Articles tagged with: personal stories of people living with HIV

Kaleidoscopes and Stethoscopes

published: August, 03, 2011 Categories // Health

Don Short says he likes to mix it up but “I have become fierce in protecting ME time to make sure my whole existence doesn’t revolve around HIV.”

It’s a colourful life experience when you are juggling your health concerns with life’s simple pleasures. The weekly calendar should have room for fun activities to counteract the must-do of managing HIV. We juggle doctor appointments, short or long bouts of episodic illness, and moments when the get-up-and-go has got up and left! Yet, we press on, knowing life is more than dealing with this stuff. We have to have fun, enjoy hobbies and pastimes, and stay engaged with meeting people and be

Who do YOU sleep with?

published: August, 01, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Mental Health, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy is the third and final contributor to this week’s look at the importance of pets for people living with HIV from three positive points of view.

Who do YOU sleep with?

(left to right Peggy, Dougall and Dudley) It’s official. Pets are a huge asset to people living with HIV. Two PositiveLite guest writers have confirmed that already this week, and I'm not disagreeing. Denise Becker said of her doberman pinscher Ziggy “pets are our joy, our companions, our support. They give us something to care about, they make us feel needed and make us realize that we can’t give up on life because we would be giving up on them too… and they are always there for

Talking Shop with Brad Crelia, Editor at Large, Hivster.com

published: July, 29, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Features and Interviews, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Hivster.com is PositiveLite’s hipper twin. Certainly the two share a similar focus. Bob Leahy gets to know Hivster Editor-at-Large Brad Crelia in this fascinating exchange about how to reach both hip and not so hip readers,

Talking Shop with Brad Crelia, Editor at Large, Hivster.com

Bob Leahy: HI Brad.  Thanks for agreeing to an interview. I have to tell you I’m fascinated by Hivster.com because it’s reason for being - it recognizes that many poz men and women have full lives that aren’t defined or constrained by HIV  - is very similar to PositiveLite’s.  Except your site is hipper and edgier. Would you agree? Brad Crelia: Hi Bob. I appreciate being asked. I’d say they’re a nice compliment to each other. Both sorts of sites are needed to fully e

Be careful what you wish for!

A powerful story from Danny Miller: when a death wish and destructive behavior didn’t get him HIV- positive, settling down - and fate - did.

We have all heard the old familiar adage “be careful what you wish for, you might just get it”. To me it always sounded so stupid. I mean what’s wrong with getting what you want? To use another familiar adage, “you live and you learn”, and boy did I learn about being careful what I wished for, because I wished and I got - only to realize that I didn't really want. Are you totally lost yet? Let me explain. On Valentine's Day on 1996 I arrived in the great southern city of Atlanta Geor

Auschwitz or Lesbianism

Is bad sex a deal-breaker? Positively Dating is still dating Josh, but how good is the sex? They need to talk.

Unfortunately, the second chance  with Josh did not go so well. Let me clarify: the date itself was good. The picnic in Prospect Park was fun, disgustingly hot, but fun. We then headed back to his place to prepare for a small barbeque with two of his lesbian friends. But before the girls arrived, he managed to mangle my face again. This time I was able to focus on everything else and it was adequate at best. This was not for lack of trying, bless his heart. He was trying so damn hard that

My Anniversary by Sven Paardekoopere

published: July, 10, 2011 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Living with HIV

Occasionally PositiveLite receives unsolicited posts which, depending on the subject matter, we are happy to consider for publication. Here’s an interesting one from a Dutch reader, author and social network devotee.

You know what’s funny?  I never thought I would be writing this today.  Seriously, I figured I would be dead by now.   Ever since I was a wee little Dutch boy I had this vision of dying by my 30th birthday.  Never really bothered me or frightened me; it was just this notion.   With that said, the day I was handed my HIV test results (two months before my 30th) I couldn’t help but remember that notion and wonder if my time had indeed come.  My di

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