Sexual Health

Show me the love – a second look

published: January, 10, 2012 Categories // Dating, Health, Sexual Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV

Megan DePutter from Guelph Ontario looks at research her agency is conducting about barriers to sex among people living with HIV

Show me the love – a second look

Just over a year ago, our Executive Director (Tom Hammond,) and I were returning home from the OHTN research conference, feeling inspired by the number of exciting and innovative research projects being shared. We started to think aloud about the kind of research we would do in our community if we had the means, and we immediately got talking about barriers to sex among people living with HIV. We’re doing this study to better understand what these barriers are all about and how we can addre

Two (more) HIV prevention videos that don’t work.

published: January, 10, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Health, Sexual Health, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Didn’t fear-based HIV prevention messaging get lambasted aeons ago? Well, it’s back in two brand new campaigns from NYC and France respectively. Bob Leahy gives a failing grade to both. See the videos here and make up your own mind.

Two (more)  HIV prevention videos that don’t work.

I hate HIV prevention videos that don’t work. The HIV sector has little enough money  - and mark my words, will have even less before 2012 is out - so it hurts when its spent less then effectively, particularly at a time when it is becoming increasingly clear how to stop new infections. Another article I've written for later later this week includes an in-depth examination - or at least my views -  of what works and what doesn’t.  For now, though, here are two examples that

Let’s Talk About Sex… And let’s try to keep the clichés to a minimum

published: January, 09, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality

Guest blogger Matt Smith, Needle Exchange and Volunteer Coordinator for AIDS New Brunswick on the language and environment of safer sex talk. Says Matt “I need people to talk about their sex lives the same way they talk about their vacations,

Let’s Talk About Sex… And let’s try to keep the clichés to a minimum

One of the funnest parts of my job has to be talking about safer sex. I keep saying it, and I am sure that there are those who are tired of me doing do so, but being able to speak candidly about sex is so much fun. There is nothing quite like the look on someones face when I interrupt their valiant, yet unmistakably uncomfortable attempt to say “vagina”, and I tell them to say “twat” or whatever euphemism they are comfortable using to describe female genitalia. You see, I am not subjec

Sex, risk, viral load and HIV criminalization

published: January, 04, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Health, Sexual Health, Legal, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

A new year’s update: John McCullagh reports on two positive developments that move forward the debate about sex, risk, undetectable viral load and the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure.

Sex, risk, viral load and HIV criminalization

The year 2011, just ended, marked the thirtieth anniversary of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Much has been achieved in those three decades, most notably advances in treatment that have changed the face of HIV for those who have access to antiretroviral (ARV) medication from a terminal illness to a chronic yet manageable disease. But of late there’s been other good news to celebrate. Just last month, for example, researchers from the University of Western Ontario announced that clinical trials are

Odd Condom Campaign targets Catholic Church

published: January, 02, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Health, International , Sexual Health, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

We don’t quite know what to make of this German HIV prevention campaign, which tries to drown the virgin mary in a sea of tears, in the hope of changing Catholic doctrine against the use of condoms

Odd  Condom Campaign targets Catholic Church

Thank God – Condoms Protect is a project of Jugend gegen AIDS from Germany. It sure is odd. One can't help but agree with the sentiments expressed in the video below, but their chances of achieving the desired effect  - getting the pope to change his mind on condoms because of a Facebook campaign - strike me as very slim indeed. Nice try though. From their Facbook page (translated from German) Youth against AIDS is involved in the fight against HIV / AIDS and is designed entirel

Australia hits a bulls-eye with raunchy HIV drama grounded in reality

published: January, 01, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Health, International , Sexual Health, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

A NSFW soap featuring four horny house-mates in real-life situations delivers subtle HIV prevention and sexual health messaging. Does it entertain? More importantly, does it work? We say YES to both.

Australia hits a bulls-eye with raunchy HIV drama grounded in reality

From the Sydney Morning Herald   "HIV drama stays grounded in reality. Deadly serious ... Queer as F**k. At first, the war on HIV was fought with fear: ''grim reaper'' commercials, stern pamphlets and alarming TV reports. But 25 years on, authorities are using very different weapons, including Facebook, stand-up comedians and an Oscar-winning actor, to tackle the epidemic. The result is an educational web drama called Queer as F--k, featuring Academy Award-winner Geoffrey Rush and come

Canadians prefer their sex on Saturdays.

published: December, 30, 2011 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Sex and Sexuality

A new survey from Eli Lilly suggests Canadians may be abandoning Hockey Night in Canada for another body contact sport

Canadians prefer their sex on Saturdays.

From the Edmonton Journal , By Sharon Kirkey, Postmedia News Overall, the international online survey of just over 13,000 adults in 13 countries found that while Canadians are among the least spontaneous sexual beings globally, we have a slight edge over the U.S. in terms of frequency. The survey found that Canadians aged 46 to 60 have sex an average of 1.35 times per week, which is slightly lower than the global average of 1.41 but ahead of Americans, who reported having sex on average 1.19

Sex and party drugs

published: December, 23, 2011 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Gay Men, Health, Sexual Health, Population Specific , John McCullagh

John McCullagh reports on a new sex-positive, drug user-positive harm reduction-based peer support group for gay and bisexual guys who use drugs and alcohol and who want to explore in depth their drug use and sexual health

Sex and party drugs

PositiveLite.com’s editor Bob Leahy recently talked with Duncan MacLaughlin, the manager of community health programs at the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT), about the evolution in promoting gay men’s health that’s moving away from focusing on our weaknesses and vulnerabilities and more towards emphasizing our resilience and strengths. This interview, which you can read here, was specifically about a new ACT initiative TheSexYouWant.ca, which goes beyond the basics to tackle mo

TheSexYouWant.ca

published: December, 22, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Health, Sexual Health, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

A new Ontario-based resource goes beyond HIV 101 to tackle the kind of sometimes difficult issues gay men are really talking about. Bob Leahy talks to one of the people behind it.

TheSexYouWant.ca

TheSexYouWant.ca - go see it - is a resource created by the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) with whom I go back aeons, in partnership with GMSH (Gay Mens Sexual Health Alliance) with whom I’ve also had more than casual contact.  I was part of the HIVStigma.com campaign that GMSH facilitated,  and I’m also a member of their poz prevention working group since its inception. ACT and GMSH worked on TheSexYouWant.ca initiative in consultation with an Advisory Comm

Trans PULSE - thinking about the future,

published: December, 21, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Features and Interviews, Health, Sexual Health, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy interviews trans man Caleb Nault from Trans PULSE, an innovative research project that is looking to get a sense of how trans people, including those with HIV, are navigating life in Ontario.

Trans PULSE - thinking about the future,

Photo of Caleb Nault by Vivek Shraya, 2011. Bob Leahy: I know that Trans PULSE is a community-based research project that’s purpose is to understand the health of transgender and transsexual (trans) people across  Ontario.  Tell me in broad terms what it is you want to find out? Caleb Nault: The Trans PULSE project has unfolded over multiple phases for several years now, from community soundings to a province-wide survey that is the largest of its kind in Canada. Now we are under

Show Me The Love...................

published: December, 21, 2011 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Dating, Health, Sexual Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow on a project which helps people living with HIV identify their coping skills –and – gaps in dealing with sex and intimacy.

Show Me The Love...................

If I had a dollar for every time I heard one of my friends ask "why don't you have a someone in your life yet, you're such a nice guy, why don't people see that?”  As if dating someone is going to make me a better person and  I can't possibly be happy unless I have someone in my life. Good grief! I could be twice as rich if I included the times I’ve asked myself the same question. I just completed a survey through my local AIDS Service Organization (ASO) called "Show Me The Lov

Homeless youth, cell-phones and HIV. What's the connection?

published: December, 14, 2011 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research, Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Social Media, Conferences, Features and Interviews, Health, Sexual Health, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Social media and HIV prevention, connecting the dots. Bob Leahy interviews researcher Eric Rice at the North American Housing and HIV Research Summit in New Orleans.

Homeless youth, cell-phones and HIV.  What's the connection?

Eric Rice speaks about his research on homeless youth, how they use social media to stay conected and what impact this has on HIV prevention  - and the work that ASOs need to do to keep up. Filmed at  the North American Housing and HIV Research Summit on New Orleans, 2011 as part of a collabortion between the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) and PositivelIte.com

Gay men and the internet.. What kind of HIV prevention messages work.

published: December, 14, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder, Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Gay Men, Conferences, Events, Features and Interviews, Health, Sexual Health, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, Population Specific , Brian Finch

Simon Rosser discusses HIV Online Prevention for Gay men with Brian Finch of Positive Lite at the Ontario HIV Treatment Network 2011 Research Conference.

Gay men and the internet..  What kind of HIV prevention messages work.

Explicit or not? Simon Rosser discusses online HIV prevention programming with Brian Finch of PositiveLite.com at the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) Research Conference in Toronto, 2011.

Managing risk,sex and undetectable viral load.

published: December, 08, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Health, Sexual Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Viral load is a measure of poz health but it is increasingly become a measure of risk. But Bob Leahy says competing arguments, opinions and agendas aren’t helping people living with HIV figure out what’s safe, what isn’t and what’s in between.

Managing risk,sex and undetectable viral load.

Being a person living with HIV isn’t always easy but one thing that makes it easier is having information  - clear, precise and understandable information  - that we can live our lives around.  That’s sometimes problematic because HIV is a complex disease with complicated repercussions.  Take the criminalization aspect, for instance.  The laws governing disclosure of one’s HIV status are becoming so convoluted, so less black and white by the month, that confusion

HIV and street-involved young men

published: November, 29, 2011 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Conferences, Youth, Features and Interviews, Health, Sexual Health, Population Specific , John McCullagh

At the recent Ontario HIV Treatment Network research conference, John McCullagh spoke to researcher Josephine Wong about the vulnerabilities to HIV and other STIs of street-involved young men in Toronto.

HIV and street-involved young men

Although Canada’s a rich country, homelessness is a reality for far too many of our fellow citizens. A significant proportion of them are young people. In addition, there are many youth who, if not technically homeless, experience precarious living situations. There are many reasons for this - poverty, family rejection, domestic violence, parental drug and/or alcohol misuse or a lack of space where young people feel they can be themselves. These circumstances make these so-called street-inv

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