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Addicted at work - an insider speaks

published: November, 14, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Mental Health, Features and Interviews, Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks in-depth to Eric Cashmore, a person living with HIV who works at a northern Ontario AIDS Service Organization about Eric’s ongoing struggle with his addictions, and about the help he receives from the workplace to deal with them

Addicted at work - an insider speaks

Bob Leahy: Thanks for talking to PositiveLite.com first of all. I really appreciate it. Now tell me why you wanted to talk to me, Eric. Eric Cashmore: This is something I had to consider very carefully Bob. Just a couple of weeks ago I had a talk with my employer where I was being very public within my office, and I realized I had started to cause distress amongst people around me talking so openly about my addiction issues and how I’m handling them and people became very worried with me. S

Acceptance

published: October, 13, 2016 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Alex Sparrowhawk

Finding a cure is a search for our acceptance and an end to shame says UK writer Alex Sparrowhawk, but we don’t have to wait

Acceptance

Over the weekend the media has been in a spin about a ‘breakthrough’ to finding a cure for HIV. The fact is we’re still a long way off and there’s still many trials and a lot of research needed before any form of a cure becomes a reality, let alone the logistics of distributing it and at what cost. Regardless of the facts many people with HIV will have felt jubilation at this news and it wasn’t long for the community to start sharing the story with each other, and some even announce

The CDC’s Gay Dance Video about HIV is Flat Out Fabulous

published: October, 04, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Health, Sexual Health, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Mark S. King

HIV research has never been presented so entertainingly, as Mark S. King shares.

The CDC’s Gay Dance Video about HIV is Flat Out Fabulous

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has produced a music video that joyfully educates gay men about HIV prevention options. And it is foot-stomping fabulous. The song, “Collect My Love,” was released by The Knocks and it features vocals by Alex Newell, the young gender-bending singer who rose to fame by stealing season three of the television series, Glee (his rendition of “Boogie Shoes” on that show is a one-way ticket to my happy place). In the CDC music vid

Blind Date at Buddies: it’s love at first sight

published: September, 30, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Performances, Lifestyle, Theatre, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Blind Date at Buddies: it’s love at first sight. Bob Leahy reviews Toronto’s Buddies in Bad Times Theatre’s latest exploration of queer romance, a very clever and funny improv that draws the audience in quite literally

Blind Date at Buddies: it’s love at first sight

Photo Image by Tanja-Tiziana Blind Date is the first Buddies' show to feature alternating male and female leads. The gay dating version opened last night and the audience couldn’t have been more engaged in a 90-minute show that just flies by. It’s clever, funny as hell and leaves you wondering at the skill of it all. This is a show that you will talk about for a long time. Here’s the premise. The show opens with a clown, Mathieu, played winningly in the gay version by the handsome Davi

Drugs, mobile phones and HIV prevention

published: June, 23, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, CATIE, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Sexual Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Population Specific

From CATIE, Kate Jongbloed tells how The Cedar Project is using mobile phones to contribute to the health and healing of young Indigenous people who use drugs.

Drugs, mobile phones and HIV prevention

This article previously appeared on the CATIE blog here. How’s it going? These three little words have tremendous power. Sent as a simple text message, it creates an opportunity for dialogue between a case manager and a person seeking health care. It is the power of those three words that drives a new mobile phone program in B.C. that connects young Indigenous people living with or vulnerable to HIV with much-needed care and services. The initiative is part of The Cedar Project, a co

“Stupid HIV”: life's regrets

published: June, 22, 2016 Categories // Women, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Neg woman Poppy Morgan and her poz husband have been trying to have a second child. It’s not working. “And” she says “I can't find it in myself to be OK about it”.

“Stupid HIV”: life's regrets

I've been doing a lot of thinking lately about our situation, and starting to come to terms with the possibility that we may not have another child. Despite our efforts, it’s just not happening.  My daughter is three, and I feel like I've failed her by not giving her a sibling. I want her to grow up with someone to play with, someone to feel connected to, and someone to share her childhood story with. But it’s probably not going to happen. I'm so sad about it.  She is a miracle, and I

LGBT people unite with a sense of solidarity

published: June, 21, 2016 Categories // Social Media, Pride, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Christian Dolan

More reaction to the Orlando massacre. The UK’s Christian Dolan weighs in and says that fear cannot and will not weaken us as a community.

LGBT people unite with a sense of solidarity

Last Sunday I woke up at 8am to a BBC news alert on my phone informing me that 20 people had been shot dead in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. A couple of hours later and it was confirmed that a total of 49 members of the gay community were shot dead by a lone gunman, leaving another 53 injured.  The more I read throughout the day as the story unfolded, the more upset I became. It got to a point where I couldn’t read anything without choking up, tears streaming down my face with the h

Orlando: a catalyst for change

published: June, 17, 2016 Written by // Michael Yoder Categories // Activism, Pride, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Michael Yoder

Michael Yoder says “small things - Pride flags being lowered, vigils held, mayors and politicians and celebrities speaking out across the planet, rainbow colours decorating monuments are of immense importance.”

Orlando: a catalyst for change

"Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have." Margaret Mead  The mass shooting in Orlando has brought out the best and worst in people. Some continue to hate the LGBT community and some have turned to love: line-ups of people donating blood, people contributing money to assist the loved ones of those who were lost and to support those who survived. Those who hate never cared in the first place and their minds will not be changed. 

Republishing "Fuck poz guys!" Has the message sunk in yet? We think not.

published: June, 16, 2016 Categories // Dating, Activism, Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Lifestyle, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Marc-André LeBlanc asks if you’re a neg guy is it safer to have sex with poz guys or neg guys? Limit your condomless sex to poz guys with undetectable viral loads and avoid condomless sex with casual negative partners he suggests.

Republishing

PositiveLite.com Editor's note: This article, now over three years old, has been read by more people in PositiveLite.com's six-year history than any other. When Marc-André LeBlanc wrote it, the view expressed - that undetectable poz guys were a much safer bet than neg guys realized - was groundbreaking. It's since become mainstream - and yet not. Anybody who is undetectable who has been rejected by a "neg" guy seeking a "safe" partner knows it. Many neg guys still think that going with anot

Checking Privilege at ‘HIV Is Not A Crime’ 2016

published: June, 08, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Conferences, Gay Men, Women, International , Legal, Population Specific , Mark S. King

"The anti-criminalization movement is largely populated by women and people of color, and their job isn’t to make me comfortable," reports Mark S. King from Huntsville, Alabama

Checking Privilege at ‘HIV Is Not A Crime’ 2016

The issues of race, gender and privilege crackled through the recent HIV Is Not A Crime (II) conference like a live wire, throwing sparks at every turn. From the main stage to the hallways, attendees called out white classism, the utter failure of the criminal justice system (unless its purpose is solely to imprison black men), and what it truly means to be an ally of marginalized communities. It was at turns exhilarating and a little unnerving. White male advocates like myself might have l

Sean McKenna wants you to know that AIDS isn’t over – and that long term survivors matter

published: June, 06, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Aging, Social Media, Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Photography, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks to the outspoken New York City activist and advocate for long term survivors whose photos of a man dying of AIDS in 2016 caused a Facebook storm

Sean McKenna wants you to know that AIDS isn’t over – and that long term survivors matter

"In my mind, one of the worst things that anyone could have done was to say that AIDS is a manageable disease. In my life it’s never been quite manageable."  Bob Leahy: Thanks for talking with us Sean. Let’s talk first about the photos you posted on Facebook – photos of a man dying. Tell me what you know about them. Sean McKenna: Well, my neighbour’s husband a year ago was built like a brick shit house, one of those people that would sit by the pool and everyone would stare at. In t

Treatment as prevention success in Denmark

published: June, 03, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, As Prevention , Research, Sexual Health, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

From aidsmap, news of a Danish study shows clearest evidence yet that treatment as preventioin works

Treatment as prevention success in Denmark

This article by Gus Cairns first appeared on aidsmap.com here. Denmark shows first clear evidence of the success of treatment as prevention in gay men in a high income country  Very high diagnosis, treatment and viral suppression rates needed, say researchers   A study by the University of California, Los Angeles, and Copenhagen University Hospital provides the first unambiguous evidence of a link between high rates of viral suppression in gay men and falling HIV incidence (the proportio

Medical marijuana activism in NYC

published: May, 26, 2016 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Activism, Alternative Therapies, Gay Men, Mental Health, Health, International , Treatment, Lifestyle, Population Specific , Félix Garmendía

Our NYC guy Felix Garmendia recalls with affection and pride his days with the NYC Buyers' Club

Medical marijuana activism in NYC

"I wouldn’t say the weed made me HIGH, but it did manage to wrap me in an aura of relaxation, comfort and serenity. My mind drifted to a peaceful place, far from the horrors of working in a putrid system that just doesn’t work." I have used the “herb” for decades now. It was introduced to me by my “paraprofessional” (teacher’s helper) when I was a New York City school teacher, working in the Bronx in the early 1990s.  One Friday afternoon Miss Rodriguez saw me resting my head

The Body Politic – a rich slice of Toronto’s queer history now on stage

published: May, 28, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Performances, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy reviews The Body Politic at Toronto’s Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, a play about the newspaper - and the collective -that was so central to the birth of LGBT rights in the 70s and 80s

The Body Politic – a rich slice of Toronto’s queer history now on stage

Aldrin Bundoc & Geordie Johnson (photo by Jeremy Mimnagh) “Gay Liberation.” How quaint that term sounds today. But it was certainly uppermost in the hearts and minds of the handful of people, some still living, who founded Canada’s first gay liberation newspaper in October 1971. Called The Body Politic, its turbulent life span ran out after 135 issues in 1987. Overtaken by Xtra, also from Pink Triangle Press,  which took a more populist approach to LGBT news and views, The Body Pol

Don’t be ignorant: Eight things NOT to say to HIV-positive men

published: May, 17, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

From FS Magazine, a guide to saying the right thing

Don’t be ignorant: Eight things NOT to say to HIV-positive men

This article by Matthew Hodson @Matthew_Hodson first appeared in FS Magazine, a publication of GMFA, here.   I don’t mean to cause alarm but there are more people living with HIV now than any other time in history.  Even in the terrible early years, the newly diagnosed outnumbered the dying, and so the numbers of us who were positive grew. Since treatment became effective the numbers of people dying from HIV (rather than of other causes, but with HIV) plummeted further and so the annual

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