Population Specific

Learn about anal cancer in gay, bi and queer men

published: March, 05, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, Gay Men, Events, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific

AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) Community Health Forum on March 16 is open to all

Learn about anal cancer in gay, bi and queer men

  Anal Cancer in Gay, Bi & Queer MenWednesday, March 16th, 7-9pm (6.30 pm light buffet) Ramada Plaza 309 Jarvis Street, Toronto The latest in defining the cancers, pre-cancers, screening, treatments and prevention. With Guest Speakers:Ron Rosenes HIV Community advocate and consultantDr. Irv Salit Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto Drop-ins are welcome, but in order to accommodate a more comfortable session we would ask for an RSVP to Rui Pires (email This email address is be

Starting HIV treatment at first clinic visit improves outcomes in African study

published: March, 04, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Newly Diagnosed, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Research, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

What once seemed like a rash idea is becoming validated as more research suggests same day treatment initiation works best and is well accepted

Starting HIV treatment at first clinic visit improves outcomes in African study

This article by Liz Highleyman produced in collaboration with hivandhepatitis.com first appeared on aidsmap.com here.   A programme to accelerate the process of HIV diagnosis, preparation and starting antiretroviral therapy (ART) in South Africa led to a higher proportion of people initiating treatment and better health outcomes, according to results from the RapIT trial presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2016) taking place this week in Boston, US

A Parent’s Love Knows No Bounds: Disclosing to my Parents

published: March, 03, 2016 Written by // Joshua Middleton Categories // Newly Diagnosed, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Joshua Middleton

Joshua Middleton says “I’ve talked with so many who are living with HIV that would never even step close to disclosing their status to their parents.” But he did

A Parent’s Love Knows No Bounds: Disclosing to my Parents

 From a young age, we learn very quickly that no one likes bad news, especially our parents.  We don’t want to have to admit fault to something that could make the ones we love mad or, worse, hurt. It is in our nature to want to forgo pain or displeasure. We do more to avoid immediate pain than we do to gain pleasure. Our mind wants to make assumptions and judgments because the future is unknown and that downright shakes us to our core at times.  I’ve talked with so many who are livin

Nine point one hours per week

published: March, 02, 2016 Categories // Dating, Social Media, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

From ouragenda.ca, Mike Mikshe gives up on hookup apps for finding his fantasy guy, confronts the prospect of social isolation and finds there is life out there after all

Nine point one hours per week

I’d always had this idea in my head about the sort of guy I wanted to meet on hook-up apps: older, taller, in shape but not too muscular, kinky and dominant yet nurturing and intelligent—I could go on. I’d spend hours, week after week searching for this type of guy. It became an addiction and, of course, I never found this fantasy man. I read that gay men spend 9.1 hours on average a week looking for sex online. I couldn't believe it at first but when I added up all the time I'd spend on

One case of PrEP failure doesn’t mean much

published: February, 29, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Health, Research, International , Treatment, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

British Columbia’s Health Initiative for Men (HIM) weighs in on the news that PrEP failed one Toronto gay man and says that taking PrEP is still a highly effective HIV prevention strategy

One case of PrEP failure doesn’t mean much

Bob Leahy says. B.C’s Health Initiative for Men (HIM) scores once again with this nimble (same day?) response to a news story that on first reading may have alarmed many. HIM scores extra points for using social media – Facebook in this case – to get then message out to their target audience FAST.  For those who didn’t read the original story, here’s the link to what another excellent source - Gus Cairns from NAM/aidsmap.com said about this case, direct from CROI 2106.   A

People with HIV considerably overestimate their chance of infecting someone

published: February, 29, 2016 Categories // As Prevention , Gay Men, Research, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Aidsmap reports no relationship seen between a person’s view of their infectiousness and their viral load in research presented at CROI 2016

People with HIV considerably overestimate their chance of infecting someone

This article by Gus Cairns first appeared on aidmap.com here.  Only a small proportion of HIV-positive people in a large US treatment study, ACTG A5257, regarded themselves as non-infectious after up to three years on antiretroviral therapy (ART), and a third of participants regarded their chance of infecting a partner as still “high”, even though only 10% of participants actually had a detectable viral load, the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2016) heard y

Safe Spaces?

published: February, 25, 2016 Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Michael Yoder

No more hushed tones. Michael Yoder on creating spaces where poz folks= can talk freely - in public

Safe Spaces?

 “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.” Bernard M. Baruch   Here in Victoria we have a coffee group that meets weekly. When I was starting work with POZitively Connected, I was really clear that wherever possible, groups should happen out in the world rather than in an office. The group is primarily social - a way for gay guys living with HIV to connect with each, form friendships and just talk about whatever they

Stories that bridge the intergenerational gap

published: February, 24, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Toronto's OurSpace is looking for 30 stories from 30 LGBT men about life 30 years ago!

Stories that bridge the intergenerational gap

OurSpace is a Toronto-based collective of young leaders who create innovative spaces for young guys who like guys to come together, learn from each other, discuss social issues, and have fun! Through interactive workshops, training sessions, and social events, we strive to empower each other with the knowledge, skills, and networks necessary to support our overall health and well-being.  We are  looking to talk to folks about their lives and the "gay community" of 30 years ago. The project'

Why HIV stigma has kept me virginal

published: February, 23, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Youth, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

From FS Magazine what happened to this HIV-negative gay man when South-Asian cultural standards met the gay sex scene

Why HIV stigma has kept me virginal

This article by Vish @vishdelishuk first appeared in the UK’s FS Magazine, a publication of GMFA, here.  These last few months, the tabloids have been buzzing about a certain high profile celebrity who is HIV-positive. And, by god, the reporting around it was messy. Before the story broke, gossip laced with accusations and hostile finger pointing made the rounds. A common theme on Twitter was along the lines of “well what do you expect, if you sleep around, you catch shit”. This judge

I’m HIV-positive, but I’m not…

published: February, 23, 2016 Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Why our Toronto guy Josh feels he doesn’t fit the poz stereotypes

I’m HIV-positive, but I’m not…

I must apologize for my long hiatus. I’ve been dealing with some matters both personal and professional, and my mind has been elsewhere.  BuzzFeed occasionally has these videos where a certain group explains how they don’t fit stereotypes about their religion or ethnic group. While I won’t comment on the journalistic value of BuzzFeed, those videos had me thinking about how someone might perceive me for being HIV-positive, and that inspired my return for tonight’s post…  I’m HI

When things get R-rated - long-term commitment.

published: February, 22, 2016 Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Jason Cole

Monogamy, open, polyamory, other - there are lots of relationship styles. But Jason R Cole asks “are HIVers afraid of being in a committed, long-term relationship? If so, why?”

When things get R-rated - long-term commitment.

"Long term commitment." It is a frightening phrase for many queers. I count myself as one of them, once upon a time.  Years ago, I was afraid of what commitment symbolized: being bound to someone else, with little or no escape. You see, back in my early 20s I was an expert escape artist when it came to relationships - although, I did end up dragging my lovers down with a whole lot of drama and self-destructive behaviour. I didn’t know better at the time.  In my mid-20s, I was married to

Sex Ed

published: February, 18, 2016 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Youth, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Alex Sparrowhawk

Our UK correspondent Alex Sparrowhawk surveys the scene and says “Give the Government an F”

Sex Ed

Young people should be learning in schools, not learning from their mistakes. The UK Government’s decision this week regarding statutory Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) and Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) is more than just a failure to teach young adults on how to put a condom on. It’s reckless and il conceived; young people more than ever need guidance and understanding regarding sex and relationships but instead of being taught in schools they’re learning

Transformation

published: February, 17, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Women, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Peterborough, Ontario’s Brittany Cameron has changed her life around. From the streets to working in an AIDS Service Organization doing peer engagement work she loves, she talks to Bob Leahy about transitioning from client to staffer – and everything else

Transformation

Four years ago when PositiveLite.com last wrote about HIV-positive Brittany Cameron she was a client of Peterborough’s PARN - Your Community AIDS Resource Network. She talked about positive parenting, bringing three little girls into the world, all HIV-negative. Since then she has gone back to school and become a staff member at the same agency, facing new challenges. Bob Leahy: Hi Brittany. Let’s start by telling me a little about the job you’re in. Brittany Cameron: I’m the peer e

Dear HIV-negative men...

published: February, 16, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

On dating, hooking up and relationships and dealing with stigma while undetectable. From FS Magazine’s latest naked edition, these HIV-positive men want to talk to you

Dear HIV-negative men...

This article by Stuart Haggas @GetStuart with photography by Chris Jepson © www.chrisjepson.com first appeared In FS Magazine, a publication of GMFA, here.  KISS MY STATUS What would you bare all for? Getting naked seems a sure-fire way to get attention, which is why the Warwick Rowers, red hot redheads, rugby teams, farmers, scaffolders and prison guards are just some of the real-life guys who’ve stripped off to raise awareness for all kinds of causes – often with a fundraising cale

Collecting (and giving) affectionate men for Valentine's Day

published: February, 16, 2016 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Gay Men, Hobbies, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Félix Garmendía

As reported in Huffington Post, our Félix Garmendía talks about his experience collecting and giving vintage gay photos

Collecting (and giving) affectionate men for Valentine's Day

Image by Dave via Flickr.com This article by Kim Dramer first appeared on Huffpost Queer Voices here. Offering ideas for Valentine's Day gifts, Félix Garmendía brings his experience collecting and giving vintage gay photos. The New York vintage photo collector became fascinated and intrigued by these after discovering Russell Bush's 1998 book, Affectionate Men. Photo credit: Photo courtesy Amazon.com Garmendía began to haunt New York flea markets, searching out tintypes, daguerreotypes,

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