PositiveLite.com wins “Best Canadian HIV Website” award for fourth year in a row.

Published 05, Dec, 2016
Author // Bob Leahy - Publisher

Once again PositiveLite.com takes its place among the best on the continent

PositiveLite.com wins “Best Canadian HIV Website” award for fourth year in a row.

PositiveLite.com is honoured to be named “Best Canadian HIV Website” for the fourth year running. Healthline, a major US consumer health information provider with over 40 million visitors per month and offices in New York and San Francisco has included PositiveLite.com in its list of the 27 Most Influential Voices in HIV/AIDS for 2016. PositiveLite.com was the only Canadian voice to be so honoured.

As the Healthline website says, “Every year, we commemorate World AIDS Day by honoring the organizations, initiatives and advocates who continue to educate, empower and raise awareness about HIV and AIDS in meaningful ways... While great strides have been made in research and treatment, educating the public about the infection and decreasing the stigma of living with HIV remain a priority. Each of these honorees... offers their voice to empower others. Join us in recognizing these inspirational leaders in HIV advocacy and community building.”

And here's what they say about us: “PositiveLite.com continues to be a leading voice in HIV news, commentary and lifestyle information in Canada. And for the fourth year, we name them as the top Canadian HIV resource. Founder Brian Finch launched the website in 2009 to provide a personal and holistic message about getting on with life. PositiveLite continues to offer new writers living with HIV an opportunity to gain experience and exposure within the “Revolving Door” guest post section of their digital publication.”

And see what good company we're in! PositiveLite.com is part of a distinguished list which also includes:

Best Community Campaign: Rise Up To HIV by Kevin Maloney

Best Moment of the Year for HIV Awareness: “Together with more than 1 million Americans, I'm living with HIV,” said Daniel Griffin at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. It was the first time in 16 years that the DNC was addressed by an openly HIV-positive speaker.

Best Use of Social Media in HIV Advocacy: Prevention Access Campaign (PAC)

Best National HIV Nonprofit: The San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Best National HIV Advocacy Program: AIDS United

Best HIV/AIDS Fundraising Event: Quest Diagnostics and their “Ten City National AIDS Walk Sponsorship Tour” in support of local AIDS Service Organizations (ASO).

Best New HIV Awareness Campaign: Greater Than AIDS and #endHIV with “HIV Beats,”

Best HIV Podcast or Radio Show: POZIAM Radio, with co-hosts Robert Breining and Aaron Laxton.

Best HIV Website for Women: The Well Project

Best HIV Website for the LGBTQ Community: The Human Rights Campaign

Best HIV Website for News: TheBody.com

Best Government HIV Website: AIDS.gov

Best Government HIV Advocate: Amy Lansky, Ph.D., director of the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP). ONAP leads the National AIDS Strategy.

Best HIV Community Forum: POZ.com

Best HIV Prevention Resource: PrEP Locator

HIV Influencers #HIVhonors list 2016: Says the website: “This year we're introducing an additional honor, recognizing ten outstanding individuals who work online to empower, educate and advocate for those living with HIV... We congratulate the following #HIVhonors social media health advocates:

Joshua Middleton, Maria Mejia, Heather Boerner, Brady Dale Morris, Ken Williams, Benjamin Di'Costa, Rae Lewis-Thornton, Damon Jacobs, Guy Anthony, Danny Pintauro.”

Congratulations go out from PositiveLite.com to all the award winners. 

About the Author

Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy - Publisher

Award-winning blogger Bob Leahy first made his social media mark a decade ago on LiveJournal.com where there are still to this day almost 3,000 entries of his available to be read. He was a featured blogger on Ontario’s HIVStigma.com campaign, along with PositiveLite.com founder Brian Finch. He joined PositiveLite.com at its inception in 2009 and became it's Editor a year later.

Born in the UK, Bob’s background is in corporate banking, which he gladly left in 1994, after being diagnosed with HIV the previous year.  He has chaired the board of PARN (Peterborough AIDS Resource Network) and has been an executive board member of both the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) and the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS).  He was inducted in to the Ontario AIDS Network’s Honour Roll in 2005.  Bob is currently a member of Ontario’s GMSH (Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance). He also writes for TheBody.com.

In 2012, Bob was honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for his work and commitment to HIV/AIDS in Canada.

Bob continues to write for this site while in the Positivelite.Com editor’s seat, with a particular interest  in HIV prevention, theatre and the arts in general. He is accredited media for a number of Toronto theatres. He lives in Warkworth, Ontario with his partner of thirty-two years and three dogs.