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published: July, 06, 2016 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Gay Men, International , Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Alex Sparrowhawk

"I'm still smiling today." From the UK, Alex Sparrowhawk looks back on his first seven years of life with HIV.

VII

This photo was taken in the summer of 2009, the middle of June and a week after when I believe I was in infected. At the end of that holiday in the south of France I started to feel unwell but it wasn’t until five months later that I would find out what the fever, sweats and cough I endured for the two weeks after I returned to the UK were all about. The past seven years with this condition have had their ups and their downs but I am a stronger and more confident person as a result of th

The Fire Island Invasion

published: July, 05, 2016 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Pride, Activism, Community Events, Gay Men, Festivals, International , Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Félix Garmendía

Felix Garmendia says, "This is how we do it in Fire Island. Happy 4th of July!"

The Fire Island Invasion

“Invasion of Normandy”= World War II “British Invasion”= The Beatles “Invasion Of The Body Snatchers”= epic horror movie “FIRE ISLAND INVASION”= ship full of men wearing dresses The communities of “Cherry Grove” and “The Pines” on Fire Island have been the summer playground for gay people for many decades and these historic “gay communities” are an integral part of New York’s vibrant gay scene. People from all over the world flock every summer to enjoy the be

Long term survivor Barry Haarde rides again!

published: July, 04, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Social Media, Hep B and C, Fundraisers, Fitness and Exercise, Features and Interviews, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

HIV and Hepatitus C long term survivor Barry Haarde is about to set off on his fifth trancontinental bicyle trip to raise funds for hemophilia.

Long term survivor Barry Haarde rides again!

Barry Haarde is a remarkable 50 year old long term survivor of both HIV and HepC who is about to embark on his fifth transcontinental bike ride for Wheels for the World 2016: Saving Lives by the Mile.  Since 2012, Barry has ridden over 10,000 miles to help raise $150,000 for Save One Life. Barry's goal this year? 5,000 miles--from Everett, Washington through 22 states to Key Largo, Florida! He will ride from July 17 - September 11. Bob Leahy: Hi Barry. This is your fifth transcontinental bi

Looking good is the best revenge - the swimsuit edition

published: June, 27, 2016 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Philip Minaker

PositiveLite.com's Philip Minaker with some easy ways to feel and look really, really good this summer.

Looking good is the best revenge - the swimsuit edition

It’s really no big secret. The key to really looking great is to feel great. And since summer is now upon us, there is an easy remedy to mutually spark up the external and internal you. Simply dive into the great outdoors and soak up some of that sun! Besides transforming your skin color from pasty white to a flattering tan, your body also naturally absorbs a healthy dose of the Sunshine Vitamin known as Vitamin D. Mild sun exposure can indeed boost the immune system, warding off a multitud

My muscles, my disease: the pitfalls of a meth addict

published: June, 23, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Gay Men, General Health, Mental Health, Health, Sexual Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Mark S. King

"Only my body lags behind, injured, resentful, and suspicious of the path to well being," says Mark S. King

My muscles, my disease: the pitfalls of a meth addict

There is a folder, tucked within a folder, buried deep in my computer files. I shouldn’t be looking at its contents, yet I can’t bring myself to delete it altogether. It is labeled MARCUS, and inside the folder is my disease. During my years of crystal meth addiction I went by the name of Marcus, at least to dealers and tricks and fellow addicts. It helped me determine who was calling my cell phone — those calling for Mark or Marcus usually had very different agendas — and Marcus even

Republishing "Fuck poz guys!" Has the message sunk in yet? We think not.

published: June, 16, 2016 Categories // Dating, Activism, Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Lifestyle, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Marc-André LeBlanc asks if you’re a neg guy is it safer to have sex with poz guys or neg guys? Limit your condomless sex to poz guys with undetectable viral loads and avoid condomless sex with casual negative partners he suggests.

Republishing

PositiveLite.com Editor's note: This article, now over three years old, has been read by more people in PositiveLite.com's six-year history than any other. When Marc-André LeBlanc wrote it, the view expressed - that undetectable poz guys were a much safer bet than neg guys realized - was groundbreaking. It's since become mainstream - and yet not. Anybody who is undetectable who has been rejected by a "neg" guy seeking a "safe" partner knows it. Many neg guys still think that going with anot

"No offence... but I'm not looking to date poz guys"

published: June, 09, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Dating, Gay Men, Revolving Door, International , Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

From FS Magazine, guest author Ruaidhri O’Baoill says, "I need to make it my mission to educate, not discriminate."

This article by Ruaidhri O’Baoill @RuaidhriOB is from FS Magazine, a publication of the UK’s GMFA, here. Republished with permission. Last year I sat down and wrote an article on how coming out of the ‘viral closet’ was one of the best things I have ever done. The idea that nearly two years after my diagnosis I would be very publicly open about my HIV status is incredible. By incredible I mean I know how low and depressed I was feeling right at the beginning. I don’t say it eno

Medical marijuana activism in NYC

published: May, 26, 2016 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Activism, Alternative Therapies, Gay Men, Mental Health, Health, International , Treatment, Lifestyle, Population Specific , Félix Garmendía

Our NYC guy Felix Garmendia recalls with affection and pride his days with the NYC Buyers' Club

Medical marijuana activism in NYC

"I wouldn’t say the weed made me HIGH, but it did manage to wrap me in an aura of relaxation, comfort and serenity. My mind drifted to a peaceful place, far from the horrors of working in a putrid system that just doesn’t work." I have used the “herb” for decades now. It was introduced to me by my “paraprofessional” (teacher’s helper) when I was a New York City school teacher, working in the Bronx in the early 1990s.  One Friday afternoon Miss Rodriguez saw me resting my head

Life lessons: seeing beyond the "quick fix" impulse

published: May, 23, 2016 Categories // Mental Health, Women, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

New contributing author Lolo says, "Using the word “should” positions me/us to disappoint others or ourselves."

Life lessons: seeing beyond the

"Living with a condition that, in Canada, we are able to classify as chronic and manageable is both a blessing and an ongoing challenge. Bringing about “slight or subtle adjustments” in thinking and doing, such as the ones I discuss, can be instructive and gratifying." Last weekend, one of my two breakfast companions (I will call him David-the-first) was exasperated with himself. He explained that for months during the past winter he had not been feeling well enough to go to the gym as h

A film about long term survivors: into the desert, after the bomb

published: May, 19, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Aging, Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Movies, International , Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Mark S. King

Mark S. King calls Daniel Cardone’s Desert Migration “an almost clinical look at the after-effects of a catastrophe.”

A film about long term survivors: into the desert, after the bomb

Daniel Cardone’s essential but relentlessly grim documentary about longtime AIDS survivors, Desert Migration, is fascinated with the bodies of the gay men it profiles. The film begins with lingering shots of each of the subjects as they begin their day.  It follows them through their routine, some of them naked, as they prepare breakfast, shower, shave, meditate. Their faces peer directly at us — a few of them handsome, all of them weathered — in high definition close-up. We are bein

Indulging your inner bacon habit

published: May, 11, 2016 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Food, Nutrition and Recipes, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Wayne Bristow

Our Wayne Bristow is well known for being a bit of a bacon freak. Here he shares a recipe for Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

Indulging your inner bacon habit

It’s only one of my vices, but if I were to ask my followers on Facebook to name one thing they know about me, I believe the most common response would be that I like bacon. And I know my bacon. It doesn’t come from a turkey, not all bacon bits are real bacon bits and what the hell is Bacon Vodka? Almost daily one of those followers will post a recipe, something funny or a true fact on the benefits of eating bacon. Two years ago I received $25 worth of bacon for a Christmas gift - best C

On being poz and giving up smoking

published: May, 03, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Health, Revolving Door, Smoking Cessation , Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Guest writer Rob Newman with “Looking back … looking ahead” in which he says I am proud of my accomplishment and all too aware of the proverbial slippery slope that can so often face someone struggling in addiction “

On being poz and giving up smoking

“All forms of addiction come with varying levels of stigma. What was happening to me, to my body, to my very life was addiction pure and simple.”  Before I started blogging I used to write for an online HIV magazine PositiveLite.com. I highly recommend this site; it is always current and informative. I wrote for PositiveLite.com for over two years and as I look back on the various articles and topics I wrote of there is this glaring truth that I wrote a lot on the subject of my many atte

Living with HIV in New York - and the people you meet

published: May, 02, 2016 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Félix Garmendía

Our prolific writer Felix Garmendia introduces some of the characters that intersect with his daily like – and what they mean to him

Living with HIV in New York - and the people you meet

Introduction On our way home from the doctor, four years ago, when the issue of marriage equality in New York was still controversial, another New Yorker taught me a lesson. This pocket of Manhattan is a village of diversity. The area is known as Washington Heights and has been the home of a vibrant Jewish community since the 1930s. The area is also the home of more Dominicans than Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. It was a typical crisp autumn day, getting chillier as the sun was get

Pets and living with HIV: Rodney and me

published: April, 28, 2016 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Pets, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Rob Olver - Editor

Peterborough, Ontario’s Robert Olver tells us why animals are good for you and says “If I could make any recommendation at all to someone diagnosed with HIV or to anyone else for that matter, it would be this: love someone.” Or something.

Pets and living with HIV: Rodney and me

"But I am saying that if they offer you the chance, then love them for what they are and care for them for all you’re worth." In the spirit of full disclosure I should let you know that living with HIV is only one piece of my particular puzzle. You see, I also live with depression, C. O. P. D., a vascular disruption to my legs and the onset of old age. Luckily for me, I also live with the two handsome devils pictured.  I’d like you to meet Little One (l) and Rodney (r). Little One was n

Giving up a career in HIV work – but what instead?

published: April, 28, 2016 Categories // Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Don Short with “From nowhere to now here” says “I have come home to myself and I’m experiencing clarity in my decisions and goals. “

Giving up a career in HIV work – but what instead?

You can feel it in the air…cold temperatures giving way to sunny, spring days.  Smiles return to people you pass on the street, barbecues are brought out from their storage, and you can hear the sounds of kids playing again outside.  I welcome all of it.  Last year, I didn’t welcome spring. Weather was irrelevant and had no influence on my slump. I was experiencing an inner wasteland that was tricky to navigate. The desire for a breakthrough was alive and well, but imagining that kind

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