Articles tagged with: Ken Monteith

By the numbers: PositiveLite.com’s ten most popular posts of all time

published: March, 28, 2018 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Living with HIV, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy looks at what caught readers’ eyes most in the nine years since PositiveLite.com first launched. What was our number one most read article by far? Read on!

By the numbers: PositiveLite.com’s ten most popular posts of all time

If an archaeologist at some distant point in the future wanted to explore what living with HIV (remember HIV?) was like in the first decade or two of the 21st century, they could do a lot worse than visit today’s top ten list. Like our lives, it runs the gamut – from sex to science and everything in between. It was arguably the most varied site about HIV out there. It set out, very deliberately, to explore the infinite variety within our poz lives which were never ALL about HIV but about l

90-90-90: Starting from failure? Headed toward failure?

published: September, 29, 2016 Categories // Gay Men, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

"We won’t get there if we don’t put enough resources into it," says Montreal correspondent Ken Monteith

90-90-90: Starting from failure? Headed toward failure?

Among all the messages out there in this time of great optimism around the fight against HIV in the world, none may be as snappy and as attached to the “treatment cascade” as the 90-90-90 goal by 2020 enunciated by UNAIDS and embraced by many, including our own federal government. There is a lot to like about it, but I think it still bears a little dissecting to understand its strengths and weaknesses. Just a reminder for those who might be less familiar with the 90-90-90 goals: 90% of pe

18th AIDSiversary

published: July, 18, 2016 Categories // Social Media, Aging, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

After 18 years with HIV Ken Monteith says, "Getting HIV has had some positive impacts in my life."

18th AIDSiversary

Now my diagnosis is old enough to order a drink in a bar. It’s a funny thing, remembering that moment that really changed my perception of a lot of things in my life. It was the beginning of the “cautionary tale” that I tell when sharing my life experience with others — don’t wait as long as I did to get tested, it will make your life more difficult. But there are other elements that stick with me, most of which I have written about before: The horrible sensation of suffocating

Pill Handler

published: July, 20, 2011 Categories // Health, Treatment

In which Ken Monteith swallows, not spits, his pills. How do you do it?

Pill Handler

I always find it slightly amusing when I hear doctors or pharmaceutical reps talking about "pill burden", especially when the solution is to combine two or three pills into one. I had the same kind of reaction when I saw the Fully Sick Rapper (his YouTube channel is here ) take the last of the 4,500 pills involved in his treatment for drug-resistant tuberculosis. "Wimp!" I thought. "I take more pills than that every 9 months, with no end in sight!" Now I will give the Fully Sick Rapper one thi

A Story of Contrasts

Ken Monteith reports in on the laudable measures of the Government of Quebec to put the boot to homophobia.

A Story of Contrasts

I'm sure that I am not alone among the readers of this blog cringing in horror as government after government in the United States repeals human rights protections for gays and lesbians and moves to declare same sex marriage illegal. Even as public opinion there seems to be moving rapidly in the right direction (toward acceptance), the battles seem harder and the losses more bitter. This all makes me even prouder of what rolled out in Québec on May 20th. Three days after the International Da

Clinging to Obsolescence

The never clinging – and certainly never obsolescent - Ken Monteith reports on hanging on to things that are past their prime

Clinging to Obsolescence

I don't know if there's a metaphor in here somewhere, but I seem to be a person who clings to things well beyond their usefulness. This might be a story about hoarding, but we don't talk about that in front of me! This is more of a story of thriftiness and getting one's money's worth from purchases. I was probably first struck by this aspect of my character many years ago while making cookies in the presence of a friend. My trusty hand mixer, probably only a few years past its prime, actually

Team ME

published: April, 28, 2011 Categories // Current Affairs, Opinion Pieces

In which Ken Monteith notes the lack of team players in Canada’s upcoming federal election

Team ME

Have you noticed how Canadian politics seems to be changing? Maybe it's just me, with my memory stretching far back to a time when cell phones took two hands to lift, matched only in their heft by 'portable' music systems (shoulder carry being the most popular). Back when I was young and fresh, we saw signs for our local candidates and we voted for our local candidates. Sure, we knew which party they belonged to and that really shaped our like or dislike of them, but our streets and lawns were

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

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

Of Charts and Geekery: Following the progress of my treatment

published: March, 25, 2011 Categories // Health, Treatment, Living with HIV

Montreal HIVer Ken Monteith shows us his numbers, what they mean and how he tracks them

Of Charts and Geekery: Following the progress of my treatment

One of the biggest challenges in HIV treatment adherence is centred on how the meds can make you feel while they are doing their job on the virus within. If you have diabetes and need insulin, the effect of not having it is obviously negative, and the effect of having it is obviously positive. So what do you do when you can’t tell if your meds are working, especially if they actually come with side effects that make you feel worse? The answer I have found is to turn to a spreadsheet. But the

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