Women

UK lesbian music artists band together to combat homophobic bullying.

published: February, 20, 2012 Categories // Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Youth, Women, Revolving Door, International , Music, Guest Authors, Population Specific

The L-Project has brought together the UK's most talented lesbian artists to record and release a single 'It Does Get Better' which helps raise awareness and money for charities which work to prevent LGBT bullying among young people.

UK lesbian music artists band together to combat homophobic bullying.

The Song 'It Does Get Better', written by Georgey Payne (below right) , is set to be a positive message to anyone who experiences the struggles that can come with being different. Georgey herself was moved to action by the experiences of a young gay friend: "I noticed one night he was worried about going home after working an evening, and when I asked him what was wrong he told me he was being bullied at school. I then listened while he explained everything that had been happening, and just r

Criminal Sex? Women, HIV and the Injustice of the Law.

published: January, 27, 2012 Categories // Community Events, Events, Women, Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

A documentary film screening with expert panel discussion in Ottawa, hosted by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and the Canadian AIDS Society

Criminal Sex? Women, HIV and the Injustice of the Law.

In less than 15 years, more than 130 people living with HIV in Canada have been charged with not disclosing their HIV-positive status to their sexual partners, including many cases where there was no significant risk of HIV transmission.  The over-use of the criminal law has contributed to a climate of anxiety, fear and misinformation that undermines HIV counselling, education and prevention efforts — and puts all Canadians at greater risk. Women’s voices have rarely been heard on th

Teaching kids about HIV

published: January, 23, 2012 Categories // Activism, Youth, Women, Health, Sexual Health, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Denise Becker "When I first found out I had HIV, I wanted to read as much as possible on the subject. I was reading mostly about children because I was more concerned with my baby, who had just been diagnosed with AIDS."

 I was given several small books, which I still have to this day and I keep them as a reminder of what was going on then for children versus the improvements in North America now. Upon reading books, I found that I quickly had to stop because reading about the possible infections was extremely frightening and the thought of Katie getting any of them was just sickening.  Among those listed were blindness and possible club hands and feet.  At that time, when a baby got HIV and ha

Are you there, Dame Elizabeth?

published: December, 15, 2011 Categories // Newly Diagnosed, Women, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Introducing our talented new writer, 26 year-old HIVisHilarious from Philadelphia, PA. She was diagnosed with HIV on November 1st, 2011, along with her husband. She wrote this first post five days later.

Are you there, Dame Elizabeth?

I could think of a million other ways I’d rather lose weight than this. Possible methods would include vomiting, letting midgets urinate on me, killing a goat…I’m not saying these are actual, proven weight loss methods. I’m just thinking about things that would be really bad but still not as bad as when a small Indian man sits across from you and tells you, “You are hiv positive; There is nothing I can say to console you.” No shit, Sabu. Then I went home and googled, “hiv posit

Louise Binder in the Toronto Sun: HIV treatment in Canada lacking.

published: December, 13, 2011 Categories // Activism, News Categories, Women, Media, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

PositiveLIte.Com writer and activist Louise Binder talks to reporter Kevin Connor about the state of #HIV treatment in 2011

Louise Binder, seen Nov. 28, 2011, has had HIV since 1993. (Dave Thomas/Toronto Sun) PositiveLite.Com says: we were delighted to see our Louise Binder made the Toronto Sun December 1, 2011, World AIDS Day, albeit surrounded by ads for Pizzaville (two medium pizzas, six toppings for $18.99?  Not bad!), The Sun story story goes on to take a lightning tour of a host of HIV-related issues, which will likely never be referred to again in the pages of the Sun, at least until World AIDS Da

Glamping on PEI

published: December, 08, 2011 Categories // Aging, Women, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Activist Shari Margolese continues her exploration of places she’d like to retire to. “Body surfing, digging clams and beach bonfires - for me, Prince Edward Island conjures up images of summers past.”

This year I had two opportunities to revisit Prince Edward Island. Native Islanders, my newly-wed hosts, were excellent tour guides. They ensured that I had a chance to experience the scenery, food, art, culture (we even went to the drive in!)  and people of their beloved PEI. There are many things to see and do on PEI. I particularly enjoyed driving along country roads where quaint cottages and fishing villages seem to turn up around every corner.  North Rustico, St. Peters Bay and

The times: are they a-changing?

published: December, 08, 2011 Categories // Activism, Women, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Denise Becker on Ryan White, the power of words, HIV stigma, fear and signs she sees that the tide is turning in B.C.

A LOOK BACK Elton John, right, is joined by Ryan White, left, and Jason Robertson, both suffering from AIDS, as he performs at “For the Love of Children” benefit for children with AIDS and other serious illnesses in 1988. (Alan Greth/Associated Press) The 2011 World AIDS Day highlighted how far we have come with treatment for HIV and the words “Count down to an AIDS-free generation” made headlines.  Focus was placed on the decline of mother-to-child transmission through HIV medic

Retirement Planning Road Trip

published: November, 11, 2011 Categories // Aging, Women, Living with HIV

New PositiveLite.com signee Shari Margolese says “as I creep closer to my 50th birthday, big 5 -0 next year folks, I am beginning to think about where I would like to spend my retirement years.”

Of course for the most part this is a good thing especially since nineteen years ago when I was diagnosed with HIV I didn’t expect to hit 40. The downside is that i also didn’t really plan for retirement.I haven’t really saved any money or thought about where i might like to spend my twilight years. So I decided that a) better start to look around for a nice place to settle once my nest is empty - could be almost anytime and b)I'd better start to save a bit of money . I quickly rea

Keeping up with keying

published: October, 31, 2011 Categories // Women, Living with HIV

Denise Becker: Recently, with the death of Steve Jobs, I have reflected on all the technological changes to communication that I have seen in my life and it has left me feeling a little old.

When I was 18 and living in England, my mother and father had recently divorced. My mother's family was keen for her to move back to Canada and my older siblings and I encouraged her to start a new life back in the place where she had grown up. After much worrying about us, my mother decided to act on the opportunity and a year later we were waving farewell to her at Heathrow Airport. For me, I knew it would be a short farewell because I intended joining her in a year or two, after I had found

INTERVIEW: Brian Finch talks to Photographer Caitlin M. Kelly

published: October, 20, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Features and Interviews, Women, Photography, Brian Finch

Caitlin M. Kelly talks about photographing HIV+ Argentina women. Interview in English & women's stories also is Spanish

INTERVIEW: Brian Finch talks to Photographer Caitlin M. Kelly

Brian Finch: Thank you for taking the time for this interview. You first caught my eye while on Facebook in a group run by another woman we have interviewed, Maria Mejia where you had posted a message.  There are a few things I found interesting. First the photographic project you are working on called, "I am" and that you are living in Argentina, but have a connection to Colorado. What brought you out to Argentina? Are you an American transplant, or do you have connections to

Moments in Time

published: October, 17, 2011 Categories // Women, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Denise Becker recalls those moments on her HIV journey – some good some bad – that have coloured her life.

Recently, I was watching a TED talk on how beautiful things make you feel. I realized there are those moments in my HIV life when I have had acute feelings about HIV, good or bad and I would just like to share some of those with you. What I would like you to do is to imagine each situation and see if a part of your body feels something. Here are ten that I have thought of. 10. Seeing children and babies and knowing mine died of AIDS when she was nine months old. First of all, I LOVE children

An HIV-Positive Beauty Queen? Absolutely. She’s positively out and proud and she’s talking to PositiveLite.

published: August, 02, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Features and Interviews, Women, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy interviews Michelle Anderson, Ms Plus America 2011. Says Michelle “We are all queens and should be treated accordingly! Get up and live and live boldly!”

An HIV-Positive Beauty Queen? Absolutely. She’s positively out and proud and she’s talking to PositiveLite.

Michelle Anderson was just crowned 2011 Ms. Plus America. Michelle is an African-American woman living with HIV since 1999. She currently resides in Dallas, Texas and is Co-Chair of Campaign to End AIDS Texas, The Afiya Center Peer Educator , Public Speaker, as well as a board member for AIDS Services of Dallas, and ADAP Advocacy Association. Michelle has dedicated much of her personal life to educating others on HIV/AIDS throughout the greater Dallas area and beyond. She plans to finish

Ziggy and Me

published: July, 25, 2011 Categories // Women

Guest writer Denise Becker "Pets are our joy, our companions and support" She's right of course, and in this canine tale, she writes about it beautifully.

I remember the first time I laughed after I was told that my six-month old daughter and I were infected with HIV; it was almost six months later. I was watching TV, a Fraser episode. Fraser Crane was hiding in Daphne’s bathroom. He had heard Daphne approaching as he was searching through her medicine cabinet. As he hid around the corner in the bathroom, Daphne came in and started to have a shower; Fraser realized it would be impossible to leave without being caught and so he continued hiding

Bob Leahy interviews social media activist extraordinaire, Maria T. Mejia

published: July, 18, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Features and Interviews, Women, Bob Leahy - Publisher

A tough childhood – abuse, running away, involvement with gang members - led Maria to HIV infection at age 18. Now she’s an activist, using social media to the max – and she’s a force to be reckoned with.

Bob Leahy interviews social media activist extraordinaire, Maria T. Mejia

Maria’ T. Meijia 's bio:  I am a 37-year-old Colombian female who lives in Miami, Florida. I've been positive for 20 years. Although almost all my life I've been in long-term relationships with HIV-negative men, I am happily married to a woman who is wonderful and caring. We have been together almost three years and she is HIV negative. I have no children but we will look into having! I am an activist, a peer educator, a caregiver. I volunteered for the Red Cross in education for the Hi

Rising Up

published: May, 21, 2010 Categories // Women, Treatment, Guest Authors

I was infected with HIV in 1985 from my fiancé who shot dope as a teen in New York.

Please welcome Vickie Lynn in next in our guest contributor series. This is her first blog post, and I'm thrilled she has joined our PositiveLite.com family.   I was infected with HIV in 1985 from my fiancé who shot dope as a teen in New York. What a gift he gave me. I spent the next few years in a drunken, coked out haze of parties and hangovers. I made a conscious choice; if I was dying (that is what I believed at the time), I was going to go out with a bang. And what a bang I made

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