Bob Leahy says “It’s a niche conference for online health advocates. Myself and our social media guy Wayne Bristow are invited. Chicago, here we come!”
I’ve been to many conferences in my time, all mostly about HIV. But this one, HealthEVoices2016, happening this week in Chicago, is a little different. Less than ten of us from across North America are HIV advocates. The rest of the approximately 90 attendees represent other health advocacy groups - from breast cancer to arthritis to MS to diabetes to many more. The opportunities for cross-sectoral learning and sharing seem boundless. Already recognized as leading Canada’s most influential
13th Edition: News from the OHTN’s James Watson about peer engagement. What's Hot with Peer Researchers?" is an online talk show about community-based research that has people living with HIV as the main protagonists
hosted by James Watson
Tuesday, April 19th @ 2pm EST
“Engagement” is a word that holds great meaning in the HIV sector, it drives programming, shapes research methodologies and is a key element in successful interventions. But how do we measure and achieve engagement and how can it be sustained over time? Does it lift you up or eventually always let you down? What’s the difference between engagement and participation?
Peer engagement roles are diverse, we talk abou
Bob Leahy on blogging and putting yourself out there on the internet – a great idea but he says it’s important to know why you are doing it and what you would like to achieve
Putting a face to HIV isn’t for everyone – but legions now do it, and doing it well. The reasons we do so are both varied and complex. For some it’s about overcoming barriers. Isn’t HIV a stigmatizing condition, after all, that many associate with shame and a secret life? And aren’t private lives meant to be private? And why are our views, if we express them, more worth sharing than those of the average poz man or woman? What makes us so dammed special?
I think the answer is “no
Mark S. King on a new web series that’s follows the life of a Boston gay man, literally from the moment he gets his HIV positive test result. Mark recommends it – and talks to its creator, writer and star, Christian Daniel Kiley
In the gorgeous and sometimes maddening web series Unsure/Positive, we follow the life of a Boston gay man, Kieran, literally from the moment he gets his HIV positive test result. Kieran’s journey in the six-episode first season (available for only $3.99 on Vimeo) covers some difficult terrain – shame, disclosure, sex and drugs – and many HIV positive guys and our friends will identify with it.
This is poz-adjacent art that is absolutely worth your time and a few bucks, most particula
From ouragenda.ca, Mike Mikshe gives up on hookup apps for finding his fantasy guy, confronts the prospect of social isolation and finds there is life out there after all
I’d always had this idea in my head about the sort of guy I wanted to meet on hook-up apps: older, taller, in shape but not too muscular, kinky and dominant yet nurturing and intelligent—I could go on. I’d spend hours, week after week searching for this type of guy. It became an addiction and, of course, I never found this fantasy man. I read that gay men spend 9.1 hours on average a week looking for sex online. I couldn't believe it at first but when I added up all the time I'd spend on
These are the posts, new and old, that got the most traffic in the year just passed.
Sometimes it’s obvious, sometimes it’s inexplicable, but its nearly always a surprise to see which PositiveLite.com posts, new and old, attracted the most readers in the year just passed. Sometimes it’s the power or uniqueness of the words, other times their place on the list reflects subject matter that Google searchers are looking for. What struck us, though, in reviewing the list that follows, is that first it's a mix of serious and light, which is exactly what we wanted Positive
Heathline has announced its HIV Influencers Honors - The Top 12 Influential Voices in HIV/AIDS for 2015 in North America - and again, PositiveLite.com is a winner
I wonder whether when Toronto poz guy Brian Finch started PositiveLite.com six years ago with the aim of bringing a fresh approach to writing about HIV he dreamed it would take its place among the best in the continent. But that’s what happened.
Don’t take our word for it. Healthline, a major US consumer health information provider with over 40 million visitors a month with offices in San Francisco and New York has included PositiveLite.com as the only Canadian in their Top 12 Influenti
Bob Leahy says while social media is great for exchanging knowledge and promoting things, its best and brightest use is for humanizing us all.
This is not the first post in which I’ve extolled the virtue of using social media in the context of HIV work or been surprised at the number of those who, in 2015, have yet to embrace it. True, those who work in HIV or are part of the wider HIV community are busy with competing priorities. Immersion in social media can suck up time like nobody’s business. But if you want to stay ahead of the game and be informed and inform others, social media is not just a “nice to have”, it’s an a
Poz teen from Ajax, Ontario, Ashley Murphy makes a difference as a teenager born with HIV and gets international attention too!
This story by Casey Halter first appeared in POZ magazine here.
In many ways, Ashley Murphy is just a normal 17-year-old getting ready to start her senior year of high school. She talks about summer vacation, how tough math can be, and the rock band she sings in with her dad. But she’s also a sassy young HIV activist looking to change the world.
Ashley was diagnosed with AIDS in 1998 when she was just six weeks old. She was infected by her late birth mother, who was addicted to crack a
A conversation with the out poz and proud US marine who gained fame for asking gay country star Steve Grand to be his date for the Marine Corps Ball – on YouTube
From poz.com “Tanner White, who bills himself as “your favorite positive Marine” on his YouTube channel, has posted a new video in which he asks singer-songwriter Steve Grand to the 2015 Marine Corps Ball. Grand is an openly gay country singer who is as famous for his hunky body as for his music. White is an HIV-positive social media activist who posts videos about HIV prevention and awareness.
UPDATE: Steve Grand Says Yes to Date With HIV-Positive Marine
Bob Leahy: First of all, Tann
Editor Bob Leahy in conversation with Camille de Putter, author of Storytelling with Heart, a workbook designed to help people tell their stories. It's about working through shame, silence and secrets and learning to write and share.
Bob Leahy: Hi Camiille. Why don’t you tell me first what people can expect from your book?
Camille DePutter. Sure. I wrote the book because I feel that for many of us we have a sense that we have a story we would like to tell about ourselves and our experiences so I wanted to help people do that, to help them do some of the thinking about what their personal stories may be. It’s a way to start working with those stories, to put them down on paper, think about them in new ways and start
Toronto’s Josh says “I think my story has been told, and the next phase of my life is about to begin”. So what is he going to write about in future? “Less about me, and more about HIV in general” he says.
For anyone who reads this blog on a regular basis (or tries to), I want to apologize for a lack of posts. I haven’t been writing because, to be honest, I haven’t been certain what I should write about.
When I was first diagnosed, life was a whirlwind. Wasn’t sure what was coming next, what to do, how to feel, the list goes on. Over the past year and a bit, obviously things have come under control. I’ve got my doctor, my treatment, and my health is good. I’m also co
Coming out? Toronto's Josh weighs the pros and cons of anonymous blogging
When I started writing this blog, I made the decision to do so anonymously. I made that decision because, at the time, I felt it would allow me to be freer in my writing; I could write how I truly feel, without having to take in to consideration how my friends, family or coworkers would react if and when they came across this blog.
As the blog has evolved, and I’ve become more active on Twitter, I have had the opportunity to talk with some amazing HIV-positive people, allies and activists
No real winners. Bob Leahy on online arguments – like a recent one he got into on the integration of HIV and HepC. How they happen, why they happen and why he tries to stay clear of them, in 140 characters or less
Definition (Urban Dictionary) "A flame war is a heated argument between two individuals that results in those involved posting personal attacks on each other during or instead of debating the topic at hand. Most forums have rules that forbid flaming. This is because the quality of conversation on a forum can be seriously degraded by a flame war.”
I have a long history as an active participant in social media forums of all types. I was blogging almost from the day it was invented, way