Articles tagged with: youth

Anne’s story

published: August, 22, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Youth, Women, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Anne, 22, the Netherlands “ never thought that I would get HIV at 16.”

Anne’s story

This story was originally published on dance4life. Republished with permission.  I'd always used condoms, until I went on the pill. From then on I stopped using them. When I was 16, my boyfriend and I took an HIV test together. I couldn't believe it when his came back positive. My result was negative. This could mean one of two things: either I wasn't infected, or it was not yet traceable in my blood. Three nerve racking months followed, in which I had to return every month for a test. It s

Intergenerational Love

published: August, 17, 2012 Categories // Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Robert Birch and one of the great stories of resiliency on the planet. “ I learned that one of my roles at 45 is to bring folks from different ages together and hold space for powerful discussions of who we are, where we have come from . . “

Intergenerational Love

Roy, aged 25, has lived with my husband and me now since March of this year. He moves on soon but first we head south to join 170 other Radical Faeries in the mountains of Oregon. We met online over a year ago, chatting about issues related to queer spirit. Handsome, engaging, frighteningly talented, and a self-skeptical prophet of tomorrow, Roy walks the edge between painfully shy and violently smart. He will never fit into the het-neutralized ‘A-Gay’ culture. He is often overheard squea

Mirvan’s story: The Uninvited Guest

published: June, 21, 2012 Categories // Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, International , Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

New writer Mirvan Ereon lives in the Phillipines. He is 21. He was diganozed in February 2012 with a CD4 count of just 2. Here is his story.

 Mirvan’s story: The Uninvited Guest

The Sex I was a freshman in college when I started sleeping around.  I was reckless and unsafe and did not make an effort to take care of myself. All I ever cared about was to be a hedonist. I slept around, indulged in debauchery and celebrated in my decadence. I was young, wild and free. I thought I was liberating myself, unshackled by the norms of society. I am the captain of my own ship. I thought my personal freedom would make me stronger. I thought it would make me more desirable. I me

The First Word

published: May, 28, 2012 Categories // Activism, Research, Health, Living with HIV

J from Singapore did some research on this: “If I asked you for the first word that comes to mind when I say HIV, what would it be?"

Over the past week or so I embarked on my own little experiment. I wanted to know, what does the everyday young person really think about HIV? There are many ways that this can be done, and I’m sure many have tried before, but I was interested in knowing the first thing from the top of their heads.. the image they would most associate with the virus. To achieve this, I couldn’t be posing anything too thought-provoking, because time to think is really time to audit our response and eventua

Positive Youth

published: May, 22, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Youth, Movies, Health, Living with HIV, Population Specific , John McCullagh

John McCullagh reviews a new cinema verité documentary about what it’s like to be young and living with HIV.

Positive Youth

The Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival is now 22 years old. I remember the early years, when a gay film festival was considered too much of an outrage for many a conservative city councillor to support. Today, despite being the most popular film festival in town after the internationally renowned Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), the traditional message of greeting from our mayor, who seems frightened by anything gay, remains conspicuously absent. Nevertheless, corporate and gover

Scott Foley goes to Totally Outright in Toronto

published: May, 03, 2012 Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Scott Foley says “I recently had the pleasure of being part of the Aids Committee of Toronto’s (ACT) very first Totally Outright Group- a leadership workshop series for young gay and bi guys interested in being healthy, sex-savvy trendsetters.”

I first heard about this group from publisher John McCullagh in a post he wrote, which you can read here, where he interviewed Jody Jollimore, the program manager at the Health Initiative for Men (HIM), a gay men’s health organization in Vancouver, and Rui Pires, Gay Men’s Community Education Coordinator at AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT). Both leaders described it as a leadership program for young gay men where we can learn about love, life, sexuality, sexual health and h

A dose of honesty – and a mother’s story

published: April, 01, 2012 Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Living with HIV, Population Specific

New writer J: “When a call was made for writers for, I immediately wrote in. While I’m a country and continent away, HIV knows no borders, does not discriminate, and I think us activists should tread along the same path.”

Bio: I’m J, 22, residing in Singapore. I’m an aspiring… something. I’ll let you what that is when I figure it out. Until then, I’ve allowed my government to decide what I need to be for the next two years – a soldier. Drafted into the local army by compulsory service, I am hoping that it treats me as well as the pornographic fantasies filmed in army barracks. That, or I will forever live with the regret of opting to not take up the exemption extended to HIV+ individuals. But hey, I

UK lesbian music artists band together to combat homophobic bullying.

published: February, 20, 2012 Categories // Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Youth, Women, International , Music, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific

The L-Project has brought together the UK's most talented lesbian artists to record and release a single 'It Does Get Better' which helps raise awareness and money for charities which work to prevent LGBT bullying among young people.

UK lesbian music artists band together to combat homophobic bullying.

The Song 'It Does Get Better', written by Georgey Payne (below right) , is set to be a positive message to anyone who experiences the struggles that can come with being different. Georgey herself was moved to action by the experiences of a young gay friend: "I noticed one night he was worried about going home after working an evening, and when I asked him what was wrong he told me he was being bullied at school. I then listened while he explained everything that had been happening, and just r

Tasting Toronto

published: January, 31, 2012 Categories // Gay Men, International , Living with HIV, Population Specific

Scott Foley in Part Nine of his story of an HIV-positive immigrant from the Caribbean seeking refugee status in Canada, where he visits Toronto and decides he’d like to stay

Part Eight found Scott back home in the Caribbean.  You can read that episode here.  Since I was newly single and ‘going to die soon’ and my co-workers were sure that I was gay, I decided to party hard and have a good time. There was one gay bar that wasn’t publicly gay and in a somewhat hidden venue. I went a couple times and soon found out that it wasn’t for me. It was shut down one time by police officers while I was there and they requested to see the ID cards of all the

One Blood: Youth Linked in Action

published: January, 09, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, International , Living with HIV, John McCullagh

Capturing the voices of youth in Jamaica and the Caribbean Diaspora in Canada, a powerful 20-minute documentary takes you into the hearts, minds, experiences and struggles of those living with and affected by HIV

One Blood: Youth Linked in Action

Youth in the Caribbean and the Caribbean Diaspora in Canada face many similar issues with respect to the risk of contracting HIV. An international project that linked youth from Jamaica and Ontario to address these issues resulted in a powerful 20-minute video documentary that takes you into the hearts, experiences and struggles of those living with and affected by HIV. You can see the video here. You can also read more about the issues facing these youth on the website of the Interagency Co

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