Opinion Pieces

Whats in it for MSM? ART as a way of reducing HIV transmission.

published: May, 24, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

.Last week's news about new research showing a 96% reductiion in HIV transmission in sero-discordant straight couples was BIG. But where does this leave MSM?

Whats in it for MSM? ART as a way of reducing HIV transmission.

At 11am last Thursday results of a large scale clinical trial were released from Washington DC which crackled like wildfire through the internet.   Twitter lit up. PositiveLite went to press just minutes later carrying the news that good evidence had finally been produced that ART reduced transmission rates in mixed status heterosexual couples by 96%. This essentially backed the findings of the Swiss Study which, for reasons way too complicated to recite here had been discounted

Sex while HIV Positive: The New Criminals

published: May, 12, 2011 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Gay Men, Legal, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality , Mark S. King

Mark S King on Non-disclosure of HIV and the Law: a US Perspective

Sex while HIV Positive: The New Criminals

As you and I relax here surfing the internet, an HIV positive man is sitting in a Texas prison, serving a 25-years sentence for spitting on someone. In Michigan, an HIV positive man was charged for not disclosing his status under a bio-terrorism statute. And just weeks ago Nadja Benaissa, an HIV positive German pop star barely escaped prison when a judge gave her a suspended sentence for not disclosing to her sexual partners. This is an emotional issue that carries some baggage. Many of u

Working in the AIDS Movement: Getting satisfaction out of doing it for free!

published: May, 11, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy looks at what makes for rewarding volunteer work in the HIV/AIDS community, and finds that putting one’s own needs first often works best for everybody.

Working in the AIDS Movement: Getting satisfaction out of doing it for free!

I've been around for quite a long time. I started volunteering in 1994, six months after I was diagnosed, about the same time as going on disability with a falling CD4 count, an uncertain future and few options. Seventeen years later I’m still at it. I’ve actually tried to “retire” once or twice but it hasn’t worked out, and right now I’m probably busier than ever. I sometimes think about why do people volunteer? You’ll hear a variety of explanations centred on themes which ult

It’s not all doom and gloom

published: May, 11, 2011 Categories // Opinion Pieces

Viral Load Warrior says “I need to remind myself – for my own sanity – that ironically, my diagnosis has also impacted in positive ways upon my life.” Here’s how.

I’ve written a lot about the challenges of living with HIV on my blog.  Pre-existing problems with depression and anxiety worsened, I resigned from my job, and as a result of having no money, had to move out of my flat. It has not, however, been all doom and gloom. Two years down the line, my life is almost back on track, and I’m managing things a lot better. Given the chance to revisit the circumstances in which I contracted the virus, I would of course do things differently. But as

Have your say on when non-disclosure of HIV status should be an issue for the courts.

published: May, 10, 2011 Categories // Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

Are you from Ontario? The Ontario Working Group on Criminal Law and Exposure wants you to participate in their survey.

Have your say on when non-disclosure of HIV status should be an issue for the courts.

The Ontario Working Group on Criminal Law and HIV Exposure is inviting people to complete a confidential on-line survey on prosecutorial guidelines for Ontario criminal cases involving allegations of HIV non-disclosure.  The survey is part of the Campaign for Prosecutorial Guidelines in Ontario. We want your valuable input on what to include in our recommendations to the Ontario Attorney General.  If you are interested in the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure and helping us make

Bill C-51 HYPERLINKS - Soon to be a hate crime.

published: May, 08, 2011 Categories // Opinion Pieces, Brian Finch

The Conservative platform informed voters that within 100 days back in office they would introduce an Omnibus crime bill that will make it illegal to add a hyperlink (any linking from one website to another) to a “hate” site or inciting hatred.

Bill C-51 HYPERLINKS - Soon to be a hate crime.

I have to admit, trying to do a political detox after this last election has been a failing goal. Try as I might I still follow what is going on. This little piece popped up on Twitter. Really this isn't real news as the Conservatives have been flouting their legislative agenda for quite some time. So what’s the fuss about? The Conservative platform informed voters that within 100 days back in office they would introduce an Omnibus crime bill that will make it illegal to add a hyperlink (any

Treatment as prevention revisited

published: May, 04, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy has a (sort of) change of heart on one of HIV’s most contentious issues. Or maybe not.

Treatment as prevention revisited

People who know me know I’ve been very uncomfortable with treatment as prevention from the get go. When I was on the board at the Canadian AIDS Society I was in the forefront of the charge against it, reacting in part to concerns expressed by HIVers at The CAS HIVers Forum, but also reflecting my own views too. Since then, I’ve been increasingly concerned that treatment as prevention - or test and treat - has become mainstream. Commencing treatment right after testing has become

HIV Drug Research: One pill, two pills and the stock market

published: May, 04, 2011 Categories // Finances, Treatment, Opinion Pieces

Devan Nambiar looks at what drives pharmaceutical companies to develop new HIV drugs – and for treatment experienced patients, it isn’t always pretty

Many years before we had three anti-HIV pills (ARV) in one pill or two anti-HIV pills in one, HIVers were drowning in pill fatigue. HIVers took as many as 15 to 35 ARVs, including prophylaxis, in one day. In 2000, the light bulb went on for the medical community and pharmaceutical companies alike. They realized they could not expect HIVers to take these many drugs forever. Pill fatigue was affecting many HIVers.   Pharmaceuticals and the HIV community came up with creative metho

Electoral Shiva: Post 2011 Election Commentary

published: May, 03, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Events, Opinion Pieces, Brian Finch

For those who are not from Canada, the election results gave the far-right-wing party has won a majority. Thus, the morning of Canada as we know it, and my term “electorial shiva”

Electoral Shiva: Post 2011 Election Commentary

For those who are not from Canada, the election results gave the far-right-wing conservative party a majority. Thus, the mourning of Canada as we know it, and my term “electorial shvia” If you don’t know what sitting Shiva is, then you need to brush up on Jewish mourning traditions. Find out more here. It was a bitter sweet moment though. Québec, a province that has been voting en masse for the Bloc Québécois, a separatist party, for the last 20 years, finally left this party equally

An American Perspective: With Osama Bin Laden Gone, Can AIDS Be Public Enemy #1?

published: May, 03, 2011 Categories // Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

Reagan Hoffman, Editor-in-Chief, Poz Magazine had this to say in POZ Blogs: HIV is a helluva terrorist

An American Perspective: With Osama Bin Laden Gone, Can AIDS Be Public Enemy #1?

Osama Bin Laden is reported dead. His body buried at sea. Al Qaeda has been dealt a walloping blow.A world without Bin Laden is better than a world with him here. But still, we should not gloat over any death, no matter how arguably necessary. And let us not delude ourselves that Bin Laden's death makes us any safer. We have kicked a giant hornet nest and may need to face the aftermath of swarming, stinging creatures. What we don't know (and what I deeply hope our government's intelligence com

Nothing gay about Tennessee Schools

published: April, 28, 2011 Categories // Opinion Pieces

Danny Miler doesn’t like what he sees happening in southern schools, where discussion of homosexuality is outlawed.

So here in the United States of America, the southern states, (those below the Mason Dixon line) are known throughout history as being very intolerant of minorities. Thosestates are also notorious for being anti-gay, and now one state in particular, Tennessee, has taken this to a whole new level of ridiculous-ness! Earlier this year the Tennessee state senate introduced the “Don't Say Gay” bill, which would, make it unlawful to say the words “gay” and “homosexuality”, or even

Team ME

published: April, 28, 2011 Categories // Current Affairs, Opinion Pieces

In which Ken Monteith notes the lack of team players in Canada’s upcoming federal election

Team ME

Have you noticed how Canadian politics seems to be changing? Maybe it's just me, with my memory stretching far back to a time when cell phones took two hands to lift, matched only in their heft by 'portable' music systems (shoulder carry being the most popular). Back when I was young and fresh, we saw signs for our local candidates and we voted for our local candidates. Sure, we knew which party they belonged to and that really shaped our like or dislike of them, but our streets and lawns were

For twittering out loud

published: April, 26, 2011 Categories // Opinion Pieces

Tweeter Megan DePutter with commentary on how organizations in the world of HIV are using social media and Twitter in particular. Tips for newbies too!

For twittering out loud

On Saturday, April 16, Bob Leahy posted a piece on social media in the HIV field,  noting that slowly but surely, AIDS Service Organizations (ASO’s) are dipping their feet in the water and gradually getting comfortable enough to play in the social media pool. Some are doing it well and having a great time. Others are stumbling so awkwardly, it’s painful to watch. The way we use social media has to be adjusted according to our organizational goals. Social media strategies are not a one

Out west: the way the epidemic looks in Manitoba

published: April, 26, 2011 Categories // Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

HIV infection rates are falling globally, but that's not the case in Manitoba or across Canada, says the Winnipeg Free press

Out west: the way the epidemic looks in Manitoba

Here's what the Winnipeg Fress Press reported earlier this month . The number of new cases in Manitoba rose to 102 in 2010, compared with 99 in 2009, according to the 2010 Manitoba HIV Program report released late Thursday. In 2007, there were 66 new cases of HIV in the province. Local health officials are troubled by the rising trend in Manitoba. It comes as the United Nations reported last month that new infection rates worldwide are falling. "It's still something to be concerned about.

J.CREW Pushes Transgendered Child Propaganda

published: April, 20, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Opinion Pieces, Brian Finch

If you have no problem with the J. Crew ad, how about one in which a little boy models a sundress? What could possibly be the problem with that?

J.CREW Pushes Transgendered Child Propaganda

My source for the most interesting American news, admittedly (apart from CNN) is The Daily Show, and this is where I picked up this little gem of a polemic. Designer Jenna Lyons is featured in a J. Crews catalogue in an image with her son who has his toe nails painted pink! The accompanying quote "Lucky for me, I ended up with a boy whose favorite color is pink. Toenail painting is way more fun in neon." Now if I'm seeing this on The Daily Show, you just know the right-wing village i

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