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Justin Speaks Out

published: February, 23, 2012 Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

My name is Justin B Terry-Smith, I'm a Black Gay man living in Laurel, Maryland and I am HIV+. I've decided to share my story because I feel it's important that people who have unprotected sex know what they might be getting themselves into.

Justin Speaks Out

Justin B Terry-Smith, Author, Advice Columnist, Award Winning Activist & Video Blogger has been infected with HIV since 2005.  Diagnosed in 2006, he has made his mission to educate others about HIV and to make sure the community and the world are aware of the disease.  Since 1999 he has been an activist for Gay rights and in 2004 began HIV activism.  He’s garnered recognition and awards for his work, but he’s more concerned about looking for new ways to transform society for the bet

Should I stay or should I go?

published: February, 22, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Post earthquake. Part 10 of Brian the Shochusuckers’ account of living with HIV in Japan.

Should I stay or should I go?

You can read part 9 here. The morning of March 12 rolled around fasterer than I hoped for. Even though we all just went through an earthquake that changed the GPS of Japan, caused the Earth to shift on its axis and left tens of thousands missing and feared dead, the show must go on. I had recently started working for a wedding outfit in Tokyo  The wedding was still on. Flowers, food, gifts, and guests were ready for the big day and cancelling was not an option. With three hours of sleep I w

There are NO Stupid Questions

published: February, 21, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Youth, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Guest blogger Matt Smith of AIDS New Brunswick says “Let’s talk about sex – and let’s try and keep the clichés to a minimum!"

There are NO Stupid Questions

I don’t know about you, but growing up, I was taught that there was no such thing as a ‘stupid question’. Then I started university, where one of my first-year professors informed the entire class that there could indeed be stupid questions. I don’t mind telling you that I found myself confused. But now, doing the job that I do, I can tell you that if someone has the courage to ask a question about sex or STIs or HIV, there is no way that question can be stupid. Bewildering perhaps, bu

A little more magic

published: February, 20, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

In September 2011, Editor Bob Leahy interviewed HIV-positive magician Daniel Bauer. Today Daniel, gives us an update on the impact that interview had, what he’s been doing since and his public speaking AIDS awareness vehicle, Blunt Talk.

A little more magic

You can read Bob Leahy’s interview with Daniel Bauer here. Wowsa!!! Time has seriously flown by since Bob Leahy of PositiveLite.com did a story on me back in September 2011.  I can’t even begin to express how liberating and free my soul feels since that interview. I am truly indebted to PositiveLite.com for helping me kick-start my journey back into the public’s eye as a renewed face and voice in the fight against HIV/AIDS.  I am also grateful to all of the other publications who cam

UK lesbian music artists band together to combat homophobic bullying.

published: February, 20, 2012 Categories // Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Youth, Women, Revolving Door, International , Music, Guest Authors, Population Specific

The L-Project has brought together the UK's most talented lesbian artists to record and release a single 'It Does Get Better' which helps raise awareness and money for charities which work to prevent LGBT bullying among young people.

UK lesbian music artists band together to combat homophobic bullying.

The Song 'It Does Get Better', written by Georgey Payne (below right) , is set to be a positive message to anyone who experiences the struggles that can come with being different. Georgey herself was moved to action by the experiences of a young gay friend: "I noticed one night he was worried about going home after working an evening, and when I asked him what was wrong he told me he was being bullied at school. I then listened while he explained everything that had been happening, and just r

A plea to men

published: February, 19, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Youth, Revolving Door, Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Guest author Jim Swimm, in his third post for us, writes “I’ve taken on this crusade to fight for LGBT youth because I was personally affected by one young man's senseless, tragic death but, frankly, it’s not mine to fight”.

A plea to men

In late September of 2010, while walking my dog with a friend along the banks of the Harlem River in Manhattan's Inwood Hill Park, my life was changed forever. In a shocking moment right out of 'Law and Order', I came upon a dead body floating face-down in the water. That experience alone was quite traumatic, without a doubt. But little did I know just how traumatic and life-altering it would turn out to be. You see, that lifeless body in the water turned out to be young Tyler Clementi, th

What happens when an AIDS Service Organization gets its funding cut? Part Two

published: February, 16, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

An update from Iain Murtagh of The Crescent, a Hertfordshire UK based AIDS Service agency that has scrambled to find alternative funding and maintain services following redirection of funding by local health authorities.

What happens when an AIDS Service Organization gets its funding cut? Part Two

Editors note.  The first post from Iain Murtagh back in October 2011 describing the predicament of The Crescent and its clients had been placed in was a bit of a social media sensation.  You can read it here.  We recently asked Ian for an update, and this is what he gave us. Iain Murtagh: Following our last article in October we have been very busy indeed! Demand for our services has increased as it became more apparent that the supposed replacement service could not meet the needs of se

UPDATE: CRIMINALIZATION OF HIV NON-DISCLOSURE

published: February, 15, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

A message from The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network with an impressive guide to what the world has been saying us recently.

UPDATE: CRIMINALIZATION OF HIV NON-DISCLOSURE

Dear friends and supporters: As you know, last week, the Supreme Court of Canada heard two key cases – R. v. Mabior and R. v. D.C. – on the issue of when people living with HIV may be criminally prosecuted for sexual assault for not disclosing their HIV-positive status.  These cases revisit the issues raised in the Supreme Court’s original judgment in 1998 in the case of R. v. Cuerrier, which determined that a person may be convicted of aggravated (sexual) assault for not disclosing h

Going the Distance: How I “Live Strong” with HIV

published: February, 12, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Hep B and C, Fitness and Exercise, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Lifestyle, Living with HIV

Guest writer Barry Haarde has been HIV-positive since 1985. He also has hemophilia. His goal? Becoming the first person with hemophilia to ride a bike across the United States.

Going the Distance: How I “Live Strong” with HIV

In the early 1980s, nearly 10,000 Americans with hemophilia, a rare blood-clotting disorder, contracted both HIV and hepatitis C from blood and blood products used to control bleeding. Of those, approximately 2,000 remain alive today.  In 1985, I tested positive for HIV, then called HTLV-III, at the age of 19. My brother and brother-in-law, both hemophiliacs, tested positive as well. My brother-in-law, Pat, lost his battle with AIDS in 1990, and my brother John succumbed to liver failure fro

Anything For Comedy! (Well... Almost)

published: February, 12, 2012 Categories // Activism, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Guest writer Jim Swimm: “I could get angry, ranting and raving at every offensive reference to HIV/AIDS, or find another approach. Is it possible to keep my sense of humor while trying to educate and raise awareness".

Anything For Comedy! (Well... Almost)

There are few issues about which I feel more strongly than HIV/AIDS awareness and I take my advocacy/activism quite seriously, for a variety of reasons both globally-effective and intimately personal. I've found Twitter to be a fantastic resource for me in finding individuals, charity organizations, and hospitals/research centers to educate myself, lend support, and a million other uses when it comes to the disease. I cannot recommend it enough in this regard. But...there's a downside, of cou

Getting tough on criminalisation

published: February, 08, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

A report on criminaliisation around the world from the UK’s HIV legal expert Edwin J. Bernard. “The Western world's treatment of many people with HIV is nothing short of barbaric”

Getting tough on criminalisation

This article by Edwin J Bernard first appeared in issue 210 of NAM’s HIV Treatment Update, Winter 2012. For more information on NAM and HTU, or to subscribe to HTU, go to www.aidsmap.com “Nothing short of barbaric.” This was the comment of a BBC presenter, confronted with the number and sheer arbitrary injustice of criminal convictions of people accused of transmitting HIV or exposing other people to it. In some cases, people have been jailed for failing to disclose HIV in situations wh

Crossed the line?

published: February, 08, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Newly Diagnosed, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

In his third post for PositiveLite.com newly diagnosed Richard T. contemplates starting treatment. “On the emotional side, going past the point at which treatment is recommended hit me in quite a significant way.”

Crossed the line?

I have finally crossed the threshold of decision.I had my latest blood results back and my CD4 is now 330, so 60 points less than last time, and 60 points less than the last time before then. A little disappointing as I did read somewhere that it might decline 60 points every 6 months, so I'm ahead of the game. I've always been a bit impatient to get things done, so perhaps that's why. People who do not have HIV can expect a CD4 of anything between 500 and 1200, and treatment is recommended a

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

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