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The NIght Shift: Our Future Without Ignorance

published: May, 16, 2012 Categories // Activism, Community Events, Current Affairs, Events, Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

CANFAR’s Young Professional Council held its second annual Our Future Without AIDS fundraiser last Saturday night. It reminds us why we need to keep caring about HIV—and why we’ll always need so much more than parties to remind us.

The NIght Shift: Our Future Without Ignorance

This article by  Paul Aguirre-Livingston  first appeared in The GridTO.  Republished with permission.   This year marks the 31st anniversary of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The issue, we know, is multi-dimensional and complicated. Even within my lifetime, the way we talk about it has changed from fear and self-loathing (riddled with homophobia) to far-reaching global advocacy tinged with optimistic complacency. On Saturday night, the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR) dispatched its

HIV Changes Everything

published: May, 07, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Living with HIV, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Many people know Bob Leahy, but how many people know his story. From ivory-tower banker to AIDS activist to PositiveLite.com Editor, Bob says it’s been one positive experience.

HIV Changes Everything

This article first appeared in Bob’s other blog on The Body, which you can find here.  Not everyone knows this but I used to be a banker.  I wore a three-piece suit and tie every day, and poured over statistics and reports and numbers and, well just bleh stuff, on the fifty-second floor of an ivory (no, stainless-steel and glass clad) tower in the financial district of downtown Toronto.  Not corner office, yet, but close to that. I had a fancy title and a lovely view, but my head was do

Remembering, and Saying Her Name

published: April, 13, 2012 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Media, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Mark S. King on his blogging career with TheBody.com, the woman who helped him start and a look back at his very first video effort.

Remembering, and Saying Her Name

In the Summer of 2008, I received a curious package from Bonnie Goldman, the editor of TheBody.com. Inside was a Flip video camera, what was then a new-fangled device that allowed you to take video footage with a camera the size of a pack of cigarettes. It came with a simple note. “I think you should try this,” it said. How did she know? I wondered. I had never mentioned to her that I once taped a special for my newborn niece, back when video cameras were the size of footballs and editin

Living with HIV in Japan, Part 13. A year like no other.

published: April, 12, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Newly Diagnosed, International , Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Media, Population Specific

In his final post of the series, Brian the Shochusucker says, of his first year of living positive while in Japan, he wouldn’t change a thing – and says nice things about PositiveLite.com too!

Living with HIV in Japan, Part 13. A year like no other.

The month of August went from one lazy hot day to the next. I had gone to the beach a few times. I was also invited  to join my friend and her family on a trip they make each year to the Izu Peninsula. It was such a great feeling being in a family setting with such good friends and their kids. We did lots of snorkeling in the ocean. The water was so clear you could see all kinds of fish and plant life. It was the first time to be away from my home since being diagnosed, and I worried about

Life in Japan. Part 12 - It's Raining Friends.

published: April, 04, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, International , Lifestyle, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Media, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

Brian the Shochusucker’s tale of Living with HIV in Japan. In this installment he describes how twitter enabled him to make new real-life friends and join “Gaijin Heroes". .

Life in Japan. Part 12 -  It's Raining Friends.

A to B is a short line. But in my first year with HIV, I feel as if I went through the whole alphabet to get to where I am today. And you know what? No regrets and I wouldn't change a thing. I am the man I am today because of the people I've met since my diagnoses. Here through PositiveLite.com, twitter, family, and God. It was the morning of the narration workshop and I was up early and excited, becauseI was going to meet new some people, face to face, that I had met through Twitter.  I ar

I didn’t know anyone HIV-positive: My HIV story

published: March, 12, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Media, Population Specific

Less than two months ago, Josh Robbins, a safer-sex poster boy, filmed himself getting the news that he’d tested HIV-positive. Here’s his story.

I didn’t know anyone HIV-positive: My HIV story

I didn’t know one person who was HIV-positive before I walked down that long hallway to get the results of my recent-exposure HIV test. I didn’t know one person who was HIV-positive before I made a decision, on December 18, 2011, to have unprotected sex, based on my assumptions about someone’s character instead of my knowledge of their status. But everything changed for me on January 24, 2012. On that day, the answer I have given for my entire life - that I’m negative - changed. Hello

Goodbye #AIDS hello #YouGuys

published: March, 07, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Media

Part 11. Brian the Shochusucker continues his story of living with HIV in Japan. Here, post-earthquake, he's on the mend and reaching out to other people via Twitter.

Goodbye #AIDS hello #YouGuys

You can read Part 10 here.  The Spring of 2011 was a mixed bag for me. The March earthquake still kept me a bit on edge with every aftershock. At the same time, I was getting more jaded with every one of them, to the point where it was just a part of my daily routine. Wake up, coffee, shake, breakfast, lunch, shake, dinner, TV, shake, bed, and maybe another shaker in the night. However I was more upbeat than could be expected. I was more involved at the gym, my health and energy were way up

Coming out, Take Two

published: March, 04, 2012 Written by // Michael Bouldin Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Michael Bouldin

Our new writer Michael Bouldin :"To my complete astonishment, after that positive test result, I found myself in a new closet, and guess what: it works just like the other one."

Coming out, Take Two

New York City, March 5, 2012 Hey there, PositiveLite readers. Hope your day is going well. Mine certainly is, and if you don’t terribly mind, I’d like to tell you why that is so, and how I came to write here. Many thanks, of course, to Bob Leahy, who’s given me the chance to do so, which is, you know, exciting. He’s also asked me to introduce myself, which seems only polite, so here goes. First, the basics. My name is Michael Bouldin, I’m a gay man living in New York City, forty-

Want to write for PositiveLite.com?

published: February, 25, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Living with HIV, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Hey, that rhymes , and so can you, if you want - but you don't have to . . . .

Want to write for PositiveLite.com?

PositiveLite.com is always looking for new writers of all stripes – people who like to write, know or are learning how to express themselves and have interesting things to say.  We can help you hone your writing skills if necessary – in fact that’s what I’m here for.  Here’s the thing.  I’d argue blogging is good for you. It’s good for each of us to grow by saying what’s on our mind in the best way we know how.  Writing, and regular blogging in particular, can be very ther

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 // Health, Sexual 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 HIVStigma.com 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, Health, International , Sexual Health, 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/PositiveLite.com, Social Media, Conferences, Features and Interviews, Health, Sexual 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 PositivelIte.com

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

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