Michael Bouldin, of the online tools we can all use, says “the HIV community and the tech sector have been building the infrastructure for change for three decades now.”
I’m currently reading ‘And The Band Played On – Politics, People and the AIDS Epidemic’, the late Randy Shilts’ exhaustive – in more ways than one – chronicle of the first years of the epidemic. It’s a rather harrowing read, a story of missed opportunities, flashing red lights ignored, and how heterosexual society essentially thought, “Hey, what are a few dead f-----s among friends?”
And I’m only on page 125.
The most fertile soil for bigotry is, I think, ignorance and
Guest author Daniel Bauer says “T-E-A-M-W-O-R-K!!! Yes that is what is going to create the most effective, super-global vaccine to END AIDS during this generation.”
Listen, I get it! We are all doing our own thing. . . outreach, prevention, testing and much more. Kudos to all of you who are getting their hands in the mix of the work that is necessary to care for those living with HIV/AIDS and necessary to educate those not living with HIV/AIDS to prevent contracting this virus and other STI's / STD's as well as to combat stigma and to get tested!
On a serious note. . . I hear the following being repeated a lot (in fact I hear myself saying this too) . .
Mark S. King on his blogging career with TheBody.com, the woman who helped him start and a look back at his very first video effort.
In the Summer of 2008, I received a curious package from Bonnie Goldman, the editor of TheBody.com. Inside was a Flip video camera, what was then a new-fangled device that allowed you to take video footage with a camera the size of a pack of cigarettes.
It came with a simple note. “I think you should try this,” it said.
How did she know? I wondered. I had never mentioned to her that I once taped a special for my newborn niece, back when video cameras were the size of footballs and editin
In his final post of the series, Brian the Shochusucker says, of his first year of living positive while in Japan, he wouldn’t change a thing – and says nice things about PositiveLite.com too!
The month of August went from one lazy hot day to the next. I had gone to the beach a few times. I was also invited to join my friend and her family on a trip they make each year to the Izu Peninsula. It was such a great feeling being in a family setting with such good friends and their kids. We did lots of snorkeling in the ocean. The water was so clear you could see all kinds of fish and plant life.
It was the first time to be away from my home since being diagnosed, and I worried about
Brian the Shochusucker’s tale of Living with HIV in Japan. In this installment he describes how twitter enabled him to make new real-life friends and join “Gaijin Heroes". .
A to B is a short line. But in my first year with HIV, I feel as if I went through the whole alphabet to get to where I am today. And you know what? No regrets and I wouldn't change a thing. I am the man I am today because of the people I've met since my diagnoses. Here through PositiveLite.com, twitter, family, and God.
It was the morning of the narration workshop and I was up early and excited, becauseI was going to meet new some people, face to face, that I had met through Twitter.
Less than two months ago, Josh Robbins, a safer-sex poster boy, filmed himself getting the news that he’d tested HIV-positive. Here’s his story.
I didn’t know one person who was HIV-positive before I walked down that long hallway to get the results of my recent-exposure HIV test. I didn’t know one person who was HIV-positive before I made a decision, on December 18, 2011, to have unprotected sex, based on my assumptions about someone’s character instead of my knowledge of their status. But everything changed for me on January 24, 2012. On that day, the answer I have given for my entire life - that I’m negative - changed.
Part 11. Brian the Shochusucker continues his story of living with HIV in Japan. Here, post-earthquake, he's on the mend and reaching out to other people via Twitter.
You can read Part 10 here.
The Spring of 2011 was a mixed bag for me. The March earthquake still kept me a bit on edge with every aftershock. At the same time, I was getting more jaded with every one of them, to the point where it was just a part of my daily routine. Wake up, coffee, shake, breakfast, lunch, shake, dinner, TV, shake, bed, and maybe another shaker in the night.
However I was more upbeat than could be expected. I was more involved at the gym, my health and energy were way up
Our new writer Michael Bouldin :"To my complete astonishment, after that positive test result, I found myself in a new closet, and guess what: it works just like the other one."
New York City, March 5, 2012
Hey there, PositiveLite readers. Hope your day is going well. Mine certainly is, and if you don’t terribly mind, I’d like to tell you why that is so, and how I came to write here. Many thanks, of course, to Bob Leahy, who’s given me the chance to do so, which is, you know, exciting.
He’s also asked me to introduce myself, which seems only polite, so here goes.
First, the basics. My name is Michael Bouldin, I’m a gay man living in New York City, forty-
Hey, that rhymes , and so can you, if you want - but you don't have to . . . .
PositiveLite.com is always looking for new writers of all stripes – people who like to write, know or are learning how to express themselves and have interesting things to say. We can help you hone your writing skills if necessary – in fact that’s what I’m here for.
Here’s the thing. I’d argue blogging is good for you. It’s good for each of us to grow by saying what’s on our mind in the best way we know how. Writing, and regular blogging in particular, can be very ther
Denise Becker sings the praises of Pinterest, YouTube and a whole lot more
Do you think that social media is at the height of its popularity? I had to wonder when Google+ was introduced if social media could take on yet another forum but I continue to be astounded at just how thirsty we all are for more ways of connecting in the virtual hemisphere.
My recent favourite way of procrastinating is Pinterest. Pinterest is a unique forum that allows you to post, comment and file various images. You make up your own filing system or you can use the suggestions Pintere
We don’t quite know what to make of this German HIV prevention campaign, which tries to drown the virgin mary in a sea of tears, in the hope of changing Catholic doctrine against the use of condoms
Thank God – Condoms Protect is a project of Jugend gegen AIDS from Germany. It sure is odd. One can't help but agree with the sentiments expressed in the video below, but their chances of achieving the desired effect - getting the pope to change his mind on condoms because of a Facebook campaign - strike me as very slim indeed.
Nice try though.
From their Facbook page (translated from German)
Youth against AIDS is involved in the fight against HIV / AIDS and is designed entirel
In this report, written for those in the HIV community who are still not quite getting their feet wet, Bob Leahy says social media is redefining how people with HIV talk to one another and share information
There’s no doubt about it. Social media is one of THE hot topics in the HIV community. Quite apart from its popularity among individuals, our AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs) are starting to explore how they might use it to jump on the bandwagon before it passes by them.
I stumbled into social media myslef in late middle age, long before it was hot, and I’ve been swimming with the tide ever since. I started with Live Journal in 2003. I’m a big fan of blogging; I do it becaus
Social media and HIV prevention, connecting the dots. Bob Leahy interviews researcher Eric Rice at the North American Housing and HIV Research Summit in New Orleans.
Eric Rice speaks about his research on homeless youth, how they use social media to stay conected and what impact this has on HIV prevention - and the work that ASOs need to do to keep up. Filmed at the North American Housing and HIV Research Summit on New Orleans, 2011 as part of a collabortion between the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) and PositivelIte.com
Our London correspondent Denis Robinson meets Andrew Jukes from UK book retailing chain Waterstone’s Gower Street store whose quiet activism is putting HIV - and the company he works for – on the map this Worlds AIDS Week.
Over the last few weeks I have been talking to people I consider heroes within the HIV community in London. It has truly been the most humbling experience. I have cried, I have laughed and I have realised that no matter what I do to raise awareness and try and break down walls, it will never be enough. You see, a hero is ultimately someone who selflessly tries to make life better for others.
Yesterday I met with Andrew Jukes from Waterstones, Gower Street, (seen above) for the last of my "Her
Our Montreal guy Ken Monteith talks about blogging and why its important to share our stories – and not just on blogs, either.
When I started blogging almost five years ago, it was following the stellar example of PositiveLite.com founder Brian Finch. At an annual general meeting of the Canadian AIDS Society, Brian spoke about his reasons for blogging and about being visible to the broader community. That's when I decided I needed to do that, too, to share my own experiences of living with HIV as the best way to help to destigmatize HIV/AIDS and make more familiar the realities of my own little life.
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