Mental Health

Stripe Teasers

published: April, 12, 2017 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, Photography, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Philip Minaker

Philip Minaker: "For Spring/Summer 2017 designers have opened up a Pandora’s Box of stripes guaranteed to suit your aesthetic and lifestyle needs."

Stripe Teasers

Stripes are big this season! And not just as a trend. Forget about the typical Spring Nautical influence as well as the Finding Waldo look. For Spring/Summer 2017 designers have opened up a Pandora’s Box of stripes guaranteed to suit your esthetic and lifestyle needs.   Vertical, diagonal or horizontal, subdued to vibrant, solid or patterned and even crafty to techno the options are endless. And the idea of mixing and matching also has been reworked to create a standout look that de

Positive in the Philippines: an interview with Billy Santo.

published: April, 11, 2017 Written by // Billy Santo Categories // Social Media, Activism, Youth, Mental Health, Spirituality, Billy Santo, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Billy Santo, of the Philippines interviews himself for PositiveLite.com.

Positive in the Philippines: an interview with Billy Santo.

Preferred name for credits? Billy Santo Organizational Affiliation(s)? Bi Positive What would you do today if nothing scared you? I would educate people regarding the HIV/AIDS Epidemic and would never have to be afraid of disclosing my status. I'd like to make them aware that people like me exist and should be treated normally, without the prejudice and discrimination that comes from every family, the community, the church, the workplace. What is something that you expected to happen but

The Pool of Tears

published: April, 10, 2017 Written by // Michael Yoder Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Michael Yoder

Michael Yoder on the accumulated grief of successive losses: "I think that the weeping is good."

The Pool of Tears

"You ought to be ashamed of yourself," said Alice, "a great girl like you," (she might well say this), "to go on crying in this way! Stop this moment, I tell you!" But she went on all the same, shedding gallons of tears, until there was a large pool all round her, about four inches deep and reaching half down the hall. Lewis Carroll, Alice In Wonderland It's been years since the eighties and early nineties, since the dark days of AIDS and loss after loss of too many beautiful people. And yet

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for April: circles within circles.

published: April, 06, 2017 Written by // Ed Wolf Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, General Health, Mental Health, Health, Spirituality, International , Ed Wolf, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Ed Wolf: "There’s always something you can do, no matter how terrible the moment."

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for April: circles within circles.

Day 30. Honoring Our Experience I’ve headed north for a weekend retreat called “Honoring Our Experience.” It’s going to be three days with many others who survived the early days of the AIDS epidemic, men and women, HIV positive and negative, long term survivors and those who’ve recently seroconverted. I’m looking forward to circling with others who’ve survived great hardship and continue to do so. I’m hoping some of the awfulness I feel about Trump will be lessened, at least

Seeking decompression

published: April, 04, 2017 Written by // Dennis Battler Categories // Social Media, Aging, Gay Men, Mental Health, Newly Diagnosed, Health, Dennis Battler, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Dennis Battler: "My efforts in the gay community, in the self-development community and in the spiritual community occurred in a context of self-sacrifice, martyrdom and self-denial, foundational tenets of Christendom. Not this time."

Seeking decompression

Of the four options offered by online dictionary defining the word decompression, I choose #4, “• a surgical procedure that relieves excessive pressure on an internal part of the body such as the cranium or spinal cord.” The innate desire to fit in, to be accepted, welcomed and wanted remains a desire present in every person to varying degrees if we were to be honest. It is the main stay of psychoanalysis, religion, sociology, government, society, education, sports entertainment and th

B.C. researchers explore life expectancy among HIV-positive people

published: March, 30, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Aging, Hep B and C, General Health, Mental Health, Health, Living with HIV, Media, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

From CATIE, Sean R. Hosein reports on studies comparing the effect of comorbidities on life expectancy in people living with HIV and those who are HIV-negative.

B.C. researchers explore life expectancy among HIV-positive people

In the 20th century, life expectancy increased in Canada and other high-income countries thanks to improvements in medicine, better living conditions and so on. These changes have led some researchers to focus on something called health-adjusted life expectancy: exploring the number of years a person can expect to live in good and bad health and taking into account age-related illness, death and disability. Among many HIV-positive people in Canada and other high-income countries there has be

A day in the life of an anxious and depressed HIV advocate

published: March, 30, 2017 Written by // Joshua Middleton Categories // Social Media, Mental Health, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Joshua Middleton

Josh Middleton: "I'm simply Josh. An advocate who lives with HIV, depression and anxiety. Nothing more, nothing less."

A day in the life of an anxious and depressed HIV advocate

The days pass by and the voices inside my head seem to grow louder and louder. Is my advocacy really making a difference? Am I doing enough? Does anybody really care? You read the title right. It wasn't a typo, and I didn't misspeak. This is a brief look into my life as an HIV advocate who battles anxiety and depression. I've spoken about mental health before, and while many times I speak from a "third-person perspective," today, I would like to speak from a "first-person perspective." That

Music therapy

published: March, 28, 2017 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Alternative Therapies, Social Media, Aging, Gay Men, Mental Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Wayne Bristow

"There is definitely something to this," says Wayne Bristow.

Music therapy

Note to self: “Just when you tell yourself to slow down, you sign up for something more. But I have to hand it to you, this one might be good for you”. A couple of weeks ago I signed up for a workshop on ‘music therapy’. I had attended a previous session last fall and enjoyed it. I thought it might be a little hokey but it turned out to not be that bad, so I agreed to sign up if they brought it back. The workshop format started with a check in and introducing ourselves. Sitting in a

A forum on HIV, rehabilitation and episodic illness: a personal account.

published: March, 27, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Social Media, Conferences, Activism, General Health, Mental Health, Health, Living with HIV, Rob Olver - Editor

Rob Olver goes to Envision Forum 2017, presented by Bruce House in Ottawa on March 22-23.

A forum on HIV, rehabilitation and episodic illness: a personal account.

"Since it was established in 1988, Bruce House has provided critical resources and support to Ottawa residents living with HIV and AIDS> I would like to thank everyone involved with the agency for their dedication to making a difference in the health and well-being of their fellow citizens."  - The Rt. Hon. Justin. P. J. Trudeau, P.C., M.P., Prime Minister of Canada. #EnvisionForum2017 was a forum on HIV, rehabilitation and episodic illness held by Bruce House in Ottawa on March 22-23 and

The importance of staying busy

published: March, 23, 2017 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // Aging, Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Gay Men, Mental Health, Pets, Photography, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Louis "Kengi" Carr

Our L.A. correspondent Kengi deals with bereavement and stress by keeping busy - and does some great work in the process.

The importance of staying busy

I’m sitting down to write this post, because on those rare occasions when escaping with my camera for a photography excursion doesn’t seem to work, I then try to relax, calm and center myself by writing. As a backup, I have my candle burning, I really love a nicely scented candle. Damn, if I had some sage this would be perfect. I’m sipping my hot tea and my little Daisy has pulled her blanket off the sofa, placing it right next to my work space. She’s the dog that loves to be close to

Studies look at brain and cognitive changes in people with HIV as they age

published: March, 22, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Aging, Conferences, Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Research, Women, Health, International , Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap, Liz Highleyman reports on several studies looking into the efffects of HIV on brain function.

Studies look at brain and cognitive changes in people with HIV as they age

People with HIV often show persistent signs of cognitive impairment and abnormalities in brain structure despite suppressive antiretroviral therapy (ART), but they do not appear to experience accelerated decline compared to HIV-negative people as they age, according to research presented at the 2017 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) last month in Seattle. HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder remains a poorly-understood co-morbidity in HIV-positive people. Wh

Is HIV stigma killing us?

published: March, 21, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Social Media, Aging, Mental Health, Research, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Rob Olver - Editor

Rob Olver investigates “Stigma and suicide among gay and bisexual men living with HIV”, a study by Olivier Ferlatte, Travis Salway, John L. Oliffe & Terry Trussler and finds the answer to be an unequivocal "yes."

Is HIV stigma killing us?

“People get what they deserve, Time is round and space is curved, Honey have you got the nerve  to be Queen Elvis?” – Robyn Hitchcock, “Queen Elvis” Once I was diagnosed in 2014 I knew right away that I wanted to advocate so I’ve been out about my HIV-positive status from the get-go. I objected to living a lie, which I equate with living in an ongoing state of fear. It didn’t take me long to realize that HIV is a minority disease, that my fellow human beings were potentiall

Passing the torch in high style.

published: March, 20, 2017 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Social Media, Aging, Gay Men, Mental Health, Health, International , Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Félix Garmendía

Félix Garmendía recalls Bill, the man who taught him that self presentation is self celebration -- and that both are important.

Passing the torch in high style.

I used to see him very often in the neighborhood. I didn’t even know his name but there was something about this man that was very pleasant and captivating. My husband, Denis and I used to comment on how handsome and dapper he always appeared. He was a really sharp dresser, a very elegant man with a well-crafted retro sense of fashion. With his linen suits, alligator shoes, ascots, and meticulously crafted handlebar mustache, he was always a sight to behold. Every time he crossed our path,

If you just found out you are HIV-positive...

published: March, 16, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , CATIE, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Newly Diagnosed, Mental Health, Health, Sexual Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

CATIE's must-read information for the newly diagnosed.

If you just found out you are HIV-positive...

Finding out you have HIV may be a shock. You do not have to go through this alone: There is help. With ongoing treatment, care and support, HIV can be managed. You can live long and well with HIV. You’ve already taken the first step by getting tested. Now it is important to get care and treatment as soon as you can. 1. HIV can be treated. Talk to the person who gave you your test result about finding a doctor who treats people with HIV. If they cannot give you the name and number of an HI

Love is all that matters

published: March, 14, 2017 Written by // Patrick Italo Ettenes Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Patrick Italo Ettenes

Patrick Italo Ettenes on dementia: "I know now that no matter what I hear in my head, I will go out and reclaim my life."

Love is all that matters

Well, guess who’s attempting to get back into the swing of things! Brace yourself – it’s going to be another bumpy ride. 2017 has emotionally marked me forever. For those who believe in coincidence, I have a few that will cause the hairs on your back to stand up. Allow me first to say that no matter what life throws at me, I have come to realize that I cope or manage however I need to. I fight without knowing it, and I slip down loops of self-destruction like anyone else. So what has H

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