Articles tagged with: AIDS

12 things I want for World AIDS Day

published: December, 03, 2010 Categories // Events

And while that is all good and peachy keen I have a thought on the matter. Yes world AIDS Day is a good thing..

Editors Note: Danny's post got lost in the world aids day shuffle. Being that everyday is World AIDS Day, Danny's post is as relevant today as last Wednesday. So here it is folks. OK, so in two days, (Wednesday, December 1st) the world will be celebrating World AIDS Day!! YAY!! And while that is all good and peachy keen I have a thought on the matter. Yes world AIDS Day is a good thing, the world should recognize the impact that HIV/AIDS has on the world and those of us who live with it every

HIV Disclosure & Public Life: Just because I tell people, doesn't mean you can

So I have a bee in my bonnet about something and it had me rather confused I must say. I have this friend, a female friend, whom for the purpose if this post will remain nameless...

...as I have SOME tact and decorum, (something she apparently knows nothing about) who, for reasons she has been unable to explain to me, felt the need to disclose my HIV+ status to some random guy she met in a bar when we were out celebrating a mutual friend's birthday this past Saturday night.So there we were, all having a good time, drinking (tonic water with a lime wedge for me, as I quit drinking 23 days ago), dancing, you know the usual. We had all noticed that said “friend” had been

OHTN and CATIE give PositiveLite.com the nod

published: November, 25, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // CATIE, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In which Bob Leahy gives a Hi-5 to CATIE and to the OHTN for their collaborations with the little site that could.

OHTN and CATIE give PositiveLite.com the nod

I can’t think of much better news to kick off World AIDS Week than to hear that CATIE is now collaborating with PositiveLite in a similar fashion to what the OHTN announced that they would be doing earlier this month. You can read CATIE’s inaugural post here.   I'm a big fan of both these organizations. I really think this is a win-win situation. Or perhaps that should be a win-win-win situation, as three parties are involved. For PositiveLite it means additional quality content

An interview with Peterborough’s KIM DOLAN, Executive Director PARN

published: November, 29, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Features and Interviews, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In which Bob Leahy interviews Peterborough’s KIM Dolan, Executive Director of PARN, about her work, her life and her favourite colour.

An interview with Peterborough’s KIM DOLAN, Executive Director PARN

I am, I suppose, a long term survivor, although there are so many of us now, the expression has lost its impact. It’s not unusual for long term survivors to be not particularly reliant on the services of their local AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs). This does, I think, reflect the fact that many/(most of?) us have finally constructed our own supports, our own life rafts, our own wisdom which don’t necessarily include dependency on service providers like PARN.  Peterborough AIDS Resou

CHER talks trans: the scoop on CHAZ BONO

published: November, 27, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In which Bob Leahy looks at trans families. Watch Cher in conversation with David Letterman. Cher’s talking about losing a daughter, gaining a son, namely transman Chaz Bono.

CHER talks trans: the scoop on CHAZ BONO

Cher has been in the spotlight lately, thanks to THAT movie that is either a stinker or the best thing since sliced bread, depending on whom you listen to. But interestingly, she’s also been talking a lot about her 41-year old son, transman Chaz Bono. Chaz only recently went the whole nine yards – gender reassignment surgery, legal change of name and gender – the works. Cher’s cover story in Vanity Fair this month illustrates just how tricky it can be for parents to adjust to a tr

Gen Silent - exploring the reality of LGBT aging

published: November, 24, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In which the ever-youthful Bob Leahy looks at Gen Silent a movie about LGBT seniors which hits home hard, and what research is saying about HIV and aging

Gen Silent - exploring the reality of LGBT aging

I hope this topic isnt getting - ermmm - old.  Because, and since it's important,  I wanted to do a follow up to my report on AIDS Committee of Durham’s LGBT seniors’ conference  which appears here .  At the Durham conference, a powerful documentary was shown called Gen Silent.   The movie's website is here.  This much lauded film is remarkable for telling stories we seldom hear, showing images we never see, spotlighting people wh

The Pope on Condoms: what in heaven’s name is he talking about?

published: November, 22, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In which Bob Leahy looks at this week’s pronouncement by Pope Benedict XVI on condom use, sexual abuse and all that jizz – and comes away scratching his head.

The Pope on Condoms:  what in heaven’s name is he talking about?

I suppose we should all be jumping up and down for joy now that, if you only read the headlines,  the Pope is backing down on the condoms issue. The story came out Saturday. Here’s the New York Times  version. Many newspapers broke the story with headlines like ”AIDS Activists Commend Pope for allowing Condoms” or similar. Wondering just who the AIDS activists were, because our world is quite small, I googled, and all I could find  lauding the announcement was Michel Sidib

OHTN Conference delivers the goods: hard facts, harder choices.

published: November, 18, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Events, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In which Bob Leahy, in the second of three reports on the 2010 OHTN Research Conference, reveals what caught his attention in Toronto this week.

OHTN Conference delivers the goods:  hard facts, harder choices.

Honestly, for me this conference was all about choices. So many sessions, some concurrent. Over 150 research findings were presented, all targeting the complexities of HIV. One simply cannot take it all in. So one makes choices. Even getting there involved decisions. The weekend prior to the conference I was sick as a dog, with a temperature of 102F.  I wasn’t even sure I would make the conference. Anyway, as my mystery ailment didn’t seem like it was anything infectious, and by Sunda

The Coles Notes: Higher AIDS and non-AIDS Rates With Uncontrolled HIV Despite CD4s Over 350

published: November, 12, 2010 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Health, Brian Finch

Tenth International Congress on Drug Therapy in HIV Infection, November 7-11, 2010

To recap, at Vienna 2010, there were controversial guidelines suggesting starting treatment when T4 cells (CD4) drop below 350, as well as thinking as high as 500. This has peaked my interest to follow any research coming out on the topic. The Coles Notes: Even with a T4 count above 350, damage is still being down to the immune system when there is a viral load* above 10,000, suggesting to me that the T4 count may not be the measure on when to start treatment if we keep seeing these kinds of s

102.1 the Edge (CFNY) Justin Beiber's gay - homophobic bullying continues

published: October, 21, 2010 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Opinion Pieces, Brian Finch

A Toronto radio show (CFNY) just got into trouble for calling Justin Beiber gay on the radio.

A Toronto radio show  (CFNY) just got into trouble for calling Justin Beiber gay on the radio. My first thought was, “Did they not learn a thing about these recent suicides?”  Justin, whether I like him or not (not) calling him gay was only meant to be a negative remark, once again reinforcing all the past prior messages one gets about how horrible we are. Ok, saying someone is gay is not bullying or what have you, but it's the thin edge of the wedge. I really hope things change

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