Women

What’s Your Passion?

published: July, 11, 2012 Categories // Activism, Women, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Denise Becker’s is public speaking – and she’s following it along a brand new career path.

A few weeks ago I was listening to a webinar by Darren Lecroix and Ford Saeks.  They nailed it when they said too many people give up on their passion by “settling”.  Wouldn’t everyone love to feel passionate about their job and look forward to getting up and going to work?  But for many, this is just not reality and a vast amount of people settle for work which will pay them a wage, give them decent hours and good benefits.  Sometimes we find the “perfect” job but lose our pass

Stigma

published: June, 25, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Women, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Women often experience it differently. Here’s a guest post from a blogger from Positive Women’s Network , B.C.

Stigma

This post by Monique Desroches originally appeared in the blog of our friends at Positive Women’s Network (PWN) BC here, and is reprinted with permission. Stigma. It’s a powerful force. We all experience it to varying degrees in our day to day existence and some experience stigma more than others. And some dish it out more than others. Personally, I have not experienced a lot of stigma in my life but when it occurs it’s almost always associated with my HIV+ status.  Most recently I e

What If You Knew You Could Go to Prison for Something You Couldn't Change?

published: June, 16, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Women, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Kim Dolan, Executive Director of PARN , Your Communty AIDS Resource (from Peterborough, Ontario) reviews a movie about women, HIV and the law.

What If You Knew You Could Go to Prison for Something You Couldn't Change?

There were no answers to this question at the world premiere of Positive Women: Exposing Injustice on June 14th at the Royal Ontario Museum, Eaton Theatre. In fact, at the end of the evening, the audience was left with more questions and increased concerns. Richard Elliott, Executive Director of the Canadian HIV/ADS Legal Network opened the world premiere of Positive Women by acknowledging the courageous women who told their stories in the making of the film. The Legal Network produced the fi

My doctor

published: June, 13, 2012 Categories // General Health, Women, Health, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Denise Becker has a famous doctor, a former head of the International AIDS Society and one of the world’s most respected HIV researchers. We have featured him on PositIvelIte.com before. His name is Dr Julio Montaner.

I first met Dr. Julio Montaner around 1996.  He was giving a talk at the International AIDS conference in Vancouver; a few of my friends had told me it would be worth my while to attend his HIV “Up-Date”.  I listened and soon realized that he was an incredible leader in the scientific fight against HIV.  What I discovered over the next few years took me by surprise, a side of Dr. Montaner I had not suspected - that of a humanitarian and a doctor who cared deeply about his patients.  W

PositiveLite.com writer Denise Becker on CBC’s The Current

published: June, 11, 2012 Categories // Activism, Women, Legal, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Does everyone who is HIV positive have an obligation to disclose that fact to a potential lover, if the risk of transmission is miniscule? Plus Bonus documentary!

What the CBC said:  Here's the challenge ... Does everyone who is HIV positive have an obligation to disclose that fact to a potential lover, if the risk of transmission is miniscule? CBC Intro: Canadian law says failing to disclose may be nothing short of aggravated sexual assault. With yesterday's arrest of an HIV-positive woman on that very charge, the debate over moral obligation and criminal culpability begins once again. Today we speak with two women living with HIV who want their sex

Kim

published: June, 06, 2012 Categories // Activism, Women, Living with HIV, Population Specific

A tribute to Rob Newman’s wife Kim, who passed away in 1993, leaving a remarkable legacy of a family devoted to HIV/AIDS advocacy work.

I was asked to submit a piece of writing to www.projectremember.ca reflecting on my wife Kim and her contribution to the AIDS movement. Just recently the 19th anniversary of her passing was upon me and the children and I found myself as I often do remembering her with great love and admiration.  She passed away the day before Mothers day and a week before our 5th wedding anniversary.  She is the very heart of my AIDS activism and my own personal hero; she taught me to be brave and most impo

WORLD PREMIERE IN TORONTO - Positive Women: Exposing Injustice

published: May, 20, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Community Events, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Events, Women, Events, Legal, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Positive Women: Exposing Injustice takes the audience into the hearts and minds of four positive women bravely speaking out on this important issue.

WORLD PREMIERE IN TORONTO  - Positive Women: Exposing Injustice

Announcement from the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network  Women's voices have rarely been heard on this important issue. What happens if a woman does not disclose her HIV-positive status to a sexual partner? How does criminalization impact HIV-positive women in Canada, who are trying to live their lives in the shadow of stigma and fear? Does the law actually protect women's health? How do women feel about their experience with the criminal law with respect to HIV non-disclosure? Positive Women

What’s so Different for Women?

published: May, 09, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Women, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Men and women with HIV have different issues. This article from Positive Women’s Network explains the differences

What’s so Different for Women?

This article first appeared on the website of Positive Women’s Network (PWN). Stigma and discrimination are challenges for everyone with HIV, but women in particular can also face these issues: Women are more vulnerable to infection during unprotected heterosexual sex Women with HIV remain largely invisible Women face sexual stigma Power imbalances in relationships that usually favour men Medical care doesn’t acknowledge women’s risk for HIV Women are often caregivers with litt

The Numbers Game

published: May, 02, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Current Affairs, Women, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Positive Women’s Network in BC on the HIV funding issue and a comment about the relative merits of funding women’s HIV programs that found its way in to a controversial editorial in Xtra!

The Numbers Game

Editor’s note: This article first appeared on the blog of the Positive Women’s Network here.  We had published the Xtra article referred to below, without comment on our part, here. That's not to say we didn't recognize the controversial nature of some of Salerno's remarks relating to funding of women’s programming. So we welcomed this opportunity for a representative of the HIV women’s community to present her views. (Thank you, Janet.) *Sigh.* It was disheartening to

Thinking “Positive” - Is It Always Possible?

published: April, 23, 2012 Categories // Women, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Denise Becker on when bad things happen to good people, what do you do?

It was June 1994.When I heard the specialist give me my HIV diagnosis and tell me that my baby girl had AIDS, the shock was paralyzing. I knew I must have gone into shock because my legs were shaking and I felt like someone had come and punched me in the gut.  I had to sit down because I was no longer able to stand.  I had such a sharp intake of breath that I felt winded.  Thoughts raced through my mind so quickly that I couldn’t even keep track of them.  My eyes squinted and a frown se

“What do you do for a living?”

published: April, 18, 2012 Categories // Women, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

If you work in the AIDS community is it sometimes easier to lie about what you do? Or just be vague? Megan DePutter reports.

“What do you do for a living?”

Enjoying the nice warm weather we had recently, a colleague and I headed out for an evening beer on a patio.  My colleague informed me that tonight she and her husband would be meeting their new neighbours. “What are you going to tell them you do for a living?” I asked. It’s THE question to ask when you’re meeting someone new.  It is a difficult question for a lot of people to answer. When I was growing up, my father was an independent agricultural market analyst & strategist. T

Taking Care of the Caregiver

published: March, 26, 2012 Categories // Women, Health, Population Specific

Denise Becker: "For someone who already has an illness, trying to look after a sick older relative is next to impossible but you can feel an enormous sense of obligation and guilt."

I recently attended a meeting which was part of a series by the University of BC and was funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research.  The meeting was to report back to the community on research that had been done regarding family caregivers and their role in palliative care.  The topic covered a survey of how caregivers felt about looking after loved ones at end of life stages.  There was a good mix of hospice nurses in attendance and the general public; about 100 people were prese

HIV Prevention for Women – the Path Ahead.

published: March, 25, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Women, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Guest author Cheryl Bloemendal from the Ontario’s Women’s HIV/AIDS Initiative reviews a report on the status of HIV/AIDS Prevention for Women in Canada.

HIV Prevention for Women – the Path Ahead.

In my line of work, addressing women’s HIV prevention needs and advocating for increased access to HIV specific information for women throughout my community is my aim. It is also the aim of the 18 other Women’s Community Development Coordinators working in AIDS Service Organizations across the province. Collectively, we make up the Women’s HIV/AIDS Initiative, funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Our Initiative is a response to the growing rates of HIV among wome

Positive Parenting

published: March, 22, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Women, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Brittany was 20 years old and 36 weeks pregnant when a doctor told her that she had contracted HIV. She tells us her story.

Positive Parenting

This article first appeared in PARN Perspective the newsletter of PARN, Your Community AIDS Resource.  Republished with permission. “I am going to die.” It was the first thought that flew through Brittany Cameron’s mind as the doctor on the other end of the phone told her that she was HIV-positive. The circumstances were unusual – medical professionals prefer to not share this type of life-altering news over the telephone – but it was the only option. Brittany was 20 yea

A partner by any other name?

published: March, 21, 2012 Categories // Dating, Women, Lifestyle, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Megan DePutter asks “now that I am moving in with my boyfriend, can I now call him my partner? Or is he my live-in boyfriend? When does a boyfriend become a partner? Does it happen once the furniture has been merged or is it something bigger than that?

A partner by any other name?

When I met up with Bob at the Gay Men’s Sexual Health Summit in Toronto in February, he urged me to do a “more personal” post involving a big change coming up in my life: moving in with my partner. Partner. Should I have said that? Or am I moving in with my boyfriend? PositiveLite blogger Danny Miller wrote about this dilemma in his hilarious post on Gay Marriage:  “After 12 years we were way past boyfriends, the term “lover” just makes me think of secret sex interlude

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