Sex and Sexuality

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

Cruising - a look inside my secret world – Part Three

published: April, 16, 2012 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Wayne Bristow

On the cruising scene in small-town Ontario, Wayne Bristow says “It became an addiction, a dangerous one.”

Cruising - a look inside my secret world – Part Three

When I submitted the first two parts of this to PositiveLite.com, the editor commented that they were “brave”. By going out, learning and doing public speaking I hear many stories by others that are far more brave than mine. In some of those stories people admit to years of drug addiction. Talking about this subject I can relate to their addiction in a small way. Cruising is an addiction as well, a sex addiction where there is plenty of it around  - but you don’t pay for it. You sneak

The real hard thing with ARVs.

published: April, 15, 2012 Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, International , Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

J from Singapore reports in on his libido rising from the dead.

Antiretroviral medications, or ARVs - the miracle cocktail of pills that could save your life, aren’t without their faults. The problems are widely reported and often discussed – nausea, diarrhoea, lipodystrophy. Even the occasional perk of a nightly high/lucid-dreaming-state, which can get relentlessly tiresome after a while. It’s the ‘take’ part to the pills that ‘give’ so much. With all that raining on the parade, when I was cautioned (I’m sure he meant to reassure, but th

Cruising - A look inside my secret world. Part Two

published: April, 09, 2012 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Wayne Bristow

Its definitely not the garden path or the room with a view that you’ve read about. Cruising is not for everyone, when you go there, you go……alone.

Cruising - A look inside my secret world.  Part Two

I can say with all honesty that when you are the new guy on the scene you are new meat, fresh meat. This is your coming out, your peak of popularity, but it doesn't last. There will always be the next “fresh meat” that everyone will go after, you become just another, "been there, done that". This is the time you go off on your own - you go cruising. To be fair, this is not the reality of everyone; some have had to do it and for others, it’s what they do and they are happy. So my first y

The Unfortunate Pursuits of the Idle Blogger

published: April, 06, 2012 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Mark S. King

Writer Mark S. King is asked to critique some “gay erotic fiction” aka porn sent to him. “Using standard literary analysis felt like watching a skin flick and wondering if the wooden floors they’re flailing around on are bamboo.”

The Unfortunate Pursuits of the Idle Blogger

Being a writer is not without its perks. I can’t exactly name one at the moment, but I’m certain they exist. Hold it, here’s one. Starting sentences with “Being a writer…” Oh, and receiving gay erotic fiction from a guy who wants feedback on his work. This morning as I chomped down my Raisin Bran Crunch, I opened email from an aspiring writer and read his gay sex story called “Jason’s Awakening.” The title has kind of a grand sweep, don’t you think? Very English Patient. O

A Trans Journey, Part Three

published: April, 04, 2012 Categories // Sex and Sexuality

Guesting tramsman Wes Austin “You see, I had spent the last few years trying very hard to find a notion of femininity that worked for me.”

A Trans Journey, Part Three

“Without change, something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.” -Frank Herbert The internet is a wonderful thing really. From inside the relative safety of our homes we can reach out and chat with people hundreds of miles away. Through social networking sites, we can interact with people we never would have even met otherwise. It was through some mutual friends and the wonders of internet connectivity that I met a woman who I’ll call Andrea (of course, it’s

Cruising – A look inside my secret world. Part One

published: April, 02, 2012 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow in Part One of a three part series about the thrills, the danger and the obsession of cruising for sex.

Cruising – A look inside my secret world.  Part One

This is a part of my life I never wanted to share, I was afraid to share but it is relevant to my HIV status. I know I became positive while living this secret side of my life. Some form of cruising is happening in every community. HIV infections are still happening 30 years later and some will happen in cruising areas, I have seen safe sex practiced but not all the time. These are places where very little vocal interaction happens which makes disclosure something that rarely happens. Cruis

"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, Revolving Door, Treatment, 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

Trans Journey, Part Two

published: March, 28, 2012 Categories // Lifestyle, Sex and Sexuality

Guesting Kitchener, Ontarrio Transman Wes Austin discovers gender play, kink and himself.

Trans Journey, Part Two

Part One of Wes Austin’s story is here. "Don’t try to be someone you aren’t. You will hate yourself for it and the effort to maintain the façade will exhaust you." ~ Larry Winget I came across this quote today and just had to laugh. The truth of it hit me like a truncheon in the stomach.  I wished someone had sent me this quote some 14 years. ago. With that being said, I don’t believe I was in a position at that time to truly understand what I was doing to myself and to the people

Three gay community leaders of tomorrow tell their stories

published: March, 27, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Youth, Health, Sexual Health, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

Today on PositiveLite.com, three young gay men write about how an an investment in their futures by Vancouver’s Totally Outright program literally changed their lives. This is how we create the gay community leaders of tomorrow.

Three gay community leaders of tomorrow tell their stories

(left to right Keith Reynolds, Daniel McGraw, Darren Ho) Earlier this year on PositiveLite.com, we profiled Totally Outright, a program for young gay men who show promise as future community leaders. Today, in a special series of articles by three graduates of the program, we hope to show how, by investing in these and similar young men, we’re able to ensure that the future of Canada’s gay community will be in good hands. The uplifting stories of Daniel McGraw, Keith Reynolds and Darren

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

Sssh! Don’t tell anyone I’m here . . .

published: March, 25, 2012 Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Our UK guy Denis Robinson is back, with a career path in place - and celibacy out the window!

I resigned from writing for PostiveLite.com a few weeks back. You know how it is when you’re positive. Life gangs up on you at times, makes it difficult to concentrate on anything but what’s going on inside. With myself it’s a twofold thing as I am also extremely mindful of clinical depression, as anyone who has read my posts here before will know. It’s a debilitating illness which gives me more concern than HIV. I have had an extremely eventful time since I last filed a report, and n

HIV Prevention for Women – the Path Ahead.

published: March, 25, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Women, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Guest author Cheryl Bloemendal from the Ontario’s Women’s HIV/AIDS Initiative reviews a report on the status of HIV/AIDS Prevention for Women in Canada.

HIV Prevention for Women – the Path Ahead.

In my line of work, addressing women’s HIV prevention needs and advocating for increased access to HIV specific information for women throughout my community is my aim. It is also the aim of the 18 other Women’s Community Development Coordinators working in AIDS Service Organizations across the province. Collectively, we make up the Women’s HIV/AIDS Initiative, funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Our Initiative is a response to the growing rates of HIV among wome

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