Living with HIV

Come Join Us! Really?

published: November, 01, 2011 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // Activism, Finances, Living with HIV, Louis "Kengi" Carr

Our LA correspondent has harsh words for the Occupy movement. Simply because you now call it 99% does not mean you care about poverty in this nation. It simply means you do not want to experience it, he says

Come Join Us! Really?

Today marked job interview 103 for me and once again I feel like it went rather well. But since this is interview 103 and I've thought they all went well, I must say that I am not too sure that I will be getting a call back. I know many people think that things are going great for me since homelessness has ended, but the real fact of the matter is things really aren't all that well. Each month I struggle to pay bills and have enough food to eat. There have been plenty of times where I've had t

A senior's moment or memory loss.........again!

published: October, 31, 2011 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Aging, Mental Health, Health, Living with HIV, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow remembers his problems with memory loss. Is it aging, HIV-related or something else?

A senior's moment or memory loss.........again!

Today I showed up for my doctor's office to get my annual flu shot, only to find out.....its tomorrow. Lucky for me, my doctor and my AIDS Servicer Organzation are in the same office. So while I was there I was able to report my volunteer hours that I forgot to email in, so it wasn't a total screw up. I don't quite remember when my memory started to get bad, I do remember I was way too young for it to be happening. It just sort of came on and then just got more noticeable. I was in my mid to l

Keeping up with keying

published: October, 31, 2011 Categories // Women, Living with HIV

Denise Becker: Recently, with the death of Steve Jobs, I have reflected on all the technological changes to communication that I have seen in my life and it has left me feeling a little old.

When I was 18 and living in England, my mother and father had recently divorced. My mother's family was keen for her to move back to Canada and my older siblings and I encouraged her to start a new life back in the place where she had grown up. After much worrying about us, my mother decided to act on the opportunity and a year later we were waving farewell to her at Heathrow Airport. For me, I knew it would be a short farewell because I intended joining her in a year or two, after I had found

The day the earth stood still

published: October, 31, 2011 Categories // Health, Living with HIV

Finding out is never easy. Our newest Positive Lite.com blog, London’s Denis Robinson, tells the tale of the day he found out he was HIV-positive.

The day the earth stood still

I think we have all had a day like this. A day when you are walking around in touch with reality, then something happens, and it is like you have gone off grid; suddenly you are an extra in a Matrix movie, suddenly you feel like you are walking through treacle or that everyone is moving around you with a purpose and pace you cannot comprehend. The couple of months leading up to my day were stressful. I had moved house, changed jobs and attended the funeral of my best friend who had committed s

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

Playing the Last Scene of a Marriage

published: October, 24, 2011 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Gay Men, Living with HIV, Mark S. King

Mark S. King hears the words no one wants to hear “I’m not in love with you anymore.”

Playing the Last Scene of a Marriage

He said this at the dinner table as he made the first cut of his steak, a beautiful ribeye he had grilled to perfection. I put down my own knife and fork and stared at him. “This isn’t new, or else you haven’t been listening,” he said, a bit wary of my gaze. “You knew I wasn’t happy a year ago. And we’ve just ignored it.” He took a bite and I hated him for it, for having the digestion for this. I had dropped the butter, that’s how this started. I had been setting the table an

Aging is gonna be the end of me someday.

published: October, 20, 2011 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Aging, Living with HIV, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow thinks out loud about getting old – and it ain’t always pretty, he says.

Aging is gonna be the end of me someday.

This aging thing is really starting to piss me off, it’s totally ruining my life and one of these days it’s gonna kill me. I see the body as being the vehicle that gets the rest of me through life, I just wish I could have chosen a better model to get me there. This one is breaking down far too soon, but then it is a 1954 model. The last job I had was as a Personal Support Worker, working with elderly people in their own homes. My job was to assist them in getting up and ready for their da

Playing the Last Scene of a Marriage

published: October, 20, 2011 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Gay Men, Living with HIV, Mark S. King

Mark S. King hears the words no one wants to hear “I’m not in love with you anymore.”

Playing the Last Scene of a Marriage

He said this at the dinner table as he made the first cut of his steak, a beautiful ribeye he had grilled to perfection. I put down my own knife and fork and stared at him. “This isn’t new, or else you haven’t been listening,” he said, a bit wary of my gaze. “You knew I wasn’t happy a year ago. And we’ve just ignored it.” He took a bite and I hated him for it, for having the digestion for this. I had dropped the butter, that’s how this started. I had been setting the table an

A week of bombshells

published: October, 19, 2011 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Living with HIV, Guest Authors

Part Three of Brian the Shochusucker’s tale of his first year of living with HIV in Japan. In this part, Brian talk about post-diagnosis bad news both at work and from his doctor and the ‘rents going MIA

A week of bombshells

The day after going to the new hospital, I was feeling better knowing the care I was going to get and that I was in good hands. However it was back to work as usual. I was still dealing with a lot of emotions and questions about being newly diagnosed with HIV. "What would it mean if my CD4 count was under 200? What will my counsellor be like? Will there be side effects from my HIV meds? And what the hell was the Viral Load about again?" Even though I was handed much information, I found it a l

Plans are afoot

published: October, 18, 2011 Categories // Living with HIV

Danny Miller with why he’s been busy, what he learned from his friend’s mission of hope to Africa and what he’s going to do next to make an impact on HIV rates in his own home state.

I would like to start by apologizing for the drought in my posting in the last couple of months. I could give you a thousand excuses from multiple hospital visits to a mini meltdown about turning 36, to hurricanes and heartache, but I won't. I will just say this, Life is just a circus and this poor clown is just trying to get a laugh. More plainly, life happens and sometimes it gets in the way. So to you constant readers (that haven't given me up for dead that is) and to Bob and Brian and all

Moments in Time

published: October, 17, 2011 Categories // Women, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Denise Becker recalls those moments on her HIV journey – some good some bad – that have coloured her life.

Recently, I was watching a TED talk on how beautiful things make you feel. I realized there are those moments in my HIV life when I have had acute feelings about HIV, good or bad and I would just like to share some of those with you. What I would like you to do is to imagine each situation and see if a part of your body feels something. Here are ten that I have thought of. 10. Seeing children and babies and knowing mine died of AIDS when she was nine months old. First of all, I LOVE children

Fear and Loathing in Las Virus: A Savage Journey to the Heart of Being HIV Positive

published: October, 17, 2011 Categories // Living with HIV

Stephen Lincoln reveals his guarded side - and why he hasn’t always been comfortable with writing about living with HIV

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

published: October, 15, 2011 Written by // Daniel Uy Categories // Fitness and Exercise, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Daniel Uy

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

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