Articles tagged with: HIV

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Dontcha just hate the question….How did you get AIDS? I

Dontcha just hate the question….How did you get AIDS?  I am surprised every time I hear that question; and I am past believing that its naiveté on the part of the person who asks it.  Why would someone ask such a question? OMG, you have diabetes….how did you get that….Cancer? how did that happen…those questions never get asked; but drop the AIDS bomb and it seems to give a person a pass to ask about a sometimes very personal and private part of our life,  and how does o

Roberto Alomar: is he still playing games?

published: October, 13, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

I’m no sports fan, but when an iconic baseball player, an ex-Toronto Blue Jay no less, is accused of doing the nasty nastily, I’m all ears. You too?

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Lipoatrophy and Efavirenz Tied to Vitamin D Deficiency in Ontario

published: October, 05, 2010 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Health, Brian Finch

The First International Workshop on HIV and Aging, October 4-5, 2010, Baltimore

...has featured an Ontario study that links lipoatrophy (loss of fat) and the use of Efavirenz (Susitva, also used in combination with other drugs in Atripla, the once a day pill) along with prior use of certain HIV medications. The Coles Notes: Past use of antiretroviral medicatiosn that is known to be implicated in the loss of fat, such as D4T and AZT, as well as current use of Efavirenz (Sustiva) in this Windsor-based study showed to have tripled the risk of vitamin D deficiency. There were

GRATITUDE: People who say they happy to be HIV+ Am I?

published: September, 17, 2010 Categories // Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

The subject of gratitude for this edition of my musings on Poz Prevention sparked a lively conversation with regard to those that will state that they are happy that they are HIV+

They are glad that HIV came into their lives.  At first glance you may think there is a typo; but no.  There are those that say that being diagnosed HIV+ changed their lives for the better. My own diagnosis came on the heels of my partners’ diagnosis and also the diagnosis of our children.  To embrace HIV as a positive thing in my life at that time one would think ludicrous. I loathe the fact that my partners and one son succumbed to AIDS.  I abhor the stigma that still

HIV and Arthritis

published: September, 21, 2010 Categories // Aging, General Health, Health

A while back in late summer of this year, I attended a public forum on HIV and Arthritis. As I get older and having hit the 50 year mark, I wonder...

..if the aches and pains in my bones and joints are of an organic process or what else is brewing below the skin level in the joints, bones and muscles.   I was having a peculiar pain in my knees and wrist and I wondered was this arthritis or  living with HIV or just getting older, or long-term effects of HIV drugs or all of the above! I do realise that every year for the last 3 years as we approach the fall season, my bones get a wake up call. Interesting every September and O

Evolution of a Cyber Activist

published: September, 21, 2010 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Guest Authors

I wanted my first blog for to be about how I got to where I am today. I wasn't always as open about my HIV status. It took me about five years to accept it myself and move forward. I want to take you back about nine years ago.

[Editor's note: Please welcome our latest in guest writers Robert Breining, the creator of Poziam, a social networking site for those who are HIV positive. This is his story, and what I hope will be the first of more appearances on]   I can't tell you how many times I'd go to a bathhouse for what I convinced myself was "just for a couple of hours." But then I'd return home tweaked out three days later. I called those times tweakends. All I'd have to do while at the bathhous

Why criminalization of HIV is bad public policy: what can you do about it?

published: September, 20, 2010 Categories // Legal

10 Reasons Why the Criminalization of HIV Is Bad Public Health Policy and 5 Things You Can Do About It!

10 reasons’ to oppose HIV criminalization (Paraphrased and/or taken from Ten Reasons to Oppose the Criminalization of HIV Exposure or Transmission, co-produced by the Open Society Institute) 1. Applying criminal law to HIV exposure or transmission does not reduce the spread of HIV. 2. Criminalization of HIV dilutes public health messages that practicing safer sex is everyone’s responsibility. 3. Criminalization of HIV creates distrust between HIV-positive people and their health care provi

The Pope is in London - and the gloves are off

published: September, 19, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

The article which follows is by Ben Goldacre, a science writer and psychiatrist from the UK who has made a name for himself exposing bad science. The story, sharply criticizing the pope’s stand on condoms . . . .

The Pope is in London - and the gloves are off

 . . . . appeared in the Guardian September 11, 2010.  It doesn’t mince words. In it Goldacre challenges the current Pope’s claim  - Goldacre  calls it "ludicrous" - that “the most effective presence on the front in the battle against HIV/AIDS is the Catholic church and her institutions."   Instead he labels the Pope  “a serious global public health problem." So the gloves are off. I offer the story here without comment.  "Thi

Happy 20th Anniversary Positive Youth Outreach: HIV Youth services

published: September, 19, 2010 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Events, Features and Interviews, Events

Happy Anniversary Positive Youth Outreach: HIV Youth services

Last Thursday, September 16th, was Positive Youth Outreach as the AIDS Committee of Toronto. Being a graduate of PYO from my days of when I first came to Toronto, I thought it would be nice to get a few words from one of PYO's coordinators Angel Parks. As of late there have been a couple studies coming up about rising rates of infection amongst younger gay men (but not let's forget there is a significant seroconversion rate with older gay men 37 and up - I'm not completely up on my epidemiolog

Furry Friends Friday - the 100 Cats Edition

published: September, 12, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Bob Leahy - Publisher

I’m sure I ‘m not the only one that’s noticed that Furry Friends Friday – a column which acknowledges the important part that pets can play in poz lives - is almost always about dogs. I admit my biases. We have three dogs and one cat. We are, though . .

. . . . . .  very much dog persons, and that shows. It’s very hard, though,  to be a dog AND a cat person. One species inevitably rules over the other. Which reminds me of the expression from Leaving Home: dogs drool, cat’s rule.   And in so far as who rules the house, there is often some truth in that. Our Freddie, for instance, pictured above, will take no nonsense from the three dogs. She is, in fact a master mistress disciplinarian. One swipe of her paw and the thre

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