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Getting your colours done. Which season are you?

published: August, 05, 2010 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Health, Brian Finch

I wrote this for Poziam, a social networking site for folks who are, well you know. Some of it maybe repetitive. I hadn't posted my colour assssement from the conference. I really wanted to post while on the road from my Vienna/Budapest/Bratislava trip. My laptop had other plans for me as it chugged along at an ever-slowing pace. For me to accomplish one post with mostly photos it took me sometimes over an hour.After that frustration I was toast.My goal while at the AIDS 2010 conference was to

Reflections of the Poz Cruise

published: June, 14, 2010 Categories // Health, Travel

As summer approaches, the Poz Cruise seems eons ago. It was only over a month ago in May, and yet the sweet memories linger on.

As summer approaches, the Poz Cruise seems eons ago. It was only over a month ago in May, and yet the sweet memories linger on. As it was my first virgin cruise, it was anticipated with much excitement. I was going with my pal Kent and my goal was to take it easy, which is what I exactly did. We boarded our flight to LA and little did we know the excitement was just about to start. I was sitting with a lovely young woman who was traveling with her mom to Las Vegas for Mother Day. As the last

Lubricants may increase risk of contracting STIs

published: June, 19, 2010 Categories // Health, Sex and Sexuality

For over 30 years we have heard over and over the importance of using lubricants to minimize trauma to the delicate tissues of the rectum when having insertive anal sex.

For over 30 years we have heard over and over the importance of using lubricants to minimize trauma to the delicate tissues of the rectum when having insertive anal sex. Women who do not have sufficient lubrication are encouraged to use lubricants to minimize trauma to the cells lining the vaginal walls and also when having anal sex. Safer sex workers are out there like busy bees doling out good advice to MSM – wear a condom, use lots of lube before anal sex. All that may be changing soon

Football Fever

published: July, 07, 2010 Categories // Health

As the football fever rages on, I recall my growing years in Asia when I played football at school. Hard to believe as it may, we 10 to 15 years old boys...

As the football fever rages on, I recall my growing years in Asia when I played football at school. Hard to believe as it may, we 10 to 15 years old boys were out there chasing a ball in exactly the same humidity and heat wave as we have in Toronto. We met around 4.30 pm and played till 6.30 pm –leaving wet and soaked with sweat. We indulged in the game, running across the field, referee blowing his whistle, we boys chasing the ball, diverting and hoping to score a kick into the net. I enj

Dreaming the Impossible – a HIV Cure Is Closer Than Many Think

published: July, 17, 2010 Categories // Health, Treatment

A cure really? For many of us the idea of a cure for HIV/AIDS sounds so foreign –like it is only possible in a different galaxy or a different lifetime.

A cure really? For many of us the idea of a cure for HIV/AIDS sounds so foreign –like it is only possible in a different galaxy or a different lifetime. For the past 14 years since 1996, the birth of HAART, HART or ART –however one chooses to call it, we have been sold the idea that HAART is as good as it gets. New drugs are often the reinvention of another drug, with similar crappy side effects and a few novel drugs have made it to the market. Millions of people are employed in the bu

Micronutrients for Living Well with HIV –Part 1 of 3

published: July, 31, 2010 Categories // Alternative Therapies, Health, Treatment, Vitamins - Supplements

I have been recently presenting workshops on HIV and nutrition. What I have come to understand and acknowledge over the 15 years of speaking on nutrition...

I have been recently presenting workshops on HIV and nutrition. What I have come to understand and acknowledge over the 15 years of speaking on nutrition, many poz persons have not fully integrated nutrition as part of their health regimen. Unfortunately, many staff and volunteers at ASOs/NGOs in Canada or across then world, who work in treatment or outreach with PHAS have minimal knowledge of impact of nutrition on immune system.   As the Vienna Conference is over, with not a single w

Sheltered

published: June, 19, 2010 Categories // Health

I don't expect us all to have a common position on the issues of the day, and I am seldom disappointed on this front. Two of my siblings don't get the idea behind harm reduction and sound a bit like our Prime Minister...

Sheltered

On my recent visit to BC, apart from the official business of the family gathering, I had plenty of time to spend with my Dad and my siblings. I don't expect us all to have a common position on the issues of the day, and I am seldom disappointed on this front. Two of my siblings don't get the idea behind harm reduction and sound a bit like our Prime Minister when talking about needle exchanges or supervised injection sites, despite not being on his page on numerous other issues. The thing that

The POZ Vernacular

published: April, 24, 2010 Categories // Health

As a self-professed wordsmith, I have always been fascinated by words, by language and by how and why we communicate with one another as we do.

As a self-professed wordsmith, I have always been fascinated by words, by language and by how and why we communicate with one another as we do. As such, a rather mundane posting on Facebook the other day got me thinking about how and why gay men (in particular) use the words they do and why so many of us tend to speak in certain terms. Now it should come as no surprise that the drawing of parallels between straight women and gay men abound, but it seems to me that there’s more to this tha

The Shackles of HIV Infection...fact or fiction...???

published: August, 06, 2010 Categories // Health, Living with HIV

Of late, I have been struggling (no grappling) with the extent of control I have over my life. As I noted in an earlier post, my of this reflection has been the result of some major changes in my life.

Of late, I have been struggling (no grappling) with the extent of control I have over my life. As I noted in an earlier post, my of this reflection has been the result of some major changes in my life. And, I admit, my default mode has been to look to my HIV status as some means to account for -- if not find solace in -- my feelings of powerlessness. After all, I am no longer twenty-five, I am no longer new to world of employment and I'm certainly not as well-established as I might have expect

IAS-USA 2010 Treatment Guidelines Pt 1. A chat with Melanie A. Thompson, MD. in Vienna

published: July, 19, 2010 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // CATIE, Health, Brian Finch

Setting forth on my quest to find out the latest and greatest from HIV medical establishment on treatment guidelines, I couldn’t think of a better person to speak to than Melanie Thompson…

Setting forth on my quest to find out the latest and greatest from HIV medical establishment on treatment guidelines, I couldn’t think of a better person to speak to than Melanie Thompson, the chair of the AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta and chair of the International AIDS Society-USA Antiretroviral Therapy Guidelines Panel, who took part in my lunch session on when to start therapy, an the IAS guidelines. After the panel discussion, Melanie was kind enough, foot in cast, to take a few

Playing the HIV Waiting Game

published: July, 02, 2010 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Health, Guest Authors

People who are HIV positive have had a long history of playing the HIV ‘waiting game'

People who are HIV positive have had a long history of playing the HIV ‘waiting game’ When HIV was first discovered, we all waited for treatment.  We waited for medications, anything that would help stop the virus from killing us. We waited for doctors who were willing to see us; in the beginning very few were. Some of us waited for death; wanting it to come quickly and rid us of our pain. We waited for our government to respond to the crisis; we waited a long time. We waited for co

Employment Change and Health Outcomes in HIV/AIDS (ECHO)

published: August, 05, 2010 Categories // Health, Guest Authors

Thanks to improved medical care and better HIV medications, today many people with HIV are living longer and healthier lives.

[note from editor - I've included this as a guest post, written by the Ontario HIV Treatment Network, whose important study needs to get out there. If you fit the bill and are able to participate, please do!] Thanks to improved medical care and better HIV medications, today many people with HIV are living longer and healthier lives. Many of us are employed or seeking meaningful employment. In doing so, we face challenges associated with living with HIV and finding jobs and workplaces that me

OU+Doorsmen Hike

published: August, 03, 2010 Categories // Health, Events

OU+Doorsmen Hike HOW to PREPARE: wear light- clothing and sturdy hiking shoes with treads. Bring sunscreen and hat to protect against sun. Bring plenty of water or Gatorade, a healthy lunch and snacks to re-fuel.

OU+Doorsmen HikeHOW to PREPARE:  wear light clothing and sturdy hiking shoes with treads. Bring sunscreen and hat to protect against sun (top is full sun) Bring plenty of water or Gatorade (at least 2 litres), a healthy lunch and snacks to re-fuel.We will leave Vancouver at ~ 9:00am and hope to be on the trail for 10:00am. We should have completed the hike by 4:30pm (6.5 hrs).If interested, e-mail  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to vi

North American Housing and HIV/AIDS Research Summit V

published: June, 07, 2010 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Health, Brian Finch

I quickly stop by the North American Housing and HIV/AIDS Research Summit V: Evidence into Action: Housing is HIV Prevention and Care that ran June 2nd to June 4th, here in Toronto, a collaboration between The National AIDS Housing Coalition...

North American Housing and HIV/AIDS Research Summit V

Last week I had the opportunity to quickly stop by the North American Housing and HIV/AIDS Research Summit V: Evidence into Action: Housing is HIV Prevention and Care that ran June 2nd to June 4th, here in Toronto, a collaboration between The National AIDS Housing Coalition, and the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN), in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Bob Leahy of PositiveLite.com’s Green Acres attended the entire summit. You can follow his post her

The Bliss of a Lightening Storm: IAS 2010

published: July, 16, 2010 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Events, Health, Brian Finch

Sitting in my dark living room I communed with the sound of the rain while I watched the thunderous lightening flashes light up to 15-foot ceiling room.

Sitting in my dark living room I communed with the sound of the rain while I watched the thunderous lightening flashes light up to 15-foot ceiling room. This, was by all accounts, one of the simplest, yet memorable moments for me.  It is a rare moment for me to not have sound going on from somewhere. And in moments like this, it seems that all the aspects of being in Europe come together for a moment that was felt on a level more profound than walking around looking at the architecture.

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