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The first SENIOR intergenerational LGBTQ Toronto Pride event!

published: May, 26, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, Youth, Events, Newly Diagnosed, Women, Upcoming Events, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media, Population Specific

All welcome -- come out and mingle, socialize, chat, have fun, share your stories!

The first SENIOR intergenerational LGBTQ Toronto Pride event!

 SAVE THE DATE - Sunday June 4, 2017 The Senior Pride Network Presents In Partnership with The 519 and The Buddies Youth/Elders Project  The First SENIOR Intergenerational LGBTQ Toronto Pride Event!  Date: Sunday June 4, 2017 Time: 5 pm - 8 pm Location: The 519 Community Centre (519 Church St.) Entertainment: DJ's and dancing Free, but donations to the Senior Pride Network are welcome!  PERFORMANCES, PRIZES, HENNA ARTIST AND MUCH MORE! Physically accessible/scent free/substan

Doors did open; it was magical!

published: May, 12, 2017 Written by // Jeff Potts Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Conferences, Living with HIV, Jeff Potts, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Jeff Potts on a recent HIV conference, Eastern Ontario Opening Doors, that included “an unparalleled awakening, an awe-inspiring and emotional moment in time" - U=U and much more

Doors did open; it was magical!

The view from Glen House Resort, Gananoque We pulled up to the main entrance of the Glen House Resort, near Gananoque, Ontario  on a wonderful Wednesday afternoon, under sunny Springtime skies, and we were warmly greeted by a small group of early arrivers – most of whom I know; none of whom Paul had opportunity to meet before that moment. We registered for the 25th Eastern Ontario Opening Doors conference ready to participate together at an HIV-inspired event… simply as our sero-discord

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for May: where to find relief while waiting for a miracle?

published: May, 01, 2017 Written by // Ed Wolf Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Ed Wolf, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Ed Wolf: "Miracles happen, over and over and over again..."

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for May: where to find relief while waiting for a miracle?

Photo by me of the home made time travel machine Day 36. Trust the street Thirty-six days since the United States got Trumped, 36-days of questions, over and over: What to do? How to hold up? When to let go? Where to push back? Who to read and who to listen to? And still the nagging question: “How did it happen?” I walk the streets, looking for answers, and come across this Time Machine. I stop. Somebody put five cents down and jumped through. Where are they now? On hold somewhere, waiti

A quarter of people taking antiretroviral therapy in Kenya have exhausted current treatment options

published: April, 28, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Media, Population Specific

From AIDSmap, Michael Carter reports: "If anything, the investigators believe their study may have under-estimated the prevalence of second-line treatment failure."

A quarter of people taking antiretroviral therapy in Kenya have exhausted current treatment options

Affordable third-line antiretrovirals are urgently needed in resource-limited settings, according to research conducted in Kenya and published in the online edition of AIDS. The study showed that a quarter of patients had exhausted current treatment options and only 18% had virus that was fully susceptible to the three main classes of anti-HIV drugs. “This study in the Kenyan national antiretroviral therapy (ART) program suggests that about 27% of patients with second-line failure are in

Iris's story: "I thought the doctor must be mistaken"

published: April, 19, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Newly Diagnosed, Women, Health, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Finding out late in life you are HIV-positive can be a shock. Here is how Guelph, Ontario’s iris Budd handled it with the help of her local AIDS Service Organization

Iris's story:

Back in 2005 I ended up in the hospital, deathly ill. The doctor first thought that I had a brain tumor (cancer). I had been in a coma for 2 weeks and when I came out of it, I couldn’t use my left side, as it was paralyzed. The doctor diagnosed me and summoned my children to the hospital, because he said, your mother probably won’t live. They said they had to perform a brain biopsy, so they shaved a triangle out of my hair and drilled a hole in my scalp to take a small part of my brain.

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

published: April, 19, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, 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

Mr. Gay New Zealand Charlie Tredway talks HIV with Bob Leahy

published: February, 20, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Features and Interviews, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Recently crowned Charlie, a man living with HIV and a passionate advocate, ran on a platform of confronting HIV stigma. Now he takes his message to the Mr. Gay World competition

Mr. Gay New Zealand Charlie Tredway talks HIV with Bob Leahy

Bob Leahy: First of all congratulations. Now I know you ran for Mr. Gay New Zealand because you wanted to talk about HIV. Tell me about that. Charlie Tredway: Right. My only reason was to bring visibility to HIV and to move past the stigma and the (untrue) fact that people living with HIV should be ashamed of themselves, not as good as the wider community. When I moved back to New Zealand from Sydney, the first campaign I did was because they didn’t have any HIV-positive gay males under the

Strategies for forgetting about HIV

published: February, 09, 2017 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Gay Men, Mental Health, Health, Spirituality, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Félix Garmendía

“What do I do to forget HIV?” asks New Yorker Felix Garmendia. And what do YOU do?

Strategies for forgetting about HIV

What do I do to forget HIV?  Interesting question.  I’m going to go out on a limb and say, “I HAVE HIV but HIV is NOT me”. We all have days when we don’t want to remember we are HIV-positive. When I am confronted with my HIV, I have learned to look at it in the eye and embrace the fact that we are deeply intertwined. I do this every single day. 1.  I DO IT when I wake up in the morning and have to wait for my HIV-positive husband Denis to help me get into my wheelchair. I have be

A joint article by Jeff Potts & Paul Kenney . .

published: February, 08, 2017 Written by // Jeff Potts Categories // Gay Men, Health, Living with HIV, Jeff Potts, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

“The darkness we perceive is actually light” say Ottawa-based partners and soul-mates Jeff and Paul in their first collaborative piece

A joint article by Jeff Potts & Paul Kenney . .

We both live with HIV, but HIV only lives with one of us; we both had a near-death experience recently, but only one of us nearly left the other behind. It might be easy to perceive darkness in these realities. For us, though, these and all of the situations and circumstances we’ve shared over two-and-a-half decades together represent opportunity, humility, and gratitude; they represent light. We have wanted to collaborate on a piece of written-work for a long, long time.  This is it…

The inner beauty

published: January, 31, 2017 Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Youth, Billy Santo, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Billy Santo says it’s what’s inside that counts. If we seek peace in ourselves that is the way to be truly happy. Acceptance of yourself and inner peace will make you reach your full potential.

The inner beauty

Good morning Every day I see changes in myself. PHYSICALLY, I am becoming far from the image I once was. My skin has sagged and wrinkles in my face come forth. My hair falls from the thickness it has once been. My skin is not as flawless, with scars and burns  - and my physique?  Not as pumped as how I always wanted it to be. I am losing my color. I don't look good and I look restless, tired and used. NOT ENTICING anymore; my youth is fading slowly. However, what has evolved farther than

Embracing a positive life

published: January, 24, 2017 Written by // Billy Santo Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Billy Santo, International , Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

New blogger Billy Santo from the Philippines, living with HIV since May 2015, tells his story of hard times, redemption and making a difference

Embracing a positive life

I have had a difficult life. My mom committed suicide when I was three years old and my dad had a heart attack when I was nine. I am a product of child abuse, being passed from one relative to another. I was lost on track when I reached college where I decided to run away from my uncle who had treated me like an animal and went on searching for a place where I could survive. I begged from strangers, asked them to keep me in their homes in exchange for labor. I met up with many gay men for mo

No guinea pig

published: January, 11, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Research, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy is one of several thousand participants in the Ontario Cohort Study (OCS), a years-long project to find out more about people living with HIV in the province that is now also contributing to Canada’s 90-90-90 effort

No guinea pig

193 Yonge Street Toronto, the study site I want to write about a research study that isn’t the first I ever participated in - I was a participant in the clinical trial of saquinavir, the first ever protease inhibitor back in 1996 – but certainly the longest running. I’ve written about this before, but it’s due for an update.  Why? Because it strikes me as important for people living with HIV to understand how and why they are researched, what it feels like - and because research opp

Mirvan Ereon - revisiting his story for World AIDS Day 2016

published: November, 30, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Four years ago PostiveLite.com mourned the death of its youngest writer, Mirvan Ereon, who passed away in his home country of the Philippines after a brave struggle with AIDS. Here's why it needs to be heard again

Mirvan Ereon - revisiting his story for World AIDS Day 2016

A November 2016 update from Editor Bob Leahy In August 2014 I wrote about the death of our youngest contributor, Mirvan Ereon. I never met Mirvan, although - and this speaks to the role of social media in the modern world and in the HIV community in particular - we knew each other well. For reasons I strive to understand, I have never been more moved by the death of someone with HIV than this. I still cry about it. And, be warned, you may well too. Some context: on World AIDS Day we traditi

What is sex really like for a gay trans man?

published: November, 21, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Features and Interviews, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

On top of worries about disclosure or transphobia, sexual health can be a tough field to navigate for a lot of trans people too. From FS Magazine, Aedan Wolton

What is sex really like for a gay trans man?

This article by Aidan Wolton previously appeared at FS Magazine, here. Despite the wonderful diversity within our LGBTQ communities, it can sometimes feel like the ‘T’ is silent. Trans people are often left off the sexual health agenda, and even within community spaces, transphobia is rife. On the often hyper-masculine, phallocentric gay scene, queer trans men (guys assigned female at birth) can experience unique forms of invisibility and discrimination, making even a simple hook-up fee

Going on vacation

published: November, 21, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Travel, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

The simple act of saying that he’s going on vacation in the US raises multiple issues for Editor Bob Leahy, from guilt to politics to religion. (When did life get this complicated?) But he’s going anyway.

Going on vacation

Live oaks with Spanish moss, typical South Carolina scenery It’s odd but whenever I talk about my vacation plans I get pangs of guilt. It shouldn’t be this way, I know. Vacations, post-HIV infection and more importantly post-U.S. election, should be a break from everything that irks, not a source of irk. (Is that a word? Hang on. It’s a verb not a noun. Close enough!)  The vacation itself isn’t terribly grand or expensive. Twelve days. A two-day drive down to Hilton Head, South Caro

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