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A big, fun “Kiss Off” to HIV.

published: November, 13, 2014 Written by // Fighting Hep C in the Waterloo Region of Ontario and beyond. Categories // Community Events, Social Media, Activism, News Categories, Fundraisers, Upcoming Events, Photography, Sexual Health, Living with HIV, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow has been busy with his local ASO (AIDS Service Organization) putting his photography and new video creation skills to work on a World AIDS Day/Month event.

A big, fun “Kiss Off” to HIV.

I’ve had so much fun working on this World AIDS Day event for ACCKWA (AIDS Committee of Cambridge Kitchener Waterloo and Area). I’m not going to say too much about myself here; the real story is the campaign so I introduce you to #KissHIVGoodbye. From November 1 though to December 1 ACCKWA is running a campaign called #KissHIVGoodbye to raise awareness, encourage conversation, and fight HIV stigma. We could have chosen “Kick HIV goodbye,” or “Poke HIV in the eye” or “Give H

All in the family

published: November, 10, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

How Editor Bob Leahy gently countered an outbreak of homophobia in the small rural community in which he lives

All in the family

Some people know, some don’t, that while I used to live in downtown Toronto, I have lived for the past seventeen years outside a little farming community called Warkworth, Ontario (pop. 700., about 100 miles east of Toronto.  I also write for Warkworth Words. The post which follows which first appeared there has attracted a lot of positive feedback locally so I thought I’d repost it here. The affirmation of non-traditional family values is hardly a new concept for PositiveLite.com reade

PrEP pops up on cruising sites

published: October, 22, 2014 Categories // Dating, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Health, International , Sexual Health, Lifestyle, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Marc-André LeBlanc says that PrEP is a hot topic in HIV prevention circles. There is more and more discussion about it in gay media, on social networks, and even in mass media. But is it even on the radar of the average gay man?

PrEP pops up on cruising sites

This article originally appeared in French on The Warning’s website here. An emerging trend We are now seeing the emergence of profiles where guys self-identify as PrEP users on cruising sites and apps like Grindr and Squirt. Is this a signal that PrEP is now a part of gay men’s sex lives? I decided to check out one of these sites to see what was happening.  I chose BBRT to see if guys were self-identifying as PrEP users. Actually, HIV prevention workers in Toronto are the ones who p

Open relationships? It’s a no from me

published: October, 16, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Dating, Social Media, Gay Men, Revolving Door, Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

From FS Magazine, the case for monogamy “But at the end of the day, what works for some people doesn’t necessarily work for others.”

Open relationships? It’s a no from me

This article by Ben Henry @NotAgainBen first appeared in FS Magazine, a publication of GMFA, here. Republished with permission.  I’m 20 and a monogamist (at least I would be if I had a boyfriend). There, I said it. While the gays assemble the pitchforks, I should explain that I’m not a prude, just that open relationships don’t put the lead in my pencil. Having only thrown myself pelvis first into the gay scene two years ago, I was once surprised these things actually existed. Alas,

Top Ten for September

published: October, 14, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy reviews the posts that got the most attention last month and notes that half of the most popular are on the hot topic today, what it means to be living with an undetectable viral load

Top Ten for September

It’s interesting to look back and see what (and who) people are reading, a sort of barometer of what are the HIV topics du jour plus, an insight on what people are looking at from our four years of archives and what there has lasting appeal. So that you can judge the latter, we have added the month each post originally appeared. You’ll note that one of September’s top ten is from 2011, for instance and still going strong.  If there are any here that you missed, we encourage you to pla

www.dot.awesome – meet the digital red ribbon

published: October, 02, 2014 Written by // Michael Bouldin Categories // Social Media, Fundraisers, Current Affairs, Launches, Living with HIV, Michael Bouldin

Michael Bouldin on what's behind the new kid on the block, dothiv, a domain name that donates money to AIDS charities with every click you make

www.dot.awesome – meet the digital red ribbon

I don’t normally mix my business/activism/whatever interests with my writing proclivities; it’s unfair to my publisher, and Bob Leahy’s angelic patience is better tried with some smut-depravity first-person account of the flavor I hope and pray my mom, dad, husband, evil mother-in-law will never read. Writing about work is an unseemly practice in my book at least. Buy an ad already, people.  But as they say, no rule without exceptions. Ladies and gentlemen, please meet my not-boss, Car

Why style over substance doesn’t really work when It comes to ads about HIV

published: August, 21, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Movies, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Media, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

:Michael Burtch with a look at The Impulse Group’s HIV campaign video “Knowing", featuring a serodiscordant couple’s attempts to make sex work

Why style over substance doesn’t really work when It comes to ads about HIV

The internet is abuzz with praise for the latest safer-sex campaign by L.A. based HIV/AIDS prevention advocates The Impulse Group and the marketing and branding company The Advisorie (who claim on their website that they get “really excited about two things: Business Strategy and Interior Design.”) who have produced a PSA (which they annoyingly refer to as a “film”) called “Knowing” about knowing/asking/telling your HIV status. The video (see below) has had over 162,000 views to

It's time we stop bullying ourselves over not being enough

published: August, 11, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Dating, Gay Men, Revolving Door, Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Population Specific

From OurAgenda.ca “The sad thing is that we tell teens that it gets better and we devote considerable attention to anti-bullying campaigns, but then we turn around and bully the hell out of ourselves and each other?"

It's time we stop bullying ourselves over not being enough

This article by Jaime Woo first appeared on the OurAgenda website here.   I spend a lot of time looking at pictures of guys on Grindr. I love scrolling through the profiles, watching as more and more men appear like magic. Sure, the app is nearly five years old already, but there's something about checking guys out that doesn't get old. If you're like me, you probably quickly glance at the guys closest to you before skimming through the stacks of men to find ones that catch your eyes. Inev

Keeping the “lite” in PositiveLite.com

published: July, 31, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Media, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

From Bob Leahy “Whenever I fill out an application, in the part that says, 'In case of emergency, notify . . . I put 'DOCTOR.'” and other paraprosdokians.

Keeping the “lite” in PositiveLite.com

paraprosdokian (noun): Figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently used in a humorous situation.   Almost five years old now, PositiveLite.com started with the vision of founder Brian Finch to put the fun back in HIV, or at least not let it read like a morbid walk through a health journal. So with Brian’s background in blogging and humour, the early days featured much black humour and frivolity, along with the scie

SEX APPY - are you addicted to sex apps?

published: June, 20, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Dating, Gay Men, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Lifestyle, Media, Guest Authors, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

FS Magazine says there are numerous apps designed specifically for gay men. If we’re feeling horny, bored or lonely, there’s a gay social networking app that can help fix that – but over-reliance on these apps can “become a real problem.”

SEX APPY - are you addicted to sex apps?

This article with words by Stuart Haggas @GetStuart and photography by Chris Jepson, © www.chrisjepson.com.p[reviosuly appeared in FS Magazine, a publication of GMFA, here.   A REAL PROBLEM In the recent TV commercial for Kindle Fire HDX, a bewildered technophobe hits his Kindle’s ‘mayday’ button, starting a live video chat on usage control with tech adviser Amy. He soon reveals an addiction to Plants Vs Zombies, prompting Amy to confess her Candy Crush Saga addiction. “It’s bec

Fuck Facebook - continuing on the path to serenity

published: June, 05, 2014 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Brian Finch

Brian Finch finds one social media site is particularly annoying – but the question is "can he give it up?"

Fuck Facebook - continuing on the path to serenity

“Oh honey, if it disrupts your serenity get rid of it.” These are wise words from my I-can’t-tell-you-what-anonymous group sponsor. It really can be that simple. But how long does it take to truly learn and act upon these wise words?  The struggle of getting pot out of my life was definitely disrupting my serenity. I had to get rid of it. The social isolation, the constant fogginess, even poorer memory, and constantly making plans with no follow through was only making me unhappy. 

Why not have sex with someone living with HIV?

published: May, 25, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Dating, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Sex and Sexuality

From the Condom Monologues comes this 2013 piece which aims to destigmatize sex with a poz man or woman, and the role Canada’s The HIV Disclosure Project plays in helping people with HIV through this process.

Why not have sex with someone living with HIV?

 “Positive Sex ideally would involve disclosure being met with acceptance and understanding, not rejection and stigma. Positive Sex would involve the elimination of terminology that is discriminatory on the dating scene and a shift within the public whereby people would consider dating a person living with HIV, without fear or stigma.” Gail from the HIV Disclosure Project. The HIV/AIDS pandemic of the 1980s led to a surge of condom campaigns. Now when we hear the term “safe sex” we

Disclosure – am I doing it right?

published: May, 22, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Dating, Social Media, Gay Men, Youth, Lifestyle, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Guest Jayce Carberry on love sex and relationships. Jayce has tried disclosing up front and it's no longer working for him, so he’s trying another approach.

Disclosure – am I doing it right?

This article previously appeared on Jayce’s own blog here. Hey everyone!! Whether it is purely self-preservation or just to avoid ‘that conversation’, I have always mentioned my HIV status on all the sites and numerous apps I use, in the hope that just by chance, Mr. Right or Mr. Perfect would be there! It has always, to me, been second nature to disclose and I would never change that, but I have noticed something over the last year of being single. Previous to my diagnosis, I never

How secure is your password?

published: May, 21, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

Time for a change? Like cabbages? Follow these easy steps for instant frustration. . .

How secure is your password?

Evolution

published: May, 20, 2014 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Health, Lifestyle, Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Louis "Kengi" Carr

Our LA guy Kengi says he's "burnt out on HIV. Sick of hearing about it and sick of writing about, but still want to be involved with educating and speaking about it."

Evolution

It seems like I haven’t written an article in a long time, but this is only partially true. I’ve been very busy writing, just not here on PositiveLite.com. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything I want to and even if there were more, I’m sure I would fill them with LIVING my life. To be honest the only time I think about being HIV positive is when I need to go to the doctor or when I write about it here. I was talking with friends that have been living with HIV fo

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