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The Edwin Bernard Interview

published: June, 04, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Features and Interviews, International , Legal, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Filmed in Toronto last week, Bob Leahy in a frank discussion with famed HIV criminalisation expert Edwin Bernard on why the law isn’t working, what’s being done about it and how it impacts us all.

The Edwin Bernard Interview

Anyone who takes an interest in HIV disclosure issues and the law, wherever they are around the world, will likely know the name Edwin Bernard. The world’s leading expert on criminalisation – and I should make it clear, a strong advocate against it – Edwin is known for his comprehensive knowledge of disclosure issues around the globe.  Edwin's bio is an impressive one and reads as follows: Edwin J Bernard is the co-ordinator of the HIV Justice Network, an international network of adv

Excerpt from MSF's 'Positive Generation: Voices for an AIDS-free future'

published: June, 03, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Arts and Entertainment, International , Music, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

A music video with a difference, featuring support group choirs, largely made up of Zimbabweans who are being treated for HIV.

Excerpt from MSF's 'Positive Generation: Voices for an AIDS-free future'

Music makes life easier, wherever you are. In Zimbabwe as well. HIV/AIDS is widespread in this country: Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is currently treating over 34,000 patients, including many children and teenagers. Zimbabweans use music to educate people about the virus, to explain to patients and their families that they’re not alone, that treatment can stabilise the illness and that the stigma must be broken. Support group choirs, largely made up of Zimbabweans who are already in t

More from the UK AIDS Service Organization that had its funding withdrawn

published: May, 31, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

We continue to follow the story of the Crescent, the Hertfordshire UK agency whose funding was cut in favour of another agency, but which continues to provide services to clients. The Crescent’s Ian Murtagh provides an update.

More from the UK AIDS Service Organization that had its funding withdrawn

For our previous, coverage please refer to the "related stories" links below. Despite numerous appeals, and providing many examples of the disparity in service provision between the east and west of the county, Hertfordshire County Council are still seemingly reluctant to address this. We have repeatedly drawn attention to the plight of PLWHIV in Hertfordshire and have gained fantastic levels of support from some of the most influential people in the land. However it seems that Hertfordshire

The Amazing Amazin Lethi

published: May, 29, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Features and Interviews, International , Bob Leahy - Publisher

From bodybuilding to HIV Activism. Bob Leahy interviews the multi-faceted activist Amazin Lethi, whose foundation addresses HIV in the Asian community.

The Amazing Amazin Lethi

Viietnam-born Amazin Lethi is a fitness expert, boxing coach & NLP/Life Coach, former natural competitive bodybuilder, philanthropist, actress, TV and film producer/director, author, entertainment personality, entrepreneur and global campaigner in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the Asian community. Bob Leahy: Hi Amazin. Thank you for talking to PositiveLite.com You have an unusual name.  May I call you Amazin? Amazin Lethi: Yes that is fine you can call me Amazin or Lethi, my name is Vi

Time to evolve

published: May, 22, 2012 Categories // Current Affairs, International , Opinion Pieces

Megan DePutter on same-sex marriage: “it isn’t just Obama’s support that makes me happy; it is that he is willing to “evolve” his opinion on the matter.”

Time to evolve

I still remember the first time I made a homophobic comment. I was probably about 10 years old. My mom told me that her best friend, Matthew, was gay. Upon hearing this, I imitated the kind of responses I had heard from my peers and retorted, “eww, gross.” My mom didn’t chastise me for saying this; she simply encouraged a little self-reflection by asking me a question: “why is it gross?” That simple question made my 10 year old self actually think about what I was saying, instead o

“Is it still necessary to bring attention to homophobia?”

published: May, 17, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Gay Men, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

A guest post from Matt Smith of AIDS New Brunswick

“Is it still necessary to bring attention to homophobia?”

This post first appeared on the bloig of AIDS New Brunswick, here. People sometimes ask me why we still feel it necessary to recognize International Day Against Homophobia. I’m never quite sure how to answer that question in a short concise way, so instead I tell them a story. In October of 2006, I was sitting in my (then) favourite study hall frantically looking for a topic for a soon to be overdue sociology paper. I was in my first year of university, I had been openly gay for about two

Global Men’s Health and Rights Survey 2012

published: May, 04, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific

“MSM Around the World: Stand Up, Be Counted! “ says the Global Forum on MSM & HIV. Learn how you can participate in this global survey.

Global Men’s Health and Rights Survey 2012

Editor's note:  We don’t particularly like the term MSM – men who have sex with men - but prefer to use something like gay, bi and questioning men.  But MSM is a term frequently used by epidemiologists and others who look at gay/bi men on a population wide basis, so excuse the use of the term here. In any event we received the following notice from the Global Forum on MSN & HIV (MSMGF) and thought it was well worth passing on. You can read more about the MSMGF here. We did the s

Holidazed.

published: May, 02, 2012 Categories // Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV

Travelling woes: J from Singapore is stranded for three days without HIV meds.

My best friend and I just came back from a vacation from Manila a few days ago. It was supposed to be a quick five-day unwinding involving the beach, the mountains, the shopping and of course nightlife. We covered those bases as planned; the unexpected was the three extended days of personal hell. At least that’s what the agony of not having access to anti-retroviral medication felt like. It isn’t so much what non-medication in the moment does at that moment in time, but its implications i

Top AIDS scientist declares end in sight for pandemic

published: April, 23, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Current Affairs, Health, International , Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

Anthony Faucii says today he can look a 25-year-old, HIV-positive patient in the eye and tell him, “If you start on one pill a day, you will live 50-plus years. There are few successes that can match that,”

Top AIDS scientist declares end in sight for pandemic

This article  by Ruthann Richter first appeared in the journal of Stanford School of Medicine. The end of the AIDS epidemic — one of worst pandemics the world has known — is now in sight, given the myriad scientific tools available today, from drug prevention to circumcision and methods to stop transmission from mother to child, Anthony Fauci, MD, the country’s top AIDS scientist, said today at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Al

PositiveLite.com Interviews VOICES director Daniel Larson Sidhu

published: April, 18, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Features and Interviews, International , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy interviews the director of the documentary VOICES, the story of how in 2006 AIDS activists in Toronto made a future possible for HIV-positive South Africans.

PositiveLite.com Interviews VOICES director Daniel Larson Sidhu

Bob Leahy: Thanks for talking to PositiveLite.com. We’ll talk about the film’s connection with Toronto in a minute. Tell me about yourself, first, Daniel.  Daniel: Thank you too. Sure, for people who don’t know me I’d say I’m a person who doesn’t give up. I think two things have shaped my life; and those two things are acting and running. Both pursuits are about discipline and determination – and both have made me the person I am today. Bob: You’ve made a film called VOICES

Bucking the Trend

published: April, 18, 2012 Categories // Activism, International , Lifestyle, Opinion Pieces

Our new writer, transman Wes Austin : “Why I can’t support Jenna Talackova’s bid for Miss Universe”

Bucking the Trend

Miss Universe, Miss USA, Miss Photogenic, Miss Congeniality (and you thought it was just a movie?)  - all around the globe there exists contests in which women fight to be crowned the winner. While all of them certainly include questions about goals, education, and passions it’s alarmingly evident that it’s still a beauty contest when you watch their swimsuit and evening-wear segments.  Particularly in the televised pageants, there is, at best, a cursory examination of a contestant’s e

The real hard thing with ARVs.

published: April, 15, 2012 Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, International , Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

J from Singapore reports in on his libido rising from the dead.

Antiretroviral medications, or ARVs - the miracle cocktail of pills that could save your life, aren’t without their faults. The problems are widely reported and often discussed – nausea, diarrhoea, lipodystrophy. Even the occasional perk of a nightly high/lucid-dreaming-state, which can get relentlessly tiresome after a while. It’s the ‘take’ part to the pills that ‘give’ so much. With all that raining on the parade, when I was cautioned (I’m sure he meant to reassure, but th

Living with HIV in Japan, Part 13. A year like no other.

published: April, 12, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Newly Diagnosed, International , Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Media, Guest Authors, Population Specific

In his final post of the series, Brian the Shochusucker says, of his first year of living positive while in Japan, he wouldn’t change a thing – and says nice things about PositiveLite.com too!

Living with HIV in Japan, Part 13. A year like no other.

The month of August went from one lazy hot day to the next. I had gone to the beach a few times. I was also invited  to join my friend and her family on a trip they make each year to the Izu Peninsula. It was such a great feeling being in a family setting with such good friends and their kids. We did lots of snorkeling in the ocean. The water was so clear you could see all kinds of fish and plant life. It was the first time to be away from my home since being diagnosed, and I worried about

A new life in Canada

published: April, 11, 2012 Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, International , Living with HIV, Population Specific

In the final chapter of Scott Foley's story, he describes his new life as a refugee claimant in Canada while awaiting his hearing to determine whether or not he will be able to stay in the country.

To continue where I left off in part 9 of my story, which you can read here, the decision was made to seek to remain in Canada as a Conventional Refugee, thanks to the information shared with me by the man I had fallen for during (Toronto) Pride 2011. I returned home and began to discreetly wrap things up, all the while maintaining contact with the list of references provided to me by my new boyfriend.  I reached out to folks at the 519 Church Street Community Centre and the Metropo

Life in Japan. Part 12 - It's Raining Friends.

published: April, 04, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, International , Lifestyle, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Media, Opinion Pieces

Brian the Shochusucker’s tale of Living with HIV in Japan. In this installment he describes how twitter enabled him to make new real-life friends and join “Gaijin Heroes". .

Life in Japan. Part 12 -  It's Raining Friends.

A to B is a short line. But in my first year with HIV, I feel as if I went through the whole alphabet to get to where I am today. And you know what? No regrets and I wouldn't change a thing. I am the man I am today because of the people I've met since my diagnoses. Here through PositiveLite.com, twitter, family, and God. It was the morning of the narration workshop and I was up early and excited, becauseI was going to meet new some people, face to face, that I had met through Twitter.  I ar

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