Articles tagged with: HIV

A Waste of Time, or Time Well Wasted

published: April, 18, 2011 Categories // Opinion Pieces

Rob Newman talks about letting go of old relationships when they no longer contribute to your own self-care

Through the wonders of social networking I was “found” a few weeby an old friend of mine. We hadn’t spoken in 5 years, and I will own that. I had moved, dropped my home phone kept my cell and returned to school. I imagine it was not easy to find me. I certainly wasn’t hiding; there were no bill collectors or crazy ex partners. Still I had no desire to connect or re-connect with this person. I was angry with him and instead of saying something; I said nothing for almost six years, and n

Canadian AIDS Service Organizations are using social media – but where are the gaps?

published: April, 16, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Bob Leahy - Publisher

Many are using Facebook, Twitter, Blogs and even YouTube to reach out. That’s good. But others are not. That’s bad. Bob Leahy looks at where ASO's rank in adopting social media, whether it’s good enough and what needs to change.

Canadian AIDS Service Organizations are using social media – but where are the gaps?

First some disclosure. PositiveLIte is in something of a unique situation. Because of it’s almost full-time on-line presence, it knows which players use social media and which don’t.   It knows the stars who use it to the hilt – I could name off a long list – and those who haven’t got their feet wet yet – I could name off a long list of those too. But I won't.  Let's just say it's a very mixed picture right now, but in truth getting better by the hour. Now, I like to

Peripheral Neuropathy Remains Common Despite HIV Therapy

published: April, 15, 2011 Categories // Health, Guest Authors

Hot off the press, courtesy of POZ magazine, here’s the latest on perhaps the most common, not to mention painful, side effect out there.

Peripheral Neuropathy Remains Common Despite HIV Therapy

The prevalence of a sometimes-painful nerve condition called peripheral neuropathy (PN) remains high in people with HIV despite effective antiretroviral (ARV) therapy, according to a study published in the April 24 issue of AIDS. Older age, diabetes, a low CD4 count and the use of nerve-toxic ARV drugs were the strongest predictors of developing the condition. Earlier in the epidemic, the three most common neurological conditions in people with HIV were the development of HIV-associated d

Dancing with the real stars

published: April, 14, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy goes beyond the dance shows of reality TV to see the best there is to offer in the world of contemporary dance, live and on stage at Toronto's Harbourfront

Dancing with the real stars

                        It isn't often that you see a tiny little woman old enough to be your mother (yours, not mine) repeatedly launch herself in to the air so that her body is parallel to the ground, spin dizzily on a horizontal axis before being caught by a male partner. The woman is Louise Lecavalier.  She’s fifty-three years old  and the astonishing spinning manoeuvre is called a barrel flip  You won't see THIS on Dancing with the Stars, even though

The Hard Facts on Erectile Dysfunction: Pills, Pumps and Prosthetics

published: April, 13, 2011 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Health, Sex and Sexuality , Mark S. King

Don't be shy! Mark S King, with an assist from fitness guru Nelson Vergel, brings you all you need to know to make those hard choices

The Hard Facts on Erectile Dysfunction: Pills, Pumps and Prosthetics

I suppose it was only a matter of time before HIV fitness guru and hottie Nelson Vergel and I ended up in bed together. After rummaging through my kitchen in a video blog about healthy eating, and then flexing his biceps at the gym when he instructed me on weight training, it really was more than he could bear. The man is only human, after all. Alas, our queen-sized romp which opens this video was clothed, comical, and quite chaste. But it was the perfect place to start a blog about erectile d

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

Racism and LGBT Health

published: April, 12, 2011 Categories // Health, Sex and Sexuality

Devan Nambiar connects the dots:HIV status, and the intersections of oppression with stigma, alienation, isolation, and discrimination.

Racism brings either discomfort or disgust for most. As gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) persons we have been fighting oppression and discrimination to gain respect and acceptance in the mainstream hetero-normative society. Add in HIV status, and the intersections of oppression increases a hundred times with stigma, alienation, isolation, and discrimination (SAID).   Next, add to the equation a racialized HIV positive person, dealing with racism and SAID. Or if you are a ra

Funny Prevention Messages from Europe, Part Two – Gettin’ Tail

published: April, 12, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Bob Leahy - Publisher

This one's hilarious, sex-positive and smart as a whip. But is it sending the right message? You be the judge.

Funny Prevention Messages from Europe, Part Two – Gettin’ Tail

The cartoon above is adorable.  I love it.  The video below, which is from the same French prevention campaign, not so much.  But it   certainly has some very strong redeeming qualities. In the video, Smutley, a VERY randy cat, boinks everything, even the goldfish, without protection. But he has nine lives and you don’t. The message? Fucking without a condom is deadly.  Oy! First off this isn’t really true any more. Secondly under the warm, fuzzy and

Mind Games - (le français suit)

published: April, 11, 2011 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Aging, CATIE, General Health, Mental Health, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

What can you do to keep your brain sharp? Instead of listing a bunch of ideas here, we want to suggest you read the fantastic Positive Side article “A Mind of Her Own."

 Mind Games - (le français suit)

We know what you’re thinking: “Those folks at CATIE would never play with our minds, so what can this post possibly be about?” You’re right, we never would; we’re straight-shooters. So, what are these mind games then? How’s about we call them mental gymnastics, as in the things you can do for your brain to keep it in tip-top shape. We know that HIV affects the brain, and that the extreme damage, called AIDS dementia complex, is now much less common thanks to HIV treatment. However,

Underwear………it’s what you have in them that counts

published: April, 11, 2011 Categories // Guest Authors

Guest blogger Wayne Bristow tips his fedora to another endeavour that raises awareness around safer sex.

Underwear………it’s what you have in them that counts

The passion heats up and the clothes come of. This is it. It’s time. Then he says, "oh, my condoms are in my pants, hang on a sec." You lay there waiting while he checks one pocket, then the other and the moments seem more like minutes and finally he has it and is fumbling to open it. Has this ever happened to you? Then there are the times when you have to stop to dig into a drawer on the night stand and get everything out. What if they had underwear with a secret pocket that would hold your

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