Articles tagged with: disclosure

Rules to play by

published: November, 02, 2015 Written by // Samantha Categories // Women, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Samantha

Our Samantha takes aim at those who use the term “internalized stigma” as a negative attribute instead of recognizing that being diagnosed is a traumatic event that even has consequences on the friendships we try to maintain

Rules to play by

Definition of Trauma - Oxford English Dictionary: “a deeply distressing or disturbing experience” I hesitated for a long time about writing this and went as far as to mention to the editor how I felt as though I was whining about a topic that is all too familiar in people living with HIV. That was until I saw a conversation on social media about trauma, disclosure and variants of violence, whether it is psychological or physical, against people living with HIV.  It confirmed that my emo

Up, up and away to Thunder Bay

published: October, 01, 2015 Categories // Activism, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Wayne Bristow

A (working) summer vacation for Wayne Bristow, on the road and in the air, helping people with HIV handle disclosure issues

Up, up and away to Thunder Bay

I am not a big fan of weather that includes heat, I’ve often said that if I were to travel anywhere for a vacation it would be north. I just figure, even in the warmest of days there would be a special spot for me to rest and enjoy a cooling breeze, especially if it were near water. Most of my working life, I have spent my holidays as a ‘stay-cation’. The furthest I have ever travelled east is Montreal, south – New York City and Ohio, west I’ve only made it to the Ontario shores of

Closet case?

published: September, 07, 2015 Categories // Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Ken Monteith ponders how out is out when, like him, you don’t disclose to all and sundry

Closet case?

I consider myself to be very “out” about my HIV status. I've talked about it on TV, I have a blog and a tumblr  that note my status in their sub-titles, I tweet  with a profile explicit about my status, I have participated in poster and video  campaigns trying to reduce HIV-associated stigma and discrimination. After all that, I found myself in a peculiar situation the other day, discussing what I do for work with someone I had just met, and referring to people living with HIV in the

We need to celebrate being HIV-positive and undetectable

published: August, 21, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

From FS Magazine, HIV+ME: “I wanted to celebrate being undetectable... He told me we shouldn’t ‘celebrate’ HIV.”

We need to celebrate being HIV-positive and undetectable

This article by Ruaidhri O’Baoill @RuaidhriOB first appeared in the UK’s FS magazine here.  This one time, definitely not at band camp, I was feeling pretty damn horny. Like second nature, out came Grindr and the search for that quick fix began. After chats with numerous guys, I found someone that caught my attention.    No point in beating around the bush but after a few exchanges he was on his way over. After the somewhat polite greetings, clothes came off (jocks still on though)

A change in attitude

published: July, 06, 2015 Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Toronto's Josh says people think he’s been off since his diagnosis, without knowing why. “It really made me wonder if I had damaged my reputation by letting my diagnosis gnaw on me and going to work while pretending everything was okay”

A change in attitude

Life with HIV, I am learning, is a lesson in understanding the struggles that others are facing. Why? Because, I know that other people can be struggling on the inside or have issues that have no “public face.” Yes – I have HIV. But unless I’ve told you, you cannot tell by looking at me (or any HIV-positive person).  I think for a long time, people around me who don’t know about my status have sensed that something is off. Indeed, my best friend told me that one of the things she f

Seroconverting at 15

published: July, 01, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks to Preston Leon, a 16-year old man from central British Columbia diagnosed with HIV a year ago, about what it’s like to find out you are HIV-positive when you are a teenager in a small rural community where HIV isn’t talked about

Seroconverting at 15

Burns Lake, British Columbia Bob Leahy: Hi Preston. Remind me what’s the name of the place you live in?  Preston Leon: I live in Burns Lake, British Columbia. Probably about four or 5-thosuand people there. I’ve grown up mosly around here and I spend my time farming, being out in the country. We have a few horses, a few cows, roughly 300,000 acres on one property and 80,000 acres on another. OK. I want to hear your story. When did you find out you were HIV-positive? On June 14, 2014.

Hiding

published: June, 24, 2015 Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Coming out? Toronto's Josh weighs the pros and cons of anonymous blogging

Hiding

When I started writing this blog, I made the decision to do so anonymously. I made that decision because, at the time, I felt it would allow me to be freer in my writing; I could write how I truly feel, without having to take in to consideration how my friends, family or coworkers would react if and when they came across this blog.  As the blog has evolved, and I’ve become more active on Twitter, I have had the opportunity to talk with some amazing HIV-positive people, allies and activists

HIVnow campaign will change the conversation during Toronto Pride

published: June, 18, 2015 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, Pride, Social Media, Community Events, As Prevention , Research, Sexual Health, Health, Legal, Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

What is #HIVnow? It’s the HIV awareness campaign Toronto Pride deserves.

HIVnow campaign will change the conversation during Toronto Pride

John Maxwell, executive director, ACT (left) Christopher Thomas, communications coordinator, ACT (right)     Ryan Lisk, manager of community health programs, ACT (left) Mason McColl, gay men's online strategy and resource coordinator, ACT (right)     Ty Best, graphic designer of the posters The AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) has just launched a bold, new multimedia campaign, HIVnow, that is intended to raise awareness around HIV because the times

Disclosing your status - a helping hand

published: April, 24, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Newly Diagnosed, Revolving Door, Legal, Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Living healthy, fighting stigma. Our friends at Positive Living BC publish an HIV disclosure resource for people living with HIV

Disclosing your status - a helping hand

Vancouver, BC: Imagine the stress of living with a serious chronic condition such as cancer, heart disease, or diabetes, and not being able to talk about it to your family, friends, or employer, out of fear. About 13,000 people in BC potentially face this situation because they are living with another chronic condition—HIV/AIDS. The social stigma still surrounding HIV/AIDS is very real and very prevalent, and can make people living with HIV afraid or reluctant to discuss their medical condi

Cruise ship

published: April, 20, 2015 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Alex Sparrowhawk

Alex Sparrowhawk reflects on his five year relationship with the right man - and why it works

Cruise ship

I once said that I wasn’t afraid to rock the boat, “I’d even capsize it“… but I look back now and think that wasn’t quite right.  I don’t want to sink this ship, I want to build something bigger – and better, stronger. I don’t want to rock my pedalo – I want to launch a cruise ship. I’ll warn everyone now, this is off the cuff; my usual posts are drafted a couple of times, even the short ones (I know they’re all short) and then I upload them when I’m happy. But thi

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