Articles tagged with: Canada

Life expectancy for many HIVers is near normal

published: November, 03, 2011 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Aging, Health, Treatment, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

John McCullagh reports on a new UK study that suggests that, with prompt treatment, the life expectancy of many HIV positive people is near normal.

Life expectancy for many HIVers is near normal

It was not so long ago that receiving a diagnosis of HIV also meant a diagnosis of an early death. But the existence of effective treatments now means that HIVers are able to live with the virus to an increasingly older age. Recently, the British Medical Journal (BMJ) published a report of a study that suggests that, with prompt treatment, the life expectancy of many HIV positive people is near normal. Although the study focused on people living in the UK, it’s likely that the findings would

D.C Comics: The Dan Jurgens Interview

published: October, 14, 2011 Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Features and Interviews

D.C. Comic’s Dan Jurgens talks politics, ethnic and gender diversity, secret identities, and why, if he had too, he’d marry Tora Olafsdotter aka Ice in our exclusive interview with the Justice League International writer!

Comic book writer, artist, and creator Dan Jurgens may be most famous for having killed Superman back in 1992, for which he won the National Cartoonists Society Award for Best in Comic Book Division, but it's his work on Justice League and the creation of the lovable, screw-up and corporate shilling superhero Booster Gold that has made me a fan for life. This September, along with artist Aaron Lopresti, he re-launched the Justice League International, brought along Booster Gold for the ride, a

Polari, a secret gay language born of homophobia

published: October, 12, 2011 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // John McCullagh

John reminisces about the secret language of his youth that enabled gay men to recognize one another and that provided a vocabulary for gay life, sex and sexuality without running the risk of arrest or reprisal.

Polari, a secret gay language born of homophobia

I’ve been thinking recently about how different it is for people to come out of the closet these days compared to my own experience in the early 1960s. This quintessential rite of passage is never easy, of course, but young people today do have access to information about being lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans - from movies and television, from books and the internet - and many will, perhaps, already have friends or peers who self-identify as queer. It was different for me. When I came out, g

Hemaphobia

published: August, 08, 2011 Categories // Gay Men, Health

Ken Monteith reports on a Quebec campaign addressing the Canadian lifetime ban on gay men donating blood. But Ken is wondering just how discriminatory is that ban? Like what benefits are we missing out on?

Hemaphobia

How do you feel about the lifetime ban on gay men giving blood? One young man in Montréal has mounted a campaign against this ban, which he sees as discriminatory, and the campaign is cheeky, clever, and quite well done. First the background (the short version). Thirty years ago, as we were just learning about HIV, it got into the blood supply, resulting in many infections of people receiving transfusions and other blood products, many billions of dollars in compensation and the removal of th

Don't bother locking up your daughters, just lock up black men with HIV

published: August, 05, 2011 Categories // Guest Authors

Edwin Bernard, a UK expert on international criminalization issues, weighs in on the latest development in the Canadian criminalization saga, “dangerous offender" status.

Don't bother locking up your daughters, just lock up black men with HIV

This article By Edwin Bernard first appeared in the online version of POZ, here. Go to that page for a selectioin of the comments received. Edwin Bernard is a writer, editor and advocate specialising in HIV criminalization. He also writes and edits a widely read blog that reports and comments on laws, prosecutions and media reporting of criminal HIV non-disclosure, exposure and transmission cases from around the world, and which encourages and highlights advocacy against su

POZ : “Canada Seeks Indefinite Imprisonment of HIV-Positive Man”

published: June, 07, 2011 Categories // Guest Authors

PositiveLite looks at international coverage of the Canadian approach to criminalization of non-disclosure of HIV status.

POZ : “Canada Seeks Indefinite Imprisonment of HIV-Positive Man”

We are reprinting here what POZ Magazine had to say on May 13 about the John Aziga case. But first it needs to be made clear that this is an unusual case which deals with extremes. The charges were extreme – they included murder – but the circumstances were equally non-typical. Tragically, HIV transmission, as opposed to exposure, occurred in the case of seven women Aziga had slept with, two of whom died of AIDS-related deaths. So this clearly isn’t a typical case that worked its way thr

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