Articles tagged with: youth

HIV and street-involved young men

published: November, 29, 2011 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Conferences, Youth, Features and Interviews, Health, Sexual Health, Population Specific , John McCullagh

At the recent Ontario HIV Treatment Network research conference, John McCullagh spoke to researcher Josephine Wong about the vulnerabilities to HIV and other STIs of street-involved young men in Toronto.

HIV and street-involved young men

Although Canada’s a rich country, homelessness is a reality for far too many of our fellow citizens. A significant proportion of them are young people. In addition, there are many youth who, if not technically homeless, experience precarious living situations. There are many reasons for this - poverty, family rejection, domestic violence, parental drug and/or alcohol misuse or a lack of space where young people feel they can be themselves. These circumstances make these so-called street-inv

A Caribbean Story, Part Two

published: November, 21, 2011 Categories // Gay Men, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Scott Foley, a new immigrant seeking refugee status in Canada, continues the story of his childhood and awakening sexuality.

A Caribbean Story, Part Two

In Part One, Scott described his early years, leading up to disclosing to those around him, at age six, that he thought Kevin Costner attractive. Scott: That Kevin Costner episode left me totally confused. Why was I punished? Was it because I said he was cute? And what’s a fag anyway? I was only six and didn’t know the answers to those questions. I continued doing what I enjoyed which was playing with my cousin Michelle. One day we were running around the front yard where my uncle Jim wa

Raising Brad

published: October, 18, 2011 Categories // Guest Authors

Guest writer Brad Crelia had a troubled childhood. In this piece his father, Matt Spaur, writes about what it was like to raise a gay boy, a hell-raiser who went on to become an AIDS activist.

Raising Brad

This Article first appeared on July 27, 2011. Brad Crelia is the Editor/Publisher of Check out their site here. Brad Crelia says: Many thanks to my Dad, Matt Spaur for writing this piece for Hivster. I love you and am truly grateful for all you’ve done for me and did for mom. I was a bitch to deal with, sorry for those years of hell. Brad’s father: Raising a gay kid didn’t bother Connye (below, right), but as Brad’s mother she dreaded the difficulties her son

Hearing Crickets At Project Acorn

published: September, 19, 2011 Categories // Activism

It happens to the best of us. Michael Burtch gives a guest speech at Project Acorn and dies a slow death on stage.

Back in July I was approached to discuss my involvement in HIV activism, and my inheritance of a thirty year old movement, for Project Acorn. Designed as a leadership camp for GLBTQ youth, I was tasked with engaging the next generation of Ottawa’s queer activists about queer men’s sexual health, and being allies in ending HIV-phobia, criminalization, and sex-negativity. I joined an amazing panel that including Patrizia Gentile in addressing a crowd of the most vibrant, resilient, articulat

Sex, alcohol and condom use

published: July, 20, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy asks what’s the link between alcohol consumption and risky behaviours - and is anyone really talking about it?.

Sex, alcohol and condom use

The video below from the people at, a UK-based portal providing sexual health information for young people, raises the question of the link between booze and bad behaviour – or at least risky behaviour. Surprisingly it doesn’t seem to be a question asked as much as one might think. A Google gander for research in this area reveals precious few references. Those that are there frequently relate to the developing countries, or cite alcohol as a risk factor only in that it le

Another case of homophobic cyber-bullying... on a massive scale

Viral Load Warrior and the case of twelve-year old Ronan Parke On Britains Got Talent,

The cyber-bullies have been out in force again over the past couple of weeks.   This time, the target has been 12 year old Ronan Parke, a contestant on the UK reality TV show Britain’s Got Talent. So, what did he do to bring attention to himself? Well, he ‘looks and acts gay’. The extent of interest in Ronan’s sexuality has led to google auto-suggesting that he is indeed ‘gay’. In addition, a google search reveals queries not only in relation to his sexuality, but also hi

The Rx Coles Notes Hepatitis C epidemic among young people

published: May, 18, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Health, Guest Authors

A new wave of Hep C sweeps in under the Public Health radar

The Rx Coles Notes  Hepatitis C epidemic among young people comes as surprise "What's happening is we have 16-, 17- and 18-year-olds that are addicted to heroin, and the majority of them started with prescription drugs,"......Newly reported probable and confirmed hepatitis C infections in Massachusetts 15-to-24-year-olds rose from 65 to 102 cases per 100,000 within the span of four years.....from 2002-06, the state saw an overall decline in new hepatitis C reports from 181 to 128 per 100,

Nothing gay about Tennessee Schools

published: April, 28, 2011 Categories // Opinion Pieces

Danny Miler doesn’t like what he sees happening in southern schools, where discussion of homosexuality is outlawed.

So here in the United States of America, the southern states, (those below the Mason Dixon line) are known throughout history as being very intolerant of minorities. Thosestates are also notorious for being anti-gay, and now one state in particular, Tennessee, has taken this to a whole new level of ridiculous-ness! Earlier this year the Tennessee state senate introduced the “Don't Say Gay” bill, which would, make it unlawful to say the words “gay” and “homosexuality”, or even

The adolescent brain; hot-wired for risk-taking?

Our Viral Load Warrior examines the idea that structural differences in the brain may influence adolescent risk-taking behavior

Do you remember being a teenager? I do, and it’s not pretty. My teenage years were characterised by feelings of insecurity and low self-esteem. An outbreak of acne was sufficient to send me into meltdown, on one occasion barricading myself in my bedroom with a wardrobe and chest of drawers. Imagine having to deal with HIV on top of that?   A group of researchers recently interviewed 18 adolescents from Montreal, Canada, who had been born with HIV to find out perspectives on ‘risk

H-I-Vogue - A new track by Jade Elektra

published: April, 07, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Features and Interviews, Brian Finch

"You better tell it!" From the beginning, I had the idea that this track should be more like a public service announcement.

H-I-Vogue - A new track by Jade Elektra

Following the release of H-I-Vogue, I got a chance to have a quick chat with Jade Elektra, aka DJ Relentless about his latest track with a message.  You are a New Yorker transplant in Toronto, how did you find yourself here?  I actually moved to Toronto because I fell in love and married one of the local filmmakers, John Richard Allen. I had been in New York for the past 17 years and I felt I needed a change. For those who don’t know you, you are a man of many talents: DJ, singer/p

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