Articles tagged with: gay men

Just the facts – the Lambda Study

published: November, 23, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Research, Sexual Health, Health, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy reports on a large scale study of gay mens’ sexual health in two large Ontario cities, which delivers the numbers everybody wants to know.

Just the facts – the Lambda Study

Lambda kind of slipped under our radar when it was released this past April.  Perhaps while it’s all about sex, its less sexy than some out there.  But for hard facts about things like HIV incidence, who knows their status and who doesn’t, how often men are getting tested, how often they practice safer sex – the nuts and bolts on which informed HIV prevention discussions and campaigns are built on – this is the real deal. So this is interesting stuff, and also very useful. F

The Smell of Ignorance

published: October, 28, 2011 Categories // Dating, Lifestyle, Living with HIV

Positively Dating goes back for more noon-time delight, but finds something about his date he can’t stand – and it involves talking about “Canadians”, of all things!

The Smell of Ignorance

I knew better than to expect much in the way of romance after a text I got from my recent lunch date: "I am horny for your [body part] again". But as the week progressed I started to wonder... My lunch date kept texting me - some were very adorable; some were funny; and yes, some would fall into the category of sexting. But maybe my initial thought was correct. Maybe this random non-choleric meal could turn into something else. Could this muscled party-boy really be the perfect match for me? W

Hottest at the Start.

published: October, 28, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

A VERY NOT SAFE FOR WORK VIDEO ILLUSTRATES THAT HOTNESS AND HIV PREVENTION CAN GO VERY MUCH HAND IN HAND. THIS ONE COMES WITH PROVOCATIVE MESSAGING TOO THAT WILL MAKE YOU THINK.

Hottest at the Start.

Last week we posted a breast cancer self examination video which used hot guys in various stages of undress to make its point. It did. But we mentioned in passing that we hadn’t seen much extreme hotness in HIV prevention ads lately and wondered whether we need to try that approach again. Putting the hotness in HIV prevention back, in other words. Then along comes this little video in to our in-basket. It’s from HiM (Health Initiative for Men) out of Vancouver, B.C., a province incidental

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

ACT Launching Campaign for gay men "Stronger Together - Keep It Up!'

published: June, 29, 2011 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, Launches, Events, Health, Guest Authors

For 30 years our community has survived, thrived and been reslient. And we're still going strong.

ACT Launching Campaign for gay men

Announcement from the AIDS Committee of Toronto, June 29, 2011  t was in 1981 that reports of a strange, new disease affecting gay men first appeared in the news. In Toronto, it was the gay community that banded together to respond to HIV and AIDS, for it was gay men who were one of the first communities to be affected here. Over the past 30 years, HIV and AIDS has grown into a world wide epidemic affecting millions of men, women and children.Today, HIV affects many different communities

Harm reduction, idealist outrage, an Xtra article & my two cents: barebacking galore.

published: June, 01, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Health, Opinion Pieces, Brian Finch

The article is now published on Xtra.ca and most likely in the next print issue. At first I thought, “Oh lord, what mine field am I going to be walking into now?”

Harm reduction, idealist outrage, an Xtra article & my two cents: barebacking galore.

The other day I got an unexpected message to comment on the AIDS Committee of Toronto’s (ACT) harm reduction insert with their condom packages called the “Pig Pac” Here is what it said: It’s your choice! We believe that sex is a spectrum of possibilities. From pig sex to vanilla sex. Bareback to wrapped. We’ve got information and sex positive tips to make your choices safer and more rewarding. The article is now published on Xtra.ca and most likely in the next print issue.  At f

HIV Criminalization Resources are now on POZ.com

published: May, 27, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy points to an excellent source of information for those who want to learn more about criminalization of non-disclosuure of HIV, and how the law is applied across North America.

HIV Criminalization Resources are now on POZ.com

There is no better feed worth keeping an eye on than POZ.com. They update daily and are always at the forefront of providing news on items which directly affect HIVers and the HIV community in general, not just in the U.S., but around the world. I’ve often quoted their stuff on PositiveLite. The latest nugget from POZ.com is a list of resources about criminalization - “what you need to know to say safe and free”. While the information is US-based and there are differences between Ca

Whats in it for MSM? ART as a way of reducing HIV transmission.

published: May, 24, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

.Last week's news about new research showing a 96% reductiion in HIV transmission in sero-discordant straight couples was BIG. But where does this leave MSM?

Whats in it for MSM? ART as a way of reducing HIV transmission.

At 11am last Thursday results of a large scale clinical trial were released from Washington DC which crackled like wildfire through the internet.   Twitter lit up. PositiveLite went to press just minutes later carrying the news that good evidence had finally been produced that ART reduced transmission rates in mixed status heterosexual couples by 96%. This essentially backed the findings of the Swiss Study which, for reasons way too complicated to recite here had been discounted

Living in two worlds

Megan DePutter reflects on the challenges of working within the HIV movement and how that impacts on her personal life

Living in two worlds

I spend most of my time living in a world where it’s normal to be gay, it’s normal to be living with HIV, it’s normal to talk openly about sex, and certain political, social and philosophical beliefs are taken for granted. This world encompasses my work life, and is shared with my friends and colleagues who also live in this world. But when I step out of this world, go to parties, go to bars, and engage in the standard “so what do you do for a living” chatter, I’m reminded very qui

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