Articles tagged with: HIV

H-I-Vogue - A new track by Jade Elektra

published: April, 07, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Features and Interviews, Brian Finch

"You better tell it!" From the beginning, I had the idea that this track should be more like a public service announcement.

H-I-Vogue - A new track by Jade Elektra

Following the release of H-I-Vogue, I got a chance to have a quick chat with Jade Elektra, aka DJ Relentless about his latest track with a message.  You are a New Yorker transplant in Toronto, how did you find yourself here?  I actually moved to Toronto because I fell in love and married one of the local filmmakers, John Richard Allen. I had been in New York for the past 17 years and I felt I needed a change. For those who don’t know you, you are a man of many talents: DJ, singer/p

Assimilation in the Land of Cows - Part One

published: April, 07, 2011 Categories // Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy and a photo-essay on being out as a gay and poz man in the country and the role of HIV/AIDS activism in rural settings

Assimilation in the Land of Cows - Part One

There are many defining moments that occur when one first moves to the country. The first and perhaps most defining of all is when the empty moving van pulls out of your gravelly rural driveway. It has just deposited all your worldly possessions in to what smells, looks and feels like a distant outpost in another world. It is a moment of second guessing (was this idea really so smart?), self doubt and above all, finality. The second defining moment comes next day when you realize that your new

4 Pills Once Daily: Andrew Gayed’s Body Of Art

published: April, 07, 2011 Categories // Art, Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Michael Burtch bares all - includes a NSFW link

Last month artist Andrew Gayed approached me about participating in a project addressing HIV-stigma and sex-positivity. Andrew’s goal was to explore HIV as something greater then a medical diagnoses, to look at how sex-negativity helped contribute to increasing HIV rates, and to examine the societal stigmatization of HIV positive people. The outcome of our two hour recorded interview and two hour long photo shoot has emerged, and it’s now available to view here. (A warning: this

The Treatment Cole's Notes: Accelerated Hep B Vaccines

published: April, 06, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Health

Headline: Accelerated HBV vaccination schedule an option for HIV patients if CD4 cell count is high.

The Treatment Cole's Notes: Accelerated Hep B Vaccines

Headline: Accelerated HBV vaccination schedule an option for HIV patients if CD4 cell count is high. This is the headline for a recent article published by Dutch researchers on whether or not speeding up HBV – Hepatitis B vaccine doses is appropriate for those with a higher T4 (CD4) count.  On the surface this sounds like a great option for people since the HBV – Hepatitis B – vaccine is given in three stages over the course of six months. This six months can make it difficult

Name games: participant versus client

published: April, 06, 2011 Categories // Opinion Pieces

Megan Deputter asks some probing questions about what we call the people that wallk though the doors of an AIDS Service Organization looking for help.

Name games: participant versus client

Participant. People who access our services. People who use our services. If you’ve attended any conferences lately, chances are you’ve heard any number of these words used by service providers. You may have noticed that these words are rapidly replacing the usage of the term “client”. I’ve heard a ton of discussion lately surrounding what kind of terminology can and should be used. Generally speaking I think that ASOs aim to create empowering environments, where everyone feels respe

How queer: going to the theatre

published: April, 05, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy looks at what the Toronto theatre scene has to offer queer folks, and in particular the exciting fare at smaller and often overlooked venues like Buddies and World Stage.

How queer: going to the theatre

There has always been a connection between being gay and the theatre. Why this is and why there isn’t the same connection with, say, gays and sport or gays and rock-climbing I’m not sure. There just isn’t. Go to a Toronto theatre though, and you’ll see lots of gay couples out for an evening. Go to the opera – as I occasionally do, because my tastes are all over the map – and you’ll see even more. We love our shows, out show tunes, our divas, whatever flavour they come in. Having

Positive Spaces Healthy Places Study - Interview with Jay Koornstra

published: April, 04, 2011 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // Features and Interviews, Health, Ontario HIV Treatment Network

The second in an onging OHTN/Positivelite.com partnership, Brian Finch speaks to Jay Koornstra on housing.

Positive Spaces Healthy Places Study - Interview with Jay Koornstra

Taken from the Positive Spaces Healthy Spaces website. Led and supported by a multi-stakeholder partnership based in Ontario, Positive Spaces Healthy Places is the first longitudinal community-based research initiative in Canada examining the relationship between health and housing in the context of HIV to inform housing policies and programs that may lead to improved health outcomes and health-related quality of l

My Sister

published: April, 04, 2011 Categories // Living with HIV

Ottawa poz guy Michael Burtch reveals that the ties that bind don't always bind when it comes to disclosing your status to family.

You brace yourself for the worst, to be hurt by poorly chosen words, insensitive questions, accusations, anger and blame. You hope for an embrace and compassion, you wonder if you’ll cry if she tells you she loves you, and is afraid of losing you. You weigh the outcomes and then wonder how, or if, you’ll even tell her. But when she does find out, you find yourself unprepared for her response.You never anticipated silence. It’s deafening. Made all the louder by others who do call, who e-m

Losses and Gains

published: April, 04, 2011 Categories // Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Montrealer Ken Monteith suggests you don’t have to become HIV-positive to improve your lot in life, but sometimes it actually helps.

Losses and Gains

This week marks an anniversary of sorts for me. Ten years since I made the decision to resign from the Bar and let go of that official status that I spent so much time and effort acquiring and maintaining. Not an easy decision, but one probably made more inevitable by my HIV status and my own expectations about my longevity and my immediate future. Chalk that one up as a loss. Now I don’t consider myself to be a particularly spiritual person, but we in the AIDS movement often talk about (or

Eating Healthy - and The Best Chilli Recipe Ever

published: April, 02, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Health, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy on the importance of eating healthy for HIVers, even though he himself hasn’t met a donut or a grilled cheese sandwich he doesn’t like

Eating Healthy - and The Best Chilli Recipe Ever

Anyone who knows me will immediately see the irony of me starting a regular feature here about good nutrition. It’s not a subject I can claim great expertise in other than the fact that my partner is on Weight Watchers. Now I’m not sure if folks know the Weight Watchers' program, but it certainly involves eating extremely healthy while seeing the pounds slip away. And when he’s on Weight Watchers I eat much the same thing.  Plus extra stuff.  Like chocolate.  Lots of it. W

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