Articles tagged with: Patrick Ettenes

The Diva Flu

published: January, 22, 2018 Written by // Patrick Italo Ettenes Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Aging, Gay Men, General Health, Health, International , Living with HIV, Patrick Italo Ettenes

Patrick Ettenes: "Let’s be frank, none of us are wonderful when sick."

The Diva Flu

Happy 2018 everyone! I trust that everyone had a great New Year celebration without any drama?  I laugh, as of course I didn’t and pushing forward, I will discuss that drama one day in the future, after I’m done pulling the pins out of the voodoo doll that represents the individual (smiling ever so cheeky). So let’s push forward. After my New Year’s I became Ill. The trauma I went through and the partying had a toll on me and of course my body was run down and I became sick. Laying o

As the autumn leaves turn

published: October, 20, 2017 Written by // Patrick Italo Ettenes Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Patrick Italo Ettenes

Patrick Ettenes in praise of the simple pleasures

As the autumn leaves turn

Standing by the window, watching the autumn leaves turn, actually taking the time to watch as nature silently reminds me that seasons are real, the year is coming to an end, and life is taking place. I stand still, ever so slowly watching and taking in the fact that the trees have leaves still on them. The air is chirpy and the people are still clubbing away while I sit perched like a crow on the ledge of my office window on a Sunday. Why am I watching people? Because it’s a long lost art,

Knowing the value of self worth, part two: putting aside the fear

published: October, 14, 2016 Written by // Patrick Italo Ettenes Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, International , Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Patrick Italo Ettenes

"I smile with pride for any other person I can see who looks happy and content to be braving the world as a single person," says Patrick Ettenes

Knowing the value of self worth, part two: putting aside the fear

We don't all appreciate our own unique qualities and I believe that a lot of us don't know our own self worth. That is one thing that was stripped from me over the last few years. I was reminded by my dear mummy of who I was and where I came from and the dignity that was bred into us and suddenly the "self worth" light flipped on. I shouldn't have allowed it to go out in the first place. Do you know why you cause a smile on that someone's face when you pass? Do you know why your best mate cal

Please allow me to introduce myself

published: August, 06, 2014 Written by // Patrick Italo Ettenes Categories // Activism, Gay Men, International , Living with HIV, Population Specific , Patrick Italo Ettenes

New PositiveLite.com writer Patrick Ettenes is a bright young poz guy from the UK with a solid track record of writing about HIV and LGBT issues. Get to know him here.

Please allow me to introduce myself

Hello. My name is Patrick Italo Johan Ettenes, I was born in Barbados, of mixed heritage. My father is Dutch with Swiss decent, and my mother is Trinidadian of East Indian and Chinese origin. I am a bit of a melting pot but I like to think I am a pretty charismatic guy, fun loving, happy go lucky, full of life and energy although at times I can be a bit foolish. My vanity helps to keep me in check, alongside my quest to make a difference in this world. That’s my background  - but how did