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Mark S. King from #AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa: no pants, no problem at the Global Village

published: July, 23, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // International AIDS Conference , African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, Conferences, Current Affairs, Youth, General Health, Events, Women, Research, Health, International , Living with HIV, Mark S. King

The final installment of Mark S. King's video coverage of AIDS2016: HIV advocates from around the world and dancing with no pants.

Mark S. King from #AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa: no pants, no problem at the Global Village

The International AIDS Conference (AIDS2016) has been inspiring to say the least, but it's also hard work. What better way to unwind than the No Pants No Problem Dance Party, organized by Canada's Jessica Whitbread. Next, for this final installment of Mark's video coverage from AIDS2016 Mark speaks with teenage HIV advocates, grandmothers who care for children orphaned by HIV and a sexually explicit HIV prevention campaign. He also speaks with a team from Amsterdam, Netherlands, where the ne

Mark S. King from #AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa: of wrongful charges, sex trade advocacy and cruising the conference.

published: July, 21, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, Social Media, International AIDS Conference , African, Caribbean and Black, Conferences, Gay Men, General Health, Youth, Current Affairs, Newly Diagnosed, Events, Women, Sexual Health, Health, International , Legal, Mark S. King

Day three: Mark S. King speaks with former Lt. Col. Kenneth Pinkela, a sex trade education advocate, a London PrEP advocate, and later learns that the gay cruising apps are working hard at this conference.

Mark S. King from #AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa: of wrongful charges, sex trade advocacy and cruising the conference.

On day three of Marks video coverage of AIDS 2016 we find him chatting with former U. S. Army Colonel Ken Pinkela, who was dismissed from military service and sentenced to 11 months of military confinement after being wrongfully accused of not disclosing his HIV status to a sex partner. We also hear from Rosemary Namiburu, a nurse wrongfully imprisoned for HIV exposure via a needle and jailed for months. Mark also chats with Elizabeth Taylor's HIV activist grandchildren, Ayanda Denge of the S

Mark S. King from #AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa: demanding treatment rights for all.

published: July, 20, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, International AIDS Conference , Conferences, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, General Health, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Women, Sexual Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Mark S. King

Day two: The AIDS2016 Treatment Access March

Mark S. King from #AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa: demanding treatment rights for all.

Amid all the “end of HIV” rhetoric, 13 of 14 UNAIDS member countries have decreased their HIV funding and 20 million people who need it have no access to treatment. Day two of Mark S. King's video coverage of AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa sees him joining the AIDS2016 Treatment Access March and chatting with advocates about why they've come. PositiveLite will be posting Mark's video coverage each day of the conference. This video previously appeared on TheBodypro.com here.

Mark S. King from #AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa: gay HIV advocates speak out

published: July, 19, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, International AIDS Conference , As Prevention , Conferences, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Sexual Health, International , Legal, Living with HIV, Sex and Sexuality , Mark S. King

Mark S. King chats with gay HIV advocates from around the world about criminalization, chem sex and PrEP

Mark S. King from #AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa: gay HIV advocates speak out

Mark S. King is in Durban, South Africa for #AIDS2016 and his video coverage begins today. In this first installment it seems remarkable, with such draconian laws in place in their home countries that so many gay men have the courage to even show up. Mark speaks with gay HIV advocates from around the world about what life is like for them back home and the ongoing criminalization of homosexuality in 75 countries. He also chats with them about PrEP, the difficulty of obtaining PrEP in some cou

Gilead’s new price hikes on HIV drugs anger AIDS activists

published: July, 15, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Women, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Gilead hikes price of HIV therapies, other drugs by up to 10 percent

Gilead’s new price hikes on HIV drugs anger AIDS activists

This article by Ed Silverman @Pharmalot previously appeared on the Stat website, where you can read the whole story. As part of a strategy to switch patients to newer HIV treatments, Gilead Sciences late last week raised prices on a pair of older HIV medications that face patent expiration. This sort of maneuver is often found in the pharmaceutical playbook, but is triggering still more criticism by AIDS activists of its overall pricing strategies. Here’s what Gilead did: the company

Why is tackling stigma so difficult?

published: July, 08, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Youth, Mental Health, Newly Diagnosed, Women, Revolving Door, International , Legal, Guest Authors, Media, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality

From the U. K., the National Aids Trust details the multiple challenges we face in ending stigma.

Why is tackling stigma so difficult?

This article previously appeared on the National AIDS Trust website here. For many in HIV advocacy addressing stigma is the Holy Grail. Many, if not all, of the factors that drive the HIV epidemic are embroiled with stigma.  The impact it has on the lives of people living with HIV is well documented.  In a recent survey of over half of people living with HIV reported feelings of shame, guilt, low self-esteem and self-blame; one in five had experienced verbal harassment or threats.1 Stigma

Youth and HIV disclosure at the Unleashing Power Conference 2016 in Victoria, British Columbia

published: June, 28, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Conferences, Youth, Research

Muluba Habanyama Presents Findings From Her Survey On Youth HIV Disclosure.

Youth and HIV disclosure at the Unleashing Power Conference 2016 in Victoria, British Columbia

In December 2015, YouthCO HIV & Hep C Society, Canadian Positive People Network Youth Caucus, and the HIV Disclosure Project collaborated in a survey for youth under 30 years old which focused on experiences of HIV disclosure. Hopefully, many of you were able to participate in this survey, which was designed by Muluba Habanyama and YouthCO, in collaboration with CPPN-RCPS and HIV Disclosure Project. Earlier this month, Muluba was able to share the results at the Youth Unleashing Power co

Cult of Trump

published: June, 24, 2016 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Youth, Current Affairs, Newly Diagnosed, Women, International , Opinion Pieces, Félix Garmendía

Felix Garmendia addresses the angry bigot who would be president of the United States.

Cult of Trump

Mr. Trump Your vicious, virulent, incessant campaign message to the American people is based on instilling fear, loathing and suspicion of just about anyone who isn’t rich, white, straight, and male. You have been guided by nothing but your insatiable, pathetic, egocentric needs. You have become an expert at consuming the fear and ignorance of some Americans, only to regurgitate your hateful sexist, racist, homophobic, bigoted insulting rhetoric. You do this with the pride of a coward who

My response to Orlando in one sublime performance

published: June, 21, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Music, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Mark S. King

Mark S. King on Orlando, grief and transcendence - and Fantasia

My response to Orlando in one sublime performance

I can’t watch the news anymore right now. I have it muted, but will admit to glancing in its direction every few minutes. On the screen there are police cars and flashing lights and footage of the injured and there is often someone in tears. It makes me wince with emotion, and twice this morning I have blurted out a sob for a moment, which surprises me, frankly, because I don’t cry much anymore. Tears are creeping up on us everywhere. My husband started crying yesterday while we were wai

"But AIDS was an 80s illness, right?"

published: June, 16, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Dating, Gay Men, Youth, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

From FS Magazine, guest author Bradd Farnsworth says, "... it took just one person to laugh off safer sex, to make me realise that things really do need to change when it comes to students and sex."

This article by Bradd Farnsworth @BraddFarnsworth is from FS Magazine, a publication of the UK’s GMFA, here. Republished with permission.   “I don’t even know where the local sexual health clinic is to be fair...” is a phrase I had heard countless times during my university years, and it took just one person to laugh off safer sex, to make me realise that things really do need to change when it comes to students and sex. I was a typical student. I enjoyed the partying, the soci

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

Vancouver Island welcomes HIV Positive youth from across Canada

published: June, 03, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Hep B and C, Conferences, Youth, Upcoming Events, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

Youth Unleashing Power – a pozitive youth symposium #YUP2016

Vancouver Island welcomes HIV Positive youth from across Canada

(Victoria, BC – June 2, 2016) Welcome! The Vancouver Island Persons Living with HIV/AIDS Society (VPWAS) welcomes HIV Positive Youth from across Canada to the first symposium created by and for pozitive Canadian youth. Youth aged 16-30, living with HIV/AIDS and/or Hepatitis C, will be gathering for Youth Unleashing Power – a pozitive youth symposium #YUP2016 from June 3-5 2016 on the campus of the University of Victoria, on the homelands of the Lekwungen People. This 3-day sympo

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, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

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

Interview with a young survivor

published: May, 09, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Youth, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks to a New Brunswick native whose life took a hard turn with his HIV diagnosis leading to drugs, prison and life on the street. But you should see advocate and writer Steven Tingley now!

Interview with a young survivor

Bob Leahy: Hi Steven I’ve already read some of your story through your blog. I thought a good place to jump in would be ithe point you were diagnosed  - because that was a pretty hard point in your life. Were you living on the streets at that time?  Steven Tingley: I was actually living at Covenant House, a homeless youth shelter in downtown Toronto. I came to Toronto about fourteen years ago from a small town called Salisbury, just outside Moncton, New Brunswick. I was about 20 at the ti

Eight lessons for my sexually uneducated teen self

published: March, 24, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Youth, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific

From FS Magazine, what sex-ed doesn’t tell you. “I’m taking the time to look back on my sex-ignorance and highlight some of the key things I’d wished I’d known back then.”

Eight lessons for my sexually uneducated teen self

By what I can only assume was an issue with the timetable I ended up having sex education at least three times during my years of education at middle and high school (yes I went to a ‘middle school’).   And for all their effort I remember being confused, uninformed and altogether none the wiser when the teaching staff tried to inform us about the goings on of the birds and the bees, (a saying I actually still don’t fully understand the significance of. Birds don’t have sex with bees

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