Articles tagged with: gay men

Welcome Home: returning to our gay grassroots

published: January, 15, 2013 Categories // Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Robert Birch on rural living, queer spaces and creating the life that gay men want

Welcome Home: returning to our gay grassroots

This is a personal account of material I presented at the B.C. Gay Men’s Health Summit last November. With so many queer spaces collapsing around the world and the HIV pandemic for gay men in a statistical stalemate, I argued we must move away from institutionalized medical, academic and legalized gay male identities. To co-create the life we want as gay men we must find each other again. AIDS taught us that. It still can. Exhausted by generational trauma we’ve forgotten what worked. By sh

Scotland’s HIV epidemic, Part One

published: January, 03, 2013 Categories // Health, International , Sexual Health

Guest Roy Kilpatrick with the first part of his story about how needle sharing and injection drug use fueled Edinburgh’s HIV epidemic.

Scotland’s HIV epidemic, Part One

In the late 1970s and early ‘80s, Edinburgh’s drug outreach workers noticed a shift in patterns of use in the city.  Heroin supply to the streets of Scotland’s capital was plentiful, thanks to the routes from a troubled Afghanistan via the Middle East and Southern Europe. Injecting drug use was a new phenomenon in peripheral council house estates where the effects of Margaret Thatcher’s policies were hitting hardest.  Warnings sounded by local activists went unheeded, but they coul

B.C. Gay Men’s Health Summit in Review

published: November, 29, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Conferences, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific

A Q&A with Momentum Study Coordinator Jamie Forrest from Andrea Langlois at the Pacific AIDS Network (PAN)

B.C. Gay Men’s Health Summit in Review

It was my first year attending the Gay Men’s Health Summit this November (the 8th annual organized by the Community-Based Research Centre for Gay Men’s Health) and the organizers dished out an impressive program. While efforts to de-stigmatize HIV testing have been encouraging everyone who has ever had sex to get tested (an important effort!) HIV remains a heavy burden for the gay community, an issue conference organizers insist needs to be brought into the light. While in Vancouver it is

Gay/bi men hung out to dry?

published: October, 05, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Health, Sexual Health, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy asks why are gay men, who account for by far the majority of those living with HIV in Canada, seeing HIV prevention making gains all around them, leaving them wondering why they are being left out.

Gay/bi men hung out to dry?

The place of gay/bi men in our response to the HIV epidemic has changed. (And I say "gay/bi men" because I dislike seeing the term MSM – men who have sex with men – outside the realm of epidemiology.)  Once, in those early days of the epidemic, we were both leaders and the focus of everything about HIV.  But over time, and as other at-risk groups became more affected by the disease, that all changed. It had to. So in looking at where gay/bi men stand today, there is history to be cons

Be seen. Be heard. Be remembered

published: September, 24, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Art, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Features and Interviews, Health, Living with HIV, Media, Population Specific , John McCullagh

Toronto artist Raymond Helkio, in a video interview with publisher John McCullagh, talks about his graphic design work for PositiveLite.com and about living with HIV.

Be seen. Be heard. Be remembered

Since its inception in 2009, PositiveLite.com has relied on social media and word of mouth to let potential readers know of our existence. And we have been very successful in that regard. However, not everyone uses social media and our experience tells us that there are many Canadians living with HIV who are not familiar with our online HIV magazine.  To remedy this, we decided that we needed to undertake some promotion of the magazine in more traditional ways, such as displaying posters

The Bareback Contradiction

published: August, 22, 2012 Categories // Gay Men, Health, Sexual Health, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Christopher Banks asks why men bareback. "We’re long overdue for some collective discussion on this. Alongside the instruction to “love” your condom, we need to hear from real-life men telling us why they do – or don’t."

In a recent post about the Bareback Brotherhood (BBBH)  movement, I expressed deep concerns about the motivations behind its founder, Mark Bentson, and some of the practices which seem to be endorsed – either directly or indirectly – by his writings: the horror-film scenarios of “stealthing” and “gifting”.  There are, of course, many men who engage in bareback sex consensually without sociopathic tendencies.  They find it erotic, and aligning themselves with the BBBH movement i

TowelTalk: Inside Toronto’s Bathhouses

published: June, 05, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Gay Men, Mental Health, Features and Interviews, Health, Sexual Health, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

John McCullagh talks with Marco Posadas about TowelTalk, a bathhouse counselling program that seeks to address the psychosocial issues that have an impact on HIV risk for gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men.

TowelTalk: Inside Toronto’s Bathhouses

For many years, outreach workers and volunteers from community-based organizations have worked with bathhouses to provide HIV and STI awareness, prevention and education services to bathhouse patrons. ACT, a Toronto ASO, has augmented these sexual health promotion activities through TowelTalk. This innovative program offers brief, walk-in counselling sessions in the bathhouse by professionally trained counsellors. The objective is to address the psychosocial issues that can have an i

Connections

published: May, 09, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Events, Events, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Guest writer Michael Yoder on BC’s Positively Connected, a pilot program to create something unique for gay/bi men living with HIV that includes social connection as well as support.

Connections

In the early days of HIV, gay men played a significant role in shaping the movement; not only because the gay community was severely impacted by HIV, but also because gay men were actively involved in providing services and programs.  Since those early days, and with more effective treatments, it seems that many gay men living with HIV are less involved. Partly because of improved health and partly because of a shift toward services that address the specific needs of other populations. Gay m

Life List

published: April, 27, 2012 Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Population Specific

Young Ken Monteith kept a lttle list. Of men. Ring any bells?

Life List

You know that thing that ardent ornithologists do? You know, writing down their sightings of each different variety of bird they have laid eyes on, where and when. This post is not about that. It's not about looking, and it's not about birds. No, when I was a fresh-faced young gay, just out of the closet, I briefly kept a little list of the men I had slept with. No euphemisms: I had had sex with them, usually with very little sleeping involved. My WASPy prudishness caught up with me a few mon

Hepatitis C (HCV) threatens gay men’s sexual health, but is it being taken seriously?

published: April, 10, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Health, Sexual Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Gay men are particularly at risk for HCV infection, PHAs too. But where are the HCV prevention campaigns? And what’s the story on HCV testing for PHAs? Bob Leahy reports on the gap between recommendations and practice in our response to this problem.

Hepatitis C (HCV) threatens gay men’s sexual health, but is it being taken seriously?

The Warnings “I’m surprised there isn’t a greater sense of urgency about this in the community” said  Dr Kevin Fenton of the US Centers for Disease Control, speaking at the International AIDS Conference in Mexico in 2008. He was talking about a study that showed that more than one fifth of HIV-positive gay men attending a STI clinic in Amsterdam had hepatitis C, compared with only one in 250 negative men; numbers had risen by 50% in the last year. A year later, aidsmap.com

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