Nutrition is fuel for your body as you rev up for summer fun, but it is

The Rx Coles Notes: The FDA approves Incivek for treatment of Hepatitis C

published: May, 27, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Health

The FDA approves Incivek for treatment of Hepatitis C: New Treatment doubles cure rates for 80,000 Bay area residents living with the disease.

The Rx Coles Notes: The FDA approves Incivek for treatment of Hepatitis C: New Treatment doubles cure rates for 80,000 Bay-area residents living with the disease. The take home messages: Incivek is an oral (pill form) treatment for Hepatitis C, a virus causing disease in the liver. It is a blood-born virus much in the same way HIV is, but much more easy to transmit in blood-to-blood contact.   One of the most common routes of transmission, but not the only one, is through sharing nee

Money and Your Health

published: May, 27, 2011 Categories // Finances, Health

Something we seldom discuss:Devan Nambiar introducess Financial Advisor Mark Sampson, who talks about the connection between heath and personal finances, and how you can work on improving both.

When we talk of health in the HIV community, seldom do we think of financial health. What is our financial health? Are we living day to day on credit? Is the bank account often in the red zone? I have presented at many HIV workshops on food security and I hear over and over again of people living with HIV struggling to get by on their fixed income and/or long term disability income. While AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs) have limited financial resources to assist, many HIVers end up fending f

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