Revolving Door

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

HIV and the Older Patient

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

New US HIV Treatment Guidelines which discuss when to start antiretroviral therapy also include an important new section on HIV and the older patient.

HIV and the Older Patient

Editor’s note:  The most eye-catching piece of information here – and this is new - is the statement that if you’re living with HIV, over 50 years of age and haven’t yet started antiretroviral (ARV) therapy, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services now recommend HIV treatment, regardless of your CD4 cell count. PositiveLite.com discussed the guidelines relating to the general  HIV-positive population here. Today we focus specifically on the section relating to HIV and aging

Life in Japan. Part 12 - It's Raining Friends.

published: April, 04, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, International , Lifestyle, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Media, Opinion Pieces

Brian the Shochusucker’s tale of Living with HIV in Japan. In this installment he describes how twitter enabled him to make new real-life friends and join “Gaijin Heroes". .

Life in Japan. Part 12 -  It's Raining Friends.

A to B is a short line. But in my first year with HIV, I feel as if I went through the whole alphabet to get to where I am today. And you know what? No regrets and I wouldn't change a thing. I am the man I am today because of the people I've met since my diagnoses. Here through PositiveLite.com, twitter, family, and God. It was the morning of the narration workshop and I was up early and excited, becauseI was going to meet new some people, face to face, that I had met through Twitter.  I ar

"I’m HIV-positive and Going to Hell, Huh?"

published: April, 01, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

What was his former youth pastor thinking sending hate mail to a recently infected and diagnosed HIV-positive gay man like our guest writer Josh Robbins. Read Josh's response.

Open letter to the author of this email from Josh – imstilljosh.com Dear <name withheld>, I ask you to never send another email of this topic, subject or nature to me again because out of everything I've experienced in my life and everyone I have come into contact, I find this email toxic, misplaced, and very untimely. And quite frankly, I considerably disagree with what you are saying. Contracting HIV is not a punishment from God for being homosexual. Why then do heterosexuals also

Recently infected individuals: A priority for HIV prevention

published: March, 31, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // CATIE, Newly Diagnosed, Health, Sexual Health, Treatment, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

In this article, CATIE explores why recently infected individuals are more likely to transmit HIV to others and how we can help prevent these transmissions from occurring.

Recently infected individuals: A priority for HIV prevention

"Recently infected individuals: A priority for HIV prevention" by James Wilton first appeared in Prevention in Focus, Fall Issue 2011, a publication of CATIE. A French language version is available here.  People living with HIV can potentially transmit HIV to others through unprotected sex at any time during their life. However, emerging research suggests that a disproportionate number of HIV transmissions—perhaps more than half—may originate from people during the first few months aft

The Needle Exchange

published: March, 30, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Hep B and C, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

Matt Smith from AIDS New Brunswick explains why they do it....

The Needle Exchange

This article first appeared in the website of AIDS New Brunswick here. For the past several years there has been a move afoot to initiate a Needle Exchange in the Miramichi area. Thanks to the tireless work of invested community members, we are now on the cusp of opening one. My last blog about the Needle Exchange explained ‘How We Do’ or how we operate, but focused less upon why we operate. Since I have been spending some time lately talking about the virtues of Needle Exchanges, I have

Not Alone!

published: March, 29, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Guest writer Phillip Fournier writes about getting diagnozed with HIV, his life as a positive young half-black gay man and what he feels others like him need to overcome the adversity in their lives.

Not Alone!

Bio: My name is Phillip Jeffrey Fournier. Activist name Fox Silver or Foxy. Born and raised in Toronto. I live life by living not just by breathing. Only child of a white mother who loved and supports me ever since I disclosed my sexuality, and now through disclosing my HIV-positive status. I have always fought haters and oppressors because this world is for everyone and that's what i believe and will continue to believe. I am an Activist and I act because the next generation is worth it, just

Daniel’s story

published: March, 27, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Youth, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

In the first of three stories by graduates of Vancouver’s Totally Outright leadership program for young gay men, Daniel McGraw reflects on how the program gave purpose and meaning to his life and strengthened his resolve to positively impact his community

Daniel’s story

There have been few single experiences that have so powerfully transformed my life as participating in Totally Outright in 2009. When I applied to participate, I had no idea that it would have such an impact, an impact that I did not even fully comprehend in the weeks and months that followed. Looking back at how my life has changed over the past three years, much of that change can be traced directly back to Totally Outright. It’s something that has been on my mind often over the past co

Keith’s story

published: March, 27, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Youth, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

“The experiences, friendships, and role models that I’ve gained from participating in Totally Outright have changed...my life”, says Keith Reynolds in the second of three stories by graduates of Vancouver’s Totally Outright program for young gay men.

Keith’s story

In order to understand the profound influence that Totally Outright  had on me, I should first explain my motivation for taking it. It was a distraction. The end of university was looming and I knew that while graduating wouldn’t be a problem with the courses I was taking, I was scared to death of what came next. Like many at university, I didn’t know how to function in the real world. While my degree in Engineering might more easily translate into employment than many of my friends

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