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My time in a gay paradise

published: August, 31, 2016 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, International , Travel, Opinion Pieces, Félix Garmendía

You'll wish you were there as our NYC guy, Félix Garmendía, tells of his time in the San Blas Islands

My time in a gay paradise

Many years ago I visited The San Blas Islands off the coast of Panama. This was a very beautiful experience. As part of a gay cruise we made a stop to see the Panama Canal to visit the Kuna people who live on the San Blas Islands. They came to pick us up in their canoes and in less than 10 minutes we were in paradise. On our way there, we even saw a beautiful baby dolphin playing around our canoe, greeting us in a very charming way. Once we arrived at the islands, the Kuna people greeted us w

'That's criminal to me': How Canada is failing to end HIV/AIDS at home

published: August, 30, 2016 Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Youth, Women, Legal, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

Stigma remains a major problem that discourages people from getting tested. From CBC News, Rob Easton reports.

'That's criminal to me': How Canada is failing to end HIV/AIDS at home

This article by Rob Easton previously appeared at cbc.ca. Read the whole thing here. Two studies released last month show the tools exist to potentially end the more than three-decades-old scourge of HIV/AIDS, but activists and front-line public health workers in Canada say we simply aren't using them effectively. The first study found it's nearly impossible for an HIV-positive person to transmit the virus if they're undergoing effective antiretroviral therapy (ART). The other showed the

HIV is an apt teacher

published: August, 29, 2016 Written by // Colin Johnson Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Colin Johnson

From Toronto, new author Colin Johnson on some of the life lessons his HIV journey has taught him

HIV is an apt teacher

It was on April 20th 1984, at 3:24 pm in Toronto, Ontario at my regular check up that my family doctor (a friend of my father’s) informed me that I had tested positive for HIV and that he could no longer be my physician.  I was aware of the horror stories in the media emanating from the US: pictures of young men wasting away from unpronounceable cancers, skin disorders, brain diseases and dying, many alone, having been disowned by their families. Many families were finding out for the fir

Looking for PrEP, part three

published: August, 29, 2016 Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Health, Sexual Health, Treatment, Opinion Pieces

So how does one get PrEP anyway? As Alex Aviance tells us, there are a number of pretty large hurdles to clear.

Looking for PrEP, part three

As much as it’s touted as an effective prevention strategy, actually getting your hands on that expensive, blue pill is a giant pain. I first heard about PrEP years ago while the first trials of it’s use as a preventative measure were underway. I had always considered taking it, but it seemed prohibitively expensive and was I even ready to divulge the most intimate details of my sex life in order to get it? In 2016 it’s no longer relegated to the pages of obscure medical journals. PrEP

Are we losing our passion as AIDS activists?

published: August, 26, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Women, Features and Interviews, International , Legal, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

Has passion been replaced by complacency in the HIV movement? From Betablog.org, Emily Newman reports on AIDS activism across the ages.

Are we losing our passion as AIDS activists?

This article by Emily Newman previously appeared at Betablog.org here. We’ve come a long way since the days when fighting for LGBT rights demanded action such as the Stonewall Riots. Or a critical need for HIV medications prompted protests blocking traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge. The world saw success come from those tactics—and now, more than ever before, people who are part of marginalized populations are able to stand up and demand that their voices are heard. For access to bath

The end of the end of AIDS

published: August, 26, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, International AIDS Conference , As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

Don't believe the "end of HIV" hype -- the sober truth is that we face a long generational fight against a dogged virus, as David Wilson and Marelize Gorgens of Worldbank.org explain.

The end of the end of AIDS

This article by David Wilson and Marelize Gorgens previously appeared at Worldbank.org here. The recent Durban 2016 International AIDS Conference celebrates the success of AIDS treatment in reducing illness and death. The pall of despair and wasting death that hung over the Durban 2000 International AIDS Conference has truly been lifted. In KwaZulu-Natal, where the conference was held, AIDS treatment has increased community life expectancy by a full 11 years, reversing decades of decline --

Bow Ties and Butter Knives: Fighting Stigma Within Our Own Community

published: August, 25, 2016 Written by // Joshua Middleton Categories // Social Media, Activism, Fundraisers, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Joshua Middleton

"... we can all play a part in this fight. Let’s not put each other down but rather build each other up," says Joshua Middleton

Bow Ties and Butter Knives: Fighting Stigma Within Our Own Community

Speechless… That was my first reaction when I glanced down at my laptop screen and saw the following comment appear on my Twitter feed. It was in response to a photo I had posted in support of The Bow Tie Movement Campaign; a grassroots initiative seeking to raise awareness for heterosexual HIV-positive men. The words that first caught my attention were "knife" and "neck". Was this someone reaching out for help or yet another stigmatizing comment from someone looking to put others living

Bob Leahy interviews Kevin Maloney, the man behind RiseUptoHIV

published: August, 24, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Fundraisers, Features and Interviews, International , Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

He’s shy, he’s unassuming and he’s a dynamo when it comes to HIV advocacy. Kevin Maloney talks about RiseUpToHIV, his new video campaign What’s Your Positive Message and (reluctantly) the man behind it all

Bob Leahy interviews Kevin Maloney, the man behind RiseUptoHIV

Bob Leahy: Let’s talk about the RiseUptoHIV campaign which you are well known for, particularly for your T-shirts. Kevin Maloney: Yes, it was a two-pronged campaign. The name “RiseUptoHIV” came to me in the middle of the night. I was thinking about how I was rising up to the challenges in my life at the time when I was diagnosed in 2010. The “No shame about being HIV-positive” story telling campaign started in 2013 – people would send me their stories and photos, which I would pos

It’s not as simple as using a condom.

published: August, 24, 2016 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Youth, International , Living with HIV, Sex and Sexuality , Alex Sparrowhawk

"Condoms don’t work for everyone and condom use isn’t always a choice," says the UK's Alex Sparrowhawk.

It’s not as simple as using a condom.

I take responsibility for my HIV status, I don’t blame myself (or anyone else); accidents happen and unfortunately the consequences of some are more severe than others. Living the rest of my life with a long-term condition is a slightly bigger deal than a slap on the wrist but I’m lucky to have handled my diagnosis relatively well and with a level head. It’s hard to explain what growing up queer or gay is like, identifying when you first had thoughts about the same sex, trying to

Workshop Application: Supporting Peer Research Associates Effectively

published: August, 23, 2016 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // Social Media, Upcoming Events, Health, Research, Ontario HIV Treatment Network

From the OHTN, an exciting learning experience for peer researchers & emerging academic researchers

Workshop Application: Supporting Peer Research Associates Effectively

Sunday, November 20, 2016 Working with people living with HIV as Peer Research Associates benefits the research teams, the process and the research evidence. But engaging people living with HIV as researchers also comes with the great responsibility of supporting PRAs in specific ways. This one-day educational and KTE workshop will:  highlight the role of PRAs in the syndemics, showcase practical support tools and best practices for PRAs, and explore real life scenarios in which PRAs a

When a friend tells you what they think about you and your HIV

published: August, 22, 2016 Written by // Christian Dolan Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Fitness and Exercise, International , Living with HIV, Christian Dolan

Christian Dolan's friend Katie describes the early days following his diagnosis and how the experience challenged her assumptions about HIV.

When a friend tells you what they think about you and your HIV

Christian says: I was diagnosed back in August 2009; we are coming up to my seventh anniversary. Each year it gets me thinking about the things that went on at that time and I know I have spoken about some of these in the past. Now for those of you who have read my previous pieces and keep up with my musings will know of the friend I mention who asked “So Christian, do you need your own cutlery drawer now?” Well not long after my last article went live, I caught up with her at a mutual

Looking for PrEP, part two

published: August, 22, 2016 Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , Health, Treatment, Opinion Pieces

The case for PrEP. " Why go through all the hassle of taking a pill every day if what I’m doing already seems to work?" Alex Aviance explains.

Looking for PrEP, part two

At this point I suppose we should get to know each other a little better. I’m a twenty-something, queer, racialized guy. I’m a mostly-bottom, a journalist, and amateur Martha Stewart all in one. I have multiple partners; some of them are ongoing and some are casual hookups, or one-offs. I get tested roughly every three months, and I usually bring a condom with me when I’m going out, invite a guy over or otherwise think there’s a chance I might have sex. However, I’d be lying if I sai

“PrEP and Sex Work: Possibilities and Limitations"

published: August, 18, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Community Events, Activism, Conferences, Gay Men, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Women, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Sex and Sexuality

Sex workers in most countries have no mechanism to provide direct input into public health policies or programs for implementing PrEP in the sex workplace. Guest author Andrew Sorfleet reports on a group working to change that in Canada.

“PrEP and Sex Work: Possibilities and Limitations

This article previously appeared at NakedTruth.ca here. There's been a lot of hype lately about a new drug that you can take every day which prevents you catching HIV. The antiretroviral medication – Truvada - had been used for a while now as an effective treatment for people who have HIV. Recently, large demonstration research trials have proven that Truvada also works as effective prevention: Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV, or “PrEP.” Sexual Health & Safety: WTF is PrEP? A s

First U.S. Public Health official endorses “negligible risk” when undetectable

published: August, 18, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Health, International , Legal, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors

Prevention Access Campaign: New York City Health Official Joins Global Leaders in Signing a Consensus Statement on the HIV/AIDS Epidemic’s Most Groundbreaking Development in the Last Twenty Years

First U.S. Public Health official endorses “negligible risk” when undetectable

August 10, 2016: HIV/AIDS experts from the U.S., Australia, Denmark and Switzerland--including Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, Assistant Commissioner for the Bureau of HIV/AIDS at the New York City Health Department -- endorsed a consensus statement concluding “negligible risk” of HIV transmission from a person with HIV who is on antiretroviral therapy (ART) and has had a consistently undetectable viral load for six months and beyond. Dr. Daskalakis is the first U.S. public health official to endo

Art for AIDS

published: August, 17, 2016 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Social Media, Hobbies, Fundraisers, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Wayne Bristow

Art can be a powerful therapeutic tool and a good fundraiser too. Wayne Bristow facilitates a workshop with help from Art For AIDS International

Art for AIDS

Earlier this year I was approached by one of my peers who had the vision of hosting an art show between the two AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs) in our area. The idea was originally conceived last summer during Pride month. We now have a committee working on it but I will only to be a contributing artist. The decision was part of my need to limit the activities I get involved in; I can’t do it all. “No” has be a complete sentence. Before leaving the planning committee I did share a few

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