Articles tagged with: HIV

Opening Doors Toronto: Overcoming Stigmas by Exploring our Strengths and Resilience - Updated February 20, 2011

published: February, 20, 2011 Categories // Events, Events

Opening Doors is a regional event that can only accommodate those who live within that region. If you do not live in the Toronto area, please check when the next Opening Doors will be in your area.

Opening Doors Toronto: Overcoming Stigmas by Exploring our Strengths and Resilience - Updated February 20, 2011

A two-day forum for support service providers and people living with, and affected by, HIV/AIDS in Toronto. Opening Doors is a regional event that can only accommodate those who live within that region. If you do not live in the Toronto area, please check when the next Opening Doors will be in your area. Opening Doors is a forum designed to strengthen HIV/AIDS counselling and support services by bringing together a diverse range of HIV-related support workers and people living with and affecte

Sitting pretty - facial wasting (lipoatrophy) and what some HIVers are doing about it

published: February, 19, 2011 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Health, Treatment, Mark S. King

Mark S. King shows us the way in a reprise of two video posts demonstrating treatment with facial fillers to counteract the effects of lipoatrophy. Does it work? You be the judge.

Sitting pretty - facial wasting (lipoatrophy) and what some HIVers are doing about it

Treating My Facial Wasting is the first video below. After dealing with facial lipoatrophy (wasting) and seeing it so evident in my videos, I decided to do something about it by visiting Dr. Gerald Pierone in Vero Beach, FL and being treated with injections of facial fillers. Facial wasting and fat displacement are common side effects of both HIV infection and the medications used to treat it (originally appeared on The Body, March 25, 2009) Treating My Facial Wasting: An Update is the second

Lebanon's Think Positive & Creating a global community

published: February, 18, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Brian Finch

One day, on Facebook, I began to exchange messages with Amhad, part of the Think Positive Team, a Lebanese website Think Positive, created by and for people who are HIV positive.

Lebanon's Think Positive & Creating a global community

When I presented last week at the Gay Men’s Sexual Health Summit 2011 I spoke about community. As I grow older, community becomes increasingly important.  In fact I’ve been seeking community outside of our “HIV….gay whatever” world. When I first started working in the area of HIV education and prevention in Manitoba many moons ago, it was only the privileged few who got to travel. They were the only ones to connect with the world beyond Winnipeg.  I was fortunate to travel

True Confessions

published: February, 18, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy says "Father forgive me for I know not what I do: I bought the iPhone Confessions app this week – and I feel dirty."

True Confessions

It cost me $1.99, and it’s a rip, but in the interests of research, I needed to see for myself what happens when iPhone technology and bad religion collide. Now I’m not sure where the money goes – hopefully NOT to the Catholic Church - but I’m regretting it already. I just couldn’t resist the description of this app,though, full title: Confession - A Roman Catholic app.  Here’s what the app descriptions says (and I'm not making this up): “Designed to be used in the confessio

Why You Should Care about the "Other" H Virus (le français suit)

published: February, 17, 2011 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, Hep B and C, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Living with HIV

Pop quiz! Can hepatitis C be passed during sex?

Why You Should Care about the

(le français suit) Pop quiz! Can hepatitis C be passed during sex? Time's up. What's your answer? While many people know that hepatitis C virus can pass through blood-to-blood contact during activities like sharing needles or straws while doing drugs, sex wasn't really considered a risk for passing the virus—at least until fairly recently. Starting about a decade ago, cases of Hep C among groups of HIV-positive gay men who did not inject drugs raised the possibility of Hep C passing during

SNAP! Toronto 2011 - An AIDS Committee of Toronto Fundraiser

published: February, 16, 2011 Categories // Events, Events

And . . there will be very hot near-naked TD boys running around, just one more reason we are excited to attend and support this annual fundraising event.

SNAP! Toronto 2011 - An AIDS Committee of Toronto Fundraiser

Below, PositiveLite.com blogger Bob Leahy speaks to ACT's Special Projects Co-ordinator Jim Forbes about their upcoming photography auction fundraiser. On Sunday, March 27 2011, don't miss this rare opportunity to see and buy the work of some of the most exciting photographers in the world at SNAP!, the AIDS Committee of Toronto’s (ACT) annual photographic fundraiser, presented by TD. SNAP! features a live auction of curated art, a silent auction, and photo competition. The event tak

REVIEW: A Night at the Opera with Richard Nixon

published: February, 16, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In which Bob Leahy reviews the very classy Canadian Opera Company production of Nixon in China and muses about why (some) gay men like this kind of stuff so much.

REVIEW: A Night at the Opera with Richard Nixon

Sunday, the significant other and I went to see The Canadian Opera Company’s Nixon in China at the Four Seasons Centre for the Arts, Toronto’s (relatively) new opera house. Hadn’t been there before. I loved the building. The lobby’s a symphony of blonde woods, glass staircases and stainless steel finishes. It seems designed to make patrons feel elegant. It works too.  The auditorium itself is more traditional – five tiers of seats arranged in a horseshoe make for good

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

Cannabis Use and Earlier Onset of Psychosis

published: February, 15, 2011 Categories // Mental Health, Health

The HIV sector has not undertaken any long term research on the safety of marijuana use on immune functions, mental health or concurrent disorders in poz persons who smoke marijuana.

   The use of marijuana or cannabis is common amongst HIV positive persons to assist as an appetite stimulant and minimize weight lost.  Its use has been “normalized” in the HIV community, and in general marijuana use in the poz community has not caused much concern.  But the HIV sector has not undertaken any long term research on the safety of marijuana use on immune functions, mental health or concurrent disorders in poz persons who smoke marijuana. Additionally,

The Dave Brodrick Story: Positive and in Prison

published: February, 14, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Features and Interviews, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy brings you a story of drugs, dependency and life inside one of Canada’s medium security prisons in a rare glimpse at the life of one poz inmate who has agreed to speak out, and of those there to support him.

The Dave Brodrick Story: Positive and in Prison

                      Just recently I came across a story in PARN’s newsletter which I found totally riveting. It’s rare, after all, for a client of PARN, a Peterborough-based AIDS Service Organization I have strong attachments to, to want their story to be told. But Dave Brodrick is clearly no ordinary client. He has given permission for his story to be told here. Dave is forty-two years old.  He is from Toronto.  He was adopted and at the age of t

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