News from the OHTN’s James Watson about peer engagement. What's Hot with Peer Researchers?" is an online talk show where the guests this month will discuss how sexual identity and gender expression enriches HIV research.
Monday, June 27th from 2:00-3:00 EST
Technology interfered with our original Pride Edition, but you can’t keep a good queer down…let’s try this again!
Summer means the launch of Pride celebrations in Canada, with Toronto Pride Month kicking off on June 1st. To add to the festivities, “What’s Hot with Peer Researchers?” will be hosting a special Pride Edition on Wednesday, June 27th from 2:00-3:00 EST. Congratulations to our POZ proud LGBTQ2+ peer researchers! Yo
Mark S. King tells of his collaboration with Olivia G. Ford on a special issue of Positively Aware (this article mentions Positivelite.com editor Bob Leahy)
My friend Olivia G. Ford (she got that whole middle initial thing from me, I’m convinced of it) speaks even faster than I do. That’s a rare distinction.
Olivia is also an editor. She was my editor during her years at TheBody.com. I am afraid of editors. They know too much. They might even know I’m not the writer people think I am. Not on the first draft, anyway.
A few months ago, Olivia invited me to join her as the guest editors of a special issue of Positively Aware magazine and
Bob Leahy talks to the outspoken New York City activist and advocate for long term survivors whose photos of a man dying of AIDS in 2016 caused a Facebook storm
"In my mind, one of the worst things that anyone could have done was to say that AIDS is a manageable disease. In my life it’s never been quite manageable."
Bob Leahy: Thanks for talking with us Sean. Let’s talk first about the photos you posted on Facebook – photos of a man dying. Tell me what you know about them.
Sean McKenna: Well, my neighbour’s husband a year ago was built like a brick shit house, one of those people that would sit by the pool and everyone would stare at. In t
Bob Leahy just returned from Winnipeg Manitoba where he was participating in two back-to-back conferences - CAHR and CAS.
obligatory view from hotel window
"Why go? Most would say it’s a combination of taking advantage of huge opportunities for both learning and networking. Add in experiencing the attractions of a strange city, all paid for, and it can be an attractive proposition."
I’m going to be describing what I learned from my two latest HIV conference experiences in Part Two of this article. But for now, and because the conference experience is so foreign to many, and I don’t want it to be, I’m go
Bob Leahy with 20 writing ideas borrowed from the recent HealtheVoices social media conference in Chicago
Are you stuck?
It strikes me that many people who have a passion for writing about HIV nevertheless sometimes run out of ideas. It’s called writer’s block and it affects most of us who blog.
Luckily, I’m mostly immune to it. I blogged daily in another life. But for those for whom blogging isn’t ingrained, it isn’t so easy and thus as an editor, I’m often asked for writing ideas.
At a recent conference in Chicago that I wrote about here one session included distribution of
Wayne Bristow on attending a recent conference for fellow social media health advocates where he felt validated, energized and inspired
We are survivors of a chronic disease or caregivers, moms, dads, sisters or brothers affected by it. We are 100 activists with a huge connection - we are online health writers and bloggers. Many of us have never met. But thanks to the recent HealtheVoices conference in Chicago earlier this month we are connected.
Now, I’ve been to plenty of workshops, seminars, and conferences over the past five years, full of powerpoint presentations, professional speakers and very busy agendas full of r
Editor Bob Leahy was in Chicago for HealthEVoices 2016, a summit for top online health advocates to share and learn. Here is his photo report.
Prominent social media health advocates and bloggers from across North America heard just how valued their contributions are at a Chicago conference last week. The event, HealtheVoices16, is the second such annual event organized by Jannsen Pharmaceuticals. I and PositiveLite.com social media guy/contributor Wayne Bristow were among those invited to attend.
I’m required to say here that Jannsen covered my travel and other expenses and that all views here are my own. And yet not. I think
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