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The Connections: Poverty, Homelessness and HIV

published: May, 06, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Lifestyle, Revolving Door, Treatment, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

Guest Post: A UCSF Study shows poverty undercuts otherwise major gains in HIV treatment

The Connections: Poverty, Homelessness and HIV

This article by Jeff Sheehy was first posted on the website of University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) here.  Published with permission.   In a groundbreaking study published last year, scientists reported that effective treatment with HIV medications not only restores health and prolongs life in many HIV-infected patients, but also curtails transmission to sexual partners up to ninety-seven percent. However, a new study by UCSF scientists shows that lack of basic living needs sever

Global Men’s Health and Rights Survey 2012

published: May, 04, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific

“MSM Around the World: Stand Up, Be Counted! “ says the Global Forum on MSM & HIV. Learn how you can participate in this global survey.

Global Men’s Health and Rights Survey 2012

Editor's note:  We don’t particularly like the term MSM – men who have sex with men - but prefer to use something like gay, bi and questioning men.  But MSM is a term frequently used by epidemiologists and others who look at gay/bi men on a population wide basis, so excuse the use of the term here. In any event we received the following notice from the Global Forum on MSN & HIV (MSMGF) and thought it was well worth passing on. You can read more about the MSMGF here. We did the s

The Numbers Game

published: May, 02, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Current Affairs, Women, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Positive Women’s Network in BC on the HIV funding issue and a comment about the relative merits of funding women’s HIV programs that found its way in to a controversial editorial in Xtra!

The Numbers Game

Editor’s note: This article first appeared on the blog of the Positive Women’s Network here.  We had published the Xtra article referred to below, without comment on our part, here. That's not to say we didn't recognize the controversial nature of some of Salerno's remarks relating to funding of women’s programming. So we welcomed this opportunity for a representative of the HIV women’s community to present her views. (Thank you, Janet.) *Sigh.* It was disheartening to

PrEP acceptable to UK gay men, studies find

published: April, 29, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Current Affairs, Research, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) would be an acceptable HIV prevention strategy for large numbers of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men in major UK cities, according to two studies presented at a British HIV conference this week.

PrEP acceptable to UK gay men, studies find

This article by Roger Pebody first  appeared on aidsmap.  The First Study Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) would be an acceptable HIV prevention strategy for large numbers of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men in major UK cities, according to two studies presented to the British HIV Association (BHIVA) conference in Birmingham this week. The conference also heard details of a small pilot PrEP study, likely to start recruiting later this year. A cross-sectional survey of 842

For the Health of It

published: April, 28, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Mental Health, Health, Revolving Door, Lifestyle, Guest Authors

Guest writer and naturopathic doctor Timothy Swift asks “So how is your emotional health as we enter, spring and summer and bathing suit season? Good, sort of good, lousy, in the toilet?”

For the Health of It

Emotional health is as important as is physical health.  You may be at the gym everyday, eating no carbs, no fat and lots of protein, but you have body aches, you feel down or depressed.  You are obsessed about everything you eat, what you wear, how you look. Perhaps you have developed an inflated opinion of yourself.  Do you put others down to make yourself feel good?  Have you found yourself criticizing others as a way to shift the focus off yourself?  Do you find the need to always ha

Small-Town Life

published: April, 26, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // CATIE, Lifestyle, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

HIV in Canada is often seen as an urban issue, but that’s far from the whole picture. Diane Peters talks with people about the challenges and benefits of living with HIV outside the big city.

Small-Town Life

This article first appeared in The Positive Side, a publication of CATIE.   Une version française est disponible ici. IT WAS SOMETHING you could probably only get away with at a house party in a small town: drinking directly from a wine bottle and alternating swigs with a young woman you just met. That was what 23-year-old George from Louisbourg, Cape Breton, was doing at a recent party — and having a blast. The new buddies were getting cheerfully drunk when a couple pulled the young w

Café Scientifique

published: April, 25, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Aging, Community Events, Events, Health, Events, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

Coming up in Toronto -an informative and interactive chance to talk about the good, the bad and the ugly - for men aging with HIV.

Café Scientifique

Café Scientifique*: HIV and Aging for Men with HIV When: Tuesday May 8, 6:30-9:00pm Where: Fuzion Resto-Lounge 580 Church Street Toronto, ON Who: RSVP This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloak4eb9709e5fb6001ba8b5d8ef0d072b2a').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addy4eb9709e5fb6001ba8b5d8ef0d072b2a = 'gmitchell' + '@'

Top AIDS scientist declares end in sight for pandemic

published: April, 23, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Current Affairs, Health, International , Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

Anthony Faucii says today he can look a 25-year-old, HIV-positive patient in the eye and tell him, “If you start on one pill a day, you will live 50-plus years. There are few successes that can match that,”

Top AIDS scientist declares end in sight for pandemic

This article  by Ruthann Richter first appeared in the journal of Stanford School of Medicine. The end of the AIDS epidemic — one of worst pandemics the world has known — is now in sight, given the myriad scientific tools available today, from drug prevention to circumcision and methods to stop transmission from mother to child, Anthony Fauci, MD, the country’s top AIDS scientist, said today at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Al

My Barebacking Journey

published: April, 22, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

PositiveLite.com likes to hear from people with all points of view. So we asked poz UK barebacker Josh Landale to write about his controversial experiences.

My Barebacking Journey

 "...The fact is HIV is now a part of who I am, and as such, a part of my barebacking journey" Such a simple statement it seemed, written on my blog in response to a reader who had emailed me to say that he was no longer logging on to read what I had to write, as I was now writing about HIV issues, despite himself being HIV+.  It could have fallen into the archives of the blog, like so many of the postings I have made in the 6 years of writing Confessions Of...except that it caught the a

Bang for your Buck

published: April, 21, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

A guest post from AIDS New Brunswick’s Executive Director Nick Scott on what ASO’s have to gather statistics and report activity, all in the cause of accountability.

Bang for your Buck

It’s that time of year again! It’s the time when community organizations prove just how accountable we are to the public… even if it kills us. For those of you who may not be “in the know” or in the thick of it, the fiscal year is over and all (Canadian) AIDS organizations must complete a rather daunting reporting process to the federal government known as PERT through an online application called PDCAS. My motivation for taking a break from this very process to write about this see

Scarlet Positive Youth Trailer

published: April, 20, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Youth, Movies, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Scarlet Positive Youth is a 1 hour documentary which follows 4 HIV affected or infected youth (late teens to 27) in 4 different North American cities in Cinéma vérité style.

The producers say: Growing up in the 1980s and 90s we were hammered with terrifying statistics of HIV/AIDS. Thirty years in, we are still learning. What education do youth receive now and why is the youth infection rate still the highest? We have seen retrospective documentaries about the AIDS crisis and interviews with survivors but what about the positive youth of today? We aim to feature accessible and inspirational individuals and the often rocky road that they've traveled to get here. E

My Grindr Experiment

published: April, 19, 2012 Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Revolving Door, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

A guest post from Sam aka UKPositiveLad on what happens when you compare responses to a profile that’s reveals you’re poz to one that doesn’t.

My Grindr Experiment

This article first appeared in Sam’s blog - the life and times of a twenty-something living with HIV in the UK -  here.   In my previous post I talked about my use of technology to aid my quest for love. Dating technology has evolved over time; from dating agencies and singles ads in newspapers, onto phone chat lines, texting services and onto dating/hook-up websites (such as gaydar, fitlads, manhunt etc). The latest technology to be adopted for this purpose is the smartphone – there

It's gone down to how much?

published: April, 15, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Newly Diagnosed, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

We love posts like this! Newly diagnosed guest writer Richard T checks back in with his latest lab work results - he started treatment recently - and they’re really good!

It's gone down to how much?

Follow the links to Richard T.’s previous posts for PositiveLite.com under "Related Articles" below. I woke up early and felt like a teenager who had to ring up for their examination results. I normally email my nurse for the results of my blood tests but this time, as I hadn't spoken with her for a while, felt that phoning would be better and a bit more social. So six weeks after treatment began, I have updated my graph with my latest results from the clinic. (see below) A picture does sa

Living with HIV in Japan, Part 13. A year like no other.

published: April, 12, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Newly Diagnosed, International , Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Media, Guest Authors, Population Specific

In his final post of the series, Brian the Shochusucker says, of his first year of living positive while in Japan, he wouldn’t change a thing – and says nice things about PositiveLite.com too!

Living with HIV in Japan, Part 13. A year like no other.

The month of August went from one lazy hot day to the next. I had gone to the beach a few times. I was also invited  to join my friend and her family on a trip they make each year to the Izu Peninsula. It was such a great feeling being in a family setting with such good friends and their kids. We did lots of snorkeling in the ocean. The water was so clear you could see all kinds of fish and plant life. It was the first time to be away from my home since being diagnosed, and I worried about

HIV in Toronto and the Canadian Government's negligence

published: April, 10, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

XTRA’s Rob Salerno says AIDS funders The Public Health Agency of Canada and Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq should be ashamed of the way they handled the latest round of ASO funding proposals.

HIV in Toronto and the Canadian Government's negligence

This editorial by Rob Salerno first appeared in Xtra, Canada’s Gay and Lesbian News source, here. Two weeks ago, I found myself at the Newmarket Health Centre, where Conservative MP Lois Brown was making an announcement of new funding for the AIDS Committee of York Region (ACYR). It was a tastefully subdued affair. ACYR’s executive director, Radha Bhardwaj, gave a speech outlining the accomplishments of her organization and some of the unique challenges of providing services for HIV

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