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

Food Fight

published: March, 20, 2012 Categories // Food, Nutrition and Recipes, Women, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific

HIVisHilarious with a not so hilarious tale of blueberry muffins, cancer, anger and true love – with true love, of course, triumphing in the end.

Coming to you live, and 5lbs lighter!!! It may even be more than that now...I haven't weighed myself in a couple of days but I keep getting compliments and my food baby seems to have miscarried.  Maybe it's all the wholesome nutrition and juicing, maybe it’s the fear the Conservative Right has instilled in the uterus of American Women everywhere....either way, I'm less puffy in the pooch. We are knee deep in chemo and it is kicking my Husband's ass and mine.  Watching him go through this

Talking about Women and HIV

published: March, 18, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Conferences, Women, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy and John McCullagh travelled to Oshawa to attend the 2012 Durham Regional HIV/AIDS Conference. Their mission was to report back on the women-and-HIV issues that were a prominent part of the program. Here is Bob’s report.

Talking about Women and HIV

Sometimes we worry here on PositiveLite.com that we are a bit gay-centric.  Our founder, publisher and editor are all gay men, and while we have three active women writers, we have far more male ones. But that’s not to say that, first, we don’t have a huge curiosity about women and HIV and secondly we aren’t committed to writing about women’s issues.  So when Publisher John McCullagh and myself travelled to Oshawa  recently to attend the 2012 Durham Regional HIV/AIDS Conference we d

The Death of the Pariah

published: March, 03, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Women, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

Writer Jeannie Wraight had this to say on her blog at HIV Haven about undetectable viral load "please, don't let anyone, including yourself, make you feel diseased or contagious or like a threat ever again."

The Death of the Pariah

Almost everyone with HIV has felt from time to time, or been made to feel, like a "pariah." We've all heard the word. Most of us know the feeling. As if other people need to be protected from us. We've heard people say "HIV is the new leprosy" or in our defence "HIV's not leprosy, you know." How about the ad with the scorpion in bed as if we were poison? Who hasn't been faced with stigma or rejection, or the fear of it when telling a new potential partner about our status? Or been in a relati

Waisting Away, My Ass

published: February, 27, 2012 Categories // Food, Nutrition and Recipes, Women, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific

“I'll admit it was a little ridiculous how excited I was the day we started meds because the glee I felt had nothing to do with our Viral Loads dropping so much as my waist size.”

Firstly, I want to apologize for my lapse in HIV Hilarity.  As many of my 'tweeps' are aware, my Husband was recently diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. So I'm balancing full-time job, writer, HIV, chemo and cancer caregiver.  Sometimes  I'm so busy making sure he is eating the right food, reading the right books, getting enough rest, I forget that I'm also sick. Twice I've realized, late at night, that I've gone an entire day without taking my own meds. Needless to say, sometimes be

UK lesbian music artists band together to combat homophobic bullying.

published: February, 20, 2012 Categories // Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Youth, Women, International , Music, Revolving Door, 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, Legal, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, 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

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