Revolving Door

I'm all shook up!

published: February, 07, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Newly Diagnosed, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

The earth moves for Brian the Shochusucker, in Part Nine of his story of being diagnozed with HIV in Japan. In this episode a major earthquake hits that country.

I'm all shook up!

You can read Part Eight here. The day starts normally On March 11, 2011 I had scheduled to go to the doctor for my monthly visit. It was a cool morning and I was out the door early. I had in my mind it might be a long day, seeing  my doctor,  counsellor, case worker, eye doctor, nebulizer and blood work. I was going with the morning rush hour and was packed onto the crowed train like a sardine. Since my strength was so much better than months ago, I didn't mind standing at all. I was doing

Build Bridges not Barriers: A Tale of Two Cities

published: February, 07, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

A guest blog from AIDS New Brunswick that addresses the need for people living with HIV to be able to readily access services, whatever the geography.

Build Bridges not Barriers: A Tale of Two Cities

In the wake of another snowstorm with lack of train, and for the moment bus service, I find myself thinking about the impact weather can have on inconveniencing a person. I find myself thinking about how much I rely on the transit system to get around the province. And then I find myself thinking about how minor my own inconveniences are in comparison to those of someone living with HIV/AIDS, who may need to access this system as a means of accessing Health Care Services. For most, these incon

My hero! by Philip

published: February, 06, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Dating, Revolving Door, Living with HIV

Sadly, there are other similar tales from both my own and my friends’ experience. I understand why these men have the fears they do, but it is their manners that infuriate me.

My hero! by Philip

Sex. It’s messy, fraught with all sorts of psychological problems and yes, it’s obviously what got me into this whole predicament in the first place. It is also rather pleasant. I still like to do it, if I am asked; but now, of course, it is a whole different ball game. There are so many risks involved. I mean there were always risks involved before, but now! There is the risk of infecting a negative partner; the risk of acquiring resistance to the drugs you are on or haven’t even star

We all just stopped talking about it

published: February, 02, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Guest writer Jim Swimm from New York City attends a panel discussion about the early years of the AIDS epidemic and hears some survivors of those days say that they’ve “just stopped talking about it”. But Jim hasn’t and he’s upset.

We all just stopped talking about it

I recently attended a screening of scenes from How to Survive a Plague, a documentary about the people on the front lines in the fight against AIDS in the early years of the epidemic, namely the members/founders of ACT UP. Along with the film's screening, there was a panel discussion of not only the film but the subject matter -- the state of HIV/AIDS activism, both then and now. There were people on the panel and in the audience who are featured in the film. It was an exceptionally interest

Criminal Sex? Women, HIV and the Injustice of the Law.

published: January, 27, 2012 Categories // Community Events, Events, Women, Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

A documentary film screening with expert panel discussion in Ottawa, hosted by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and the Canadian AIDS Society

Criminal Sex? Women, HIV and the Injustice of the Law.

In less than 15 years, more than 130 people living with HIV in Canada have been charged with not disclosing their HIV-positive status to their sexual partners, including many cases where there was no significant risk of HIV transmission.  The over-use of the criminal law has contributed to a climate of anxiety, fear and misinformation that undermines HIV counselling, education and prevention efforts — and puts all Canadians at greater risk. Women’s voices have rarely been heard on th

Tears for Fears

published: January, 26, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Part 8 of Brian the Shochusucker’s story of being diagnosed with HIV while living in Japan.” I'm reminded of all the highs and lows. The lows are not easy to talk about.”

Tears for Fears

You can read part seven of the story of my first year living with HIV seven  here. In order to be honest with you, I need to be true to all that I went through in that first year. In this next part I share more about my weaknesses and low points and how I overcame them and grew from them. I never intended to sound like that guy who got HIV and just sailed through the experience like a trooper. That wouldn't be the whole story and that wouldn't be fair to you or myself.  I feel the n

Stop criminalizing people living with HIV

published: January, 24, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

Here’s your chance to indicate your support. In advance of landmark Supreme Court Case, supporters worldwide are invited to call on Canada to stop criminalizing people living with HIV

Stop criminalizing people living with HIV

On February 8, 2012, the Supreme Court of Canada will hear two landmark cases on the issue of criminalization of HIV non-disclosure in R v. Mabior and R v. DC. The Court’s decisions in these two appeal cases will have profound implications not only for people living with HIV, but also for Canadian public health, police practice and the criminal justice system. We invite Canadian and international organizations and professionals working on issues related to HIV/AIDS and in the fields of publ

New year, new me.

published: January, 16, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Fitness and Exercise, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific

In his second post, guest blogger and poz newbie Richard T joins the gym

New year, new me.

  My energy levels have noticeably increased following my diagnosis, probably helped by all that eating over the Christmas period. Reading the local paper, my eye was caught by a free seven day membership offer from my local gym to use the facilities. Although I was mainly interested in swimming, having checked and double checked the offer to ensure it didn't involve passing bank details and ongoing commitment, it was a no-brainer decision. Excellent! This avoids the commitment of signing u

National Days of Action Against the Criminalization of HIV

published: January, 16, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors

AIDS Action Now with a message about an evening for justice and a demo planned for February 6 in Toronto to protest against the criminalization of HIV non disclosure

National Days of Action Against the Criminalization of HIV

  The impending Supreme Court Decision on February 8th threatens to criminalize those living with HIV and condemn them to a life in fear of potential incarceration. We must not let this happen. Join us in support of the National Days of Action Against the Criminalization of HIV on February 6th and 7th to demand an end to the persecution and prosecution of those living with HIV. AIDS ACTION NOW!, in conjunction with various other organizations across the country, will be organizing actions t

National Ballet star Rex Harrington

published: January, 15, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Revolving Door, Lifestyle, Guest Authors

He’s known as “Sexy Rexy” on So You Think You Can Dance Canada – and he certainly doesn’t hide that he’s gay. Here he is talking about the gay thing for PFLAG Canada.

National Ballet star Rex Harrington

  Here’s what Wiki has to say about him: Rex Howard Harrington, (born October 30, 1962 in Peterborough, Ontario) is a Canadian ballet dancer. In 2000, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2005, he was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame. He is currently Artist-in-Residence at the National Ballet of Canada. Harrington has appeared in Norman Jewison's "The January Man", as well as the film adaptation of "The Four Seasons", for which Rex won a Gemini Award in 2000. Harrington ha

A letter from the Philippines

published: January, 11, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Newly Diagnosed, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Call me KyleR11 of the Philippines, I have been in this battle since September of 2011. Here is my story.

A letter from the Philippines

I was on vacation, living comfortably with my sister abroad. We hung out together, went to the mall, ate in fine restaurants and hotels, went shopping, even flying to other Asian countries. Those were the happiest moment in my life, my first time living like a rich boy. Everything was complete. I knew that by September I would be working in that country, at a job in the most prestigious hotel in S.E Asia. I had signed a contract; I'd be earning as much as ten times what the Philippines would o

For people living with HIV – a call for scholarship applications

published: January, 11, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, Conferences, Events, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

A Message from the Canadian Aids Society about the 2012 People Living with HIV/AIDS Forum and the Canadian AIDS Society AGM, this June in Toronto

For people living with HIV – a call for scholarship applications

  Dear Members and Friends, We are pleased to announce that the 2012 People Living with HIV/AIDS Forum and the Canadian AIDS Society AGM will be held June 13 to June 15, 2012 at the Delta Chelsea Hotel in Toronto.  Scholarship application forms are now available.  They are attached to this email and are posted on our website. Please note that the forms are posted in PDF format and cannot be completed online. They must be printed out first before you can complete them. Hard copie

Let’s Talk About Sex… And let’s try to keep the clichés to a minimum

published: January, 09, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality

Guest blogger Matt Smith, Needle Exchange and Volunteer Coordinator for AIDS New Brunswick on the language and environment of safer sex talk. Says Matt “I need people to talk about their sex lives the same way they talk about their vacations,

Let’s Talk About Sex… And let’s try to keep the clichés to a minimum

One of the funnest parts of my job has to be talking about safer sex. I keep saying it, and I am sure that there are those who are tired of me doing do so, but being able to speak candidly about sex is so much fun. There is nothing quite like the look on someones face when I interrupt their valiant, yet unmistakably uncomfortable attempt to say “vagina”, and I tell them to say “twat” or whatever euphemism they are comfortable using to describe female genitalia. You see, I am not subjec

“I have started to look at the world in a slightly different way . . “

published: January, 04, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Newly Diagnosed, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

A new voice, guest writer Richard T from Europe reports in on his first two months of living with HIV . His message to others: you are not alone

“I have started to look at the world in a slightly different way . . “

So time slowly goes on.  Two months after diagnosis, some semblance to this thing we call normality has started to reappear. I was put in contact with the HIV clinic, which came as no surprise. These are the people at the hospital who are going to be looking after me. My first visit was on December 1st, World AIDS day. How memorable  - although I wasn't in the mood to wear a red ribbon! I got to meet my consultant and had a chat about things. My CD4 count was 450 and they are going

Canadians prefer their sex on Saturdays.

published: December, 30, 2011 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Sex and Sexuality

A new survey from Eli Lilly suggests Canadians may be abandoning Hockey Night in Canada for another body contact sport

Canadians prefer their sex on Saturdays.

From the Edmonton Journal , By Sharon Kirkey, Postmedia News Overall, the international online survey of just over 13,000 adults in 13 countries found that while Canadians are among the least spontaneous sexual beings globally, we have a slight edge over the U.S. in terms of frequency. The survey found that Canadians aged 46 to 60 have sex an average of 1.35 times per week, which is slightly lower than the global average of 1.41 but ahead of Americans, who reported having sex on average 1.19

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