Articles tagged with: HIV

ARTSIDA or How to Have Fun and Raise Money for a Very Worthy Cause

published: April, 19, 2011 Categories // Community Events, Events

An art auction can often work well as a fundraiser for an AIDS Service Orgnazation. Montreal’s Ken Monteith tells how – and how much.

ARTSIDA or How to Have Fun and Raise Money for a Very Worthy Cause

The evening of 14 April was my third participation in an art auction and the third edition of AIDS Community Care Montreal's newly renamed ARTSIDA  which started out as Project Hope just two short years ago. There really is nothing like a professional auctioneer to keep a crowd entertained and to keep them opening their wallets just a bit wider. This guy had us laughing as hard as we did last year, and in two languages to boot! The concept is a simple one. Local and not so local artists s

Eating Well: My Fried Rice with Teriyaki Chicken Strips

published: April, 19, 2011 Categories // Wayne Bristow

A favourite recipe that’s fast, cheap and easy – everything that Guest Writer Wayne Bristow isn’t, in fact.

Eating Well: My Fried Rice with Teriyaki Chicken Strips

This dish is cheap, it takes less than an hour to make and its light/lite and healthy. I made mine with minute rice to save time.  But my favourite clothing store is near the grocery store  and I spent way too much time in there. One has to keep the closet full so there is no room to go back in, I was told by a friend. Depending on how much chicken you use and the going price, it is possible to make this meal for under $20. Serves 3 – 4 people. Here's what you need: Boneless

New homes for HIV-positive Torontonians with drug addictions

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

The Toronto Star reported this story about Fife House, a Toronto AIDS Service Organzation which provides supportive housing for HIVers

Four years after being diagnosed with HIV, John Terry found himself without a home. The diagnosis threw his life into a tailspin. Terry suddenly had no job, no apartment and was couch-surfing with friends and family in the Toronto area. For the former Parliament Hill policy analyst, it was the darkest period of his life — but at least he wasn’t also battling a drug addiction, like some of his friends who are also HIV-positive and homeless. Terry knows exactly where he would have wound up,

Stand-out in the Sun

published: April, 18, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Features and Interviews, Bob Leahy - Publisher

An interview with a remarkable man. His name is Paul Gallegos, he’s an HIV activist and you can find him, when he’s not public speaking, out on the streets in the hot California sun promoting HIV testing to motorists and passers-by.

Stand-out in the Sun

I first came across the work of Paul Gallegos through Twitter. (He’s @pauly1999) Paul uses social media voraciously in support of his advocacy for people living with HIV and the need for testing of those who aren’t. One Twitter trail led to another, which in turn led me to find a story about Paul  in a Palm Springs journal. The bare bones of his story are this. In 1999, Paul already had years of heavy drinking and drug use behind him. In preparation for a construction job, he’d deci

News from the Nation's Capital: it's tea dance time!

published: April, 18, 2011 Categories // Community Events, Events

On Saturday, May 7th, Swizzles Bar (246 Queen St-Ottawa) will be hosting a tea dance called BASHFUL

On Saturday, May 7th, Swizzles Bar & Grill in downtown Ottawa will host the semi-annual tea dance BASHFUL in support of P.O.W.E.R. (Prostitutes of Ottawa/Gatineau, Work, Educate, and Resist). In 2010, P.O.W.E.R. published ‘Challenges: Ottawa Area Sex Workers Speak Out’, a report documenting the ongoing harm committed by Canada’s antiquated and moralistic approach to sex work. The report would contribute to the growing body of research that showed the inherent value and important con

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

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