Articles tagged with: HIV

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

Putting “people” first

published: April, 11, 2011 Categories // Opinion Pieces

Megan DePutter continues her exploration of terminolgy and how best to call each other

Putting “people” first

In my last post , I discussed the term participant versus client. The other thing you may have heard discussed lately, if you’re an avid conference goer, is the issue of using “PHA” in workshops and presentations. On multiple occasions I have heard people who are living with HIV & AIDS argue that the term PHA should not be tossed around as often as it is. And I agree. Acronyms can make sense in certain context, like in a clinical sense, or in research, or grant proposals, but can be

Funny Prevention Messages from Europe, Part One – Sex is No Accident

published: April, 09, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Looking at a funny and innovative HIV prevention campaign from Germany. But how effective is it?

Funny Prevention Messages from Europe, Part One – Sex is No Accident

Some ligh/lite fare today, but light fare that’s designed to make us think. Sex is No Accident – Always Use a Condom is a clever and funny prevention campaign coming from MTV Germany. I haven’t seen much criticism of this campaign. People seem to like it, judging by the Facebook thumbs-ups wherever it’s been featured on-line. And I must admit my initial reaction was good, because – well, it’s fresh and it’s funny, and that counts a lot. But how effective will it be? There are two

VIDEO: SNAP! 2011 - An AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) Fundraiser

published: April, 08, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Events, Features and Interviews, Brian Finch

Recently Bob Leahy and myself attended one of the AIDS Committee of Toronto's premier fundraiser, SNAP! 201

VIDEO: SNAP! 2011 - An AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) Fundraiser

Recently Bob Leahy and myself attended one of the AIDS Committee of Toronto's premier fundraisers, SNAP! 2011. Thank you to Jeff who was the volunteer camera man for the night, and the organizers for media accreditation. Watch the video to find out how much was raised that night. 

Vauxhall by Daylight: Sex and Drugs, no Rock 'n Roll

published: April, 08, 2011 Categories // Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

U.K. Guest writer Viral Load Warrior turns the spotlight on London’s alternative gay village, the sex and drugs scene it has become known for – and the consequences.

‘Vauxhall by daylight! A porter-pot without porter! The House of Commons without the Speaker, a gas-lamp without the gas—poo, nonsense, the thing was not to be thought of’ Charles Dickens, Vauxhall Gardens by Day Vauxhall is nestled near the Thames in South London. The area is nothing special to look at, consisting of a transport hub, sprawling roads, disused railway arches, businesses and warehouses. At night, however, Vauxhall becomes an entirely different place. In the above quote, Di

Rules, Rules Everywhere

published: April, 08, 2011 Categories // Dating, Opinion Pieces

Ken Monteith on stuff like the first date rule - if we don’t have sex on the first date, there won’t be a second one – and other rules to live by.

Rules, Rules Everywhere

We had a very interesting and entertaining conversation at the lunch table at work today. Now we usually do have interesting conversations and often rather racy, too. Today’s was a perfect illustration of why it is so very important — and entertaining — to have diversity in your workplace. It started out with the three date rule. Apparently it is common for straight people to wait until the third date before they have sex. Earlier, and you’re a whore, later and you’re frigid. I assum

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