Articles tagged with: Brian Finch

On The Job

published: July, 12, 2011 Categories // Community Events, Events, Media

Michael Burtch brings us to date on what’s been happening on the HIV Prevention front in Ottawa

With the success of the AIDS Committee of Ottawa’s sold out ‘No Pants, No Problem’  party last month, plans are currently underway to host a sequel in September! Originally conceived by Toronto’s Jessica Whitbread, Ottawa is looking to participate in the international edition of her famous party, joining Toronto, Mexico, Amsterdam, and others in a simultaneous live party feed! Be sure to watch this blog space and site for further details as they become available! Distributing safe

POST PRIDE: Chats with Iranian Railroad for Queer Refugees & Rainbow Health Ontario

published: July, 11, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Pride, Events, Features and Interviews, Brian Finch

Congratulations to the Iranian Railroad of Queer Refugees marching for the first time, and a quick hello from Devan Nambiar.

POST PRIDE: Chats with Iranian Railroad for Queer Refugees & Rainbow Health Ontario

Our second last post of our Post-Pride Toronto 2011 walk about of the Church St. area on July 3. We took a moment to meet and greet the guys from "Iranian Railroad for Refugees" who are marching for the first time this year, and another chat with PositiveLite.com's Devan Nambiar who was at the Rainbow Health Ontraio booth.  Iranian Railroad for Queer Refugees Rainbow Health Ontario - a chat with Devan Nambiar

POST PRIDE: A chat with Toronto Polices Services about hiring & Pride

published: July, 08, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Pride, Events, Features and Interviews, Brian Finch

"How could I not stop and talk to a man in a uniform?" was what I was asking myself

POST PRIDE: A chat with Toronto Polices Services about hiring & Pride

Photograph by CARLOS OSORIO / TORONTO STAR Next stop on Church St. is the the Toronto Police Services booth. Now I have to tell you I'm the type to be intimidated by anyone in uniform, such as customs officers. As we were checking out to see if I could chat with any of the police officers at the Toronto Police Services booth I was wondering what I was getting myself into.  What it turned out to be was a very nice conversation about hiring and the process (as I really didn't know much abo

What Pride Means to me in 2011.

published: June, 29, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Community Events, Pride, Events, Mark S. King

This is how Pride has grown for me; a wonderful and rich buffet of diversity! I'd encourage everyone to try to scratch below the surface this year and take in something new.

What Pride Means to me in 2011.

Back in the day when I still lived in Winnipeg, I came to Toronto not even knowing I had planned my trip for what turned out to be Pride. Coming from a pop. 650,000 city, I can't even say what it felt like to see the over 300,000 (yes it was that long ago) crowd. Suddenly I jumped in to the parade with the AIDS Action Now folks and I was on my way. Over the years my Pride has evolved so much in how I experienced it, or didn’t. After moving to Toronto I threw myself into the festivities

Pride Toronto 2011 - A chat with Rev. Brent Hawkes

published: June, 24, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Pride, Events, Features and Interviews, Brian Finch

Don't miss "Tearing Down Walls, Building Up Hope!, the Pride Sundy July 3rd, 11 am service with guest artsits Alana Bridgewater & Jeigh Amdjus.

Pride Toronto 2011 - A chat with Rev. Brent Hawkes

Brian Finch of PositiveLite.com speaks with Rev. Brent Hawks of the Metropolitain Community Church about his thoughts on 2011 Pride and what's going on for him. Don't miss "Tearing Down Walls, Building Up Hope!, the Pride Sunday July 3rd, 11 am service with guest artsits Alana Bridgewater & Jeigh Amdjus.  To find more information you can go to: www.mcctoronto.com this and other pride events: www.pridetoronto.com www.pridetoronto

Brian FInch on Empowerment Interview: Proud FM

published: June, 15, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // General Health, Features and Interviews, Health, Brian Finch

Hear my tips on getting the most out of your doctors' appointments.

Brian FInch on Empowerment Interview: Proud FM

Last week I went on Proud FM for an interview on "patient empowerment." This is just a fancy way of saying I had a chat about how to make the most out of your doctor's visit; if you are having trouble with your medications don't be afraid to do something about it.  There are so many options for HIV medications these days that for most people there is always another combination that will work for you.  People such as myself who are multi-drug resistant don't have a lot of o

Patrick Truong discusses the benefits of involving people with HIV in HIV research

published: May, 31, 2011 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research, Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Events, Features and Interviews, Health, Ontario HIV Treatment Network

More rapid interviews from the OHTN Research Conference 2011, this time I speak to Patrick Truong.

Patrick Truong discusses the benefits of involving people with HIV in HIV research

Brian Finch of PositiveLite.com speaks with Patrick Truong about the benefits of involvement of people with HIV in HIV research. Patrick was involved in a peer-mentoring project that provided skills training for South Asian men living with HIV. Since the project completed, most of the participants have found employment.Patrick was a presenter at the 2010 Ontario HIV Treatment Network Research Conference in Toronto

The Rx Coles Notes: UK HIV Treatment Guidelines Chang

published: May, 26, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Health, Guest Authors

The bottom Line: Forget all the mumbo jumbo you are reading above. My thoughts on this are as follow....

Excerpt from British HIV Association (BHIVA)  www.bhiva.org/News (Gus Cairns, 2011-04-06) London HIV patients will start treatment with Kivexa (abacavir and 3TC) rather than tenofovir and FTC for at least the next two years in a bid to save money, the NHS in London has announced. Similarly, if a patient needs a protease inhibitor for the first time, they will start with atazanavir/ritonavir rather than any other boosted protease inhibitor. The change in prescribing practice for first

International Day Against Homophobia: A Personal Story

published: May, 17, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Events, Brian Finch

People think I'm this pillar of self-esteem, I've got news for you!

International Day Against Homophobia: A Personal Story

It’s that time of year again, May 17. As the campaigns role out for their final day, I thought I’d share a few personal thoughts. My personal journey has not been about changing others attitudes (except when I do HIV work), but rather about changing the ones that have been etched into me since my childhood. The Jesuit maxim remains true: give me the child 'til the age of seven, and I will show you the man. If the time to mould a child in to the adult you want for a life time – personally

Working in the AIDS Movement: Getting satisfaction out of doing it for free!

published: May, 11, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy looks at what makes for rewarding volunteer work in the HIV/AIDS community, and finds that putting one’s own needs first often works best for everybody.

Working in the AIDS Movement: Getting satisfaction out of doing it for free!

I've been around for quite a long time. I started volunteering in 1994, six months after I was diagnosed, about the same time as going on disability with a falling CD4 count, an uncertain future and few options. Seventeen years later I’m still at it. I’ve actually tried to “retire” once or twice but it hasn’t worked out, and right now I’m probably busier than ever. I sometimes think about why do people volunteer? You’ll hear a variety of explanations centred on themes which ult

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