Opinion Pieces

Who are heterosexual women acquiring HIV from? Are heterosexual women's partners a hidden population?

published: September, 21, 2017 Written by // Samantha Categories // Dating, Social Media, featured, Gay Men, Women, International , Legal, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality , Samantha

Samantha: We need to dare to address the unspoken dynamic of how women acquire HIV.

Who are heterosexual women acquiring HIV from? Are heterosexual women's partners a hidden population?

Women represent 50% of the population of people living with HIV globally, yet there has been little research or sharing of information about who heterosexual woman acquire the HIV virus from. There is focus on stressors attributing to women living with HIV, including intimate partner violence, gender inequality, unequal power dynamics within relationships, race, ethnicity, poverty, education and various social disparities. Yet, there is little information about men as active participants other

GIPA takes a hit

published: September, 20, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , featured, Activism, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Current Affairs, General Health, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

As funding starts to slow, engagement and involvement of people living with HIV is often the first to go. Bob Leahy on the politics of inclusion, exclusion and how people living with HIV are fighting back

GIPA takes a hit

“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times: said Charles Dickens. “It was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity." That was about Paris in 1869. It could have been written about Canada in 2017 and the state of our response to HIV. The best of times? Many feel we are approaching the end of the epidemic with 2030 set as the target date by UNAIDS. We are closing in on 90-90-90 targets which means more people li

Defending uncritical art has consequences.

published: September, 14, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Art, Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Performances, Media, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Guest author Rahim Thawer: "... some people indiscriminately defend artistic expression without any room for considering how power and privilege operate in our world."

Defending uncritical art has consequences.

Club 120, Toronto, 2012. Photo courtesy of the author. Marvellous Grounds is the first publisher of this essay. Rahim Thawer (2017). Defending Uncritical Art has Consequences. In Special Issue #2 – Bodies as Archives: QTBIPOC Art and Performance in Toronto, Marvellous Grounds.  I grew up in Etobicoke and went to a racialized-majority middle school and then a white-majority high school. My undergraduate education spanned a few institutions, and in each one, I found enclaves of people o

Faith and herbs versus anitretroviral treatment

published: September, 14, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Kimutai Kemboi, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Kenyan HIV activist Kimutai Kemboi: " Let no one deceive you that you are healed and should stop taking medication, because of claims of divine interventions."

Faith and herbs versus anitretroviral treatment

The information below is adapted from an African context, Kenya being a part. As days go by, they turn to weeks, months, years, decades and then centuries; but at the rate we're going, the century will be a nightmare simply because this era is filled with deceit. People are easily confused and  filled with doubt. Many people living with HIV are falling to such deceits. Their condition makes them very desperate, to such an extent that they are moved easily by what people say and easily believ

Kenya at the forefront in tackling HIV

published: September, 13, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , African, Caribbean and Black, Kimutai Kemboi, Youth, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

From Kenya, HIV activist and stigma fighter Kimutai Kemboi on the initiatives the Kenyan government has taken together with other stakeholders in the struggle against HIV.

Kenya at the forefront in tackling HIV

Kenya, as a developing country, is among the African countries on the forefront in tackling HIV as well as investing personnel and resources. The government and the stake holders have done a lot though more needs to be done. The Kenyan government has given a favourable environment to stakeholders who wish to partake in this battle. Many organizations have set up facilities that offer HIV related services to people from the marginalised classes of life such as rural and slum populations. The s

Seeking and finding unconditional love

published: September, 11, 2017 Written by // Patrick Italo Ettenes Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Mental Health, Pets, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Patrick Italo Ettenes

Patrick Ettenes on the healing power of the love between a person and their pet.

Seeking and finding unconditional love

Many of you might have been wondering where I disappeared to in the last few months. Truth be told, after my best friend's death I wasn’t really in the right place. I also gave up TV production to concentrate on my new diagnosis, my early onset dementia. Like a trooper I pushed forward, accomplishing more in four months than I ever did for the entire year. And I still am, but I’ll let you into a few personal secrets, so sit down. I felt like I’d done enough with HIV work; I was tired of

I am male and I am a victim of rape.

published: September, 06, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Almost nobody talks about this. Guest author Isaac D. Joseph shares his experience of rape's aftermath.

I am male and I am a victim of rape.

Earlier this week I was asked to write an article on rape and my experience as a male who has been a victim of rape in my adult life. I thought that I would have been able to jot down a few paragraphs and be done by the deadline, but here I am writing this article with only two hours left before the article is scrapped and my chances of writing for this highly esteemed LGBT magazine ever again are over and done. I thought that I would have been able to chronicle my experiences without having a

As long term survivors we have a duty to educate.

published: September, 05, 2017 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Aging, Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Félix Garmendía

From New York, Félix Garmendía: "The years have filled my heart and mind with stories to tell the new generation of HIV positive people. Stories filled with HOPE, not despair..."

As long term survivors we have a duty to educate.

Today I was thinking about how the face of HIV has changed. I was telling my husband a story that I had long forgotten. In 1989, after 3 years of absolute celibacy, I found myself suddenly in a relationship with an HIV negative man. The terror of HIV loomed everywhere but I decided that, as scary as being tested was, I needed to do it. I tested HIV-positive on December 19, 1989 and had been in my new relationship for less than 3 months. Testing positive in 1989 was pretty much a “death

No one should be stigmatized whatsoever! Embrace respect and consider rehabilitation for decent living!

published: September, 04, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Kimutai Kemboi, Women, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Kenyan HIV activist Kimutai Kemboi shares the story of one of his Facebook friends who is a reformed sex worker.

No one should be stigmatized whatsoever! Embrace respect and consider rehabilitation for decent living!

This evening I was privileged to have a conversation with one of my Facebook friends who is a reformed sex worker. We discussed several issues at length and when I asked her if I could share her sentiments. She agreed but requested anonymity, to which I agreed. She said she has been one of my followers but had not found courage to interact with me or share her experience with me. That only lasted till this evening when she got the courage to share with me about her life. This is how the conve

I got me... for now!

published: August, 23, 2017 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Social Media, Aging, Activism, Gay Men, Mental Health, Photography, Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow: I have a list of things that I need to do and no determination to attempt any of them."

I got me... for now!

I’ve realized, I’m not burning out, I’m having days when I wake up and say, “I just don’t want to do anything today”. August 15th, 2017, I received an email from the editor of PositiveLite asking if I had something for publication, that it’s been a while since my last submission. I haven’t responded to the email yet, deciding I would write something to explain why instead. I sat here most of the day and tried to think of a place to start, and it honestly became a struggle. I

No exit?

published: August, 23, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Aging, featured, Activism, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy on HIV advocates who eschew retirement to keep on going . . and going . . and going.

No exit?

I want to talk about the life cycle of those who engage in HIV work, because it’s bothering me. It bothers me from a personal perspective because as an older adult I am nearing the end of that cycle. But it also bothers me that as community we seem kind of impervious to the consequences of not only aging but becoming aged. And as HIV advocates who stick up for minorities, accommodate those who need accommodation, we seem to have hit a blind spot.  To put this in a wider context, discussion

I'm black, gay and living with HIV

published: August, 21, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From FS Magazine, Maximus Crown writes about his experience of racial prejudice within the gay community.

I'm black, gay and living with HIV

Photo: © Chris Jepson I was born in Nigeria but I became a Londoner long before I was able to read or write, which according to some of my relatives makes me “a black man living in a white man’s world.” I know that this combined with the facts that I identify myself as a homosexual man who also happens to be HIV-positive hasn’t exactly set the scene for the most scar-free rainbow, but I have never given any of my negative experiences influence over how I viewed the world or what I

When you see them, run!!!

published: August, 18, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Kimutai Kemboi, General Health, Health, Sexual Health, International , Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

From Kenya, Kimutai Kemboi writes about the "sponsor" phenomenon and how it feeds into the spread of HIV there..

When you see them, run!!!

'Daniel' as she used to call me, 'you are so young and unfit to be working at such a tender age. You seem to have a potential of doing something better and in this connection, what is that good thing that a person can do for that will change your life forever? ' I had one unchangeable dream and that was to go back to school. That is something I always wished for but no one asked. Her question drew a lot of thoughts in my mind but in the long run, I settled on one decision; that was to open u

Beyond Grindr: racism, fetishisation and reimagining queer black masculinities

published: August, 15, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Gay Men, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From FS Magazine, Otamere Guobadia examines the current state of racism within the LGBTQ community

Beyond Grindr: racism, fetishisation and reimagining queer black masculinities

Report after report and survey after survey demonstrates that for BAME people in LGBTQ communities racism is a near universal experience. While there is enough evidence, both empirical and anecdotal, to back up the claims, very rarely do these reports answer more difficult questions about the nature of this racism. The result is often a very ‘water is wet moment’ for queer people of colour at the heart of the matter, frustrated as to the lack of depth into these investigations, which stop

One year ago today, PositiveLite.com endorsed the U=U campaign

published: August, 10, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

A wild ride: Bob Leahy looks back at what’s happened since PositiveLite.com became the first Canadian organization to sign on to the Undetectable = Untransmittable (U = U) campaign

One year ago today, PositiveLite.com endorsed the U=U campaign

I don’t remember how I first heard about Bruce Richman but it was surely on social media. It was the summer of 2016. Bruce had started cropping up everywhere. He seemed charismatic, passionate, informed. I asked him for an interview. He obliged and we talked for an hour or so by phone. I posted the resulting interview on August 10, 2016  under the title “Bob Leahy talks to Bruce Richman, the man behind Undetectable = Uninfectious.” The same day we also published an editorial “Positive

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