I’ve been thinking about what I’d write for a date marked by two occasions. The first is “World AIDS Day” and the second, the one-year anniversary of PositiveLite.com.
The vision was to be able to offer an alternative to the present online landscape of websites dedicated to the subject of HIV. I wanted a combination of content that ranged from complete entertainment and fluff to more serious topical subjects.
The goal and sometimes the challenge is to offer concise information that is chunked down to it’s very basic messages while also catering to the other parts of peoples lives.
We are simply people, and then HIV positive. For many of those who are positive their lives do not revolve around their HIV status. In fact it’s been a goal of mine to get away, or use HIV as a means to break into other interests be it video, humour or writing.
In this year the website has gone through several redesigns, and transient partnerships as possibilities were explored. Our readership has continued to increase, and there is a constant variety in writers and posts.
Today, the day before World AIDS Day, all the hard work of the previous year feels like it has started to pay off as new partnerships are formed.
We are all very excited to be collaborating with the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) in producing an ongoing series of video interviews. Together we are working on bringing community-based research to a new audience in a clear, quick and concise manner, along with resources to follow up in greater detail. A big thank you to Ryan, Lori and Glenn who teamed up with me from the OHTN, and Sean Rouke for supporting this collaboration.
At the recent OHTN Research Conference I had the pleasure of interviewing Jeff Crowley, the White House advisor on the American National AIDS Strategy. I couldn’t help but think how far this had all come in the space of a year as it was at this very conference I was hitting up various friends to give video congratulations on the launch messages.
Where else can you go to find get to know the top advisor for the American National AIDS Strategy to adventures at your local Zombie walk, or one of the first reviews of Priscilla Queen of the Desert?
Let’s also not forget CATIE (Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange) coming online just in time for WAD with the “Editor’s Pick” of their great resources. CATIE just celebrated 20 years, and it was great to see CATIE grow from the beginning, and even better to be working together in the future. Can you pick me out of this photo used in their 20th year reception video.
I’d like to give a huge shout out to everyone who contributes to the site, without this being a community effort PositiveLite.com would not exist.
Alphonso King Jr.
Rob Newman (AIDS Committee of London)
Robert Breining (Poziam)
John Maxwell (AIDS Committee of Toronto)
Mark S. King (for his great videos)
My final shout out goes to Antoine Elhashem, owner of INspired Media who has been there for PositiveLite.com from the very first day. His company publishes The Pink Pages (Ottawa & Toronto), Play Magazines, and so much more that I have to watch my word count here.
Many know that I had surgery on my foot. Nothing major, but does mean I'm under a kind of medical house arrest. I did make it out yesterday to ProudFM for The Mike Chalut Show with Acey Rowe.
We had a great time, and I got my cast signed for the first time. Look, when you are a shut in, one takes great pleasure in the simplest things!