Mental Health

Stigma Stings

published: June, 22, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Mental Health, Women, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

From CATIE's Positive Side, Kath Webster speaks to three women who face stigma with courage and resilience.

Stigma Stings

Last January, my partner and I flew to Mexico for a vacation. On Day 1, out of the blue, I was stung by stigma. While swimming in the Pacific Ocean, I put my foot down, expecting to feel the soft sand, and instead stepped on a stingray, which spurred an excruciating sting and deep wound. At the local clinic, I considered disclosing my HIV status, but this was a small Catholic town and I didn’t want to face people’s judgment or, worse, not be treated at all. So I decided against it. The do

How I deal with my problems

published: June, 20, 2017 Written by // Billy Santo Categories // Social Media, Youth, Mental Health, Billy Santo, Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

From the Philippines, Billy Santo on the virtues of keeping life simple.

How I deal with my problems

I can get by even if I have no money. It matters, but it’s not everything. I am used to problems because I’ve had enough of them already and I’ve been at my lowest. I can endure a single day without food because I know how it feels to have no food to eat for almost a week. I can sleep in any house without complaint because I’ve experienced sleeping in the streets. I can go out without having to worry about what brand my clothes are because I only had one uniform in college that I bare

Trump doesn't care about HIV. We're outta here.

published: June, 20, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Gay Men, General Health, Current Affairs, Youth, Mental Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Newly Diagnosed, Women, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Legal, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Six members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) have resigned. From Newsweek, Scott A. Schoettes has this report.

Trump doesn't care about HIV. We're outta here.

To read the complete article by Scott A. Schoettes, visit Newsweek, here. Five of my colleagues and I resigned this week from the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). As advocates for people living with HIV, we have dedicated our lives to combating this disease and no longer feel we can do so effectively within the confines of an advisory body to a president who simply does not care. The Trump Administration has no strategy to address the on-going HIV/AIDS epidemic, seeks z

Chatty CATIE: What is the one thing you wish you had known when you were first diagnosed with HIV?

published: June, 15, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , General Health, Mental Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Newly Diagnosed, Features and Interviews, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

And, what advice would you have for someone newly diagnosed? For CATIE, RonniLyn Pustil interviews two people living with HIV.

Chatty CATIE: What is the one thing you wish you had known when you were first diagnosed with HIV?

BRITTANY CAMERON, 31 Peterborough, Ontario People living with HIV engagement worker, PARN Diagnosed with HIV: 2006, at 36 weeks pregnant I wish I had known that it would be OK. That I wasn’t the first HIV-positive woman to give birth, and I wouldn’t be the last. That HIV-positive women can and do have HIV-negative babies. That one day, advocating for women with HIV to have babies would become a passion of mine and I would inspire other positive women to have babies of their own. I

Are you 60-plus? Have your voice heard!

published: June, 14, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Aging, As Prevention , General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Research, Upcoming Events, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media

Your participation will be of benefit to yourself, service providers, policy makers, the field of social work, gerontology and sexuality and the community in general.

Are you 60-plus? Have your voice heard!

H A V E  Y O U R  V O I C E  H E A R D ! P L E A S E  R S V P  B Y : E M A I L : k i m . w i l s o n @ u o g u e l p h . c a P H O N E : 5 1 9 - 8 2 4 - 4 1 2 0 e x t . 5 3 0 0 3   W E  A R E  L O O K I N G  F O R  V O L U N T E E R S  T O P A R T I C I P A T E  I N  A  F O C U S  G R O U P  J U N E 1 9 ( 2 0 1 7 ) , F O R  2  H O U R S  I N D U R A T I O N ,  T O  H E L P  U S  D E V E L O P  A B E T T E R  U N D E R S T A N D I N G  O F  T H E  L I V E D

Shame: what is it?

published: June, 09, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Kimutai Kemboi, Mental Health, Health, International , Living with HIV, Media

From Nairobi, Kenya, Kimutai Kemboi: "HIV can feed in my tissues but not my soul. It may (rarely) weaken my immunity but not my thinking."

Shame: what is it?

At times I try to figure out what shame is, to draw comparisons and relations between acts associated with shame, but what I find does not substantiate what people say and believe. Many people have a negative view about HIV positive people where they take HIV to be a shameful condition. I strongly condemn this perception and I wish people could view it from my point of view. I see HIV as a mere infection that can be managed only with a positive mind set. Whenever I see myself or any other HI

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for June: as the darkness descends.

published: June, 08, 2017 Written by // Ed Wolf Categories // Aging, Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Mental Health, Ed Wolf, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Long-time activist Ed Wolf: "Trump may bring out the narrow-minded hate in other people, but he’s bringing out the best in me. See you in the streets!"

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for June: as the darkness descends.

Day 42. Follow the Witches The recount failed to stop him, the Electoral College raised our hopes, but the darkness of his presidency continues to descend. What can we do with the ache of it, the anger, the grief and the fear? Follow the witches! Go to the ocean, the plain, the mountain, a place where you can watch the sun set into the longest night. Sing to it, cry to it, whisper to it, dance before it, ask it to return to help us through the darkening paths ahead. And then watch it rise tom

HIV stigma? Speak out, shut them up!

published: May, 26, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Kimutai Kemboi, General Health, Mental Health, Health, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Kimutai Kemboi: "Shame is another virus on its own."

HIV stigma? Speak out, shut them up!

The best way to win a battle is to avoid what is being fought for. It sounds like a simple statement but has an immense impact. This is what has made me the person I am today: strong, courageous and optimistic. Many people have asked me why I always post HIV related issues and disclose my status publicly, I do it for a purpose. I know it is a very sensitive issue but the reason behind it is more significant than its sensitivity and that is why I talk about it like anything else, without fear.

Five tips for living with your boyfriend

published: May, 18, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

From FS Magazine, Scott Roberts suggests five ways to make the most of sharing your living space.

Five tips for living with your boyfriend

Photo: © Dan Hall Moving in together is one of the milestone steps any couple takes. It’s in everyone’s ‘plan’ as being somewhere between saying “I love you” and getting hitched. It seems a very grown up thing to do. Having recently taken the step myself I thought I would share with you the five fears I think are common for everyone about to take the shared property plunge. 1. What will happen to my personal space? It’s a legitimate fear. Up until the point of moving in we

Webinar: preventing suicide among gay and bisexual men, Tuesday May 30th 10:00am PST

published: May, 15, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, CATIE, Mental Health, Upcoming Events, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Living with HIV, Media

Presented by CATIE and The Network: BC's gbMSM Health Resource.

Webinar: preventing suicide among gay and bisexual men, Tuesday May 30th 10:00am PST

Partners and Collaborators: Register Here! Suicide is the ninth leading cause of death among Canadians, responsible for nearly 4000 deaths each year. While everyone is susceptible to the feelings of hopelessness and despair that precede suicide, gay and bisexual men are 4 times more likely to attempt suicide in their lifetime than heterosexual men. Moreover, the suicide rate among gay and bisexual men in Canada is comparable to the current death toll from HIV/AIDS.  Suicide is preventable.

A Second Chance at Death

published: May, 03, 2017 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Mark S. King

Mark S. King reflects on how his experience of the "plague years" of HIV have better prepared him to face his own mortality.

A Second Chance at Death

The angel visits, in the 1993 Broadway production of Angels in America. We all know how this ends. Despite the avalanche of articles on aging with HIV or advice about how to avoid long-term side effects or even news of progress toward a cure, nothing will change the inevitable. None of us will get out of this alive. And, in one of the bitter ironies of being a long-term survivor, my experiences during the worst of the plague years have become a handy point of reference. I have learned imp

Attending #HealtheVoices2017: a conference like no other.

published: April, 28, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Activism, Social Media, Mental Health, Research, International , Living with HIV, Rob Olver - Editor

Rob Olver reports back on attending HealtheVoices17, a conference of online health advocates held in Chicago by Janssen & Janssen.

Attending #HealtheVoices2017: a conference like no other.

I applied, but didn't expect to go. HealtheVoices is a very different sort of conference to any of the others I’ve been to. It’s a conference of online patient health advocates, 105 of them this time, representing different chronic health conditions, HIV being just one. I was already aware of the conference due to PositiveLite.com’s Wayne Bristow and Bob Leahy having attended last year. They’d both had nothing but good to say about the experience and so, thinking, “Why the heck not

Dear HIV, just to let you know...

published: April, 27, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Activism, Mental Health

Dear HIV, just to let you know...

Dear HIV,  Just to remind you that you are a failure despite the efforts you are putting in place. You had succeeded in others long time ago but am a wrong target in a different generation. You have always tried to take me down by destroying and weakening my immune system but unfortunately I have a dearest friend who always stands by me: ARV, giving me strength to fight diseases and build my immunity. I know after realizing that I have an inner friend, you never slept and thought of attack

HIV Stigma Index to be implemented in Canada

published: April, 21, 2017 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Mental Health, Upcoming Events, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media

Ontario HIV Treatment Network: next steps will involve hosting a National Team Meeting, as well as hiring a National Project Coordinator.

HIV Stigma Index to be implemented in Canada

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has recently awarded the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) with funding to implement the People Living with HIV Stigma Index over the next three years. This community-led, multi-site study will be national in scope (involving B.C., Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and Atlantic Canada) and will recruit 1,200 people living with HIV. The study will provide us with key information that will allow us to:  better understand t

Black gay men still at higher risk of HIV in the UK

published: April, 19, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, Research, Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Media, Population Specific

From AIDSmap, Roger Pebody reports on a survey showing gay black men in the UK to also be at elevated risk of depression and suicidal thoughts.

Black gay men still at higher risk of HIV in the UK

Gay and bisexual men of black ethnicity are disproportionately likely to be living with diagnosed HIV than white British men, with no evidence that this health inequality has narrowed since 2001, according to a report published online ahead of print in Sexually Transmitted Infections. The data comes from the 2014 Gay Men’s Sex Survey, a convenience sample of 15,388 men recruited online. While 11.3% of white British men who had ever taken a test were diagnosed with HIV, this was the case

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