Aging

Famed activist Ed Wolf is back on PositiveLite.com with his journal of the Trump years

published: January, 03, 2017 Written by // Ed Wolf Categories // Social Media, Aging, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, International , Ed Wolf, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

On the morning of November 9, 2016, after the US election, Ed began a “Journal of the Trump Years,” portions of which are reproduced here.

 Famed activist Ed Wolf is back on PositiveLite.com with his journal of the Trump years

November 8th The Election Unfolds As the night wears on, it’s becoming clear that Hillary Clinton has lost and Donald Trump has done the seemingly impossible. I’m remembering the darkest days of the AIDS epidemic and how we responded then, when all seemed lost. We’ve been through dark nights of the soul before and experienced painful realities that shattered our illusions. We’ve all lost and know what it feels like to be afraid and disappointed and angry. We also know what it’s like

My year end reflection: Just leave, 2016, enough!

published: December, 21, 2016 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Social Media, Aging, Gay Men, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow reflects on a difficult medication change, on how hard it can be to forgive people and the necessity and virtue of self care.

My year end reflection: Just leave, 2016, enough!

I see many people on social media talking about 2016 being the worst of years for them. There were times I praised it because there were many good things that happened for me. But the last month or so I’ve been confronted with some not so good things that have surfaced to the top of the attention pile. My pros and cons list has equaled itself out. In my last posting I spoke of my upcoming doctor’s appointment and how I wasn’t going to overthink things or see things that weren’t really

Long term survivors speak out: The Graying of AIDS interviews Bob Leahy

published: December, 08, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, Aging, Gay Men, Photography, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

PositiveLite.com's Bob Leahy shares his thoughts with The Graying of AIDS, a project which documents the lives of those aging with HIV in words and pictures, about what surviving the plague years feels like and what older HIVers bring to the table.

Long term survivors speak out: The Graying of AIDS interviews Bob Leahy

While in Durban at the International AIDS Conference this past summer. I stopped at a booth in the Global Village. A series of stunning black and white images caught my eye. The booth was the work of The Graying of AIDS http://www.grayingofaids.org/ the photos by Katja Heinemann the Project Co-Director (above)  and a visual journalist. Later I sat down with the project’s Naomi Schegloff for an hour-long interview. I came back later and my portrait, seen here, was part of the exhibit.. Won

My 30th anniversary with HIV, my 55th birthday and my epiphany with Ursula

published: November, 29, 2016 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Aging, Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Félix Garmendía

NYC guy Félix Garmendía says, "Sometimes, we have to learn to let go of circumstances in life that are tying us down or causing us stress."

My 30th anniversary with HIV, my 55th birthday and my epiphany with Ursula

I saw her for the first time a few months ago. “Ursula” was to become a faithful companion and friend – who happens to be a plant. At the beginning I was confused as to whether it was a Corn plant or a Yucca plant but after posting pictures of Ursula on Facebook my friends and I concluded that Ursula was in fact a Yucca plant. I then hit the internet to learn how to care for my new found friend. All the tips emphasized that over-watering is the biggest mistake regarding Yucca plants so

Wayne Bristow: it can't be HIV 24/7

published: November, 25, 2016 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Art, Aging, Social Media, Conferences, Gay Men, General Health, Mental Health, Photography, Living with HIV, Wayne Bristow

But self care can be hard to come by when those around you are unsupportive, as Wayne relates.

Wayne Bristow: it can't be HIV 24/7

I know it’s been a while since my last blog. I have shared my story, all of it, I think. My health has been good but I have a total physical to pass next week so that I can keep my bragging rights. I wanted to write about attending the first part of the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) End Game conference last month but I’m still trying to digest the new research findings for aging with HIV. I used to look at aging from the side of possibly going into the healthcare system, in a facil

Thought for the day. Do HIV and aging lead to extreme crankiness?

published: November, 02, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Aging, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Thought for the day. Do HIV and aging lead to extreme crankiness? That’s one theory of our editor Bob Leahy, trying to figure out why he’s gradually becoming the proverbial cranky old man, with HIV along for the ride.

Thought for the day. Do HIV and aging lead to extreme crankiness?

Am I turning into a curmudgeon? (Dictionary definition for all those out there who don’t read: “a person, especially an old man, who is easily annoyed or angered and who often complains?)  They say our character is partly the product of our life experience, partly genetic, partly upbringing. But if you are approaching curmudgeonary (curmudgeonhood?) how much of it is shaped by HIV? Does the virus infiltrate not only our body but our minds, turning us sweet and patient things, there to gi

Three vignettes from the past with lessons for the future

published: October, 27, 2016 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Aging, Social Media, Gay Men, International , Travel, Opinion Pieces, Félix Garmendía

Félix Garmendía shares three stories from different parts of his life, each of which taught him something

Three vignettes from the past with lessons for the future

Anthony I worked as an art teacher in the public school system of NYC for fifteen years. Thousands of children crossed my path. I have many pleasant memories or let’s say, I choose to remember the pleasant ones. For my last ten years or so, I worked in East Harlem, NY. It was an impoverished community and the children were for the most part African-American and Latino. Today for some reason I was thinking about one of those students. His name was Anthony and he was a very special child. I

From the front lines: living long with HIV

published: October, 25, 2016 Categories // Social Media, Aging, CATIE, General Health, Mental Health, Sexual Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

CATIE's Positive Side reports on four specialized services for older people living with HIV.

From the front lines: living long with HIV

Thanks to effective treatment, far more people with HIV are living into their 60s, 70s and beyond. So all that talk you hear of an “aging population” also applies to HIV. In fact, UNAIDS estimates that roughly one-third of HIV-positive adults in high-income countries are 50 years and older. A growing number of agencies across the country are stepping up to offer services that meet the needs of people who are aging with HIV. Here are just a few: Workshop Series: Planning for the Long Term

Another year on and still finding my way.

published: October, 25, 2016 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Social Media, Activism, Aging, Gay Men, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Sexual Health, Smoking Cessation , Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Rob Olver - Editor

In which Peterborough poz guy Robert Olver bangs on about his second year post-HIV diagnosis.

Another year on and still finding my way.

“It may be hard for some to understand, but far from feeling like a victim, I feel blessed. Sure, I would rather there was no such thing as HIV but there is and one day I contracted it. That's mine. It's a part of my life and it informs my life in ways that I love. From adversity, opportunity.” Those words come from a column I wrote some time ago about the first anniversary of my HIV diagnosis and the reasons why I found it something to celebrate and not to mourn. I find it a bit hard to

Home base or jail cell?

published: October, 04, 2016 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Aging, Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Félix Garmendía

Our NYC guy,Félix Garmendía tells of the social isolation that often comes with disabilities and of what he did to beat that isolation back.

Home base or jail cell?

Isolation is a very common problem for a disabled person. Our lives changed forever the day we became disabled. Although I’ve been disabled for years, a turning point occurred when I became 100% wheelchair bound about four years ago. I have a progressive, degenerative neuromuscular condition called “Inclusion Body Myositis.” which primarily involves gradual destruction of the muscles in my arms and legs. Four years ago, I had a bad fall that rendered me unconscious and I ended up in the

From CWGHR to realize: Bob Leahy talks to Tammy Yates

published: October, 04, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Aging, Community Events, Features and Interviews, Health, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

When Canada’s national organization concerned with HIV and rehabilitation issues changes its name, what’s behind it? Editor Bob Leahy talks to realize (formerly CWGHR) Executive Director Tammy Yates to get the straight goods

From CWGHR to realize: Bob Leahy talks to Tammy Yates

Bob Leahy: Hi Tammy. I’m going to first ask you the obvious question: why the need for a name change from the Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation (CWGHR)? Tammy Yates: Well as you know Bob, since 1998, the organization has really been a leader and a catalyst for improved access to rehabilitation services, including mental health services, here in Canada and internationally. We have done that by bringing together research, education, policy, practice and connecting people who wo

I’m sorry, this job may not be right for you!

published: October, 03, 2016 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Social Media, Aging, Gay Men, Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Wayne Bristow

"It’s never too late to learn a new skill or dream a new dream." says Wayne Bristow

I’m sorry, this job may not be right for you!

I suppose I could be a poster boy for what I’m writing about today. I set out to write about people who are doing work they aren’t qualified for, are unprepared for, or who are working at a job they don’t even want to do. Instead it's become an ‘I’ story, about me. That was probably a wise decision, I’m not in a place to judge. Many years ago I was hired to work in a factory. I had just re-united with my family and it was a time when I really needed to work to support them. We mo

Ask the experts: meno-poz

published: September, 30, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Aging, CATIE, General Health, Women, Sexual Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

From CATIE's Positive Side, RonniLyn Pustil asks a naturopath, two medical doctors and a person living with HIV what women with HIV can expect as they approach menopause

Ask the experts: meno-poz

“What can I expect as an HIV-positive woman who is entering menopause? Will menopause be different for me because of my HIV status?” — P.W., Twillingate, NL Valerie Nicholson, Person living with HIV, Vancouver I am an Indigenous woman living with HIV since 2004. When I was 54 years old, my periods (moon time) became irregular, and when they did come they were very heavy. Then I hit menopause. When I was going through “the change,” I started to dislike the word menopause. What

Coming of Age: Exploring our collective response to HIV and Aging

published: September, 26, 2016 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Aging, Conferences, Events, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Rob Olver - Editor

Rob Olver reports on this past weekend’s forum from the organization formerly known as the Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation (CWGHR)

Coming of Age: Exploring our collective response to HIV and Aging

Rob Olver with Tammy Yates For me, a young man of 62 who was diagnosed days before retirement, this conference was one that I didn't want to miss, as it would present a rare overview not only of our current response to HIV and aging, but of the data which might inform that response in the future.  I also witnessed the dawn of a new era. It was good to see the organization formerly known as CWGHR transform before our eyes last Friday night at a well attended reception at Toronto Courtyard Ma

Equal access and equal voices: where?

published: September, 21, 2016 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // Social Media, Aging, Activism, Gay Men, General Health, Mental Health, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Louis "Kengi" Carr

We all love a feel good story, but why only those stories? Kengi, our L. A. correspondent, gives voice to the voiceless.

Equal access and equal voices: where?

Today the United States Conference on AIDS kicks off in Hollywood, Florida. I was hoping to be there but unfortunately I did not qualify for a scholarship to attend. I think part of the reason is because folks who work for agencies, magazines and organizations apply for the scholarships as well, thus making it much harder for someone like me to be considered. Furthermore, my focus on HIV and AIDS is around fair access to things like housing and quality health care and making sure folks aren’

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