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Why is tackling stigma so difficult?

published: July, 08, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Mental Health, Women, International , Legal, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality

From the U. K., the National Aids Trust details the multiple challenges we face in ending stigma.

Why is tackling stigma so difficult?

This article previously appeared on the National AIDS Trust website here. For many in HIV advocacy addressing stigma is the Holy Grail. Many, if not all, of the factors that drive the HIV epidemic are embroiled with stigma.  The impact it has on the lives of people living with HIV is well documented.  In a recent survey of over half of people living with HIV reported feelings of shame, guilt, low self-esteem and self-blame; one in five had experienced verbal harassment or threats.1 Stigma

Conference reporting: From Winnipeg with love (Part One)

published: May, 23, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, Conferences, Events, International , Living with HIV, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy just returned from Winnipeg Manitoba where he was participating in two back-to-back conferences - CAHR and CAS.

Conference reporting: From Winnipeg with love (Part One)

obligatory view from hotel window "Why go? Most would say it’s a combination of taking advantage of huge opportunities for both learning and networking. Add in experiencing the attractions of a strange city, all paid for, and it can be an attractive proposition." I’m going to be describing what I learned from my two latest HIV conference experiences in Part Two of this article. But for now, and because the conference experience is so foreign to many, and I don’t want it to be, I’m go

A hundred online advocates + HealtheVoices = a hundred champions

published: April, 27, 2016 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Social Media, Conferences, Health, Media, Opinion Pieces, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow on attending a recent conference for fellow social media health advocates where he felt validated, energized and inspired

A hundred online advocates + HealtheVoices = a hundred champions

We are survivors of a chronic disease or caregivers, moms, dads, sisters or brothers affected by it. We are 100 activists with a huge connection - we are online health writers and bloggers. Many of us have never met. But thanks to the recent HealtheVoices conference in Chicago earlier this month we are connected.  Now, I’ve been to plenty of workshops, seminars, and conferences over the past five years, full of powerpoint presentations, professional speakers and very busy agendas full of r

The challenging web series that travels from ‘Unsure’ to ‘Positive’

published: March, 29, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Social Media, Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Movies, Newly Diagnosed, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Media, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Mark S. King on a new web series that’s follows the life of a Boston gay man, literally from the moment he gets his HIV positive test result. Mark recommends it – and talks to its creator, writer and star, Christian Daniel Kiley

The challenging web series that travels from ‘Unsure’ to ‘Positive’

In the gorgeous and sometimes maddening web series Unsure/Positive, we follow the life of a Boston gay man, Kieran, literally from the moment he gets his HIV positive test result. Kieran’s journey in the six-episode first season (available for only $3.99 on Vimeo) covers some difficult terrain – shame, disclosure, sex and drugs – and many HIV positive guys and our friends will identify with it.  This is poz-adjacent art that is absolutely worth your time and a few bucks, most particula

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, Living with HIV, Media, Guest Authors

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 , Health, Research, 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, Living with HIV, Media, Guest Authors

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, Legal, Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors, 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

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