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Reclaiming ‘Our Golden Years’ as People with HIV

published: June, 10, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Aging, Social Media, Activism, Living with HIV, Mark S. King

Mark S. King tells of his collaboration with Olivia G. Ford on a special issue of Positively Aware (this article mentions Positivelite.com editor Bob Leahy)

Reclaiming ‘Our Golden Years’ as People with HIV

My friend Olivia G. Ford (she got that whole middle initial thing from me, I’m convinced of it) speaks even faster than I do. That’s a rare distinction. Olivia is also an editor. She was my editor during her years at TheBody.com. I am afraid of editors. They know too much. They might even know I’m not the writer people think I am. Not on the first draft, anyway. A few months ago, Olivia invited me to join her as the guest editors of a special issue of Positively Aware magazine and

Are people who use drugs listened to?

published: June, 07, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // General Health, Mental Health, Research, Health, Guest Authors

Bob Leahy talks to the Canadian AIDS Society’s Lynne Belle-Isle whose research work includes examining the inclusion of people who use drugs in decision making processes

Are people who use drugs listened to?

Bob Leahy: Thanks for talking to PostiveLite.com Lynne. Now tell me, the title of the research you presented at CAHR was what? Lynne Belle-Isle: What I presented was a summary of my research with the Centre for Addiction Research, B.C. It was tilted “From One Ally to Another: Practical Guidelines to Better Include People who Use Drugs at your Decision-making Table.” Why did you think this would be a valuable topic to explore? It started back with my work at the Canadian AIDS Society. I

Sean McKenna wants you to know that AIDS isn’t over – and that long term survivors matter

published: June, 06, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Aging, Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Photography, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks to the outspoken New York City activist and advocate for long term survivors whose photos of a man dying of AIDS in 2016 caused a Facebook storm

Sean McKenna wants you to know that AIDS isn’t over – and that long term survivors matter

"In my mind, one of the worst things that anyone could have done was to say that AIDS is a manageable disease. In my life it’s never been quite manageable."  Bob Leahy: Thanks for talking with us Sean. Let’s talk first about the photos you posted on Facebook – photos of a man dying. Tell me what you know about them. Sean McKenna: Well, my neighbour’s husband a year ago was built like a brick shit house, one of those people that would sit by the pool and everyone would stare at. In t

Conference reporting: From Winnipeg with love (Part Two)

published: May, 25, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Aging, As Prevention , Conferences, Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, Sexual Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy continues his report on what went down at two recent conferences he attended in Winnipeg, Manitoba - CAHR and CAS.

Conference reporting: From Winnipeg with love (Part Two)

(Not acronym friendly? CAHR stands for Canadian Association for HIV Research. CAS stands for the Canadian AIDS Society.) In part one of this story I provided a user-friendly guide to what goes on at HIV conferences, why biding advocates should consider going and how to get to them. In this part, I’ll take last week’s two conferences and break their highlights down for you, again in user-friendly terms. First let’s deal with Winnipeg itself. This was my second visit and I remain not qu

Conference reporting: From Winnipeg with love (Part One)

published: May, 23, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Social Media, Conferences, Events, International , Living with HIV, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy just returned from Winnipeg Manitoba where he was participating in two back-to-back conferences - CAHR and CAS.

Conference reporting: From Winnipeg with love (Part One)

obligatory view from hotel window "Why go? Most would say it’s a combination of taking advantage of huge opportunities for both learning and networking. Add in experiencing the attractions of a strange city, all paid for, and it can be an attractive proposition." I’m going to be describing what I learned from my two latest HIV conference experiences in Part Two of this article. But for now, and because the conference experience is so foreign to many, and I don’t want it to be, I’m go

Who is leading online conversations about HIV/AIDS?

published: April, 14, 2014 Categories // Social Media, Activism, Health, International , Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

PositiveLite.com Editor Bob Leahy recognized in top ten list of the most influential experts leading online conversations about HIV/AIDS worldwide.

Who is leading online conversations about HIV/AIDS?

“Getting a positive HIV test result is a life-changing diagnosis. Luckily, the future is looking brighter: Preventive drugs are available, and better treatments with fewer side effects are helping patients live longer and healthier lives. This month’s Top 10 Social HealthMakers are making a difference for the 1.1 million Americans living with HIV infection and AIDS by covering the latest news, providing resources and support and sharing their personal journeys”  Sharecare.com   ATLAN

Medal Winner Bob Leahy

published: October, 17, 2012 Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

PositiveLite.com editor Bob Leahy with his thoughts on what it means to be honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Medal Winner Bob Leahy

Awards like this  - trust me - inevitably cause us to think back and wonder how we got to this point . My life has been an odd one.  Pre-HIV it was mostly boring, lacking in direction, meaning  or reward.  These were the banking years, stuck in a high-flying job that I disliked immensely, one whose only merit was that it paid well. But, as I’ve often remarked, all seemed to change for the better once I was diagnosed.  True, it didn’t happen right away, but after a few months of

Two PositiveLite.com writers awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal

published: October, 16, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

PositiveLite.com editor Bob Leahy and contributor Denise Becker have been awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for contributions to the HIV/AIDS movement.

Two PositiveLite.com writers awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal

It is my great pleasure to let you know that two of our writers, editor Bob Leahy and contributor Denise Becker, have been awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for contributions to work in the field of HIV/AIDS.   Both Denise and Bob write elsewhere on the site today about what receiving this award means to them. Here I want to outline some of the reasons Bob and Denise were chosen for this prestigious award.  Denise Becker, who lives in Kelowna, British Columbia, has been involved

A message from the Publisher

published: September, 04, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Events, Launches, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

Publisher John McCullagh writes about some exciting developments that are taking place at PositiveLite.com.

A message from the Publisher

Today, I want to tell you about some exciting developments that are taking place at PositiveLite.com.  First off, we've made some significant enhancements to the website. We've done this with the help of a new web developer, Make Good Media. We contracted with this small, progressive, Toronto-based company to help us with the technical side of our operations. They are providing a range of solutions for us to upgrade the site, making it more robust and user-friendly.  On Monday nigh

When to start treatment?

published: April, 03, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

New US guidelines released just last week recommend treatment for all people with HIV infection. Are they a step in the right direction, something that others should consider following? Bob Leahy reports.

When to start treatment?

Newly updated US treatment guidelines are recommending antiretroviral treatment for all people with HIV infection, rather than starting at a particular CD4 range. But for those about to start treatment and their doctors, it’s not quite that simple; the strength of the recommendations varies by category of patient. Here is how a simplified scale looks: CD4 count less than 350 – strong recommendation CD4 count 350 to 500 - strong recommendation CD4 count over 500 – moderate recommend

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