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The big five

published: December, 01, 2011 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Events, Legal, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

On World AIDS Day here are the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network's top five key issues for HIV and human rights in Canada

The big five

Access to medicines, globally and domestically At the end of 2010, of the estimated 15 million people in clinical need of life-saving antiretroviral (ARV) drugs, an estimated 9 million were without access. This number will grow unless concerted action is taken. Over the last decade, significant progress has been made in scaling up access to AIDS treatment, thanks largely to harnessing the power of generic competition. But developing countries are facing pressure to refrain from adopting polic

Living with HIV in Japan Part 6

published: November, 30, 2011 Categories // Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

Brian the Shochusucker says goodbye to his parents, starts taking his HIV meds and decides life is good!

Living with HIV in Japan Part 6

You can read Part Five here. The next morning both parents were still going on about how impressed they were with my care team. Mom also continued to go on and on about my doctor and his warm eyes. I had also received my settlement money in my bank account. It seemed like a lot at the time, but later I would realize how fast it would go. I had been going to the doctor almost weekly and the bills were piling up. Later in the day I was supposed to go to a Hello Work (unemployment) seminar. O

Canadian AIDS Society: Cost of HIV is $1.3 million per person infected

published: November, 26, 2011 Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

The Canadian AIDS Society has just released a report that indicates that the economic impact of 3,070 new HIV infections in Canada in 2009 has a lifetime cost of $4,031,500,000, approximately 22% higher than previously estimated.

Canadian AIDS Society: Cost of HIV is $1.3 million per person infected

Scroll down for why PositiveLite.Com thinks this is important. November 24th marks the beginning of Canadian HIV/AIDS Awareness Week and the release of this report – The Economic Cost of HIV/AIDS in Canada, written by JoAnn Kingston-Riechers, PhD, from the Institute of Health Economics and the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Alberta – should serve as a sobering reminder of the impact of approximately 3,070 new HIV infections in Canada each year. The report f

30 Years of AIDS

published: November, 24, 2011 Categories // Art, Community Events, Arts and Entertainment, Events, Legal, Events, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

A community art installation in British Columbia in honour or World AIDS Day

30 Years of AIDS

General Idea’s ideas about AIDS

published: November, 23, 2011 Categories // Events, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Guest writer Andrea Zeelie explores the work of the famous Canadian art collective General Idea, a trio whose innovative work visually explored AIDS and whose work is being showcased in Toronto now, and speaks with AA Bronson.

General Idea’s ideas about AIDS

Outside the Art Gallery of Ontario in downtown Toronto sits an old familiar friend, a metal monolith of the word AIDS (above, photo by Ryan Varga). Familiar because of the "Harper sucks"* graffiti inscribed on its side during the 2006 International AIDS conference; familiar because it is an appropriation of the iconic "LOVE" statue from the 70's; and familiar because of its place in the Imagevirus Series by General Idea. General Idea, a Canadian art collective, is currently featured in the Ha

Do you use cannabis for medical purposes?

published: November, 22, 2011 Categories // Health, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

. . . or do you have a medical condition or symptoms that could be treated with cannabis? If the answer is yes, the Canadian AIDS Society would like you toparticpate in their confidential study.

Do you use cannabis for medical purposes?

The Canadian AIDS Society has been collaborating with researchers at the University of British Columbia, with the Canadian Treatment Action Council, the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network, the Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries and others to conduct a survey, the Cannabis Access for Medical Purposes Survey (CAMPS). The information collected will be useful to understand the barriers and facilitators to access to cannabis for medical purposes. Here's the link (see below): http

Open to everyone, UB2?

published: November, 20, 2011 Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Movies, Lifestyle, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Matt Thomas writes in fab magazine on racism and other self-defeating traits accepted in our community.

Open to everyone, UB2?

PositiveLite.com says : The following editorial by Matt Thomas (below, left) first appeared in fab magazine’s October 12, 2011 edition. We liked it a lot, so we wanted to give it another airing.  It speaks eloquently to the casual racism that sometimes exists in how we relate to others different to ourselves. For HIV-negative guys  - and those who think they are  – sometimes people living with HIV are outsiders in UB2-land too.,  For UB2-land can be a place where b

An urgent call: click to support anti-criminalization measures

published: November, 19, 2011 Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Legal, Revolving Door

The Ontario Working Group on Criminal Law and HIV Exposure again needs your help in convincing the Ontario Attorney General that prosecutorial guidelines are needed to reduce the number of HIV criminalization charges.

An urgent call: click to support anti-criminalization measures

Thank you for endorsing the Ontario Working Group on Criminal Law and HIV Exposure (CLHE) campaign urging Ontario’s Attorney General to develop prosecutorial guidelines for Crown prosecutors handling allegations of HIV non-disclosure. We now need your urgent help once again – please re-sign the guideline call today at www.ontarioaidsnetwork.on.ca/clhe. In December 2010, Chris Bentley, the former Attorney General, promised to develop guidelines. Since then, the Ministry of the Attorney Gen

Hello Work, Hello Parents

published: November, 17, 2011 Categories // Gay Men, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Part 5 of American Brian the Shochusucker’s tale of the trials and tribulations of navigating the Japanese health care system – and life – after being diagnosed with HIV while living in Japan.

Hello Work, Hello Parents

It was late October, 2010 and Fall was in the air. The days were warm, with a bit of a chill at night. I had already been put on meds, for PCP pneumonia and to combat other types of infections. One I would only take once a week. I asked my Doctor about side effects. He thought I might be fine, but the mac might affect my stomach. I was thinking nausea, but as it turned out, after an hour of taking it, I felt as if I had been kicked in the stomach. I found that ginger ale helped. Every time I

Ask Andrew Sullivan Anything: Longevity

published: November, 11, 2011 Categories // Aging, Health, Revolving Door, Living with HIV

He credits sleep, exercise, prayer, testosterone--and coconut M&M's.

Ask Andrew  Sullivan Anything: Longevity

The article "Longevity With HIV" By Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr. first appeared in AIDSmeds on October 27, 2011 Blogger extraordinaire and POZ cover boy Andrew Sullivan has posted another HIV-related video in his "Ask Me Anything" series on his blog, The Daily Dish. These videos give him an opportunity to personally respond to reader inquiries. Click here to watch his previous HIV-related video, in which he was asked: "When did you find out you had HIV?" In his

Cum Inside

published: November, 09, 2011 Categories // Gay Men, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Interactive gay sex report from Manhunt sheds light on what gay men did when they last had sex

Cum Inside

  Did you know that 25% of gay men did not kiss their man on the mouth during their last sexual encounter? That 75% gave oral sex? That most men engaged in 5-9 sexual behaviours? Did you know that 61.3% of men like the taste of cum in their mouth? Or that 80.8% of men report they’ve swallowed cum? Did you know that 50.8% of men like the feel of cum inside them? That 58.9% of men have fantasized about a man cumming inside them. Or that 69.5% agree they would “only receive cum inside them

White House announcement: Ellen DeGeneres named new global AIDS envoy

published: November, 09, 2011 Categories // Current Affairs, Revolving Door

Says DeGeneres “I’m honoured. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go look up what "envoy" means.”

White House announcement: Ellen DeGeneres named new global AIDS envoy

  This story first appeared on the Oval (Tracking the Obama Presidency) website November 8, 2011. The Obama administration has a new face for its effort to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS around the world: Ellen DeGeneres. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made the surprise announcement Tuesday during a speech at the National Institute of Health. "Ellen is going to bring not only her sharp wit and her big heart, but her impressive TV audience and more than 8 million followers on Twitte

When to start HIV Treatment? New study suggests early isn’t better.

published: November, 07, 2011 Categories // Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment

Cohort Study: No AIDS-Free Survival Benefit to Starting HIV Treatment at CD4s of 500 or More

When to start HIV Treatment?  New study suggests early isn’t better.

  This article first appeared in unedited form in AIDSMeds October 11, 2011 Starting antiretroviral (ARV) therapy with a CD4 count above 500 doesn’t decrease the risk of AIDS or death from any cause—at least over an average follow-up period that approached five years—according to a new report from a large cohort study published in the September 26 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine. For people living with HIV with CD4s below 350, the Concerted Action on SeroConversion to AIDS and

Canadian AIDS Society : call for participants

published: October, 25, 2011 Categories // Revolving Door

Advisory Committee Members Needed for a Curriculum Support Project Targeted to Canadian High Schools

Canadian AIDS Society : call for participants

The Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) is looking for individuals and organizations to sit on an advisory committee for a new HIV prevention technologies curriculum project. New HIV prevention technologies include microbicides, vaccines, post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), medical male circumcision, and treatment as prevention. As this is an amendment to an already existing project, this is a six month commitment, with the project end date scheduled for March 31, 2012. A

Lack of clarity in law causing chill for those with HIV reports Toronto Professor

published: October, 23, 2011 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Revolving Door

A York University study is the first of its kind to examine the chilling consequences of criminalizing HIV non-disclosure for public health in Canada.

Lack of clarity in law causing chill for those with HIV reports Toronto Professor

Eric Mykhalovskiy (left), a sociology professor in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, is the author of “The problem of ‘significant risk’: Exploring the public health impact of criminalizing HIV non-disclosure", published in the journal Social Science & Medicine. For his study, Mykhalovskiy conducted interviews with 28 health-care and HIV service providers, and 28 people who are HIV-positive in the province of Ontario. He found there is a significant disconnect b

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