Articles tagged with: social media

Nine point one hours per week

published: March, 02, 2016 Categories // Social Media, Dating, Gay Men, Revolving Door, Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

From ouragenda.ca, Mike Mikshe gives up on hookup apps for finding his fantasy guy, confronts the prospect of social isolation and finds there is life out there after all

Nine point one hours per week

I’d always had this idea in my head about the sort of guy I wanted to meet on hook-up apps: older, taller, in shape but not too muscular, kinky and dominant yet nurturing and intelligent—I could go on. I’d spend hours, week after week searching for this type of guy. It became an addiction and, of course, I never found this fantasy man. I read that gay men spend 9.1 hours on average a week looking for sex online. I couldn't believe it at first but when I added up all the time I'd spend on

Valentines, zombies and bacon roses: a true story

published: February, 22, 2016 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Wayne Bristow

A (Valentine’s) day in the life of Wayne Bristow

Valentines, zombies and bacon roses: a true story

Heart of Stone – photo by Wayne Bristow Valentine’s Day. It’s not like I didn’t know this day was coming. On social media it’s impossible to avoid the barrage of messaging between all my followers. I could have made plans, maybe ask someone out, but who? I could have asked around to see if anyone was having a get together or party but why should I always have to impose myself into the plans of others. So I do what I’m used to doing, turn it into a ME day, do what I want to do and

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

Wayne’s world of online dating

published: April, 07, 2015 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Wayne Bristow

It’s not always easy. Wayne Bristow encounters troubling online HIV stigma and miseducation.. Read the conversation that finally ended in insults.

Wayne’s world of online dating

It was like déjà vu all over again. This guy’s attitude and some of the words he used brought back the moments when my status was revealed in an open chatroom all those years ago. I know what some of my friends would say about what happened with this guy:, "just let it go, he’s an asshole, you don’t need that", but I am facilitating workshops on disclosure and its complexities so I thought this as an opportunity to put my skills to work. We were less than 250 words into our conversat

Things are a little cluttered and messy - but in a beautiful way.

published: March, 16, 2015 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // DJ Relentless

Wayne Bristow on the common problem of spreading oneself thin by taking on too much.

Things are a little cluttered and messy - but in a beautiful way.

My life has begun to resemble my living space: cluttered and messy - but in a beautiful way. I think I may have way too many things going on at the same time again. If you’ve been following me, I wrote something a while ago about wearing too many hats so I haven’t broke character….yet! For now, I’ll write about why this might be  happening. I’d say it was around five years ago I began going to HIV-related workshops and training sessions. I didn’t have a plan for getting involve

From the front Lines: meet the bloggers

published: February, 26, 2015 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, CATIE, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

CATIE educator Melissa Egan takes us on a tour of the HIV blogosphere.

From the front Lines: meet the bloggers

This article previously appeared in The Positive Side, a publication, of CATIE here.   Une version française est disponible ici. Lately writing online has become an exercise in counting to 140—the character limit of a tweet. While modern technology makes it easy to keep things short and snappy, we do sometimes want a few more words! So we’re getting to know some folks who prefer to express themselves in paragraphs, and we’d like to introduce you… The A Word With their blog “T

Staying the distance

published: February, 09, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Attention HIV bloggers: running out of steam? Long time blogger and social media guy Bob Leahy with what you can do to keep the spark alive

Staying the distance

Bloggers come and go and so do websites devoted to HIV.  It takes a lot of time and effort, not to mention fresh ideas, to keep the online  kettle boiling. Priorities shift too - what might once have been a burning desire to get the word out about living with HIV becomes less important as people and circumstances change. The immediate and pressing can become ho-hum. Original thought can be hard to come by when it seems almost everything that can be said has been said.  That is what happens

Christmas stuff

published: January, 05, 2015 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow reflects on Christmas gift giving, receiving and just accumulating stuff.

Christmas stuff

“I think as you grow older your Christmas list gets shorter, because the things you want can’t be bought.” I came across this quote several times on social media during the last few weeks leading up to Christmas. I was not alone in my thinking; it seemed to me someone was on the same wavelength as I was. I look around me and I see so many things I have acquired over the years and I think "one day I may not wake up and someone is going to have to dispose of it all". Sure, someone may

Five years old today

published: December, 01, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

December 1 2014 marks PositiveLite.com’s five year anniversary. Editor Bob Leahy, who has been with the site from the beginning, looks back at its genesis and its history since.

Five years old today

From the archives: Press Release: PositiveLite.Com, A webzine for HIV positve gay men launches Dec. 1st, 2009 (Editor: note the typo)    For Immediate Release (November 30, 2009) This World AIDS Day – December 1, 2009 – a brand new positive spin on HIV/AIDS is set to “Go viral” with the launch of PositiveLite.com, an e-magazine for HIV positive gay men and their friends. PositiveLite.com is the brainchild of Brandon Williams and Brian Finch who are both ‘out’, long term survi

www.dot.awesome – meet the digital red ribbon

published: October, 02, 2014 Written by // Michael Bouldin Categories // Social Media, Fundraisers, Current Affairs, Launches, Living with HIV, Michael Bouldin

Michael Bouldin on what's behind the new kid on the block, dothiv, a domain name that donates money to AIDS charities with every click you make

www.dot.awesome – meet the digital red ribbon

I don’t normally mix my business/activism/whatever interests with my writing proclivities; it’s unfair to my publisher, and Bob Leahy’s angelic patience is better tried with some smut-depravity first-person account of the flavor I hope and pray my mom, dad, husband, evil mother-in-law will never read. Writing about work is an unseemly practice in my book at least. Buy an ad already, people.  But as they say, no rule without exceptions. Ladies and gentlemen, please meet my not-boss, Car

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