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Poz is here to stay

published: June, 07, 2016 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Aging, Activism, Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Women, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Rob Olver - Editor

A few concerns for long term survivors and their children as Rob Olver looks into the possible future

Poz is here to stay

 “You won't have to wait for the judgment day, Judgment will happen every day. And fear is what will frame you, Not your DNA.” The Paper Chase, “We Have Ways to Make You Talk” OK so you've just been diagnosed Poz and you've got a million questions but the one that looms up first for a lot of people is, “Am I going to die?” And the answer is yes, darn right you are. We all will, but probably not as a result of HIV, not these days at least. Not as long as we're successfully in

Testing testing - when diagnosis isn't just about you (Part 2)

published: June, 02, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Women, Health, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

With the conclusion of "Testing Testing", guest author Rob Newman continues to examine the start of his family's journey with HIV

Testing testing - when diagnosis isn't just about you (Part 2)

"...No sooner did we start the celebration than we realized that the test results for me and the boys did not come back ... odd we thought ... the tests were all done at the same time." The wait for the test results just so happened to coincide with both mine and my partners parents coming to our home over the Christmas holidays as well as my brother’s wedding happening on New Year’s Eve.  I cannot stress enough how impossible this secret was to keep so we decided to metaphorically let s

Testing, testing - "You could have infected your children" -- (Part 1)

published: May, 24, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Newly Diagnosed, Women, Health, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

A family confronts their HIV diagnosis and an insensitive medical establishment in guest writer Rob Newman's "Testing Testing (Part 1)"

Testing, testing -

"The doctor wasted no time in letting us know what was up. In fact he said it so quickly that my partner misunderstood his words and thought he said she had a positive pregnancy test. She was not pregnant." A testing story … I bet we could put a book together about people’s journeys through testing whether the end result was a negative or a positive; the arduous journey of the test itself can be and in some cases is a part of the overall trauma. There was no rapid point of care testing

Life lessons: seeing beyond the "quick fix" impulse

published: May, 23, 2016 Categories // Mental Health, Women, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

New contributing author Lolo says, "Using the word “should” positions me/us to disappoint others or ourselves."

Life lessons: seeing beyond the

"Living with a condition that, in Canada, we are able to classify as chronic and manageable is both a blessing and an ongoing challenge. Bringing about “slight or subtle adjustments” in thinking and doing, such as the ones I discuss, can be instructive and gratifying." Last weekend, one of my two breakfast companions (I will call him David-the-first) was exasperated with himself. He explained that for months during the past winter he had not been feeling well enough to go to the gym as h

Controversy: are women using the contraceptive Depo-Provera at an increased risk of acquiring HIV?

published: April, 26, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Current Affairs, Women, International , Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

From a guest writer, an “HIV Insider” - behind the red rerring of HIV warnings and precautions is coerced sterilization of women in Africa

Controversy: are women using the contraceptive Depo-Provera at an increased risk of acquiring HIV?

The problem with Depo-Provera I have learned of forced or coerced sterilization of women in Africa, mostly through advocacy groups who work to put pressure on governments and health care systems who sanction the practice and by raising public awareness of this practice.  Coerced sterilization is still taking place but in a more formal, legitimate fashion - through study upon study of women in Africa using Depo-Provera, a contraceptive which is injected every twelve weeks to prevent pregna

Innovation preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission

published: April, 15, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Women, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Guest author Leah Hardenbergh with news of a device that delivers treatment for babies of HIV-positive mothers at home

Innovation preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission

Although the HIV epidemic is still touching all corners of the world, the sub-populations at risk differ from region to region. The subject of this article is infants at risk because their mothers are HIV positive.  In North America, pediatric AIDS is simply not a major issue. Rates of transmission from an HIV-positive mother to her baby are approaching zero, as we have the means of effective antiretrovirals (ARV) treatment for both mother and baby.  Without any treatment, the risk of trans

Giving exposure to women and HIV

published: April, 11, 2016 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Women, Photography, International , Living with HIV, Population Specific , Louis "Kengi" Carr

Our LA guy Kengi takes on a photography assignment which opens his eyes to the work of Christie's Place, an agency serving women living with HIV and their families.

Giving exposure to women and HIV

As someone living with HIV, I’m always drawn to personal stories from people I can relate to, but those stories are very hard to find in mainstream HIV media. I’m not interested in reading stories that have more to do with fundraising efforts or advertisements. I love real life stories from the person who has experienced it. So I spend a lot of time reading personal blogs, watching YouTube or speaking to people I meet on the street.  As a photographer I’m always drawn to and interested

Incredibly Loud, Extremely Close: The Day I Received My HIV Diagnosis

published: April, 05, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Newly Diagnosed, Women, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Incredibly Loud, Extremely Close: The Day I Received My HIV Diagnosis

This article, part of the series Day One With HIV, by Wanda L. London  from TheBody.com first appeared here.   Oh my, God, she has HIV!  This was my personal introduction to the world of HIV/AIDS. I was sitting in this cold sterilize medical exam room and looking out the window as the rain was falling; waiting for my doctor when I heard his voice announcing my status.Just like that rain falling on the windowsill; my whole life was falling before me. As each drop pinging on the window; it

It all began when I decided I needed life insurance

published: April, 04, 2016 Written by // Samantha Categories // Women, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Samantha

Our Samantha with a woman's perspective of being diagnosed with HIV and its aftermath

It all began when I decided I needed life insurance

"With understanding, collaboration and education, there is no need for anyone to experience those dark early paralyzing days I have described, after a diagnosis."   I popped in to a local cafe after a yoga class recently and ran into Bill, an old colleague and friend who, along with my doctor, I credit  for saving my life years ago. We had coffee and of course seeing him brought back memories from a very dark time in my life when he supported me and my kids, made some calls and connected m

Border crossings

published: March, 31, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, CATIE, Women, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, International , Living with HIV, Population Specific

From CATIE’s The Positive Side come the stories of two positive Zimbabwean women who did what it took to survive – and settle in Canada

Border crossings

This article by Sane Dube originally appeared in The Positive Side, a publication of CATIE, here.  Une version française est disponible ici.   Esther and Marvelous are both animated storytellers. It’s hard to be anything but mesmerized in their presence. I spent an afternoon with each of them in conversations peppered with boisterous laughter. In the quiet moments they wove words together, effortlessly bringing their memories to life. They talked about their lives as HIV-positive Afric

Transformation

published: February, 17, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Women, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Peterborough, Ontario’s Brittany Cameron has changed her life around. From the streets to working in an AIDS Service Organization doing peer engagement work she loves, she talks to Bob Leahy about transitioning from client to staffer – and everything else

Transformation

Four years ago when PositiveLite.com last wrote about HIV-positive Brittany Cameron she was a client of Peterborough’s PARN - Your Community AIDS Resource Network. She talked about positive parenting, bringing three little girls into the world, all HIV-negative. Since then she has gone back to school and become a staff member at the same agency, facing new challenges. Bob Leahy: Hi Brittany. Let’s start by telling me a little about the job you’re in. Brittany Cameron: I’m the peer e

Saying “I Do” in a blizzard

published: February, 01, 2016 Written by // Samantha Categories // Women, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Samantha

Our Samantha on her trip down the aisle one stormy winter’s day many years ago which ultimately led to her HIV infection

Saying “I Do” in a blizzard

I was watching the storm Jonas in the Eastern United States last week when someone mentioned how the storm impacted their wedding. This reminded me of my own wedding at the age of 18  in January 1972, during one of the worst snow storms on record.  My wedding was a last minute decision of my parents because I was pregnant. It was a family scandal that had to be addressed immediately and marriage seemed like the logical solution for my parents. They were very concerned about what family and

Tiny explosion of panic

published: January, 25, 2016 Categories // Activism, Women, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

No condoms, no PrEP. Poppy Morgan on her latest efforts to conceive with her HIV-positive husband. “There have been a few times when the thought crossed my mind..."What if I got HIV from him?" It’s weird when that happens.”

Tiny explosion of panic

I ovulated last week and we had condom-less sex in hopes of conceiving. We've done this before, but this time it was different.  This time, I wasn't on PrEP! It has taken us years to get to this point, and we both felt very comfortable with this decision. The last time I thought I could go through with condom-less sex, it ended up that I couldn't. As I mentioned before, I am starting to trust the science about how low my risk is because he has an undetectable viral load. Of course, I gotta

Lets’ talk motherhood, HIV and Community-based research (CBR)

published: January, 18, 2016 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Women, Research, Living with HIV, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, Population Specific

What’s Hot with Peer Research Associates? Find out in this January 27 OHTN online talk show, details below

Lets’ talk motherhood, HIV and Community-based research (CBR)

What’s Hot with Peer Research Associates?  11th Edition: A special focus on mothers, hosted by James Watson & Gladys Kwaramba  Revised Date: Wednesday, January 27th @ 2pm EST This edition of "What's Hot" will focus on the experience of peer research associates (PRAs) who are moms. How is the perspective of mothers included in community-based research? PRA moms face additional challenges, layers of judgement, gossip and surveillance? So what supports are needed? What are appropriate

Treatment turns 20 – a personal perspective

published: January, 12, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Living with HIV, Population Specific

From CATIE’s The Positive Side, The transformative impact of antiretroviral therapy—on the epidemic, HIV care and what it means to live with the virus.

Treatment turns 20 – a personal perspective

This article by Darien Taylor first appeared in The Positive Side, a publication of CATIE, here.  Une version française est disponible ici. Twenty years ago the lives of people with HIV suddenly changed. Since the early 1980s, we had been living in the shadow of death, watching as friends, lovers and entire communities got sick and died. Our doctors tried to treat the opportunistic infections that occurred as our immune systems weakened; we marched in the streets to demand political action

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