Get Connected via Social Media

published: February, 20, 2012 Categories // Social Media, Living with HIV, Media

Denise Becker sings the praises of Pinterest, YouTube and a whole lot more

Do you think that social media is at the height of its popularity?  I had to wonder when Google+ was introduced if social media could take on yet another forum but I continue to be astounded at just how thirsty we all are for more ways of connecting in the virtual hemisphere. My recent favourite way of procrastinating is Pinterest. Pinterest is a unique forum that allows you to post, comment and file various images.  You make up your own filing system or you can use the suggestions Pintere

Indian video with a new take on HIV Stigma

published: January, 28, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Sexual Health, Health, Living with HIV, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy says “This one had me scratching my head for a bit. What does it mean? See if you can figure it out.”

Indian video with a new take on HIV Stigma

Sometimes I think we’ve seen every kind of HIV messaging under the sun, and then comes something completely out of left field. This one is from India and while I like to think I know a fair bit about stigma, having blogged about it and nothing else for six months on Ontario’s campaign, must admit I hadn’t considered this take on the subject before. The video below has great production values, but the exact message, in the absence of a knowledge of Hindi, is a bit hard to f

Odd Condom Campaign targets Catholic Church

published: January, 02, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Sexual Health, Health, International , Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

We don’t quite know what to make of this German HIV prevention campaign, which tries to drown the virgin mary in a sea of tears, in the hope of changing Catholic doctrine against the use of condoms

Odd  Condom Campaign targets Catholic Church

Thank God – Condoms Protect is a project of Jugend gegen AIDS from Germany. It sure is odd. One can't help but agree with the sentiments expressed in the video below, but their chances of achieving the desired effect  - getting the pope to change his mind on condoms because of a Facebook campaign - strike me as very slim indeed. Nice try though. From their Facbook page (translated from German) Youth against AIDS is involved in the fight against HIV / AIDS and is designed entirel

No longer just social

published: December, 16, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Living with HIV, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In this report, written for those in the HIV community who are still not quite getting their feet wet, Bob Leahy says social media is redefining how people with HIV talk to one another and share information

No longer just social

There’s no doubt about it. Social media is one of THE hot topics in the HIV community. Quite apart from its popularity among individuals, our AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs) are starting to explore how they might use it to jump on the bandwagon before it passes by them. I stumbled into social media myslef in late middle age, long before it was hot, and I’ve been swimming with the tide ever since. I started with Live Journal in 2003. I’m a big fan of blogging;  I do it becaus

Homeless youth, cell-phones and HIV. What's the connection?

published: December, 14, 2011 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research, Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // OHTN OHTN/, Social Media, Conferences, Features and Interviews, Sexual Health, Health, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Social media and HIV prevention, connecting the dots. Bob Leahy interviews researcher Eric Rice at the North American Housing and HIV Research Summit in New Orleans.

Homeless youth, cell-phones and HIV.  What's the connection?

Eric Rice speaks about his research on homeless youth, how they use social media to stay conected and what impact this has on HIV prevention  - and the work that ASOs need to do to keep up. Filmed at  the North American Housing and HIV Research Summit on New Orleans, 2011 as part of a collabortion between the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) and

Louise Binder in the Toronto Sun: HIV treatment in Canada lacking.

published: December, 13, 2011 Categories // Activism, News Categories, Women, Media, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

PositiveLIte.Com writer and activist Louise Binder talks to reporter Kevin Connor about the state of #HIV treatment in 2011

Louise Binder, seen Nov. 28, 2011, has had HIV since 1993. (Dave Thomas/Toronto Sun) PositiveLite.Com says: we were delighted to see our Louise Binder made the Toronto Sun December 1, 2011, World AIDS Day, albeit surrounded by ads for Pizzaville (two medium pizzas, six toppings for $18.99?  Not bad!), The Sun story story goes on to take a lightning tour of a host of HIV-related issues, which will likely never be referred to again in the pages of the Sun, at least until World AIDS Da

Possibly the most powerful statement about teen suicide you’ll ever see

published: December, 04, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Media, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

I am Jonah video raises the bar on the power of one person to make a difference.

Possibly the most powerful statement about teen suicide you’ll ever see

It’s no secret that I’m no fan of the It Gets Better campaign.  My take? It’s duped us in to believing that a strategy for teens of sitting and WAITING for things to get better makes more sense than being proactive and actually MAKING things happen, by confronting bullying, by standing up and saying “we’re not going to take it!”   Meanwhile politicians use It Gets Better to pretty-up their otherwise homophobic personas and  - here’s the rub - teen suicide

Behind the Lines

published: December, 01, 2011 Categories // Social Media, Activism, Current Affairs, Events, Media

Our London correspondent Denis Robinson meets Andrew Jukes from UK book retailing chain Waterstone’s Gower Street store whose quiet activism is putting HIV - and the company he works for – on the map this Worlds AIDS Week.

Over the last few weeks I have been talking to people I consider heroes within the HIV community in London. It has truly been the most humbling experience. I have cried, I have laughed and I have realised that no matter what I do to raise awareness and try and break down walls, it will never be enough. You see, a hero is ultimately someone who selflessly tries to make life better for others. Yesterday I met with Andrew Jukes from Waterstones, Gower Street, (seen above) for the last of my "Her

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 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

The Shawn Decker Interview:

published: November, 15, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks to HIV-positive speaker, writer and social media superstar Shawn Decker about life, love and Depeche Mode.

The Shawn Decker Interview:

Despite being born with mild hemophilia, Shawn Decker enjoyed a pretty normal childhood. At the age of 11, he was infected with HIV through the use of tainted blood products and expelled from public school. He was re-admiitted “because his mother would eventuallyhave killed someone had they not let him back in.” For the next ten years, Shawn kept his HIV status to himself, barely talking to his parents or doctors and never mentioning his pet virus by name, though he did jump at the chanc

How to stay on top of your social media

published: October, 31, 2011 Categories // Social Media, Guest Authors, Media

A lot has been made of the benefits of social media. But how easy is for organizations like ASOs’ to staff, manage and create content? This edited version of an article which first appeared in The Globe and Mail, written by Mia Pearson, helps.

How to stay on top of your social media

PositiveLite says: While it was originally written with small business in mind, the comments and suggestions made here are uncannily transferable to non-profits, particularly AIDS Service Organizations either wishing to get in to social media or manage it more effectively A lot has been made of the benefits of social media. It can be a cost-effective way to reach large audiences, and it gives people a new way to interact with your agency. While most small agencies worry about the initial steps

Blogging 101. Part Four: Dealing with Writers Block.

published: October, 08, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Media

At a loss for words? Bob Leahy, with the help of his Singapore sources, guides you through the process of what to do when the creative juices dry up.

Blogging 101. Part Four: Dealing with Writers Block.

I'm kind of unusual.  I hardly ever suffer from writers’ block. On LiveJournal, before defecting to here, I wrote 3,000 posts, one a day for - well, you work it out. On the campaign I wrote about HIV Stigma and nothing else for six months. That’s a lot of stigma! Here on I write much less often, but that’s because the Editor’s job keeps me busy. So writers’ block is a problem for me more in that I sometimes hear about it from fellow bloggers.

Xtra Coverboy!

published: September, 28, 2011 Categories // Activism, Media

PositiveLite writer Michael Burtch once again strips down inside the pages of the Ottawa Xtra, but this time gets the cover too!

Back in February I was interviewed by reporter Norren Fagan for Xtra Ottawa about winning AIDS Activist of the Year, my fundraising initiatives, and my participation with as a regular blogger. Now, in conjunction with modelling for the cover story on the modern complexities of HIV/AIDS and Ottawa’s upcoming AIDS Walk , my interview sees print, and you can read it here. Those wishing to read the entire issue, including an editorial by David Hoe, can view a pdf of the Septembe

Crime, Television and Public Perceptions: Thoughts on the Fall Line-Up

published: September, 23, 2011 Categories // Media, Opinion Pieces

As autumn approaches, we are faced once more by the inevitable. Cooling temperatures, the changing colours of the leaves, the approach of Thanksgiving and, of course, the fall television lineup.

. . . and you need not be an avid television watcher to sample the vast array of presumptuously new “gems” or returning favourites. Whether you remain glued to your flatscreen or take in only the casual newscast, you’re likely to be barraged now by snippets from everything from oddly-paired characters in often absurdly amusing situation comedies to talk shows hosted by often obscure or unexpected hosts with strangely compelling credentials. Yet one of the more interesting aspects of this

On The Job

published: July, 12, 2011 Categories // Community Events, Events, Media

Michael Burtch brings us to date on what’s been happening on the HIV Prevention front in Ottawa

With the success of the AIDS Committee of Ottawa’s sold out ‘No Pants, No Problem’  party last month, plans are currently underway to host a sequel in September! Originally conceived by Toronto’s Jessica Whitbread, Ottawa is looking to participate in the international edition of her famous party, joining Toronto, Mexico, Amsterdam, and others in a simultaneous live party feed! Be sure to watch this blog space and site for further details as they become available! Distributing safe

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