Articles tagged with: youth

The art of sex(ting)

published: April, 09, 2014 Categories // Women, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

OIivia Kijewski says sexting can be problematic but can also serve to help promote sexual communication and increase sexual knowledge.

There has been something on my mind a lot lately. Sure, I have been loosely following the progress on missing flight MH370, the growing tensions between Russia & the West, even the somewhat recent Ebola outbreak. But what’s really been on my mind, as I am sure it has been on a lot of yours’, is…yup, you guessed it, sexting.  Sexting (in case you are wondering) according to Merriam Webster is, “the sending of sexually explicit messages or images by cell phone”, although some def

The U.S. sex education system is broken

. . or new infections wouldn’t continue to rise, says Joshua Middleton.

The U.S. sex education system is broken

The sex education system within the United States is broken and has been for some time. Although hundreds of thousands of kids pass through these courses each year, STD infections as well as HIV/AIDS infections continue to rise. It made me pause to ask myself, why is this? Why is it that our kids supposedly have a wealth of informationbut are still catching these diseases? When the leading HIV infection rates are happening in people 13-24 years of age, we have a problem. These are preventabl

Meet Yi-Min Chun

published: February, 27, 2014 Categories // Activism, Youth, Features and Interviews, Health, Sexual Health, International , Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

She’s poised, smart and committed to making a difference to the course of the HIV epidemic. In fact she likely already has. Meet Yi-Min Chun, a 23 year old from Scarborough Ontario, winner of an OCIC Global Changemaker Award for her work with HIV/AIDS.

Meet Yi-Min Chun

It was my pleasure to interview Yi-Min Chun recently, a young person whose interests lie in global health but who has chosen, for now, to Act locally by making her university campus more aware of HIV in innovative and eye-catching ways. For this she has been recognized by an award from OCIC. Not unexpectedly, she's smart as a whip.  Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC)'s Global Changemaker Awards are celebrated during International Development Week each year to honour outst

"That" conversation

published: January, 29, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Guest Jayce Carberry from Positive Wise on telling people you like romantically that you are HIV-positive

I was diagnosed back in 2012 and not only was this a very difficult time for me. I was in a relationship, but it was this relationship and this partner who I had contracted HIV from. This is where my life changed forever and to make things harder, the situation with us didn’t sustain the impact of my diagnosis and the relationship came to an end shortly after I had told him.  So there I was; I had just found out I was positive, and I was on my own. I was living in a town where HIV isn’t

Newly diagnosed young people

published: January, 18, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Youth, Research, Health, International , Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Aidsmap.com reports high viral load levels in young people newly linked with HIV care in the US. That means there’s a high risk of onward transmission, but also evidence of prompt diagnosis?

Newly diagnosed young people

This article by Michael Carter first appeared in aidsmap.com here.   Approximately a third of young people newly linked to HIV care in the United States have viral loads that indicate a high risk of onward transmission, according to research published in the online edition of AIDS. Young men who have sex with men (MSM) had a mean viral load of approximately 125,000 copies/ml, significantly higher than the average of 47,000 copies/ml recorded in their heterosexual peers. Moreover, a potenti

Diagnosed with HIV: looking back after six months

published: January, 06, 2014 Categories // Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Living with HIV, Population Specific

New PositiveLite.com writer, Toronto-based student and activist Rodney Rousseau recounts the day six months ago when he first learned he was HIV-positive and what he went through with the man he dated the night before.

Diagnosed with HIV: looking back after six months

In my mind I’ve had an endless debate of what this first PositiveLite.com piece should be about. What’s an appropriate theme for an introductory article? I feel confident with my writing, and inspired and passionate about my interests, but something about putting my thoughts out for the world makes me feel like a bit of an imposter. Does what I have to say really matter that much? My hope for what I have to share is that it can inspire others, or at least feel relatable. So, here goes . .

In the storm we’ve learned how to dance

published: December, 22, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Arts and Entertainment, Youth, Performances, International , Music, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

A powerful allegory from Zimbabwe: a joyous video that speaks to strength and survival of children and adolescents in the face of HIV, told by a crack team of Zimbabwean musicians

In the storm we’ve learned how to dance

“I want you to know that we’re just kids, even though we were born with HIV, pre-natal, virgin contraction, the first of a fighting generation, we fight against AIDS and discrimination. We’re God made, put here for a reason, it’s time to change and now’s the season. Yes we’re special, but we’re no different. In the storm we’ve learnt how to dance.” From Aficaid:  "How to Dance" has been produced by HIV positive children and adolescents from Africaid's Zvandiri programme in

Student says misinformation and HIV stigma dished out in University of Toronto virology class

published: December, 21, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy interviews Rodney Rousseau, a young HIV-positive out gay man who has come forward with allegations about misinformation provided to a virology course by a University of Toronto professor.

Student says misinformation and HIV stigma dished out in University of Toronto virology class

Rodney Rousseau recently approached PositiveLite.com to tell his story, a story of a university professor who he feels is providing misleading information about the HIV epidemic and that in doing so, charges Rousseau, “he was perpetuating so much of the stigma that exists in our society.” Rousseau provided PositiveLite.com with audio recordings of the lectures involved. Here is an except - what his professor said about HIV transmission . . . “The guy will have a resistant strain, or

The art of teasing

published: December, 20, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Art, Arts and Entertainment, Youth, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Guest Nedal Sulaiman with an artful post on Tease, a project for South-Asian youth in Toronto which uses art to challenge perceptions around gender, culture, sexuality and identity

The art of teasing

There I was, standing in front of the door. Palms sweaty. Heart racing. Mouth dry. A very familiar feeling before presenting or facilitating a workshop. But this time it was different. Behind that door was a room filled entirely with 14 year-olds. Black and white glimpses of my high school years began to surface; the insecure displays of masculinity, the bullying, the crushes, the double identities, the violent fights and the secret washroom sex (or at least what we as teenagers considered se

The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming!

published: September, 05, 2013 Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow, talking about online dating scams, says “be very careful what you wish for. No matter how much you want it to be true, it probably isn’t.”

The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming!

I like to think that I’m a good judge of character, I always try to see the good in everyone;  if there is bad, I prefer to leave it to them to bring that part out. It gets a little tricky though when it’s someone online. My niece met a young man from England about 11 years ago. There were people in the family who weren’t overjoyed about the relationship. She would share with me what was happening and I developed a belief that “hey this guy is alright”. Today he lives here in Canad

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