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Life expectancy for many HIVers is near normal

published: November, 03, 2011 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Aging, Health, Treatment, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

John McCullagh reports on a new UK study that suggests that, with prompt treatment, the life expectancy of many HIV positive people is near normal.

Life expectancy for many HIVers is near normal

It was not so long ago that receiving a diagnosis of HIV also meant a diagnosis of an early death. But the existence of effective treatments now means that HIVers are able to live with the virus to an increasingly older age. Recently, the British Medical Journal (BMJ) published a report of a study that suggests that, with prompt treatment, the life expectancy of many HIV positive people is near normal. Although the study focused on people living in the UK, it’s likely that the findings would

Primary Colours

published: November, 03, 2011 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Lifestyle, Philip Minaker

Philip MInaker turns from dating to style, and tells us what to wear now the days are moving towards winter.

Primary Colours

Typically fashion retreats to somber shades for fall and winter. Black, brown, navy, grey, camel and off white are sure-fire bets that are the foundation from which we usually build our winter wardrobes. But it’s that spark of color that will prevent the winter blahs from kicking in that many designers are opting for this time around. Primary shades (we’re talking red, yellow and blue) are appearing in abundance and are guaranteed to not only lift your spirits but all those “Bitter Critt

The Smell of Ignorance

published: October, 28, 2011 Categories // Dating, Lifestyle, Living with HIV

Positively Dating goes back for more noon-time delight, but finds something about his date he can’t stand – and it involves talking about “Canadians”, of all things!

The Smell of Ignorance

I knew better than to expect much in the way of romance after a text I got from my recent lunch date: "I am horny for your [body part] again". But as the week progressed I started to wonder... My lunch date kept texting me - some were very adorable; some were funny; and yes, some would fall into the category of sexting. But maybe my initial thought was correct. Maybe this random non-choleric meal could turn into something else. Could this muscled party-boy really be the perfect match for me? W

Changing of the guards

published: October, 28, 2011 Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV

Rob Newman just turned fifty, an event which sparked an outpouring of affection – and thoughts about being the recipient of love and acceptance as well as the giver of it . .

So the big event is over …. I have made mention here a few times, but it is now official; I’m 50. I am not about to revisit the events leading up to or the actual party itself because that’s not what I am to be writing about …my job if you will is to touch on POZ Prevention and I have always made the connection of that and empowerment. Never before had I felt so powerless then in the weeks leading up to the actual event itself. I truly had an odd and unfamiliar reaction to it all. Ther

Leslieville: a new kind of gay village

published: October, 26, 2011 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Lifestyle, Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

As political gains have been made and queer people become more visible and accepted in society, the need for a specifically queer “ghetto” as a place of safety and security has diminished. John McCullagh explains.

Leslieville: a new kind of gay village

In recent years, specifically gay spaces across the country have declined as queer people have become more integrated into the culture at large and the internet has changed how we meet. This loss of gay space is particularly noticeable in my home town of Toronto. Once the vibrant focus of gay life, the downtown Church-Wellesley Village is today a shadow of its former self. While some may decry this change, I welcome it. Why? Because, as an activist, this is what I’ve fought for. As political

Jumping Back In

published: October, 21, 2011 Categories // Dating, Lifestyle

He’s back in the pool. Positively Dating tries his hand at noon-hour sex – and Mad Libs.

Jumping Back In

I have the problem of never doing anything half assed. I usually tend to jump in with both feet without concern of any consequences. Sometimes this can be quite beneficial and sometimes…well, let's just say it doesn't end up anywhere close to what I was expecting. Let me illustrate. A long time ago, when I was living Philadelphia, I met this [sport] player, sigh. (Yes, we are playing MadLibs!) He was quite a [adjective] young lad, very tall and muscular. After our [number] date, I quickly

I’m Late! I’m Late! For a very important date!

published: October, 15, 2011 Categories // Fitness and Exercise, Lifestyle, Living with HIV

Daniel Uy muses on time – how we spend it, how we waste it and how we can make better use of it.

I’m Late! I’m Late! For a very important date!

So I love the idea of writing. I love the decadence of casually saying or mentioning “Well I just wrote this lovely little piece on...” but in reality I just don’t want to write because it takes too long! I’m the kind of guy that goes to the gym, picks up a 10lb dumbbell, does one set of bicep curls and then wonders why I don’t have a six pack yet. Or my absolute favourite is when I walk in the door at home and expect dinner to be made for me – even though I am single and live alon

Pride and Prudishness.

published: October, 14, 2011 Categories // Dating, Lifestyle, Living with HIV

I am a prude. It's true, I am. No, seriously. Particularly when it comes to show sex at the gym.

Pride and Prudishness.

I do believe in free love and make use of that freedom as much as I can, but I do it very prudishly. I have never been one for public sex or any sort of exhibitionist activities. Well there was that one time that I did a little more than kiss a stranger in a closed-off room at a dance club in Philadelphia, but I was so young and, more importantly, quite drunk. Never, I repeat, never would I desecrate a place where I go to worship or a place where I go to find solace. Now, I am not a religious

Snagging Your Own Prince

published: May, 05, 2011 Categories // Lifestyle, Philip Minaker

Fashion-savvy Philip Minaker with new looks for summer

Snagging Your Own Prince

There is a newfound global optimism that coincidentally is emerging with the shift in seasons. The last weekend of April set the tone as we witnessed a spectacular real life fairy tale wedding one day and the long awaited demise of a tyrant the next. Talk about a colorful weekend! We can finally shed that “Gloomy Gus” color palette and embrace some great color options in our wardrobes without the worries of being offensive. Last summers’ subdued wardrobe can be uplifted with a variety of

Global Fusion emerges as a trend in what to wear

published: March, 12, 2011 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Lifestyle, Philip Minaker

Philip Minaker, our style guy, says “Fashion Designers have taken us on a variety of journeys around the world with their interpretations of diverse cultures and ethnic references in the past”

Global Fusion emerges as a trend in what to wear

Trends in Fashion are either subtle nuances, like tie or lapel widths, or statements that represent the times in which they were popular (Mod, Grunge, Preppy). As we delve into this new decade there seems to be a trend that is slowly emerging among the current slew that may have some longevity of its’ own. Fashion Designers have taken us on a variety of journeys around the world with their interpretations of diverse cultures and ethnic references in the past. Combining several reference poin

Gay Style Idols of 2010 Part Three - The final ten

published: January, 25, 2011 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Lifestyle, Philip Minaker

The Final Top Ten for gay style icons of 2010!!

Gay Style Idols of 2010 Part Three - The final ten

10 Alan Ball is an American writer, director, producer and actor for film, theatre and television that may not be that familiar to you but his work will ring bells. He has received an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for “American Beauty” and an Emmy for “Six Feet Under”. His current dramatic series for HBO, “True Blood” has also earned him numerous awards, nominations and a growing following. His support of the LGBT community is also impressive.   9 Jane Lynch is a gifted Americ

The Top Twenty Gay Style Idols Of 2010- Part Two

published: January, 17, 2011 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Gay Men, Lifestyle, Philip Minaker

Philip Minaker's top 20 pick - part two - of his next five gay style icons.

 The Top Twenty Gay Style Idols Of 2010- Part Two

15 Jean Paul Gaultier   Twenty-five years later this “enfant terrible” of French fashion continues to march to the beat of his own drummer. His genius has created a devoted following and continues to rock convention with his many signature collections…not too mention those awesome fragrances. His unique talents also revived the house of Hermes. He is the only French designer to currently have an Haute Couture Collection.       14 Wanda Sykes    Fearless and un

The Top Twenty Gay Style Idols Of 2010- Part One

published: December, 30, 2010 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Gay Men, Lifestyle, Philip Minaker

Though the word “idol” is often over used these days there are a select few that do merit intense admiration.

The Top Twenty Gay Style Idols Of 2010- Part One

Though the word “idol” is often over used these days there are a select few that do merit intense admiration. Worthy individuals that truly shine, as beacons of light illuminating the rest of us are indeed a rare find. Their efforts create the foundations from which we can build on for years to come. As we turn another page in the history books, let’s recognize those gay men and women that have truly made a lasting impression in 2010.     20 Ricky Martin  This Puerto Rican singer/

Sweater Weather - Part Two Pullovers

published: September, 05, 2010 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Lifestyle, Philip Minaker

Pullovers also offer modern twists but handmade knitted options are hotter than ever. They tend to be more expensive as they are labor intensive.

In Part One found here "Sweater Weather Part One - Cardigans" Pullovers also offer modern twists but handmade knitted options are hotter than ever. They tend to be more expensive as they are labor intensive. If you, a relative, or friend has a flair for knitting this is the season to utilize this talent handsomely. Hoodies are still a mainstay but now knitted options offer more versatility.Bottega From Cardigans to pullovers, be set for the fall.  Here are a few reminders from Part On

Attention Sale Shoppers !!!

published: January, 26, 2010 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Lifestyle, Philip Minaker

There are more bargains than just on aisle six at the moment. Fashion retailers everywhere are clearing out their winter merchandise to make way for their new spring arrivals.

Attention Sale Shoppers!!! There are more bargains than just on aisle six at the moment. Fashion retailers everywhere are clearing out their winter merchandise to make way for their new spring arrivals. The seasons and the fashion deliveries are not always in sync so you can capitalize on this in-congruency quite nicely during end of season sales. Now is a “cents”able time to take stock of your current winter wardrobe and consider replenishing. Remember there are a still a few more months

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