Exploring - Never Stop

Living with HIV

Shifting landscapes, changing realities

published: March, 31, 2018 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Aging, Activism, Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Pets, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Rob Olver - Editor

Rob Olver on a labour of love: "Thank you PositiveLite.com. It's been a stellar ride and the lessons learned will go to good use."

Shifting landscapes, changing realities

"All your so-hard facts, painted thinly on the void; Why were you not more pleasantly employed?" -- "Puppet Song", The Incredible String Band,. At this point, the news about PositiveLite.com has been out for a few days and as you might imagine, it’s been a bit of an emotional time here at the palatial PositiveLite Editing Suite. For a long time I’ve had various ideas about how I might want to write my final blog post here, but now that the time has come, I find myself not wanting to

A post-script and an exclamation point!

published: March, 31, 2018 Written by // Jeff Potts Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Jeff Potts

Jeff Potts: "...borrowing words from Dr. Seuss, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

A post-script and an exclamation point!

I thought that that my last piece for PositiveLite.com would fly off the fingers. It didn’t. I stared at my keyboard more than I clicked at its keys, and with each passing minute I worried that I would fail to meet my final submission deadline. I sincerely hope that ain’t the case. Like many folks, I am certain, I read the words, “PositiveLite.com will cease publishing on March 31” at least a few times before their immediate meaning truly stuck in this mushy brain of mine. At first, I

Love and change

published: March, 30, 2018 Written by // Dennis Battler Categories // Social Media, Aging, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Pets, Spirituality, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Dennis Battler

Dennis Battler: "Perhaps empathy is in recognizing at a visceral level, the truth of everyone sharing the struggle of life. We do mirror one another if we look closely enough to see it."

Love and change

Winds of Change The wind speaks, moving and clearing in its silence and in its turbulence: To cleanse the air and earth, to churn the water depths, to disturb a Redwood’s roots. The winds of change provide just that. If we’re lucky. Yet we resist. Digging in deeper, resisting with more refusal, more strength. We believe we sill stand the storm. Resist or perish. Change or perish. The fight of every human, every day, every moment. At this moment of change, again life presents a choice.

All Good Things...

published: March, 29, 2018 Written by // Michael Yoder Categories // Social Media, Aging, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Michael Yoder

Michael Yoder says a good goodbye to PositiveLite.com.

All Good Things...

"The White Rabbit put on his spectacles. `Where shall I begin, please your Majesty?’ he asked. `Begin at the beginning,’ the King said gravely, `and go on till you come to the end: then stop.’" Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland When I got the email that Positive Lite would be stopping publication I was in shock. Shock, and I suppose, grief. Any loss is a loss and this site has provided so much valuable information by and for people living with HIV from all over the world. The "death"

PositiveLite.com to end publishing March 31

published: March, 28, 2018 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Aging, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy on the history of a unique Canadian website by and for people living with HIV – and why it has run its course

PositiveLite.com to end publishing March 31

I need to share with you that PositiveLite.com will cease publishing on March 31. As its publisher I’m not sad but proud, because its nine year history has been one of a series of successes. And I don’t feel the least bit defeated now but rather going out on a high note and ending our run on our own terms. This has been in the works for some time. It’s been a struggle to keep it a secret. The reasons for closing our doors are essentially twofold. First, the people who bring you Positiv

By the numbers: PositiveLite.com’s ten most popular posts of all time

published: March, 28, 2018 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Living with HIV, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy looks at what caught readers’ eyes most in the nine years since PositiveLite.com first launched. What was our number one most read article by far? Read on!

By the numbers: PositiveLite.com’s ten most popular posts of all time

If an archaeologist at some distant point in the future wanted to explore what living with HIV (remember HIV?) was like in the first decade or two of the 21st century, they could do a lot worse than visit today’s top ten list. Like our lives, it runs the gamut – from sex to science and everything in between. It was arguably the most varied site about HIV out there. It set out, very deliberately, to explore the infinite variety within our poz lives which were never ALL about HIV but about l

My life with anal pre-cancer

published: March, 19, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Health, International , Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Media

From FS Magazine, Paul Collier: "In some patients, like myself, the disease is stubborn and continues to develop. This wears me down and particularly affects me psychologically and emotionally."

My life with anal pre-cancer

Photo © GMFA The human papilloma virus (HPV), of which there are over a hundred strains can, in some people cause either warts or pre-cancer (strains 16 and 18 are the worst). Most sexually active people have, at some point evidence of HPV in their system, though are unaffected. In a very small proportion of people it causes problems (anal, cervical, penile, or throat pre-cancer/cancer). Living with HIV has been shown to increase the risk of acquiring anal pre-cancer for men who have unpr

Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) announces no Forum for people living with HIV this year.

published: March, 16, 2018 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

A sign of the times: Bob Leahy talks with CAS ED Gary Lacasse on the impact of funding cuts which will also see the national agency further downsize on April 1

Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) announces no Forum for people living with HIV this year.

The announcement came as no surprise to anyone following recent developments in the HIV movement in Canada. “Unfortunately, with the significantly changing landscape of the HIV movement (including massive cuts to government funding for HIV/AIDS community-based organizations), we will not be holding a 2018 forum due to financial constraints” said the email from CAS ED Gary Lacasse. “We have worked tirelessly in order to secure funding but as of yet have not been successful because no fund

Thinking about retirement? I am.

published: March, 15, 2018 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, Aging, Gay Men, Health, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy has been diagnosed with HIV for 25 years and actively involved in HIV work for all of that time. Aging, though, brings constraints and thoughts of when to get off the merry-go-round. Is this the time?

Thinking about retirement? I am.

I think it was reaching 70 that did it. My energy seemed to be less and my eyesight and hearing both weren’t what they were. I needed shorter days, less stress. More than ever I was aware of my potential to make a difference, but also of my limitations. And I started to think how much longer I could do this work? My work, like many of yours, is a mixture of excitement and drudgery. The excitement comes from things like attending conferences, travelling the world and being part of changing t

HIV doesn’t define a parent’s power to love

published: March, 14, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, Research, International , Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Media, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

People living with HIV often feel cut off from society and judged by their decision to become parents. From FS Magazine, Mark Mesiti reports on an initiative to help end the stigma.

HIV doesn’t define a parent’s power to love

Photo © Shutterstock.com / WaveBreakMedia Despite significant medical advances, increased awareness and the ability to live a full life with HIV, a social stigma still exists around people with HIV having a family. This stigma does not just affect the LGBT community; it is very much a mainstream issue. Does a stigma exist? With almost 50% of HIV-positive respondents in a recent European study commissioned by Gilead Sciences stating that they felt having HIV would be a barrier to them ha

Celebrating International Women's Day with inspiring dolls

published: March, 09, 2018 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Aging, Social Media, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Current Affairs, Women, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Félix Garmendía

Barbie released dolls celebrating diverse leaders for International Women’s Day and New York guy Félix Garmendía says the idea is "absolutely brilliant."

Celebrating International Women's Day with inspiring dolls

I heard yesterday about the new Barbie collection. I am not particularly a toy enthusiast but a friend posted this new Barbie collection on my Facebook page. The reason why my friend posted it on my page is because this new collection, consists of 17 inspiring women. From all the inspiring women chosen, Frida Kahlo, my favorite artist, is one of them. Frida Kahlo and her doll The posting produced a few comments from some of my friends. Very interesting observations that raised questions

Sad, sad tears of a clown pt. one

published: March, 07, 2018 Written by // Isaac D. Joseph Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, Youth, Isaac D. Joseph, Mental Health, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Isaac D. Joseph on living with HIV and depression.

Sad, sad tears of a clown pt. one

“Now if there's a smile on my face it's only there trying to fool the public…But don't let my glad expression give you the wrong impression… Like a clown I appear to be glad…But ain't too much sadder than the tears of a clown when there's no one around – Smokey Robinson The saddest kind of sad is when your tears can’t even fall and you feel nothing. Your world has ended, you don’t cry, you don’t speak, you don’t hear, you don’t see. You just stay there sunken and hollow an

Undetectable viral load is a milestone in this journey.

published: March, 05, 2018 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Kimutai Kemboi, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media

From Kenya, Kimutai Kemboi spreads the word that undetectable equals untransmittable

Undetectable viral load is a milestone in this journey.

I had a conversation with this guy, Sammy (not his real name) and I feel I should share it so that other people learn the facts. Sammy: Hi Kim? (the short name of Kimutai) Kemboi: Hi to you bro, how is the going? Sammy: All is well, how about you? Kemboi: Everything is perfect, just up and down as a routine. Sammy: There is something that has been disturbing my mind for a while now and I have tried asking and researching but I am not convinced by the responses. That is why I thought of a

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for March: anchoring for what's coming next.

published: March, 02, 2018 Written by // Ed Wolf Categories // Social Media, Aging, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, International , Ed Wolf, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Ed Wolf asks, "How do we reunite with such hatred, persecution and division occurring across the land?"

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for March: anchoring for what's coming next.

Day 180. Fantasy Potluck On May 9 1865, 152 years ago today, President Andrew Johnson officially declared that the Civil War had ended. By then, well over 700,000 Americans had lost their lives. This morning I’m thinking of the Trump voters in my life and wondering how we’re going to come back together, call a truce, practice amnesty, cross the aisle. How do we reunite with such hatred, persecution and division occurring across the land? Continued accusations and mean-spirited interaction

Mindfulness, The Frog and The Scorpion Too.

published: February, 27, 2018 Written by // Matt Levine Categories // Aging, Social Media, Gay Men, Food, Nutrition and Recipes, Health, Living with HIV, Vitamins - Supplements, Media, Opinion Pieces, Matt Levine

Matt Levine: "So as the new year unfolds, I’m taking this look back, less a review, more an emotional detox..."

Mindfulness, The Frog and The Scorpion Too.

Part 1:  The frog   These days my emotional orbit seems to range wider than the Voyager 1 Space probe. True, that’s overly dramatic and quantifiably false, but cosmic exaggeration aside, there does seem to be some distant, vast and dark void between my moods. Last year was tough. Somewhere between a doozy and a mind-fuck, a roller coaster and a road trip with people you hate. But that assessment makes me wince. How can frustration coexist with thirty years of living well with HIV?  Surv

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