Media

"Callous, cold and deliberately duplicitous": calling out racism in Canadian newspaper coverage of HIV non-disclosure cases 1989-2015

published: November, 30, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Current Affairs, Research, Legal, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

Report issued by Canadian university researchers calls for fairness and accuracy in the newsroom and an end to coverage that stigmatizes people with HIV.

For the entire report go here. Toronto, Canada – A pioneering study of Canadian media, focusing on the newspaper coverage of HIV non-disclosure and transmission cases has identified a clear pattern of racism towards Black men in Canadian mainstream newspaper articles from 1989 through 2015. These startling findings dovetail with the theme of World AIDS Day 2016 (December 1, 2016): “HIV Stigma: Not Retro, Just Wrong.” The just-released report, “Callous, Cold and Deliberately Duplicit

Sexy, serene, undetectable and uninfectious: AIDES Paris launches groundbreaking "Revelation" campaign

published: November, 28, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Art, Social Media, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Photography, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

France scores big time! Guest author Denis Leblanc reports on an amazing French publicity campaign designed to explain to the public what undetectable viral load means and in doing so, puts a big dent in HIV stigma

Sexy, serene, undetectable and uninfectious: AIDES Paris launches  groundbreaking

PositiveLite.com has published many articles to share the news and discuss the facts around the Undetectable = Uninfectious campaign: that people living with HIV who are on successful treatment and undetectable for six months cannot transmit HIV. PositiveLite.com is a community partner with the Prevention Access Campaign and has endorsed the Consensus Statement given the wealth of scientific support for these facts. France’s oldest HIV/AIDS organisation, AIDES, has just launched a publicity

Respected Canadian community advocate Ron Rosenes on the radio

published: November, 15, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Features and Interviews, International , Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Media, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

Ron Rosenes interviewed about the Patient Zero myth by Anna Maria Tremonti for cbc radio's The Current

Respected Canadian community advocate Ron Rosenes on the radio

Listen to the whole program on cbc radio's The Current, here. Anna Maria Tremonti: I have Ron Rosenes with me now. He's a community activist and a researcher living with HIV since the early eighties. Many of those diagnosed with HIV in the eighties, including Gaétan Dugas, have died. Medical advances mean that many others survived. Those still living with HIV from that era can relate to the stigma that was attached and what was going on and how Gaétan Dugas’ name was used. Ron Rosenes, he

Knowing the value of self worth, part one: clearing out the past

published: October, 07, 2016 Written by // Patrick Italo Ettenes Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Patrick Italo Ettenes

"Sometimes it's the most unlikely person who makes the biggest impact in healing ourselves," says Patrick Ettenes.

Knowing the value of self worth, part one: clearing out the past

So fingers, what do you have to tell the world this time? I'm in London at the moment, in Chiswick. It's beautiful today, the sun's out and the cool autumn breeze hugs you with its chilly warmth. A contradiction, I know, but it suits. My absence from writing was due to August being my twelfth anniversary and causing such a meltdown that my mother had to fly over to see me. And here is what I noticed: anniversaries really suck! No matter how far you've gotten or how comfortable you've become,

I’m sorry, this job may not be right for you!

published: October, 03, 2016 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Social Media, Aging, Gay Men, Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Wayne Bristow

"It’s never too late to learn a new skill or dream a new dream." says Wayne Bristow

I’m sorry, this job may not be right for you!

I suppose I could be a poster boy for what I’m writing about today. I set out to write about people who are doing work they aren’t qualified for, are unprepared for, or who are working at a job they don’t even want to do. Instead it's become an ‘I’ story, about me. That was probably a wise decision, I’m not in a place to judge. Many years ago I was hired to work in a factory. I had just re-united with my family and it was a time when I really needed to work to support them. We mo

Crystal Meth Must-Read

published: September, 29, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

David Fawcett’s “Lust, Men and Meth” is a recovery guide for everyone with a plastic brain (this means YOU!)

Crystal Meth Must-Read

This article previously appeared at POZ.com and you can read the complete story here. September marks National Recovery Month—as in recovery from substance abuse—so what better time to talk about David Fawcett’s enlightening read Lust, Men and Meth: A Gay Man’s Guide to Sex and Recovery. I discovered the book last December when Fawcett, a psychotherapist in Fort Lauderdale, stopped by the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division, a supercool bookstore and event space nestled insi

Porn. Sex. XXX - is porn affecting our health?

published: September, 02, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Youth, Current Affairs, Research, International , Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

With sex education off the classroom agenda, many gay teenagers may have no choice but to learn about sex through porn, but is porn helpful or harmful when it comes to learning about sex by watching porn. For FS Magazine, Stuart Haggas reports.

Porn. Sex. XXX - is porn affecting our health?

This article by Stewart Haggas originally appeared in FS Magazine, a publication of GMFA, here.  It’s perhaps to be expected that previous generations of gay men, when homosexuality was legislated against, had to look beyond obvious channels for information about gay sex and relationships – but what about the gay youth of today? Recently, the Government announced that it wouldn’t be requiring schools to provide Sex and Relationships Education (SRE), despite widespread support for the

Gay activist files federal human rights complaint over blood-donation wait period

published: September, 01, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, General Health, Health, Legal, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

"If you're going to have a one-year wait, just apply it across the board to everybody or get rid of it entirely."- James Hill, paralegal for Christopher Karas

Gay activist files federal human rights complaint over blood-donation wait period

This article by Shanifa Nasser originally appeared at cbc.ca where you can read the entire piece. A young Toronto-area gay-rights activist has filed a federal human rights complaint challenging Canada's policy requiring gay men to observe a waiting period between having sex and donating blood — just two months after Health Canada reduced the wait from five years to one. The complaint, filed with the Canadian Human Rights Commission by Brampton resident Christopher Karas, 20, says the new

'That's criminal to me': How Canada is failing to end HIV/AIDS at home

published: August, 30, 2016 Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Youth, Current Affairs, Women, Legal, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

Stigma remains a major problem that discourages people from getting tested. From CBC News, Rob Easton reports.

'That's criminal to me': How Canada is failing to end HIV/AIDS at home

This article by Rob Easton previously appeared at cbc.ca. Read the whole thing here. Two studies released last month show the tools exist to potentially end the more than three-decades-old scourge of HIV/AIDS, but activists and front-line public health workers in Canada say we simply aren't using them effectively. The first study found it's nearly impossible for an HIV-positive person to transmit the virus if they're undergoing effective antiretroviral therapy (ART). The other showed the

The OHTN's Positive Spaces study wins major award at AIDS2016

published: August, 16, 2016 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // International AIDS Conference , Social Media, OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Current Affairs, General Health, Mental Health, Health, International , Media, Ontario HIV Treatment Network

Award-winning Ontario research study Positive Spaces Healthy Places documented the impact of housing on both the physical and mental health-related quality of life for people living with HIV

The OHTN's Positive Spaces study wins major award at AIDS2016

A study about housing A ground-breaking, community-based Canadian study exploring the relationship between housing and health for people living with HIV has been honoured with the second Robert Carr Research Award. Positive Spaces Healthy Places: HIV, Housing and Health Research in Action – a 5-year longitudinal study funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research – documented the impact of housing on both the physical and mental health-related quality of life for people living with

The gay dating (sex) app Grindr is surveying some users about offering a filter to help stigmatize and serosort HIV positive identifying users. Wha?

published: July, 18, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, International , Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Media, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality

"Should Grindr allow users to filter out those that admit to living with HIV?" asks Josh Robbins

The gay dating (sex) app Grindr is surveying some users about offering a filter to help stigmatize and serosort HIV positive identifying users. Wha?

This article previously appeared on Josh's own blog, I'm Still Josh, here. This morning after I woke up and finished reading through my morning newsfeed on Facebook and read the “what you missed” best Tweets, I tapped the orange and white skull icon on my phone. It was time to read my missed messages on Grindr from overnight. As soon as the (miracle) screen loaded, Grindr asked me to complete a survey. I hate surveys but I tapped ‘ok.’ The questions that were asked all primarily rev

Atripla three times weekly maintains HIV viral suppression for 24 weeks

published: July, 14, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Research, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

Aidsmap reports on a study to test whether simplifying treatment with Atripla to three days a week would be less toxic and able to maintain viral suppression.

Atripla three times weekly maintains HIV viral suppression for 24 weeks

This article by Liz Highleyman was produced in collaboration with hivandhepatitis.com and previously appeared on aidsmap.com here. People with undetectable viral load who switched from taking the Atripla single-tablet regimen (efavirenz/tenofovir/emtricitabine) every day to just every other weekday were able to maintain viral suppression for six months, and longer follow-up is planned, according to research presented last month at the ASM Microbe conference in Boston. Fixed-dose comb

Bon Voyage: A recap on the 2016 Poz Cruise & Adventure Bear Alaskan Rendezvous

published: July, 12, 2016 Written by // Joshua Middleton Categories // Social Media, General Health, International , Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Joshua Middleton

"It was the trip of a lifetime for me. A time to rejuvenate," says Joshua Middleton

Bon Voyage: A recap on the 2016 Poz Cruise & Adventure Bear Alaskan Rendezvous

The vastness and beauty of nature is something that has mystified mankind from the beginning of time. It’s as if by seeing the wonders of the world, we see the beauty inside ourselves. Most recently, I experienced this feeling as the annual HIV Poz Cruise joined forces with the Adventure Bears, a social group of gay and bear friendly men. Together we explored the last frontier, the great state of Alaska. Although not the typical cruising location that you might have pictured in your mind, i

The first Toronto Pride was a riot.

published: July, 11, 2016 Categories // Social Media, Community Events, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Pride, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Events, Media, Opinion Pieces, Jason Cole

Jason R. Cole on why the Black Lives Matter sit-in at this year's Pride parade was completely appropriate.

The first Toronto Pride was a riot.

Toronto Pride 2016 photos by Bob Leahy It’s a popular meme that floats around during the month of June annually, as if to remind us all of our roots. The assumption is, of course, that we need reminding. The circumstances of this past week would certainly indicate that some of us do. During the annual Pride Parade in Toronto, the activist group Black Lives Matter staged a sit-­in that lasted 30 minutes. The group chanted ‘pride is political’, refusing to let up until Mathieu Chante

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

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