Media

Why Facebook friends and HIV connections go hand in hand

published: November, 19, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Social Media, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy says while social media is great for exchanging knowledge and promoting things, its best and brightest use is for humanizing us all.

Why Facebook friends and HIV connections go hand in hand

This is not the first post in which I’ve extolled the virtue of using social media in the context of HIV work or been surprised at the number of those who, in 2015, have yet to embrace it. True, those who work in HIV or are part of the wider HIV community are busy with competing priorities. Immersion in social media can suck up time like nobody’s business. But if you want to stay ahead of the game and be informed and inform others, social media is not just a “nice to have”, it’s an a

Here’s help with telling your (HIV) story

published: September, 03, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Editor Bob Leahy in conversation with Camille de Putter, author of Storytelling with Heart, a workbook designed to help people tell their stories. It's about working through shame, silence and secrets and learning to write and share.

Here’s help with telling your (HIV) story

Bob Leahy: Hi Camiille. Why don’t you tell me first what people can expect from your book?  Camille DePutter. Sure. I wrote the book because I feel that for many of us we have a sense that we have a story we would like to tell about ourselves and our experiences so I wanted to help people do that, to help them do some of the thinking about what their personal stories may be. It’s a way to start working with those stories, to put them down on paper, think about them in new ways and start

National HIVAnonymous Campaign a contradiction in terms

published: August, 17, 2015 Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

New writer Steven Hobé from Toronto says Canada’s latest stigma-fighting campaign “HIVAnonymous” is sending the wrong message

National HIVAnonymous Campaign a contradiction in terms

From the HIVAnonymous website:  'Here at HIVANONYMOUS, we want to encourage those living with HIV and AIDS to share your experiences with the world in a way that lets you keep your identity and HIV status as private as you are comfortable with. We invite you to talk about, in your own words, how stigma and discrimination have affected your life. Your stories will help educate others about the realities of living with HIV and AIDS, and open a discussion about the effects of discrimination a

Canadian people living with HIV are getting organized

published: August, 11, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media

One step further: Canadian Positive People Network / Réseau Canadien Des Personnes Séropositives now registered as a Not-for Profit Organization, retains links to GNP+

Canadian people living with HIV are getting organized

From CPPN/RCPS Following the International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in July 2015 in Vancouver, the Canadian Positive People Network (CPPN)/ Réseau Canadien Des Personnes Séropositives (RCPS) is pleased to announce it is now officially registered as a corporation, a community-baased network for and by people living with HIV under the New Canadian Not-for Profit (NFP) Act.  “People living with HIV in Canada have taken a bold new step forward to

HIVnow campaign will change the conversation during Toronto Pride

published: June, 18, 2015 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Social Media, Community Events, Activism, Pride, As Prevention , Research, Health, Sexual Health, Legal, Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

What is #HIVnow? It’s the HIV awareness campaign Toronto Pride deserves.

HIVnow campaign will change the conversation during Toronto Pride

John Maxwell, executive director, ACT (left) Christopher Thomas, communications coordinator, ACT (right)     Ryan Lisk, manager of community health programs, ACT (left) Mason McColl, gay men's online strategy and resource coordinator, ACT (right)     Ty Best, graphic designer of the posters The AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) has just launched a bold, new multimedia campaign, HIVnow, that is intended to raise awareness around HIV because the times

June 5, 2015 is the second annual National HIV/AIDS Long-term Survivors Awareness Day

published: May, 26, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Aging, Events, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media

It's created in San Francisco by Let’s Kick Ass to recognize and honour those living longest with HIV, and to spotlight the present-day intricacies of survival while aging with HIV

June 5, 2015 is the second annual National HIV/AIDS Long-term Survivors Awareness Day

Press release: San Francisco, CA—The second annual National HIV/AIDS Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day (NHALTSAD) is Friday, June 5, 2015. Let’s Kick ASS—AIDS Survivor Syndrome created the awareness day in 2014 to recognize and honor those living longest with HIV. NHALTSAD spotlights the present-day intricacies of survival while aging with HIV. It also stresses the importance of keeping those older adults without HIV from acquiring it.  This year’s theme is “Every Survivor Counts

My HIV story

published: May, 07, 2015 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Félix Garmendía

New York poz guy Felix Garmendia returns with .his story. "HIV struck me like a lightning bolt but it also helped me validate the wonders of life, friendship, love, and compassion.".

My HIV story

It was December 19th, 1989. After being celibate for three years, I decided to get tested to give my then boyfriend the nicest Christmas present I could think of. We were decorating our Christmas tree when the phone rang. My boyfriend answered and his words were, “They are calling to give you your HIV test results”.  I grabbed the phone and a cold voice that I will never forget said, – “ Mr. Garmendia your HIV test came back positive”. I became very confused, How could it be possib

Too much sex?

published: May, 04, 2015 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Félix Garmendía

Being poz and sex positive in New York City in the 90s, Felix Garmendia was asked by the Advocate magazine back then “how much sex is too much?”. Now writing, for PositiveLite.com he provides an update.

Too much sex?

In the summer of 1997, I received a call from a friend asking me if I wanted to be interviewed by The Advocate. I asked my friend, "Why on earth would The Advocate be interested in interviewing me?" The Advocate was looking for HIV-positive men who were sexually active and would be interested in sharing their experiences in an interview. I accepted the offer. The interview mostly dealt with my active sexual life then, and my opinions about how to have multiple partners and still act responsib

Harper government moves to block supervised injection services for drug users in Canada

published: March, 27, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Current Affairs, Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors, Media, Opinion Pieces

From Pivot Legal Society in B.C., new bill could make it much harder for Insite to stay open, and effectively prevents a similar health service from opening in any other Canadian city.

Harper government moves to block supervised injection services for drug users in Canada

This article  by Adrienne Smith first appeared on the PIVOTlegal.org website here  Today, the House of Commons passed Bill C-2, the Respect for Communities Act. Pretty title, but like so much Conservative legislation, the meaning of the title, like the bill, is cruelly ironic.  What the Respect for Communities Act does is effectively block the establishment of new supervised injection facilities like Insite. The bill could make it much harder for Insite to stay open, and it effectively pr

Two coats of hypocrisy

published: March, 26, 2015 Categories // Current Affairs, Media, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality

The story of a Quebec celebrity ticketed for a minor sex offence in a public park brings out the worst in people, says Ken Monteith, and breeds a hypocrisy that hinders frank talk about sex

Two coats of hypocrisy

For some strange reason, people seem to particularly enjoy the misfortunes of the fortunate. It happened in Québec a couple of weeks ago, as a prolific and openly gay radio and television star was revealed to have been ticketed in an area park for having done something he probably shouldn’t have (definitely shouldn’t have, if you ask the police officer). At first, when the news broke, the celbrity tried to say that he had urinated and the police officer ticketed him for that, but it only

How to write about HIV

published: March, 18, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Media, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

A writing style guide published by HIV Plus Magazine offers tips on the language to be used. Did they get it right? Bob Leahy reports

How to write about HIV

I’ve written just recently here about the poorly chosen words we as a community sometimes use to describe ourselves and the work we do.  (Think “serodiscordant couple", as an example. Uggh!.) Now a new style guide, intended to assist journalists outside our community, but arguably equally relevant amongst our own, has been released which sets out to make sure the language newsrooms use is appropriate.   It’s published by our friends at HIV Plus Magazine, part of a group which also

Top Ten PositiveLIte.com posts from 2014

published: January, 19, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Living with HIV, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Editor Bob Leahy lists your top ten favourite posts from last year and finds barebacking - sex without condoms when you are undetectable - was the topic of the year that interested readers most.

Top Ten PositiveLIte.com posts from 2014

These are the PositiveLite.com articles that were most read in 2014, based on number of hits received, A mix of the (mostly) new and old there is also a mix here of the serious and the not so serious. Why not catch up on any you missed because there are some real gems here. Marc-André LeBlanc contributed our number one post, a leader in the now common argument that still has to percolate the pages of any sexual health site I know, namely that having sex with undetectable poz guys is a hell

Think Twice: The Toronto gay community speaks out about HIV criminalization

published: November, 20, 2014 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Legal, Living with HIV, Media, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

In a new YouTube campaign, 42 Toronto gay community members and allies say why going to the cops when a sex partner hasn’t disclosed his HIV-positive status won't stop him from getting HIV or stop the spread of the disease

Think Twice: The Toronto gay community speaks out about HIV criminalization

Canada is a world leader in targeting and criminalizing people living with HIV (PLHIV). People are being charged with aggravated sexual assault and thrown in prison for not disclosing their status, even when there was virtually no risk of transmission. Our laws are based on stigma and fear.  “Think Twice” is a campaign by the Toronto-based activist organization AIDS Action Now!  to decrease the number of PLHIV in Ontario facing criminal prosecutions for HIV non-disclosure. 

The viral closet: coming out as HIV-positive

published: September, 08, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

From FS Magazine “I salute all those members of the HIV community who have had the courage to stand up and say: “Yes, I have HIV”.”

The viral closet: coming out as HIV-positive

This article by Matthew Hodson @Matthew_Hodson first appeared in FS Magazine, a publication of GMFA, here.   You’re proud to be gay, right? Maybe not every hour of every day, but when you’re in the midst of some LGBT Pride event and there are lesbian and gay soldiers, sailors, families, policemen and women, bankers, shop assistants, celebrities, politicos all joining together – that’s a great feeling. Thousands of men, women and men dressed as women marching in the parade and getti

The summer’s top ten

published: September, 04, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Media, Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Editor Bob Leahy looks at which of PositiveLite.com’s posts generated the most hits in the dog days of summer – and finds it’s often about the sex

The summer’s top ten

During the summer months of June, July and August, our traffic tends to dip. But we labour on, sometimes reducing our daily news quotient to reflect the reduced number of posst coming in as people go on vacation – or just veg. But while this is known in the trade as the “silly season” due to the shortage of hard news, things kept percolating, silly or not, on PositveLite.com with a series of meaty articles that perked our reader’s interests. Herewith a list of those ten which scored t

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