Living with HIV

Divorce, Stress, HIV – and No Jokes

published: November, 10, 2011 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Mark S. King

Mark S King goes on the couch to try processing his recent break-up, talks with a friend then gives a nod to PositiveLIte.com

Divorce, Stress, HIV – and No Jokes

  This is a rather personal blog video, there’s no doubt about that. I’m even a little apprehensive because it doesn’t offer the usual helpful tips or the “entertainment value” of my other videos. But one of my problems has always been trying to be the life of the party when I’m not feeling it. So please allow me to offer you a different Mark than you might be used to, unplugged and exposed. The last few weeks have been tough, I won’t lie to you. My nine-year relationship came

A very special relationship…

published: November, 07, 2011 Categories // Treatment, Living with HIV

And it’s likely long term. Denis Robinson shares what many people living with HIV have, and that’s a sometimes stormy affair with those little coloured pills.

Now I am not talking about Thatcher/Reagan, Blair/Bush and certainly not any special relationship that our current Prime Minister David Cameron thinks he might have with a certain world leader called Barack Obama. But my personal developing special relationship.   It’s 6.30am on a cold crisp morning and London has never looked more beautiful to me. And I have just taken my 246th dose of combination therapy. That’s 1,230 pills since I embarked on my treatment.   Just this week I have been

List it, love it, lose it.

published: November, 07, 2011 Categories // Living with HIV

Not just a “to do” list. Don Short likes those, but he also likes to list things he’s achieved.

I can’t seem to go a day without writing a list of things to do. The workings of the HIV virus and the long-term effects of antiretrovirals have my brain going fuzzy at the best of times. To combat, I attack with pen and paper to make sure I stay aware of what’s important to do, or what I should stop doing. Coming out of a few difficult months, I began to feel the impulse to write a list of what is in my life inventory…what I’m glad to have and hold, and identify as a good thing. Call

Sleep, eat, doctors, meds, repeat.

published: November, 04, 2011 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Living with HIV, Guest Authors

Part Four of Brian the Shochusucker’s tale of his first year of living with HIV in Japan.

Sleep, eat, doctors, meds, repeat.

Part III of Brian's story can be found here. After my doctor saw the severity of my condition, he ordered a whole slew of tests. I was supposed to go in for a chest X-ray and eye exam the next week (mid October, 2010) and there was also talk of having a CT scan. I asked about starting meds but my doctor wanted to get a larger picture of what he was dealing with. He also wanted to make sure I was on disability insurance. I didn't understand why this was important. I was not blind or needed a

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

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

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