Articles tagged with: HIV

A trip through the Himalayas, Part 3 of 3

published: March, 23, 2011 Categories // Spirituality, Travel

Devan Nambiar travels to the Vasudhara waterfalls; read about his lessons for life that came out of the trip

EDITOR’S NOTE: PART 1 & 2 LINKS ARE BELOW POST The second temple is in Badrinath, at 10,200 feet. It was easier on my breathing and my heart beat. Or maybe by then I was more acclimatized to the altitude and low oxygen. As I explored the town, I was drawn towards the sound of the water, the mighty roar of the Vasudhara waterfalls. The town had a most enchanting vibration. I felt as if I had happened upon Shangri la. The energy of the mountains and temples was out of this world, filled wi

In Praise of HIV Negative Gay Men!

published: March, 23, 2011 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Gay Men, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality , Mark S. King

Mark S King says : In the anxious world of sexuality and HIV risk, we could all use a little love and support. So, in the spirit of everyone getting the attention they deserve, allow me a moment to throw a party for HIV negative gay men.

In Praise of HIV Negative Gay Men!

HIV negative gay men hear a lot about what they should be doing (or not doing), but rarely about what they are doing well. They have had to plod along, making the best choices they could to remain negative, fearing every blood test, and often watching friends become infected with HIV. Clearly, HIV positive people are subjected to daily stigmatization and prejudice, from the workplace to the dating pool. But this isn’t a contest. Considering this blog site is devoted to living joyfully with 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

From the front lines: an HIV prevention worker speaks

published: March, 22, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Features and Interviews, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks to Kevin Murphy from London, Ontario about his work, his music and how he uses music to educate youth and adults about HIV and sexual health

From the front lines: an HIV prevention worker speaks

Bob: Tell me about your job. Kevin: I’m the Gay Men’s HIV Prevention Worker at the Regional HIV AIDS Connection in London Ontario. My job includes the development of community awareness campaigns, educational and training resources, program and curriculum development for many different target populations, all of which include gay, bi and MSM (Men who have Sex with Men). I also do lot of pounding the pavement, handing out condoms and connecting with people. I do outreach at our local bathho

Unwanted same-sex attraction? There WAS an app for that - Updated March 22, 2011

published: March, 22, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy drank the Kool-aid and tried out the ex-gay movement’s controversial new iPhone app. Hows that for dedication?

Unwanted same-sex attraction? There WAS an app for that - Updated March 22, 2011

Obviiously this was written before it was learned that the Exodus app is no longer available on the iTunes store.  Clearly my review was responsible for that removal, LOL. Now I should review the pesky Harper government and see what happpens.  ***************************************************  What I do for PositiveLIte.com.   A few weeks ago I spent $1.99 to review  that crummy Confession - A Roman Catholic app. Which yuk-inducing app, I might add, was imm

Diagnosis; How I learned I had AIDS - Updated March 21, 2011

published: March, 21, 2011 Categories // Health, Living with HIV

A bad cough that turned in to a nightmare: this is how, in 1997, Montrealer Ken Monteith discovered he had AIDS - and just four T-cells.

Diagnosis; How I learned I had AIDS - Updated March 21, 2011

                       On the20th, I had trouble breathing. The symptoms were coughing to the point of running out of breath, hard to stay standing, fighting to return to bedroom, falling to bed, breaking glasses on the way down. I woke up later, coughing again. The woman at Info Santé spoke in difficult English. She offered only two choices of clinics; both were far away for a winter day and open for only short hours. I left her thinking that she had helped me, but I did

The long and winding road -Updated March 20, 2011

published: March, 20, 2011 Categories // Opinion Pieces

Fighting HIV over the long haul can feel like very hard work. Do you ever feel like giving up? Danny Miller says no way.

“Another bruise to try and hide, another alibi to write, another lonely highway in the black of night, there's hope in the darkness, you know your gonna make it. Another ditch in the road, keep moving, another stop sign, you keep moving on, cause the years go by so fast, wonder how I ever made it.” - Two Beds and a Coffee Machine by Savage Garden On March 9th, a very close friend of mine posted on Facebook “24 years POZ today... not sure if I should be happy - or sad”. Of course everyo

Why are we here AGAIN – Part 2 - Updated March 19, 2011

published: March, 19, 2011 Categories // Opinion Pieces

Rob Newman follows up on that case of non-disclosure he highlighted here two weeks ago and asks “what makes for a happy ending?”

I was talking with a colleague with regard to my last story that I wrote for PositiveLite.com (it’s here).  I wanted to know if good news at the end of that story would mean it was a happy ending. My query was simply: can a happy ending come after a person endures discrimination, stigmatization and humiliation. When a person is put through the ringer to that extent and then just let go, where is the justice, how does one feel and how does one heal? When my friend made that first step an

My t-cells could use a facelift. - Updated March 18, 2011

published: March, 18, 2011 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Health, Mark S. King

Mark S. King: Can I still complain about getting older if I was supposed to be dead twenty years ago? That’s the dilemma of aging HIV positive guys like me.

My t-cells could use a facelift. - Updated March 18, 2011

Feeling victorious over AIDS only takes your self esteem so far; there’s no HIV medication to fight wrinkles. Oh wait, there is. I had facial injections last year (and showed you the process) to alleviate moderate facial wasting, and it fixed me right up. Then I got padded butt shorts for those occasions I wear my beloved 501’s and I want to feel more confident. And let’s not forget the testosterone my doctor prescribed years ago that has kept a youthful bounce in my step ever since

The Treatment Coles Notes: This combination therapy is not looking good for those with high viral loads. - Updated March 17, 2011

published: March, 17, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Health, Guest Authors

Nuke-sparing combination doesn't work well with high viral load. Read more for the simple facts.

The Treatment Coles Notes: This combination therapy is not looking  good for those with high viral loads. - Updated March 17, 2011

Treatment Info: The Coles Notes Edition Source: NATAP People who began a first-line nucleoside-free regimen of darunavir/ritonavir plus raltegravir with a viral load above 100,000 copies ran a higher risk of virologic failure and raltegravir resistance than if they started with a lower viral load [1]. At week 48 of this single-arm study by the AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG), one quarter of study participants had protocol-defined virologic failure, a rate  higher than those seen with fi

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