Living with HIV

The Work Week Of An Activist

published: December, 05, 2011 Categories // Community Events, Activism, Gay Men, Events, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Michael Burtch’s busy schedule of activism and volunteerism continues during World AIDS Awareness Week.

My busy month of work and volunteer commitments has continued with World AIDS Day events mostly monopolizing my time. Last Saturday I hosted another successful edition of The Magnet Party, kicking off World AIDS Awareness Week with the help of my co-worker David Mills, Ottawa University’s Patrick O'Byrne, and Centretown Pub. Then on Monday I co-facilitated a two hour workshop with Frédérique Chabot about the basics behind HIV for over 25 people at the AIDS Committee of Ottawa . On Th

If I were sero-positive . . . would you?

published: December, 02, 2011 Categories // Activism, Events, Living with HIV

Montrealer Ken Monteith on a COCQ-SIDA French language campaign that challenges attitudes towards people living with HIV

If I were sero-positive . . . would you?

(left)  Ken Monteith:: Would you appreciate my sense of humour as much if I were seropositive? This week marks the launch of the second edition of a campaign by the Coalition des organismes communautaires québécois de lute contre le sida (COCQ-SIDA) aimed at sensitizing the public to the stigmatization lived by people living with HIV. The campaign aims to mobilize the public to participate through a Facebook application that allows individuals to insert their own images and reflections

Stop. Drop. And Pause.

published: December, 01, 2011 Written by // Daniel Uy Categories // Events, Health, Living with HIV, Daniel Uy

On World AIDS Day, Daniel Uy favours doing nothing at all. “ I choose not to battle. I choose to pause. To “stand” and face my red-ribboned tank, close my eyes and surrender. Just like every other day.”

Stop.  Drop.  And Pause.

It’s crazy.  I know how it sounds.  Everything in life is about moving forward to get ahead.  Have to keep trying and pushing and fighting and struggling to make it.  Much effort is required to achieve victory – the win.  But sometimes, no matter how hard you fight and struggle and push, some things just don’t move forward.  They’re stuck.  You can’t figure it out and you try harder and exert more and try coming at it from different angles and still

OHTN Research Conference 2011: Tim Brown and Matt Sharp's Quest for an HIV Cure

published: November, 30, 2011 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research, Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Conferences, Events, Features and Interviews, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Brian Finch interviews Timothy Brown, who has been cured of HIV and Matt Sharp, who is an Independent HIV Educator and Advocacy Consultant

OHTN Research Conference 2011: Tim Brown and Matt Sharp's Quest for an HIV Cure

The OHTN and Positive Lite present Interviews from the OHTN's Annual Research Conference, Toronto 2011Brian Finch interviews Timothy Brown, who has been cured of HIV and Matt Sharp, who is an Independent HIV Educator and Advocacy Consultant.

Living with HIV in Japan Part 6

published: November, 30, 2011 Categories // Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

Brian the Shochusucker says goodbye to his parents, starts taking his HIV meds and decides life is good!

Living with HIV in Japan Part 6

You can read Part Five here. The next morning both parents were still going on about how impressed they were with my care team. Mom also continued to go on and on about my doctor and his warm eyes. I had also received my settlement money in my bank account. It seemed like a lot at the time, but later I would realize how fast it would go. I had been going to the doctor almost weekly and the bills were piling up. Later in the day I was supposed to go to a Hello Work (unemployment) seminar. O

Only the Most Perfect Passes These Lips

published: November, 30, 2011 Written by // Daniel Uy Categories // Food, Nutrition and Recipes, Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Daniel Uy

Urban yogi Daniel Uy on eating right and when second best is never enough, especially when it comes to nutrition and its role in sustaining life.

Only the Most Perfect Passes These Lips

How many times during the week do you find yourself having this debate?  Starving hungry you find yourself with two food options.  One is the bag of chocolate covered almonds (you can extrapolate this to any food with whom you share a bond) and the other is Greek salad. Before you can figure out which one you think you should eat, you’ve already had six of the almonds.  So then you say to yourself that you can probably eat the salad afterwards but you already started on the a

CHOOSE LOVE

published: November, 30, 2011 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // Events, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Louis "Kengi" Carr

Our LA correspondent Kengi is showing his paintings and photography at the Gay and Lesbian Centre in Los Angeles as an expression of love on World AIDS Day

CHOOSE LOVE

It's Monday night at 11:39 pm and I've just come in from hanging out with some of the guys from the HIV support group that I have the honour to attend from time to time. Afterwards, about 10 or so of us went out to have coffee at a local diner. It's been a while since I've been to the group because many people I do HIV peer support and education for also attend the group. I want them to be able to express themselves without feeling like I am there to observe them. However tonight I needed to

A Caribbean Story – Part Three

published: November, 29, 2011 Categories // Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Scott Foley, applying for refugee status in Canada, recounts his tentative exploration of the gay scene as a timid eighteen year-old – and what happens when he gets found out by his family!

A Caribbean Story – Part Three

Read part two of Scot Foley’s story here. Since that situation with my priest and my decision to accept my sexuality, I decided to carefully look for other gay guys to connect with. There must be other guys like me I thought. How do I meet other guys without risking my safety and revealing my identity?  The internet! I didn’t have access to a computer at home so I went to an internet café and sat in the back where it was empty and started prowling the internet for gay sites. I foun

My own private AIDS awareness

published: November, 28, 2011 Categories // Health, Smoking Cessation , Living with HIV

Rob Newman says “Here we are once again in the midst of AIDS Awareness Week with all the activities we have in our communities - but for me I find myself in the midst of my own AIDS awareness”.

I got sick again … when I look back on my calendar (because I have no memory) I realize that it’s only been 5 months since I was last sent to bed with pneumonia… and here I am again, only worse….this time they kept me overnight in the hospital; a good friend and a nameless doctor gave me what I hope is the slap I needed.  I have been smoke free for three weeks as I write this latest rant. I have been doing a lot of work in the past month since my latest diagnosis of pneumonia, ye

Cleaning up on Black Friday

published: November, 27, 2011 Categories // Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Funny American guy Danny Miller, against his better judgment, goes to Target on Black Friday to buy a Christmas Tree and lights cheap. Did he make it? Read on.

So the holiday season has begun here in the States. Thanksgiving, (the last Thursday of November) is the kick off and the following day is perhaps the most ridiculous of all the days of the holiday season. It is the first official day of Christmas shopping, It is lovingly referred to as Black Friday. All the stores open at ungodly early hours and the masses turn out in droves to partake in all the super sized sales. Not having worked in retail and having an extreme loathing for shopping.

Canadian AIDS Society: Cost of HIV is $1.3 million per person infected

published: November, 26, 2011 Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

The Canadian AIDS Society has just released a report that indicates that the economic impact of 3,070 new HIV infections in Canada in 2009 has a lifetime cost of $4,031,500,000, approximately 22% higher than previously estimated.

Canadian AIDS Society: Cost of HIV is $1.3 million per person infected

Scroll down for why PositiveLite.Com thinks this is important. November 24th marks the beginning of Canadian HIV/AIDS Awareness Week and the release of this report – The Economic Cost of HIV/AIDS in Canada, written by JoAnn Kingston-Riechers, PhD, from the Institute of Health Economics and the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Alberta – should serve as a sobering reminder of the impact of approximately 3,070 new HIV infections in Canada each year. The report f

The Reluctant Activist. (A small man with a huge heart)

published: November, 25, 2011 Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific

The second in our UK man Denis Robinson’s series on unsung heroes of the HIV community

I first met Spike fourteen years ago. And although he wasn’t the first person I met who told me he was positive, he was the first person I met who told everyone he was positive.  I remember thinking it was a very brave thing to live as an OUT poz man.  For Spike, though, it wasn’t about bravery.  It was and is about integrity. We caught up recently so I could ask him some questions for this series of articles on HIV Heroes. Spike was diagnosed in May 1987.  At that tim

Sharing Our Experiences

published: November, 24, 2011 Categories // Social Media, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Our Montreal guy Ken Monteith talks about blogging and why its important to share our stories – and not just on blogs, either.

Sharing Our Experiences

When I started blogging almost five years ago, it was following the stellar example of PositiveLite.com founder Brian Finch. At an annual general meeting of the Canadian AIDS Society, Brian spoke about his reasons for blogging and about being visible to the broader community. That's when I decided I needed to do that, too, to share my own experiences of living with HIV as the best way to help to destigmatize HIV/AIDS and make more familiar the realities of my own little life. Once you've star

Lay Back, Close Your Eyes, And Just Enjoy It!

published: November, 23, 2011 Written by // Daniel Uy Categories // Alternative Therapies, Health, Spirituality, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Daniel Uy

Our urban yogi Daniel Uy says sometimes we all have to learn an important lesson sprawled out on the floor.

Lay Back, Close Your Eyes, And Just Enjoy It!

It’s the most awful thing.  The alarm is going off and you’re half conscious laying there in bed trying to figure out how on earth it can be morning already.  Rolling over and trying to stand on your feet, after several snooze button tests you try to figure out after all that sleep why on earth you are still so tired. Have you ever just stood in line at a bank or grocery store and just for a few seconds dozed off?  Or pulled up on the couch and curled in after dinner for a

OHTN addresses HIV and aging

published: November, 22, 2011 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Aging, Conferences, Events, Features and Interviews, Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

John McCullagh attended a presentation on HIV and aging at the 2011 Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) Research Conference in Toronto. Here’s his report and a conversation he had about the latest Canadian research on this subject

OHTN addresses HIV and aging

When HIV and AIDS first appeared on the scene thirty years ago, it was a terrifying illness that quickly killed those who became infected. Yet through scientific and community efforts it’s now turned into a condition that, if diagnosed and treated in a timely manner, can be managed into old age. Thanks to such advances in treatment, people with HIV are living much longer than ever before. According to information compiled by CATIE, it’s estimated that 12% of HIV+ people in Canada are 50 y

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