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Women living with HIV and intimate partner violence: Questions & Answers

published: July, 21, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Women, Legal, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

A new guide produced by HIV/AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO), the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, METRAC and the AIDS Committee of Toronto.

Women living with HIV and intimate partner violence: Questions & Answers

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

Mark S. King from #AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa: of wrongful charges, sex trade advocacy and cruising the conference.

published: July, 21, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, International AIDS Conference , Activism, Gay Men, Conferences, Youth, Current Affairs, General Health, Events, Newly Diagnosed, Women, Health, International , Sexual Health, Legal, Mark S. King

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.

Mark S. King from #AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa: of wrongful charges, sex trade advocacy and cruising the 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

Adopting a child when you are HIV-positive: when things go wrong

published: July, 20, 2016 Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Women, International , Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Dear Donna Gold. Stigmatized for HIV while trying to adopt a child, Lolo writes a letter that recounts the long term damage.

Adopting a child when you are HIV-positive: when things go wrong

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

Mark S. King from #AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa: demanding treatment rights for all.

published: July, 20, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, International AIDS Conference , Gay Men, As Prevention , Conferences, Youth, Current Affairs, Newly Diagnosed, General Health, Women, International , Sexual Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Mark S. King

Day two: The AIDS2016 Treatment Access March

Mark S. King from #AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa: demanding treatment rights for all.

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.

China making HIV self-test kits more accessible to plug gap in testing of at-risk groups

published: July, 19, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, General Health, Health, International , Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

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.

China making HIV self-test kits more accessible to plug gap in testing of at-risk groups

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 from #AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa: gay HIV advocates speak out

published: July, 19, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, International AIDS Conference , As Prevention , Conferences, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, International , Sexual Health, Legal, Living with HIV, Sex and Sexuality , Mark S. King

Mark S. King chats with gay HIV advocates from around the world about criminalization, chem sex and PrEP

Mark S. King from #AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa: gay HIV advocates speak out

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

18th AIDSiversary

published: July, 18, 2016 Categories // Social Media, Aging, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

After 18 years with HIV Ken Monteith says, "Getting HIV has had some positive impacts in my life."

18th AIDSiversary

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

The gay dating (sex) app Grindr is surveying some users about offering a filter to help stigmatize and serosort HIV positive identifying users. Wha?

published: July, 18, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, International , Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Media, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality

"Should Grindr allow users to filter out those that admit to living with HIV?" asks Josh Robbins

The gay dating (sex) app Grindr is surveying some users about offering a filter to help stigmatize and serosort HIV positive identifying users. Wha?

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

Setting the problems aside

published: July, 14, 2016 Written by // Patrick Italo Ettenes Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, International , Travel, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Patrick Italo Ettenes

From mid Mediterranean cruise, Patrick Ettenes explains the value of just getting away for a while.

Setting the problems aside

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

Atripla three times weekly maintains HIV viral suppression for 24 weeks

published: July, 14, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Research, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

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.

Atripla three times weekly maintains HIV viral suppression for 24 weeks

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. Fixed-dose comb

My quest to ease the pain of loss through music and a tribute to Prince

published: July, 13, 2016 Written by // Samantha Categories // Social Media, Arts and Entertainment, Events, Mental Health, Music, Travel, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Samantha

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"

My quest to ease the pain of loss through music and a tribute to Prince

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

HIV has been good to me…here’s how…

published: July, 12, 2016 Written by // Christian Dolan Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, General Health, Mental Health, International , Living with HIV, Christian Dolan

From London, England, Christian Dolan counts the blessings of living with HIV.

HIV has been good to me…here’s how…

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

Bon Voyage: A recap on the 2016 Poz Cruise & Adventure Bear Alaskan Rendezvous

published: July, 12, 2016 Written by // Joshua Middleton Categories // Social Media, General Health, International , Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Joshua Middleton

"It was the trip of a lifetime for me. A time to rejuvenate," says Joshua Middleton

Bon Voyage: A recap on the 2016 Poz Cruise & Adventure Bear Alaskan Rendezvous

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

The first Toronto Pride was a riot.

published: July, 11, 2016 Categories // Social Media, Community Events, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Pride, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Events, Media, Opinion Pieces, Jason Cole

Jason R. Cole on why the Black Lives Matter sit-in at this year's Pride parade was completely appropriate.

The first Toronto Pride was a riot.

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

Canadian Positive People Network: reports in on AGM and new board

published: July, 11, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, Conferences, Current Affairs, Events

CPPN/RCPS announce their new Board of Directors and Executive Committee

Canadian Positive People Network: reports in on AGM and new board

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

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