Aging

Are you 60-plus? Have your voice heard!

published: June, 14, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Aging, Social Media, As Prevention , General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Upcoming Events, Research, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media

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Are you 60-plus? Have your voice heard!

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Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for June: as the darkness descends.

published: June, 08, 2017 Written by // Ed Wolf Categories // Social Media, Aging, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Mental Health, Ed Wolf, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Long-time activist Ed Wolf: "Trump may bring out the narrow-minded hate in other people, but he’s bringing out the best in me. See you in the streets!"

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for June: as the darkness descends.

Day 42. Follow the Witches The recount failed to stop him, the Electoral College raised our hopes, but the darkness of his presidency continues to descend. What can we do with the ache of it, the anger, the grief and the fear? Follow the witches! Go to the ocean, the plain, the mountain, a place where you can watch the sun set into the longest night. Sing to it, cry to it, whisper to it, dance before it, ask it to return to help us through the darkening paths ahead. And then watch it rise tom

It’s June 5, long term survivors day; why that matters

published: June, 05, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Aging, Activism, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy was diagnosed in 1993. Here’s why he sometimes feels left out – and why a day to honour long term survivors makes sense (although there should be more)

It’s June 5, long term survivors day; why that matters

“Let’s celebrate, honor and appreciate that they still have years to go and it is all our job to help them become the best they can be” The Long term Survivors Day website  Question: Why do we need a Long Term Survivors Day? Answer: To acknowledge people who are arguably the core of our community but who often feel left out. And yes, I’m one of them. It seems odd for me, a white privileged gay male, to express feelings of disadvantage. But increasingly it’s true. Maybe it’s a h

It takes my breath away... a few times each night!

published: May, 31, 2017 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Social Media, Aging, Gay Men, General Health, Health, Living with HIV, Media, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow: "I asked the one question I knew I had to, knowing I didn’t want to hear the answer. And I got the answer I didn’t want to hear."

It takes my breath away... a few times each night!

First I should make a short apology for absence from posting anything here on PositiveLite for a while. I have been going through some writer’s block and periods of, ‘there’s really isn’t anything to tell’. I am writing today because I think this is a significant development for me and might relate to someone else; maybe. I had a follow-up appointment with my doctor today. After reading my test results she asked if I had any other concerns and today I did. I asked the one question I

AIDS, Love and Desperation at the Louise Hay Ride

published: May, 30, 2017 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Aging, Social Media, Gay Men, International , Living with HIV, Media, Mark S. King

Mark S. King: "Her message of self-love and unconditional acceptance—of our lives and other people—resonated like a beacon to the frightened gay men of Los Angeles."

AIDS, Love and Desperation at the Louise Hay Ride

“The One You Need To Let Go Of The Most,” by Jason Fritz & Matt Momchilov, based on images from the Louise Hay Ride. The hall, an auditorium in a West Hollywood park, was filled to overflowing. Hundreds of people, nearly all of them gay men, were crushed together in folding chairs, seated on the floor, or crowded in overflow areas by the doors. I sat fidgeting in my seat, a first-timer to this event, and beside me was my brother, Richard. His lover, Emil, diagnosed with AIDS for a co

‘A near normal lifespan for people with HIV?’ For whom is this true - and who misses out?

published: May, 15, 2017 Written by // Megan DePutter Categories // Social Media, Aging, As Prevention , General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Smoking Cessation , Treatment, Megan DePutter, Opinion Pieces

Megan DePutter: "We can’t ignore these vulnerabilities that can put individuals more at risk both for acquiring HIV, getting diagnosed late, or struggling to adhere to the medication."

‘A near normal lifespan for people with HIV?’ For whom is this true - and who misses out?

Yesterday, the Lancet published a study titled ‘Survival of HIV-positive patients starting antiretroviral therapy between 1996 and 2013: a collaborative analysis of cohort studies’. This study found that ‘even in the late ART era, survival during the first three years of ART continues to improve.’ In fact, the authors found that ‘between 1996 and 2010, life expectancy in 20-year-old patients starting ART increased by about nine years in women and ten years in men.’ The authors con

Remembrance of things past

published: May, 04, 2017 Written by // Michael Yoder Categories // Social Media, Aging, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Michael Yoder

Michael Yoder: "I fear that if we don't record our past, in each community, we'll end up with a Hollywood version that misses the point..."

Remembrance of things past

"Remember, the storm is a great opportunity for the pine and the cypress to show their stability" -- Ho Chi Minh I read an article online where the number of long-term survivors who choose to commit suicide is increasing. Besides the tragedy of this in and of itself, there is a deeper loss - the loss of the living library of people who remember the "dark days" of HIV. Living in a small city, I know that there are only a few of us left who remember the people and events of our local past. Pe

Sean McKenna: Life with AIDS isn’t so damn ‘fabulous’

published: April, 25, 2017 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Social Media, Aging, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Mark S. King

Sean McKenna interviewed by Mark S. King: "I want respect and services before we die. I want services for homebound long-term survivors."

Sean McKenna: Life with AIDS isn’t so damn ‘fabulous’

Last December I attended the most moving, transcendent World AIDS Day program I have witnessed in years. That’s not saying much, of course. These evenings are usually well-meaning but maudlin, featuring tearful eulogies while we hold up candles that drip on our fingers and we revisit personal losses that I put to rest a long time ago. Okay, clearly I have issues with grief. But this event, organized by long-term AIDS survivor Sean McKenna in New York City, inspired and reawakened somethin

The growing invisible majority and what do people aging with HIV really need?

published: April, 24, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Aging, Features and Interviews, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks to Realize’s Kate Murzin about our collective response to HIV and aging – what’s working, what’s not and why that’s important to know

The growing invisible majority and what do people aging with HIV really need?

Bob Leahy: Tell me about your job, Kate.  Kate Murzin: I’m the Health Programs Specialist at Realize,, formerly the Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation, or CWGHR. My role here is focused entirely on HIV and older adults –on prevention and what makes people vulnerable to HIV who are 50 and older, but also on the lives of people who are living with HIV and aging with HIV who are older than 50. Kate, there is actually a lot of discourse about HIV and aging but I have to admit

Attending CAHR2017 as a CATIE rapporteur

published: April, 13, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Aging, Activism, Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Conferences, As Prevention , Gay Men, Youth, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Research, Women, Health, Treatment, Legal, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Rob Olver - Editor

Rob Olver reports back on #CAHR2017

Attending CAHR2017 as a CATIE rapporteur

As I prepared to attend CAHR2017 in Montreal I was elated, but a bit nervous as well. I hadn’t qualified for a community scholarship but had been accepted as a CATIE rapporteur. This meant I’d be covering the event for CATIE as well as for PositiveLite.com and then on the final day, my fellow rapporteurs and I would present a report back to the rest of the conference with a distillation of what we’d seen and heard. So yes, I had butterflies, mostly because I haven’t done much science w

Seeking decompression

published: April, 04, 2017 Written by // Dennis Battler Categories // Aging, Social Media, Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Mental Health, Health, Dennis Battler, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Dennis Battler: "My efforts in the gay community, in the self-development community and in the spiritual community occurred in a context of self-sacrifice, martyrdom and self-denial, foundational tenets of Christendom. Not this time."

Seeking decompression

Of the four options offered by online dictionary defining the word decompression, I choose #4, “• a surgical procedure that relieves excessive pressure on an internal part of the body such as the cranium or spinal cord.” The innate desire to fit in, to be accepted, welcomed and wanted remains a desire present in every person to varying degrees if we were to be honest. It is the main stay of psychoanalysis, religion, sociology, government, society, education, sports entertainment and th

B.C. researchers explore life expectancy among HIV-positive people

published: March, 30, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Aging, Social Media, Hep B and C, General Health, Mental Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Living with HIV, Media

From CATIE, Sean R. Hosein reports on studies comparing the effect of comorbidities on life expectancy in people living with HIV and those who are HIV-negative.

B.C. researchers explore life expectancy among HIV-positive people

In the 20th century, life expectancy increased in Canada and other high-income countries thanks to improvements in medicine, better living conditions and so on. These changes have led some researchers to focus on something called health-adjusted life expectancy: exploring the number of years a person can expect to live in good and bad health and taking into account age-related illness, death and disability. Among many HIV-positive people in Canada and other high-income countries there has be

Ottawa’s EnvisionForum from Bruce House highlighted major issues facing aging HIVers.

published: March, 29, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Community Events, Aging, Conferences, Events, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Conference report: Bob Leahy and the takeaway messages from Ottawa that point to an uncertain future for the aging HIV population.

Ottawa’s EnvisionForum from Bruce House highlighted major issues facing aging HIVers.

Time bomb I much enjoyed going to Ottawa last week for The Bruce House conference – they tagged it #EnvisionForum - on HIV, rehabilitation and episodic illness. An ambitious program with a welcome focus on aging, an interesting setting (the old Ottawa courthouse) and a hugely committed group of Bruce House staff and volunteers led to an engaging and thoughtful couple of days in our nation’s capital.  Rob Olver has already covered the highlights from his perspective. It’s a good read.

Music therapy

published: March, 28, 2017 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Social Media, Aging, Alternative Therapies, Gay Men, Mental Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Wayne Bristow

"There is definitely something to this," says Wayne Bristow.

Music therapy

Note to self: “Just when you tell yourself to slow down, you sign up for something more. But I have to hand it to you, this one might be good for you”. A couple of weeks ago I signed up for a workshop on ‘music therapy’. I had attended a previous session last fall and enjoyed it. I thought it might be a little hokey but it turned out to not be that bad, so I agreed to sign up if they brought it back. The workshop format started with a check in and introducing ourselves. Sitting in a

The irony of aging: the HIV/AIDS seniors conference

published: March, 27, 2017 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Aging, Social Media, Gay Men, Conferences, Upcoming Events, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Mark S. King

Mark S. King reports on the upcoming HIV/AIDS Seniors Conference in Fort Lauderdale and has his fridge raided by Nelson Vergel.

The irony of aging: the HIV/AIDS seniors conference

Thirty-two years ago this month, I received a phone call from a nurse at my doctor’s office telling me that I had tested HIV positive. We didn’t schedule a follow-up visit or begin a treatment plan, because there wasn’t a single medication approved for the virus, which had only been identified the previous year. The story of those times is achingly familiar to many of us. I lived in two-year increments, waiting for whatever illness would signal the beginning of my decline. I spent a lot

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