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The fabulous wizard of POZ

published: June, 06, 2013 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Mark S. King at his funniest. But has fame as a POZ magazine cover girl gone to his head? Read his tongue in cheek answer.

The fabulous wizard of POZ

Every month or so, a group of people in my area host “poz socials,” a house party for people living with HIV. I found myself at one recently, because I thought it was important to make an appearance since becoming a literary superstar.  I was settled into the living room sofa and liked the spot very much. Sharing a couch with regular folk has an air of humility about it, while its angle allowed me to be viewed by a large number of the guests milling about. The man next to me leaned in c

Growing with PositiveLite.com

published: June, 03, 2013 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Social Media, Living with HIV, Media, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow on how writing for PositiveLite.com and then additionally taking on the role of its social media coodinator has brought about positive changes in his life.

Growing with PositiveLite.com

It was just over two years ago that I sent off an email to Bob Leahy, the editor here at PositiveLite.com. I had just started blogging for my local AIDS Service Organization after completing a workshop there called Positive Prevention – Train the Trainer. The facilitator of the program was Megan DePutter who also began writing for PositiveLite.com around the same time. She suggested I follow the site, telling me they had some great stories and writers that I could learn from to improve my wr

Facebook fury

published: May, 31, 2013 Categories // Social Media, Current Affairs, Women, Media, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Megan DePutter on ending the endorsement of sexual violence on Facebook: lessons in social media strategy for activists

Facebook fury

As I was sitting down to type a blog post urging the HIV community to put pressure on Facebook to change its policy on content that promotes gender-based hate and violence, an amazing thing happened. Facebook agreed to changes its policies. Let’s back up a moment to review what this is all about. You may have, in the past, heard complaints that Facebook removes images, and imposes temporary bans on users, who, in efforts to support breastfeeding, breast cancer awareness or other women’s h

Meeting the Grindr guy

published: May, 30, 2013 Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Social Media, Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Media, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy interviews Jamie Woo, author of the new book Meet Grindr about the smart phone app for gay men that has changed the way some of us cruise.

Meeting the Grindr guy

The Gay Men’s Sexual Health Summit is always an interesting affair, a well attended conference put on by Ontario’s GMSH (Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance.)  It attracts those involved in HIV prevention and support work, mostly from Ontario, but also from across Canada. It's held over two days in Toronto. This year the theme was “Our Minds our Bodies and our Communities, connecting the dots between how we feel and how we fuck,” This allowed the exploration of themes like PrEP, bareb

Behind the scenes of the video series “A Day in the Life”

published: March, 30, 2013 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Social Media, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Mark S. King

Mark S. King and his TheBody.com profiles of a salsa dancing couple, a body builder, a drug addict who survived the streets and more inspiring people living with HIV.

Behind the scenes of the video series “A Day in the Life”

I have some amazing friends for you to meet.  Beginning two years ago, TheBody.com asked me to produce a series of videos (“A Day in the Life: Keeping Up With Your HIV Meds”) that would profile a person living with HIV, what their day looks like, and how their medication regimen fits into their daily routine. It was a great opportunity to highlight the everyday lives of people living with HIV, but also to let their spirit and passions come through, and show we are whole people — not s

Vote for Canada’s worst charity website

published: March, 23, 2013 Categories // Social Media, Fundraisers, Events, Media

Megan DePutter’s AIDS Committee of Guelph and Wellington County is competing for the tongue in cheek title which can mean $20,000 to the winner – or is that loser? In any event, find out how you can help.

Vote for Canada’s worst charity website

The AIDS Committee of Guelph & Wellington County is currently entered in a contest to win Canada’s Worst Charity Website. It’s a self-deprecating title for sure but one that we’re more than willing to accept. Why? Because this is a contest that awards the winner with a $20,000 website makeover. One of the reasons we’re so eager to win this opportunity is because we know how important a good website is to the population we serve. A lot of people access health information online. Es

Happy St Patrick’s Day

published: March, 17, 2013 Categories // Social Media, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Events, Performances, Events, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

We thought we'd better acknowledge that something green is happening today.

Happy St Patrick’s Day

And because the St Patrick’s Day video below is a little lame - even though it involves guys in towels in a steam room, no less -  we’ve included a bonus video featuring the last pope and some athletic shirtless guys.  It’s also lame, but in an entirely good way. Watch the pope’s body language. More importantly, watch his eyes.  (Or watch the guys in white pants, your choice.) Then go green. Happy St Patricks Day.  

The man called newfiebear

published: March, 13, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Dating, Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Health, Sexual Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Media, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Tom aka newfiebear has made it his mission to improve gay men’s sexual health via his own home-spun website, newfiebear.net. Today the friendly Newfoundler sits down over coffee with Editor Bob Leahy to discuss his work - and his life.

The man called newfiebear

From Wikepedia: “Newfie (also Newf or sometimes Newfy) is a colloquial term used in Canada for someone who is from Newfoundland.” I’m sitting with Tom, better known as newfiebear, over a coffee at the Second Cup on Toronto’s main drag, Yonge Street. The place is pretty crowded, and I’m wondering what eavesdroppers might think of a conversation potentially full of references to gay sex. But Tom’s an open man, seemingly with few secrets.  And that includes his HIV status.  “Do a

HIV and Gay Media: The Vanishing Virus

published: March, 07, 2013 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, Social Media, Current Affairs, Health, International , Media, Opinion Pieces, Mark S. King

What happened to HIV news coverage. Mark S King asks are the gay media just reflecting our apathy, or should they be advocates for visibility and education about HIV?

HIV and Gay Media: The Vanishing Virus

The turning point could be traced to August of 1998. It was the month that, for the first time in well over a decade, the Bay Area Reporter did not have a single AIDS obituary submitted for publication. The promise of protease inhibitor medications had been realized, and it felt for many that our long community nightmare was coming to a close.  The milestone in the life of San Francisco’s LGBT newspaper was celebrated around the country and became a media story unto itself. “AIDS Deaths

The increasingly strange case of Uncle Poodle

published: February, 26, 2013 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Current Affairs, International , Television, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Mark S. King and a reality TV star. A candid confession. Grindr photos.A story that doesn't add up. And what it all says about us.

The increasingly strange case of Uncle Poodle

In the course of a few short months, Lee Thompson (“Uncle Poodle” to reality TV watchers) has managed to personify a variety of hot button issues among gay men today. He has come out as gay and HIV-positive. He has sent an ex-lover to jail and sent nude pictures via Grindr.  Or not. Depending on whom you believe. Let’s break down the strange case of Uncle Poodle. In what we can all agree was a positive development, Thompson publicly came out as gay last year and evidently has the love

Sexy underwear and condoms

published: February, 21, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

The Andrew Christian boys are at it again - but cleaner. The infamous homoerotic underwear ads now include one promoting safer sex.

Sexy underwear and condoms

Editor’s note. We’ve featured Andrew Christian underwear ads before  more than once because we like their unabashed embracing of homoerotic themes, often with roots in the adult gay movie genre. And of course they are fun (and great content for us when news is otherwise thin). Today we can say that at least one has messaging centered on safer sex and condom use.  While the lads here (see below) have an innocence which seems  lost in the age of steadily reducing condom use, undetectabl

My blogging career

published: February, 01, 2013 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Social Media, Living with HIV, Media, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow looks back on almost two years of intensive blogging about HIV here and at his own ASO, and talks about what that experience has meant to him

My blogging career

This post originally appeared on the website of the AIDS Committee of Guelph (ACG) here. It must be time to slow down because I just noticed I missed the second anniversary of my first blog debuting on ACG's site way back on August 9th 2010. So this means my second year at PositiveLite.com is coming up March 30th as well. This entry will be my 29th blog posting for ACG and I have written 82 for PositiveLite.com. I didn't realize I had this much to say. When I started I was as green as you ca

What hurts me the most

published: December, 27, 2012 Categories // Social Media, Lifestyle, Media, Opinion Pieces

In one of his most popular posts ever, Christopher Banks on what the twitter hashtag #WhatHurtsMeTheMost tells the curious about the human condition

Hashtag trends on Twitter are a bit like an episode of Prisoner: a mixture of pathos, camp, genuine emotion and absolute rubbish. When I saw #WhatHurtsMeTheMost trending in Australia last night, I had to click to see what people were saying.  What interested me was how many times the same themes recurred.  Here are five that stirred something in me. #WhatHurtsMeTheMost when someone makes you feel so so so special, but turns out they’re like that with everyone else I was talking with fri

Australia’s Grim Reaper campaign continues to disgust

published: December, 13, 2012 Categories // Health, International , Sexual Health, Media, Opinion Pieces

Bowling balls from hell: remembering the ultimate AIDS scare campaign from Australia in 1987, with Christopher Banks

The black décor of a bowling alley from hell.  Pins are mechanically lowered onto a platform, but they’re not bowling pins.   They are people: very specific kinds of people. White, middle-class heterosexual families – men, women, children. Especially children. A lingering close-up of a blond girl with pigtails, her eyes streaming with tears fill the screen and burns into our retinas with all the subtlety of a punch to the face.  A gloomy voiceover from Satan himself intones “A

Je suis séropositif

published: December, 07, 2012 Categories // Social Media, Health, Sexual Health, Living with HIV, Media

Ken Monteith of COCQ-SIDA (the Québec coalition of AIDS organizations) with details of a new campaign attacking the stigmatization of people living with HIV/AIDS.

Je suis séropositif

On Thursday, 29 November, COCQ-SIDA (the Québec coalition of AIDS organizations) and its member groups held press conferences in Québec City, Trois Rivières, Montréal and Gatineau to launch a new campaign attacking the stigmatization of people living with HIV/AIDS.  Two previous campaigns, adapted from campaigns from the French organization AIDES, had recruited celebrities to encourage the population to reflect on whether the things they take for granted in their lives would still be the

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