Social Media

Why Facebook friends and HIV connections go hand in hand

published: November, 19, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy says while social media is great for exchanging knowledge and promoting things, its best and brightest use is for humanizing us all.

Why Facebook friends and HIV connections go hand in hand

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

Rocking her differences

published: September, 24, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Youth, Women, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Poz teen from Ajax, Ontario, Ashley Murphy makes a difference as a teenager born with HIV and gets international attention too!

Rocking her differences

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

Bob Leahy interviews poz US Marine gone viral Tanner White

published: September, 14, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Dating, Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

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

Bob Leahy interviews poz US Marine gone viral Tanner White

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

Here’s help with telling your (HIV) story

published: September, 03, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

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.

Here’s help with telling your (HIV) story

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

Shifting gears

published: September, 03, 2015 Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

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.

Shifting gears

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.  Chaos subsides 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

Hiding

published: June, 24, 2015 Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Coming out? Toronto's Josh weighs the pros and cons of anonymous blogging

Hiding

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

Flame wars

published: June, 22, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, Hep B and C, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

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

Flame wars

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

HIVnow campaign will change the conversation during Toronto Pride

published: June, 18, 2015 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Social Media, Community Events, Activism, Pride, As Prevention , Research, Health, Sexual Health, Legal, Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

What is #HIVnow? It’s the HIV awareness campaign Toronto Pride deserves.

HIVnow campaign will change the conversation during Toronto Pride

John Maxwell, executive director, ACT (left) Christopher Thomas, communications coordinator, ACT (right)     Ryan Lisk, manager of community health programs, ACT (left) Mason McColl, gay men's online strategy and resource coordinator, ACT (right)     Ty Best, graphic designer of the posters The AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) has just launched a bold, new multimedia campaign, HIVnow, that is intended to raise awareness around HIV because the times

My HIV story

published: May, 07, 2015 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Félix Garmendía

New York poz guy Felix Garmendia returns with .his story. "HIV struck me like a lightning bolt but it also helped me validate the wonders of life, friendship, love, and compassion.".

My HIV story

It was December 19th, 1989. After being celibate for three years, I decided to get tested to give my then boyfriend the nicest Christmas present I could think of. We were decorating our Christmas tree when the phone rang. My boyfriend answered and his words were, “They are calling to give you your HIV test results”.  I grabbed the phone and a cold voice that I will never forget said, – “ Mr. Garmendia your HIV test came back positive”. I became very confused, How could it be possib

From the front Lines: meet the bloggers

published: February, 26, 2015 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, CATIE, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

CATIE educator Melissa Egan takes us on a tour of the HIV blogosphere.

From the front Lines: meet the bloggers

This article previously appeared in The Positive Side, a publication, of CATIE here.   Une version française est disponible ici. Lately writing online has become an exercise in counting to 140—the character limit of a tweet. While modern technology makes it easy to keep things short and snappy, we do sometimes want a few more words! So we’re getting to know some folks who prefer to express themselves in paragraphs, and we’d like to introduce you… The A Word With their blog “T

Purpose

published: February, 16, 2015 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Gay Men, Hobbies, Events, Photography, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Louis "Kengi" Carr

Our LA guy Kengi gets the new year off to a good start with renewed purpose as he continues his work in social media, photography and with the homeless

Purpose

I guess I should start off by wishing everyone a very Happy New Year. I know we’re well into February, but as the saying goes, better later than never. I trust and hope the New Year is treating you well and that you’re in amazing health and spirits. So far the New Year is off to a great start for me. Once again I was selected by FORD Motor Company to be their official photographer for the 11th Annual NAACP Image Awards Symposium. This is the second year that they’ve reached out to me t

Staying the distance

published: February, 09, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Attention HIV bloggers: running out of steam? Long time blogger and social media guy Bob Leahy with what you can do to keep the spark alive

Staying the distance

Bloggers come and go and so do websites devoted to HIV.  It takes a lot of time and effort, not to mention fresh ideas, to keep the online  kettle boiling. Priorities shift too - what might once have been a burning desire to get the word out about living with HIV becomes less important as people and circumstances change. The immediate and pressing can become ho-hum. Original thought can be hard to come by when it seems almost everything that can be said has been said.  That is what happens

I am brave!

published: January, 29, 2015 Written by // Patrick Italo Ettenes Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Patrick Italo Ettenes

Patrick Ettenes fnds his spirits lifted by a present received from a stranger who found his story inspiring

I am brave!

First I have to apologize for not being around for the holiday period. I knew Christmas-time would be a really difficult time for me but it was made even more difficult than I was expecting by the sudden passing of my previous partner.   I’m now nick-named the Black Widow, because it seems as if I have been affecting the mental and physical wellbeing of any male I happen to get close to. I fell into a deep depression, unable to acknowledge anything or anyone for weeks. I felt it really

Five years old today

published: December, 01, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

December 1 2014 marks PositiveLite.com’s five year anniversary. Editor Bob Leahy, who has been with the site from the beginning, looks back at its genesis and its history since.

Five years old today

From the archives: Press Release: PositiveLite.Com, A webzine for HIV positve gay men launches Dec. 1st, 2009 (Editor: note the typo)    For Immediate Release (November 30, 2009) This World AIDS Day – December 1, 2009 – a brand new positive spin on HIV/AIDS is set to “Go viral” with the launch of PositiveLite.com, an e-magazine for HIV positive gay men and their friends. PositiveLite.com is the brainchild of Brandon Williams and Brian Finch who are both ‘out’, long term survi

Think Twice: The Toronto gay community speaks out about HIV criminalization

published: November, 20, 2014 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Legal, Living with HIV, Media, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

In a new YouTube campaign, 42 Toronto gay community members and allies say why going to the cops when a sex partner hasn’t disclosed his HIV-positive status won't stop him from getting HIV or stop the spread of the disease

Think Twice: The Toronto gay community speaks out about HIV criminalization

Canada is a world leader in targeting and criminalizing people living with HIV (PLHIV). People are being charged with aggravated sexual assault and thrown in prison for not disclosing their status, even when there was virtually no risk of transmission. Our laws are based on stigma and fear.  “Think Twice” is a campaign by the Toronto-based activist organization AIDS Action Now!  to decrease the number of PLHIV in Ontario facing criminal prosecutions for HIV non-disclosure. 

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