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The new activism

published: September, 01, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

Guest writer Robert James looks at how the whole idea of being an ‘AIDS activist’ has changed in the U.K. in the era of treatment and long life.

The new activism

This article originally appeared in NAM/aidsmap.  Republished with permission. When I decided to do a PhD thesis on how HIV activism has changed in a developed country since the arrival of antiretroviral treatment (ART), I found it was just about the only study of this subject. This article describes a few of the changes I found.  What is an HIV activist? Firstly, what is an activist? Perhaps more than in any other disease area, people with HIV have always been subject to stigma and disc

He’s Back!

published: August, 22, 2012 Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, International , Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Brian the Shochusucker wrote a 13-part story for us on his experience of living with HIV in Japan, after being diagnosed while working there. We caught up with him and asked how he has been doing since. Here is his report

He’s Back!

So what's new Campers? I hope you are all enjoying your summer and staying cool.  I am in Japan, and it's hot and humid on a daily basis. So staying cool is heavy on my mind.   For those of you who may not know me,  I'm known as The ShochuSucker. I wrote a 13-part series on PositiveLite.com that started almost a year ago this September. It was about me and my first year living with HIV. For those of you who followed the story? Good to see you again. Writing the story was an emotional jo

Where new HIV infections come from.

published: August, 17, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Health, Research, International , Sexual Health, Treatment, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

Newly infected individuals sustaining HIV epidemic in Geneva, says research reported by aidsmap

Where new HIV infections come from.

This article by Michael Carter first appeared in NAM/aidsmap.  Republished with permission.  Individuals with recent HIV infection are sustaining the epidemic, a Swiss study published in the online edition of AIDS suggests. The investigators believe that their results further support the use of antiretroviral therapy as prevention, but also show that its impact on the epidemic will be blunted because of the high number of transmissions which can be attributed to individuals who have been re

Greg Louganis video draws AIDS-phobic comments

published: August, 07, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Everyone knows who HIV-positive athlete Greg Louganis is. But what kind of comments did his appearance on CNN draw last week - and what do they say about the state of AIDS in 2012. Bob Leahy reports.

Greg Louganis video draws AIDS-phobic comments

This interview  - you can see it below - appeared on CNN last week. Louganis comes across as a really nice, easy-going guy who is open about his gay/HIV-positive status. What’s interesting  are  the comments on YouTube this video has garnered. I’ve reproduced some of them below also. Our own (HIV) community can't be held responsible for shaping the discourse on HIV/AIDS, however hard we try  If we were, we would have failed miserably, if the following is indeed h

On Being in Washington

published: July, 27, 2012 Categories // Activism, International AIDS Conference , Conferences, International , Opinion Pieces

Megan DePutter is in Washington for IAS 2012, and files a report on what it feels like to be there – and Obama’s absence.

On Being in Washington

When I arrived in Washington, the presence of AIDS 2012 was everywhere. Volunteers were at the airport to greet us and even the immigration security knew why were there. “You here for the conference? Go ahead.” Advertising covers the walls of the airport and subway system; posters addressing AIDS are everywhere. There are Condom and HIV testing Campaigns. Pharmaceutical companies advertising HIV medications. The Ford Foundation practically papered the walls of the major metro stations. And

Crime And Punishment.: An International Disclosure Dilemma

published: July, 26, 2012 Categories // International , Legal, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Dave R writes...Is the current argument over the fairness of HIV disclosure laws a worldwide issue? Is the law then an ass...or just the lawmakers?

Crime And Punishment.: An International Disclosure Dilemma

There are times when many people outside the United States and Canada, experience National Enquirer levels of disbelief at what’s goes on in parts of North America in the field of sexual behaviour and politics. The current criminalisation of people with HIV who fail to tell their partners of their status is just such a moment in time. The sex may be safe and the viral load may be undetectable but you can still be charged with using your body and your virus as a murder, or assault weapon, if

Mountain Monkeys

published: July, 24, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Features and Interviews, International , Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

London poz guy Trey McCrary and his husband Cllr Philip Glanville are climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa at 19,341 feet. It’s for a very good cause But they’ve never climbed a mountain before!

Mountain Monkeys

Bob Leahy: Trey, thank you for telling your story to PositiveLite.com.  Now you're climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.  That’s Africa tallest peak at 5,895 metres (or 19,341 feet). That’s an impressive feat, but more so for someone living with HIV. I’ve been reading your blog and I don’t see any mention of any previous climbing experience, am I right? Trey McCrary: Oh god yes. The biggest mountain I have ever climbed would be the hills in between port wine houses in Portugal earlier this ye

HIV in Canada in 2012 – a Report Card

published: July, 19, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, International AIDS Conference , Conferences, As Prevention , Health, Sexual Health, International , Legal, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Worth crowing about – or cringe-worthy? On the eve of the much awaited International AIDS Conference in Washington, Bob Leahy files a personal report card on the state of our response to HIV in Canada in 2012.

HIV in Canada in 2012 – a Report Card

Since the last International AIDS Conference in Vienna in 2010, the landscape has changed significantly.  Two years ago, for instance, HPTN 052 was not even in our collective vocabulary.  Now it’s ubiquitous, and the issues it raised – the promise of a 96% reduction in transmission rates for those on treatment (although it’s not quite that simple) are a principal focus of AIDS 2012, as they should be. But where is Canada on this and other recent advances – and are we slipping from ou

Getting excited about AIDS 2012

published: July, 17, 2012 Categories // International AIDS Conference , Conferences, Health, Research, International

Megan DePutter is going to Washington, DC and says “I’m so excited for AIDS 2012 that I can barely stand it.” Find out why.

Getting excited about AIDS 2012

There are lots of reasons for me to be excited about this incredible conference, including the fact that I will be presenting the findings of our community-based research study, Show Me the Love,  for the first time. Our research has identified some important barriers to experience to sexual intimacy among people living with HIV & AIDS, and I look forward to sharing and discussing these results. I will be sharing these findings on PositiveLite.com in the near future, but have to wait bec

HIV home tests – how will they be used?

published: July, 16, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Current Affairs, Health, Sexual Health, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From aidsmap, a review of the issues raised by the FDA’s recent approval of the OraQuick Home HIV Test for use in the USA. No such application has yet been made to Health Canada – but can it be long in coming?

HIV home tests – how will they be used?

This article by  Roger Pebody first appeared on NAM/aidsmap  here and is republished with permission. This week the OraQuick In-Home HIV Test, which will be sold over the counter and used without medical supervision, received its final approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), meaning that it can be legally sold in the United States. Similar approvals may follow for other countries. But who is likely to use it and in what circumstances? And will the increased accessibili

Little Steps

published: July, 11, 2012 Categories // Activism, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Mirvan Ereon says, in the Philippines, people live in fear of the virus, mixed with disgust, which leads to stigma and “social death”. But there is hope if we all look for change from within.

It is 2012. Sadly, HIV/AIDS still has no cure nor is there a vaccine. However, it is not a death sentence as  in the past . While innovative drugs and treatments are continually produced and utilized to significantly prolong the lives of those with HIV by reinforcing and helping their compromised immune system, people living with HIV are still left damaged and hurt by the stigma attached to the virus. So HIV is no longer a death sentence but it may lead to social death.  We cannot blame oth

Walk of Shame or Stride of Pride

published: July, 10, 2012 Categories // Pride, Events, International , Living with HIV

Denis Robinson on World Pride, taking place in London, England this year but – controversially - scaled back due to money woes.

A lot has already been written and even more said about the World Pride event  here in London  July 7th.   Nine days previously,  the Pride trust released a statement in conjunction with the Greater London Authority announcing that the event was to be scaled back. The march itself was to be rescheduled to 11am instead of its usual prime time slot of 1pm. No motorised vehicles were to be allowed to appear in the parade. The concert in Trafalgar Square was to be curtailed, now finishing

Poz Jesus

published: July, 09, 2012 Categories // Current Affairs, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

A pastor in Zimbabwe says Jesus had HIV. Christopher Banks responds “One could argue that religious dogma has done far more damage in Africa, and indeed the rest of the world, than HIV ever could hope to.“

The narrator in Woody Allen’s underrated 2010 film “You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger” comes out with a brilliant gem toward the end of the story: “Sometimes the illusions work better than the medicine.”  While this doesn’t apply to HIV as a biological entity, evidence abounds in our world as to how it fits incredibly well with HIV as a psychological one.  As a friend told me recently, “there is no pill to get people to treat you the way they did when you were negative.” 

Mirvan’s story: The Uninvited Guest

published: June, 21, 2012 Categories // Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, International , Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

New writer Mirvan Ereon lives in the Phillipines. He is 21. He was diganozed in February 2012 with a CD4 count of just 2. Here is his story.

 Mirvan’s story: The Uninvited Guest

The Sex I was a freshman in college when I started sleeping around.  I was reckless and unsafe and did not make an effort to take care of myself. All I ever cared about was to be a hedonist. I slept around, indulged in debauchery and celebrated in my decadence. I was young, wild and free. I thought I was liberating myself, unshackled by the norms of society. I am the captain of my own ship. I thought my personal freedom would make me stronger. I thought it would make me more desirable. I me

Ten News Items That Have Made Me Happy During the Past Month

published: June, 19, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

Guest post from Nelson Vergel. “While taking a shower this morning, I counted a few of the great pieces of news that have come our way amidst all the negative news that the media dwells on to increase ratings.”

Ten News Items That Have Made Me Happy During the Past Month

This article first appeared on TheBody.com here   These past several weeks have been great on many fronts. While taking a shower this morning, I counted a few of the great pieces of news that have come our way amidst all the negative news that the media dwells on to increase ratings. 1. Obama supports gay marriage. Do I need to say more? This statement to the world will have ripple effects on many levels. I was more surprised when the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colo

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