Revolving Door

Positive Parenting

published: March, 22, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Women, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Brittany was 20 years old and 36 weeks pregnant when a doctor told her that she had contracted HIV. She tells us her story.

Positive Parenting

This article first appeared in PARN Perspective the newsletter of PARN, Your Community AIDS Resource.  Republished with permission. “I am going to die.” It was the first thought that flew through Brittany Cameron’s mind as the doctor on the other end of the phone told her that she was HIV-positive. The circumstances were unusual – medical professionals prefer to not share this type of life-altering news over the telephone – but it was the only option. Brittany was 20 yea

Undetectable viral load, condoms and infectiousness – the debate continues.

published: March, 19, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Conferences, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Will treatment as prevention make a difference to the UK epidemic? Health promoters respond.

Undetectable viral load, condoms and infectiousness – the debate continues.

By Roger Pebody  First Published 01 March 2012 in aidsmap. Republished with permission.  Whereas in previous years, delegates at the CHAPS conference of gay men’s health promoters have demonstrated a certain scepticism with respect to ‘treatment as prevention’, the topic took centre stage in Bristol this week. At a panel discussion on the impact the approach will have in the UK, Cary James of the Terrence Higgins Trust and other speakers argued that treatment as prevention will be pa

Not All Redemption Songs

published: March, 18, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, As Prevention , Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Health, Sexual Health, Treatment, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Activists Alex McClelland and Mikiki talk sex, irresponsibility and accountability.

Not All Redemption Songs

As part of the ongoing AIDS ACTION NOW! POSTER/virus project, which will continue with a new series of posters in 2012, Alex McClelland of AIDS ACTION NOW! and Mikiki, the artist (in collaboration with Scott Donald) behind the provocative:  “I Party, I Bareback, I’m Positive, I’m Responsible”  poster, sat down to chat about the HIV community’s response to the project, and examined together what being ‘responsible’ really means for people living with HIV 30 years into the epide

I didn’t know anyone HIV-positive: My HIV story

published: March, 12, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Media, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Less than two months ago, Josh Robbins, a safer-sex poster boy, filmed himself getting the news that he’d tested HIV-positive. Here’s his story.

I didn’t know anyone HIV-positive: My HIV story

I didn’t know one person who was HIV-positive before I walked down that long hallway to get the results of my recent-exposure HIV test. I didn’t know one person who was HIV-positive before I made a decision, on December 18, 2011, to have unprotected sex, based on my assumptions about someone’s character instead of my knowledge of their status. But everything changed for me on January 24, 2012. On that day, the answer I have given for my entire life - that I’m negative - changed. Hello

Porn Today, Gone Tomorrow

published: March, 11, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Current Affairs, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Sex and Sexuality

A Los Angeles city ordinance that requires the use of condoms on adult film shoots went into effect last week, but health advocates remain skeptical on how the law will be enforced.

Porn Today, Gone Tomorrow

Originally published in The Los Angeles Daily News, Susan Abram. The Los Angeles City Council approved the ordinance in January, after a ballot initiative by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation appeared to be heading to voters in a costly election. But the city still must settle the details of enforcing the ordinance, which would require adult productions to pay a fee to fund inspections and an enforcement program. "On a symbolic basis, it's extremely important that this ordinance was passed, but

Raising awareness and reducing HIV stigma

published: March, 08, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, Events, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

Canadian Study looking for people living with HIV and leaders in ethnic communities

Raising awareness and reducing HIV stigma

The Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment is actively recruiting community leaders from East or Southeast Asian,  African, Caribbean, South Asian, or Latino/Spanish communities in GTA to address HIV Stigma! The Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR) funded research study is called CHAMP: Community Champions HIV/AIDS  Advocate Mobilization Project.   The research study is offering  two innovative training programs: Acceptance Commitment Therapy and Social Justice Capacity Building

Goodbye #AIDS hello #YouGuys

published: March, 07, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Media, Guest Authors

Part 11. Brian the Shochusucker continues his story of living with HIV in Japan. Here, post-earthquake, he's on the mend and reaching out to other people via Twitter.

Goodbye #AIDS hello #YouGuys

You can read Part 10 here.  The Spring of 2011 was a mixed bag for me. The March earthquake still kept me a bit on edge with every aftershock. At the same time, I was getting more jaded with every one of them, to the point where it was just a part of my daily routine. Wake up, coffee, shake, breakfast, lunch, shake, dinner, TV, shake, bed, and maybe another shaker in the night. However I was more upbeat than could be expected. I was more involved at the gym, my health and energy were way up

The Death of the Pariah

published: March, 03, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Women, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

Writer Jeannie Wraight had this to say on her blog at HIV Haven about undetectable viral load "please, don't let anyone, including yourself, make you feel diseased or contagious or like a threat ever again."

The Death of the Pariah

Almost everyone with HIV has felt from time to time, or been made to feel, like a "pariah." We've all heard the word. Most of us know the feeling. As if other people need to be protected from us. We've heard people say "HIV is the new leprosy" or in our defence "HIV's not leprosy, you know." How about the ad with the scorpion in bed as if we were poison? Who hasn't been faced with stigma or rejection, or the fear of it when telling a new potential partner about our status? Or been in a relati

Justin Speaks Out

published: February, 23, 2012 Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, 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, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, 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, Health, Sexual 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, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

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, International , Music, Revolving Door, 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, Lifestyle, Revolving Door, 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, Health, International , Sexual Health, Revolving Door, 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

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