A new guide produced by HIV/AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO), the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, METRAC and the AIDS Committee of Toronto.
Abuse by an intimate partner is not only wrong - it can be against the law. Yet, intimate partner violence is one of the most common forms of violence against women. Intimate partner violence can be physical, emotional, psychological or sexual abuse from someone with whom you have or had an intimate relationship.
This guide is for women, including trans women, who are living with HIV and who experience or are at risk of experiencing violence from their intimate partner.
This guide pro
Day three: Mark S. King speaks with former Lt. Col. Kenneth Pinkela, a sex trade education advocate, a London PrEP advocate, and later learns that the gay cruising apps are working hard at this conference.
On day three of Marks video coverage of AIDS 2016 we find him chatting with former U. S. Army Colonel Ken Pinkela, who was dismissed from military service and sentenced to 11 months of military confinement after being wrongfully accused of not disclosing his HIV status to a sex partner. We also hear from Rosemary Namiburu, a nurse wrongfully imprisoned for HIV exposure via a needle and jailed for months.
Mark also chats with Elizabeth Taylor's HIV activist grandchildren, Ayanda Denge of the S
Dear Donna Gold. Stigmatized for HIV while trying to adopt a child, Lolo writes a letter that recounts the long term damage.
Toronto, July, 2016
Dear Donna Gold,
I have wanted to write you a letter for some years. I wonder how things would have turned out differently for my husband and I had I put pen to paper before today. I have wanted to tell this story for some time. I feel compelled do so in the hopes that people with HIV and others will contemplate the issues I explore and the implications of these issues.
Almost ten years ago, you were the Canadian-based social worker assigned to assess our family for suit
Amid all the “end of HIV” rhetoric, 13 of 14 UNAIDS member countries have decreased their HIV funding and 20 million people who need it have no access to treatment.
Day two of Mark S. King's video coverage of AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa sees him joining the AIDS2016 Treatment Access March and chatting with advocates about why they've come.
PositiveLite will be posting Mark's video coverage each day of the conference.
This video previously appeared on TheBodypro.com here.
Amid rising incidence of the disease among China’s young and talk of a generation haunted by HIV, use of kits bought from e-commerce sites is on the rise. But counselling is needed too.
This article by Bibek Bhandari previously appeared at the South China Morning Post website here.
Hank Chen describes the experience of his first HIV test in two words: scared and intimidated.
As a 20-year-old, Chen says he had limited knowledge about the disease apart from the fact that gay men like him belonged to a high-risk category.
“I followed my intuition and went for a test,” says Chen, 26. The result was negative and so was the attitude of the medical staff. Chen says he found
Mark S. King chats with gay HIV advocates from around the world about criminalization, chem sex and PrEP
Mark S. King is in Durban, South Africa for #AIDS2016 and his video coverage begins today. In this first installment it seems remarkable, with such draconian laws in place in their home countries that so many gay men have the courage to even show up.
Mark speaks with gay HIV advocates from around the world about what life is like for them back home and the ongoing criminalization of homosexuality in 75 countries. He also chats with them about PrEP, the difficulty of obtaining PrEP in some cou
After 18 years with HIV Ken Monteith says, "Getting HIV has had some positive impacts in my life."
Now my diagnosis is old enough to order a drink in a bar.
It’s a funny thing, remembering that moment that really changed my perception of a lot of things in my life. It was the beginning of the “cautionary tale” that I tell when sharing my life experience with others — don’t wait as long as I did to get tested, it will make your life more difficult.
But there are other elements that stick with me, most of which I have written about before:
The horrible sensation of suffocating
"Should Grindr allow users to filter out those that admit to living with HIV?" asks Josh Robbins
This article previously appeared on Josh's own blog, I'm Still Josh, here.
This morning after I woke up and finished reading through my morning newsfeed on Facebook and read the “what you missed” best Tweets, I tapped the orange and white skull icon on my phone. It was time to read my missed messages on Grindr from overnight.
As soon as the (miracle) screen loaded, Grindr asked me to complete a survey. I hate surveys but I tapped ‘ok.’
The questions that were asked all primarily rev
From mid Mediterranean cruise, Patrick Ettenes explains the value of just getting away for a while.
So I’ve tried everything to write an article and I feel like I’m losing my mind and my gift to write. Yes, yes; dramatic but that’s me. So I’ll just spill. I find throwing everything out of your pram and just blurting out everything sometimes helps.
I’m currently on a cruise, a Mediterranean one. It’s my birthday gift from a friend. “Good friend you say?” Yes, he is. I started this journey to try and find the other piece of that puzzle to add to my life. I’ve been through a
Aidsmap reports on a study to test whether simplifying treatment with Atripla to three days a week would be less toxic and able to maintain viral suppression.
This article by Liz Highleyman was produced in collaboration with hivandhepatitis.com and previously appeared on aidsmap.com here.
People with undetectable viral load who switched from taking the Atripla single-tablet regimen (efavirenz/tenofovir/emtricitabine) every day to just every other weekday were able to maintain viral suppression for six months, and longer follow-up is planned, according to research presented last month at the ASM Microbe conference in Boston.
Our Samantha on the joy of healing through music."For about two weeks I spent every spare minute, sometimes sitting for hours listening to Prince’s music"
On the same day Prince was found dead, on April 21, 2016, I experienced a personal loss. Experiencing two losses in one day was so painful I did not know how to sooth myself. I paced up and down, had no concentration, couldn't sleep, eat or remain focused on anything to distract myself from the feelings that come with loss.
For about two weeks I spent every spare minute, sometimes sitting for hours listening to Prince’s music and a few other artists and it was the only activity that eased m
From London, England, Christian Dolan counts the blessings of living with HIV.
Recently I was at a house party where I met a bunch of new people for the first time. I realized I hadn’t taken my meds that evening yet, so proceeded to do so. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t stand on a chair in the middle of the room and make a point of what I was doing but at the same time I didn’t go hide in a room alone to take them either.
During the course of taking them I had a guy stop me and ask if I had any more and could he buy some off me. I then realised he thought I was ta
"It was the trip of a lifetime for me. A time to rejuvenate," says Joshua Middleton
The vastness and beauty of nature is something that has mystified mankind from the beginning of time. It’s as if by seeing the wonders of the world, we see the beauty inside ourselves.
Most recently, I experienced this feeling as the annual HIV Poz Cruise joined forces with the Adventure Bears, a social group of gay and bear friendly men. Together we explored the last frontier, the great state of Alaska. Although not the typical cruising location that you might have pictured in your mind, i
Jason R. Cole on why the Black Lives Matter sit-in at this year's Pride parade was completely appropriate.
Toronto Pride 2016 photos by Bob Leahy
It’s a popular meme that floats around during the month of June annually, as if to remind us all of our roots. The assumption is, of course, that we need reminding. The circumstances of this past week would certainly indicate that some of us do.
During the annual Pride Parade in Toronto, the activist group Black Lives Matter staged a sit-in that lasted 30 minutes. The group chanted ‘pride is political’, refusing to let up until Mathieu Chante
CPPN/RCPS announce their new Board of Directors and Executive Committee
A message from CPPN/RCPS
Following a very successful first anniversary celebration and our inaugural Annual General Meeting on July 6th, we have some important news to share with you.
The CPPN’s Interim Managing Director was appointed: Jeff Potts agreed to accept this volunteer position and is already working hard to support the CPPN’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee, and to support the CPPN’s members. Jeff will connect with all of you in the coming weeks to share more deta