Articles in Category: The Vision

PositiveLite.com is the fresh alternative to other sites that deal with HIV and AIDS from the perspective solely of illness or disability.

Ours is a very personal view. Above all, we are by and for people living with HIV and our allies, service providers, advocates, friends and lovers. We take a holistic approach to HIV, recognizing that it is far from being just a medical condition, or even a continually developing news story of global proportions, but often a life-changing phenomenon for those who experience it.  For some of us, being HIV-positive is a big part of our lives, others not so much, but in each case we are never defined by our virus.  All of us lead complete lives and at PositiveLite.com we endeavour to reflect all aspects of those lives, including some facets that have nothing at all to do with illness or disability.

PositiveLite.com honours and exemplifies the Greater Involvement of People Living with HIV (GIPA) principle by giving people with HIV a place to express themselves, to develop their skills, to become empowered.

We have a strong commitment to the community we serve, to foster dialogue between community members and to forge strong and lasting relationships with global, national, local and individual partners, while remaining an independent entity .

We strive to reflect the diversity of our community in who we are, what we publish and the variety of opinions expressed.

We are not afraid to advocate for those things we believe in.

We are respectful always.

We have a sense of humour and you will see that reflected in PositiveLite.com often, but we take our work seriously and have a commitment to professional standards of journalism, responsible reporting, careful analysis and a desire to both inform and entertain.

We do this for love, not money. 

Bob Leahy - Publisher

on Tuesday, 03 April 2012. Posted in About Us, The Vision, 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. In 2017 he became publisher.

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 was the Canadian lead organizer for the highly successful U=U campaign.

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 publisher’s seat while also travelling extensively within the HIV community. He lives in Warkworth, Ontario with his partner of thirty-six years and two dogs.

The Vision

on Wednesday, 04 April 2012. Posted in About Us, The Vision

PositiveLite.com is the fresh alternative to other sites that deal with HIV and AIDS from the perspective solely of illness or disability.

Ours is a very personal view. Above all, we are by and for people living with HIV and our allies, service providers, advocates, friends and lovers. We take a holistic approach to HIV, recognizing that it is far from being just a medical condition, or even a continually developing news story of global proportions, but often a life-changing phenomenon for those who experience it.  For some of us, being HIV-positive is a big part of our lives, others not so much, but in each case we are never defined by our virus.  All of us lead complete lives and at PositiveLite.com we endeavour to reflect all aspects of those lives, including some facets that have nothing at all to do with illness or disability.

PositiveLite.com honours and exemplifies the Greater Involvement of People Living with HIV (GIPA) principle by giving people with HIV a place to express themselves, to develop their skills, to become empowered.

We have a strong commitment to the community we serve, to foster dialogue between community members and to forge strong and lasting relationships with global, national, local and individual partners, while remaining an independent entity .

We strive to reflect the diversity of our community in who we are, what we publish and the variety of opinions expressed.

We are not afraid to advocate for those things we believe in.

We are respectful always.

We have a sense of humour and you will see that reflected in PositiveLite.com often, but we take our work seriously and have a commitment to professional standards of journalism, responsible reporting, careful analysis and a desire to both inform and entertain.

We do this for love, not money.