Articles tagged with: Brian Finch

Competing Agendas only Hurt those who are HIV positive

published: March, 30, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Opinion Pieces, Brian Finch

This leads me to the rhetorical question: What happened to the patient?

Competing Agendas only Hurt those who are HIV positive

I was all set to write up a “The Coles Notes: Treatment edition” having reading an article entitled, “Test and Treat”: Is It Enough? when I thought, “I’m going to write about what I think about all of this. Essentially “test and treat” is part of the use of anti-retrovirals as a form of prevention by lowering the amount of HIV found in the blood. Dutch researcher Joep M.A. Lange suggest that we need to get out there and treat the newly diagnosed, but as the title suggests, in h

Why am I still here? Existentialism 101

published: March, 22, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Brian Finch

I’ve been watching a friend/colleague and mother to my former dog Buster, in palliative care, slowly slipping away

Why am I still here? Existentialism 101

I’m overdue for writing. It’s been a difficult week.  With the somewhat somber tones of my favourite French Diva Mylène Farmer’s moody collaboration with Moby as the backdrop, I’ve been watching a friend/colleague and mother to my former dog Buster, in palliative care, slowly slipping away What shouldn’t surprise me so much is that she is hanging on as she was always a scrapper. For privacy reasons I’m not going to say too much at this point.  There have been a few key p

My Band-AID Guardian Angel

published: March, 15, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Brian Finch

No matter how big of a pickle I’m in, there has always been what I call my guardian angel

My Band-AID Guardian Angel

When I travel I’ve gotten myself into a few binds. It’s one of the joys of traveling; just ask those who are stuck in Tokyo trying to get out. It’s really a crapshoot where the outcome is never known until it is either happening, or a distant memory. No matter how big of a pickle I’m in, there has always been what I call my guardian angel. Sometimes I’m helped in small ways, others a lot. One example of a what I call a "micro-angel" moment was in Brussels a few years ago. While takin

Amy Justice discusses the Veterans Aging Cohort Study @ the OHTN Research 2010 conference

published: March, 14, 2011 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research, Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Features and Interviews, Health, Ontario HIV Treatment Network

During last fall's OHTN Research Conference 2010, the OHTN and PositiveLite.com began working on the idea of presenting video snapshots of some of the research presented.

Amy Justice discusses the Veterans Aging Cohort Study @ the OHTN Research 2010 conference

Welcome to a new collaboration between the Ontario HIV Treatment Network and PositiveLite.com. During last fall's OHTN Research Conference 2010, the OHTN and PositiveLite.com began working on the idea of presenting video snapshots of some of the research presented. In this pilot project our goals are to provide a very quick overview of the researcher's work. Additionally, we take a look at some of the community-based research, an important area of research that touches the lives of HIV+

If it takes a village... then I need a mid-sized city: reflections on community - Updated March 10, 2011

published: March, 10, 2011 Categories // Events, Brian Finch

Isolation equals destruction. It was going on disability, losing my work community, and that was when it all went to hell in a hand basket.

If it takes a village... then I need a mid-sized city: reflections on community - Updated March 10, 2011

While attending Opening Doors Toronto this week, I was struck by how much the subject of community came up. As mentioned in Bob Leahy’s interview with Chicago’s Jim Pickett here on PositiveLite, the trend seems to be these days to focus on what we have versus what we don’t have, in other words: an asset-base approach. Within that approach, time and time again "community" is brought to the forefront of the discussions.  It’s not that we don’t know this, so I had to ask myself,

SHOCKING STORY: Great Canadian Telecom Company Experience

published: March, 03, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Brian Finch

For once my phone company is "not" screwing me over. It's so rare I don't even know how to react.

SHOCKING STORY: Great Canadian Telecom Company Experience

Sometime last week I went dark while in St. Martin.  It seemed like the thing to do, being hit with a nasty flu on my last days on the island.  I’ll write more about the trip in future posts, as it all wasn’t just about getting the latest designer flu – what other kind is there in St. Martin & St. Barth anyway?. Today instead I’m going to share the kind of story that is so rare in Canada that they’ve almost gone extinct, or at least put on the endangered species list: a

"Still Here Tour 2011" Next Stop: St. Martin

published: February, 24, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Brian Finch

Up until a couple of days ago, there hasn’t been much going on with my annual “She’s Still Here Tour” which has been shortened down to the Still Here Tour.

Up until a couple of days ago, there hasn’t been much going on with my annual “She’s Still Here Tour” which has been shortened down to the Still Here Tour. However, two days ago I boarded a plane to St. Martin, the French side of the island that is shared with the Dutch. This is my fourth time down here. It seems that any time that I go to the Caribbean I end up in St. Martin. The initial reason was that I wanted to go somewhere that wasn’t completely dead after the sun goes down, an

REVIEW: Floating, another winner from Harbourfront's World Stage series.

published: February, 21, 2011 Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy goes to the theatre and comes out liking Hugh Hughes in Floating a lot, but also thinking whether the connections it makes with its audience can be replicated in the HIV movement

REVIEW: Floating, another winner from Harbourfront's World Stage series.

I seem to have a habit of reviewing shows at the end of their run, which means you can’t always get to see them. But I’m also in the habit of connecting the dots between what’s on stage and our lives outside the four walls of a theatre. In this capacity, Floating brought to us from Wales by World Stage, delivers dots in spades. Let me first tell you about the show. Like many I’ve seen lately, it’s decidedly odd. It’s also accessible, funny and engaging, qualities not always found i

Thanks to CBC I'll never lick chicken off a food tray ever again.

published: February, 16, 2011 Categories // Health, Brian Finch

Thanks to CBC I'll never lick chicken off a food tray ever again.

Prior to writing this piece, I’ve been a bit paranoid about germs. Having lived through SARS in Toronto, and HINI as an asthmatic, it’s hard not to be. Over the years I’ve had the A – Z of gut infections, and no I’m not into rimming. In fact my motto generally is “you can do anything you want, just don’t kiss me on the lips after!” And yes, I use a meat thermometer. Two bits of information hve recently been disseminated through the fine work of CBC’s Marketplace, an inve

HIV & Aging: My own Life Alert moment, plus Gay Men's Sexual Health Summit

published: February, 08, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Brian Finch

On another note, despite my Tempura physical condition (lightly battered) after falling, I'm still heading on my way over to the Gay Men's Sexual Health Summit taking place Wednesday to Friday (Feb 9 - 11) this week at the Delta Chelsea here in Toronto

HIV & Aging: My own Life Alert moment, plus Gay Men's Sexual Health Summit

The other week when we were supposed to have been hit by a winter storm of “historic” proportions, I had gone out shopping as who knew if we really were going to get a blizzard come through or if it was to be another moment of Toronto weather fear-mongering. If we were going to get hit, I didn’t want to need to go out and get anything. Additionally, and most importantly, I didn’t want to head outside wearing running shoes, the only footwear I can wear while my foot heals from

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