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Detecting change: A landmark in HIV prevention

published: April, 20, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Blogger/activist Tyler Curry with the lowdown about what undetectable viral load means: “A new HIV study (PARTNER) with stunning results should have the LGBT community cheering, but some are stuck on finger pointing”

Detecting change: A landmark in HIV prevention

The full text of this article previously appeared on DallasVoice.com here.   For years, the legitimacy of being undetectable and what that means in the fight against HIV transmission has been questioned, criticized and rebuked. Although many doctors and HIV activists have said for years that having an undetectable viral load makes HIV transmission virtually impossible, this message was met with skepticism and even contempt from the outside community.  But now, according to a study titled

Shiny, happy people…

published: April, 15, 2014 Written by // Michael Yoder Categories // Social Media, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Michael Yoder

Michael Yoder asks are the faces we see in anti-stigmas campaigns representative of all people living with HIV? He thinks not.

Shiny, happy people…

“Everybody hurts sometimes…”  R.E.M.  I know I’m walking on thin ice with many people who read these blogs, but here goes nothing…  I’ve seen a few anti-HIV stigma campaigns recently and for some reason they bother me. They usually have pictures of pleasant, attractive people living with HIV and I understand the underlying message is “we’re just like you!”: shiny, happy people living shiny, happy lives.  While there is a tremendous need to battle against the stigma as

Who is leading online conversations about HIV/AIDS?

published: April, 14, 2014 Categories // Activism, Social Media, Health, International , Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

PositiveLite.com Editor Bob Leahy recognized in top ten list of the most influential experts leading online conversations about HIV/AIDS worldwide.

Who is leading online conversations about HIV/AIDS?

“Getting a positive HIV test result is a life-changing diagnosis. Luckily, the future is looking brighter: Preventive drugs are available, and better treatments with fewer side effects are helping patients live longer and healthier lives. This month’s Top 10 Social HealthMakers are making a difference for the 1.1 million Americans living with HIV infection and AIDS by covering the latest news, providing resources and support and sharing their personal journeys”  Sharecare.com   ATLAN

App news

published: March, 12, 2014 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, CATIE, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Media

An HIV treatment talking tool, CATIE’s YourDocTalk aims to help you talk to your doctor about HIV treatment

App news

This article previously appeared on the CATIE website here.    Une version française est disponible ici.  YourDocTalk aims to help you talk to your doctor about HIV treatment. By answering a series of questions you will create a list of points to raise with your doctor. Then, together you and your doctor can work to ensure your HIV treatment plan is right for you. YourDocTalk is available to use online and as an app for iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Download it for free through the Apple

Can a video game help reduce sexual risk behaviour?

published: March, 12, 2014 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Social Media, Conferences, Features and Interviews, Health, International , Sexual Health, Media, Ontario HIV Treatment Network

The OHTN interviewed John Christensen who develops video games and digital media applications for health at the 2013 Ontario HIV Treatennt Network Research Conference to find out.

Can a video game help reduce sexual risk behaviour?

At the 2013 OHTN Research Conference, John gave a presentation on the use of interactive digital media such as video games, virtual reality and mobile apps to reduce sexual risk-taking. He discussed the use of virtual worlds which he compared to the Choose Your Own Adventure book series from the 1980s. These virtual spaces simulate real-world environments and encourage users to make smart, healthy choices to mitigate risk.     John received a PhD in social psychology from the University of

Speaker’s block

published: February, 20, 2014 Categories // Social Media, Activism, Women, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

A chance to meet a dragon from Dragon’s Den requires Denise Becker to make a video statement, but the normally eloquent Denise, a public speaker herself, becomes tongue-tied.

When I received an email from Inbiz that told me I had been selected in the last ten contestants to meet with David Chilton, (above) I could barely contain my excitement.  I had been a CBC Dragon’s Den fan since the early days and the thought of winning dinner with the author of The Wealthy Barber, an investment guru and angel investor, was a dream come true. There was just one part of the contest left:  to make a video of what my PASSION was. There were strict guidelines.. no professiona

App-solutely up for it!

published: February, 19, 2014 Written by // Christian Dolan Categories // Dating, Social Media, Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Health, Sexual Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Christian Dolan

Christian Dolan asks what role do gay dating apps/hook-up sites and crystal meth use play in the recent increase in new HIV infections in gay men in England and elsewhere?

Whatever happened to old fashioned dating? Where you arrange to meet up, have a coffee and talk to someone and get to know them over a coffee or a light lunch? Nowadays it seems many people on the gay scene are going the route of downloading one of the many readily available gay dating apps and looking for the nearest hook up. My personal opinion to all this could touch many a nerve, shock some of my readers and not surprise others; however I feel it is important to discuss. I am not tryi

All right Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my rectal close-up

published: January, 29, 2014 Categories // Social Media, Activism, Health, Research, Sexual Health, Media

Marc-André LeBlanc with an entertaining little video which explains what rectal microbicide research is all about

All right Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my rectal close-up

Yes, that’s EXACTLY what Nora Desmond said in Sunset Boulevard. Don’t believe me? Watch the movie again. And even if it turns out she doesn’t say those words exactly, her face says it all, really. Besides which, the movie is worth seeing again (or for the first time.  For an equally satisfying viewing experience, watch the awesome video on rectal microbicides below this post.  Why a video on rectal microbicides? Well first of all, why not?!  Butt also… As the rectal microbicide

An optimistic perspective on 2014

published: January, 13, 2014 Written by // Christian Dolan Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Christian Dolan

Christian Dolan with his plans for 2014, including launching his own website, Positive Wise

We are already a few weeks into 2014 and it has been a very interesting start to the year! The end of 2014  was interesting.  The day after Christmas I was dumped via Whatsapp by the guy I was seeing – a cowards’ way out in my opinion. His reasoning – he was away for Christmas up in Derby (which is about visiting family and didn’t want to go into 2014 not happy. Why wasn’t he happy? I wasn’t prepared to be his ‘dirty little secret’ from his disapproving family and said he ne

The little website that could

published: December, 24, 2013 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Activism, Social Media, Living with HIV, Media, Brian Finch

Founder Brian Finch provides an insider’s view of the history and rapid growth of PositiveLite.com, Canada’s unique online HIV magazine that is by and for people living with HIV

The little website that could

December 1st is World AIDS Day. For me it marks something even more personal - the anniversary of the launch of PositiveLite.com. Our tag line? "PositiveLite.com Goes Viral on Dec 1st 2009". In some ways it feels like the site has been around longer than four years, due to its rapid growth, all the while growing roots that have firmly taken in the community. The idea for the website came to me from a couple of directions. One was that I had been doing a lot of volunteer work, mostly on the t

PositiveLite.com named Best Canadian HIV website

published: December, 18, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Social Media, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

We won! PositiveLite.com was the only Canadian name honoured in the HIV Influencers’ Awards announced by Healthline on World AIDS Day.

PositiveLite.com named Best Canadian HIV website

This feels like such a big deal. And it is. PositiveLite.com has a fairly short history.  A creation of Brian Finch that debuted quietly almost exactly four years ago, it now, it seems, rubs shoulders with the best of them. It remains independent and entirely volunteer driven: we are a small but dedicated team, all people living with HIV here – and we exist – no, we thrive with no government funding of any kind. This award from Heathline.com – a huge US-based health information provi

HIV fame: the ego gift that keeps on giving

published: December, 11, 2013 Categories // Social Media, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Tom Latte turnns his attention to the AIDS stars - "those whose claim to fame is living with HIV, people who seem to confuse being infected by a disease with having done something noteworthy”

They talk HIV, they dream HIV, they breathe HIV… and it’s not all mint fresh.  A blurred line between statuses. A new breed is marching the streets of the CD4 town: the self-instigated benefactors of this world. They are good-doers who plan to right the wrongs of this Earth. Or are they? There are many types of people living with HIV: those who don’t talk about it, those who talk about it to friends and family, those who talk about it anonymously and those who SHOUT IT FROM THE ROOFT

Down with Porn

published: December, 09, 2013 Written by // Daniel Uy Categories // Social Media, Media, Opinion Pieces, Daniel Uy

Daniel Uy: "You heard me! I said it! I am done with it. Down with ”Suffering Porn!” It’s just getting ridiculous."

Down with Porn

Down with watching suffering. It’s all over Facebook and e-mails and the news and phone conversations and tweets - this absolute love of hating things we don’t agree with to push an issue. In the yoga world there has always existed this "meat porn" obsession – “Watch this video on how your hamburger is made”  - with the hopes of turning you to vegetables by shocking you with the horror of meat.  This shock value is becoming increasingly popular.  Sometimes we see videos of someo

Top ten for November

published: December, 05, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Catch up on what you may have missed in this occasional series where we highlight PositiveLite.com’s most popular recent posts.

Top ten for November

 Here they are . . . 1. Bareback Britain When we first read this article that originally appeared on the GMFA FS magazine website,  we knew we had to have it. GMFA were kind enough to say yes. It’s scorchingly honest in illustrating why many gay men aren’t using condoms. The answers are surprising simple, so why does the prevention community elsewhere often get it wrong. Blame over-analyzing, we say. In any event read this article, one of our most popular ever, and you’ll be way ahe

What I did on the holidays

published: November, 26, 2013 Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Media, Population Specific

After a long break from blogging, Christopher Banks is back: “I get to today and find that I don’t know where to begin. It’s nothing like riding a bike. So, this scattered summary of the last four months is my best attempt.”

Remember those crap essays your teacher made you write after a holiday break?  They weren’t really interested in what you did, it was a desperate smokescreen while they panicked about how to spend the next term trying to make you care about algebra. From your perspective, the assignment was bittersweet. You recalled a few glorious weeks of freedom in faltering sentences, imagining them projected onto the musty walls of your classroom prison compound. After killing this blog in March, the

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