Social Media

Hitting the wall

published: June, 27, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Social Media, Newly Diagnosed, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy was one of those asked to contribute to a new resource for people just diagnosed and perhaps a bit overwhelmed - Josh Robbins’ Digital Wall of Encouragement. Now the results are up on imstilljosh.com.

Hitting the wall

January 24 2012 marks the date that Josh Robbins turned on his video camera, recording live for posterity (and YouTube) the minutes and seconds  that many of us know only too well, the act of getting our positive test results. Since that time the 30-year old from Nashville Tennessee has maintained a high profile on social media, with his own website, imstilljosh.com, a lengthy interview with TheBody.com, not to mention penning an exclusive story for PostiveLite.com, appearing just two month

Comments please

published: June, 25, 2013 Categories // Activism, Social Media, Media, Opinion Pieces

“Is apathy the new Canadian disease?” asks Dave R. In an age where anything and everything can be said on social media platforms, why don’t people react more to sometimes provocative articles on PositiveLite,com?

Comments please

“Lady gaga “speaks out” against bullying Macklemore “speaks out” against homophobia Kanye “goes on a rant” about racism. Kanye “goes on a rant” about George Bush.” Canadians are too polite to rant about anything! Adapted from thirstingaintdead  Okay, I know that’s going to offend some people. Canadian jokes? Really! However, my aim is to offend  - and hopefully to the point where people react, online and with passion. Writing for PositiveLite.com, a great site a

Catching up

published: June, 18, 2013 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Social Media, Lifestyle, Opinion Pieces, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow has always backed away from keeping pace with new technology. Today he poses the question “am I too dumb for a smartphone?” Turns out the answer is no.

Catching  up

In my previous post “Growing With PositiveLite.com” I mentioned that there was an obvious next step to for me to take to keep up with handling social media for the site: I would need a smartphone. I think I heard somewhere that the first one went on sale about ten years ago - so I am right on pace with the way I’ve kept up to technology in the past. Namely, slow! I have always been cautious of new things; sometimes they aren’t always perfect out of the gate, so I give it a few years u

Growing with PositiveLite.com

published: June, 03, 2013 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Social Media, Living with HIV, Media, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow on how writing for PositiveLite.com and then additionally taking on the role of its social media coodinator has brought about positive changes in his life.

Growing with PositiveLite.com

It was just over two years ago that I sent off an email to Bob Leahy, the editor here at PositiveLite.com. I had just started blogging for my local AIDS Service Organization after completing a workshop there called Positive Prevention – Train the Trainer. The facilitator of the program was Megan DePutter who also began writing for PositiveLite.com around the same time. She suggested I follow the site, telling me they had some great stories and writers that I could learn from to improve my wr

Facebook fury

published: May, 31, 2013 Categories // Social Media, Current Affairs, Women, Media, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Megan DePutter on ending the endorsement of sexual violence on Facebook: lessons in social media strategy for activists

Facebook fury

As I was sitting down to type a blog post urging the HIV community to put pressure on Facebook to change its policy on content that promotes gender-based hate and violence, an amazing thing happened. Facebook agreed to changes its policies. Let’s back up a moment to review what this is all about. You may have, in the past, heard complaints that Facebook removes images, and imposes temporary bans on users, who, in efforts to support breastfeeding, breast cancer awareness or other women’s h

Meeting the Grindr guy

published: May, 30, 2013 Categories // Social Media, OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Media, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy interviews Jamie Woo, author of the new book Meet Grindr about the smart phone app for gay men that has changed the way some of us cruise.

Meeting the Grindr guy

The Gay Men’s Sexual Health Summit is always an interesting affair, a well attended conference put on by Ontario’s GMSH (Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance.)  It attracts those involved in HIV prevention and support work, mostly from Ontario, but also from across Canada. It's held over two days in Toronto. This year the theme was “Our Minds our Bodies and our Communities, connecting the dots between how we feel and how we fuck,” This allowed the exploration of themes like PrEP, bareb

Top ten

published: April, 27, 2013 Categories // Social Media, Arts and Entertainment, As Prevention , Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

From PrEP to porn. Bob Leahy looks at PositiveLite.com’s ten most popular posts in the last six months. How many of these did you miss?

Top ten

Most websites have, pardon the expression, a back end which can analyze traffic and PositiveLite.com is no exception. So it's easy for us too see what collectively you like to read. That latter point is endlessly fascinating – at least to us – and is the subject of today’s post.  Your top ten most popular posts, based on traffic in the last six months, are a mix of the serious and the not so serious, the old and the new. I think you’ll be entertained by revisiting all ten of

Cancellation

published: April, 22, 2013 Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Sad news. This is the last blog entry from Christopher Banks. Here Christopher explains why.

Remember that time you went to that awesome restaurant, ordered a fantastic meal, everyone enjoyed it, then you realised at the end you didn’t have the money for to pay for it?  No?  OK, how about that great drive up the coast you always wanted to do? The people you met, the things you saw, everything was awesome – but you ran out of petrol three-quarters of the way there. Had that happen? These are metaphors, of course.  I like using them, as well as satire, which often leaves read

The wild birds win BUT . .

published: April, 12, 2013 Categories // Social Media, Community Events, Current Affairs

Megan DePutter isn’t angry. In fact she’s delighted that AIDS Committee of Guelph’s close second place finish in the Canada’s Worst Charity Website contest netted her agency a $15,000 website makeover..

The wild birds win BUT . .

The short answer is, we didn’t win. But that’s misleading. There is so much more to the story. On Friday April 5, as I whipped into the parking lot and dashed into the office, my heart was beating. It was our last chance to get the final votes.  I hadn’t slept much the night before, and thanks to a persistent cold, my throat was raw and I could barely speak.  I lit up my computer to send out last minute pleas for help through email, Facebook and Twitter, reminding anyone who cared (an

Newly living With HIV, Josh Robbins Is "Still Josh" -- and still an advocate: part one

published: April, 09, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

The first part of an interview with young AIDS activist Josh Robbins who famously captured receiving his positive tests results on a tape published on YouTube.

Newly living With HIV, Josh Robbins Is

This article from This Positive Life by Warren Tong first appeared on TheBody.com here.  Josh Robbins was already an HIV advocate in Nashville, Tenn., when he was himself diagnosed with HIV in January 2012. He'd supported local HIV organizations' events as a small-business owner, and was even part of an HIV vaccine study. Then a brief unprotected sexual encounter put him on the other side of his advocacy activities. "I needed some of those services that Nashville CARES has provided, that I h

Behind the scenes of the video series “A Day in the Life”

published: March, 30, 2013 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Social Media, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Mark S. King

Mark S. King and his TheBody.com profiles of a salsa dancing couple, a body builder, a drug addict who survived the streets and more inspiring people living with HIV.

Behind the scenes of the video series “A Day in the Life”

I have some amazing friends for you to meet.  Beginning two years ago, TheBody.com asked me to produce a series of videos (“A Day in the Life: Keeping Up With Your HIV Meds”) that would profile a person living with HIV, what their day looks like, and how their medication regimen fits into their daily routine. It was a great opportunity to highlight the everyday lives of people living with HIV, but also to let their spirit and passions come through, and show we are whole people — not s

Vote for Canada’s worst charity website

published: March, 23, 2013 Categories // Social Media, Fundraisers, Events, Media

Megan DePutter’s AIDS Committee of Guelph and Wellington County is competing for the tongue in cheek title which can mean $20,000 to the winner – or is that loser? In any event, find out how you can help.

Vote for Canada’s worst charity website

The AIDS Committee of Guelph & Wellington County is currently entered in a contest to win Canada’s Worst Charity Website. It’s a self-deprecating title for sure but one that we’re more than willing to accept. Why? Because this is a contest that awards the winner with a $20,000 website makeover. One of the reasons we’re so eager to win this opportunity is because we know how important a good website is to the population we serve. A lot of people access health information online. Es

Happy St Patrick’s Day

published: March, 17, 2013 Categories // Social Media, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Events, Performances, Events, Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

We thought we'd better acknowledge that something green is happening today.

Happy St Patrick’s Day

And because the St Patrick’s Day video below is a little lame - even though it involves guys in towels in a steam room, no less -  we’ve included a bonus video featuring the last pope and some athletic shirtless guys.  It’s also lame, but in an entirely good way. Watch the pope’s body language. More importantly, watch his eyes.  (Or watch the guys in white pants, your choice.) Then go green. Happy St Patricks Day.  

The man called newfiebear

published: March, 13, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Dating, Social Media, Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Health, Sexual Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Media, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Tom aka newfiebear has made it his mission to improve gay men’s sexual health via his own home-spun website, newfiebear.net. Today the friendly Newfoundler sits down over coffee with Editor Bob Leahy to discuss his work - and his life.

The man called newfiebear

From Wikepedia: “Newfie (also Newf or sometimes Newfy) is a colloquial term used in Canada for someone who is from Newfoundland.” I’m sitting with Tom, better known as newfiebear, over a coffee at the Second Cup on Toronto’s main drag, Yonge Street. The place is pretty crowded, and I’m wondering what eavesdroppers might think of a conversation potentially full of references to gay sex. But Tom’s an open man, seemingly with few secrets.  And that includes his HIV status.  “Do a

HIV and Gay Media: The Vanishing Virus

published: March, 07, 2013 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, Social Media, Current Affairs, Health, International , Media, Opinion Pieces, Mark S. King

What happened to HIV news coverage. Mark S King asks are the gay media just reflecting our apathy, or should they be advocates for visibility and education about HIV?

HIV and Gay Media: The Vanishing Virus

The turning point could be traced to August of 1998. It was the month that, for the first time in well over a decade, the Bay Area Reporter did not have a single AIDS obituary submitted for publication. The promise of protease inhibitor medications had been realized, and it felt for many that our long community nightmare was coming to a close.  The milestone in the life of San Francisco’s LGBT newspaper was celebrated around the country and became a media story unto itself. “AIDS Deaths

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