Articles tagged with: interview

“It’s all I’ve ever known”

published: November, 26, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Youth, Women, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy interviews Ontario’s Muluba Habanyama, a twenty-two year old born with HIV who lived with a family secret for twenty-one years to emerge as one of our busiest and most promising young activists

“It’s all I’ve ever known”

Bob Leahy: Good to talk to you, Muluba. You are twenty-two, HIV-positive and you are studying journalism at Sheridan College. How do people there process that?  Muluba Habanyama: Well, it’s all I’ve ever known. I just disclosed almost a year ago, last World AIDS Day, so they have actually been really supportive, really inspired by my story. You have had a fascinating journey. You’re fairly public now. But let’s start with how did that decision to disclose happen? Probably about fiv

Youth and the aboriginal way

published: October, 13, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Youth, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks to Preston Leon, the young man from BC’s interior diagnosed at 16 we have featured here before, about the influence aboriginal ways have had on his journey as a young gay man living with HIV

Youth and the aboriginal way

Bob Leahy: Hi Preston: Thanks for talking to PositiveLite.com again. Now I want to jump in and say right away that I know you are aboriginal, I know, you're gay or two-spirited and I know that you are HIV-positive. Those are three factors which individually and collectively can lead to discrimination.  Preston Leon: Well, in this town I can’t go around thinking it’s OK if I kiss my partner; it’s probably worse on the reservation itself. The elders, in certain cases, won’t accept it.

People living with HIV make their mark at IAS 2015 in Vancouver

published: July, 28, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // International AIDS Conference , Activism, Conferences, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy reports on the Canadian Declaration by Persons Living with HIV that calls for the protection of human rights in light of biomedical advances in HIV Treatment but in a progressive way supportive of 90-9-90 and expanded treatment access

People living with HIV make their mark at IAS 2015 in Vancouver

Of the significant outcomes of the IAS 2015 in Vancouver that closed just last week, one was the signing of the Vancouver Consensus Statement (2015). It’s  an urgent call to world leaders, donors, governments, clinicians and civil society to ensure that all people living with HIV have access to antiretroviral treatment upon diagnosis and the strategic use of ARVs for treatment and prevention in order to meet the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets.  It’s progressive and addresses the priorities tha

HIV Happy

published: July, 21, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Features and Interviews, Health, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks to UK writer Paul Thorn about his new book which explains how a harmonious and happy co-existence with HIV is possible and how to make the most of the second chance that treatment affords you

HIV Happy

"Dealing with issues of low self-esteem or destructive patterns? Paul Thorn’s easy, breezy HIV Happy is just the self-help pick-me-up you need. As it spells out 'Five Pillars of HIV Happy,' this small book could make a big difference in your life." Poz Magazine, New York Bob Leahy: Hi Paul. Thanks for talking to PositiveLite.com. I’ve read your book and I like it a lot. It strikes me too that HIV Happy is quite different to anything else out there. What do you think?  Paul Thorn: It

The Undetectables

published: November, 12, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // As Prevention , Features and Interviews, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy interviews the folks at New York’s’ Housing Works about their innovative new campaign which uses a comic book narrative to explore with clients the benefits of achieving and maintaining an undetectable viral load

The Undetectables

 From The Housing Works website Introducing… The Undectectables Project A groundbreaking new campaign aimed at helping 80% or more of the Housing Works HIV+ community achieve — and maintain — viral suppression. The Undectectables Project combines a comic book narrative with a dedicated community support from medical and Case Management staff to achieve its goal. Who are The Undetectables? The Undetectables are a group of superheroes, modeled after Housing Works’ HIV+ clients, who

Lost heroes: talking with a friend

published: July, 25, 2014 Categories // International AIDS Conference , Conferences, Current Affairs, Features and Interviews, International , Living with HIV

New PositiveLite.com writer Philip J H Dawson interviews Peter J. Smit from The Netherlands about his work in HIV and AIDS and also how he got to work directly with plane crash victim Joep Lange who was heading for Melbourne and AIDS 2014

Lost heroes: talking with a friend

Joep Lange and life-partner Jacqueline van Tongeren Philip: I want to keep most of the focus in this interview on the work related to HIV and AIDS, however, with the tragedy that happened obviously I want to touch on the crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17: It has been reported 193 people were from the Netherlands – flown out of Amsterdam - perished in the flight shot down – and, over 100 of those people were going to the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia. Can you

FS goes Wilde

published: April, 06, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Features and Interviews, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Are you ever worried about catching HIV or other STIs while doing porn? The UK’s FS magazine asked porn star Austin Wilde this and more in this frank interview.

FS goes Wilde

This article first appeared in FS magazine, a publication of GMFA, here.   You may know him as one of the hunky guys on the Manhunt login screen or maybe you’ve seen him do his thing on camera. Austin Wilde is one of those porn stars with that something about him that makes you want more. FS editor, Ian Howley, interviews the man himself about all things porn. Ian: Tell us a little bit about who is Austin Wilde. Austin: I started out in porn just like anyone else. I did my first scene

Can a video game help reduce sexual risk behaviour?

published: March, 12, 2014 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Social Media, Conferences, Features and Interviews, Health, Sexual Health, International , Media, Ontario HIV Treatment Network

The OHTN interviewed John Christensen who develops video games and digital media applications for health at the 2013 Ontario HIV Treatennt Network Research Conference to find out.

Can a video game help reduce sexual risk behaviour?

At the 2013 OHTN Research Conference, John gave a presentation on the use of interactive digital media such as video games, virtual reality and mobile apps to reduce sexual risk-taking. He discussed the use of virtual worlds which he compared to the Choose Your Own Adventure book series from the 1980s. These virtual spaces simulate real-world environments and encourage users to make smart, healthy choices to mitigate risk.     John received a PhD in social psychology from the University of

Peer delivery

published: March, 03, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Features and Interviews, Research, Living with HIV, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy interviews researcher Jane Simoni about the effectiveness of using people living with HIV to help people with HIV at the OHTN Research Conference.

Peer delivery

There has been increasing discussion – and action – on the use of people living with HIV being enlisted to help their peers in a variety of roles. But what does the research say about the effectiveness of this approach? And should peers doing this work be paid?  Editor Bob Leahy interviews Jane Simoni at the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) Research Conference in November 2013 in Toronto about the use of HIV+ peers in prevention and support roles. The video is below.  Jane Simoni J

Housing: how it impacts the health and well-being of people living with HIV

published: October, 28, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Features and Interviews, Research, Health, Living with HIV, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, Bob Leahy - Publisher

For the last seven years the Ontario HIV Research Network (OHTN) has researched the connections between housing and health outcomes for people living with HIV. Bob Leahy talks to the OHTN’s Sean Rourke about what has been achieved

Housing: how it impacts the health and well-being of people living with HIV

PositiveLite.com editor Bob Leahy interviews Sean Rourke, Scientific and Executive Director of the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN), They talk about the role of the OHTN in research on housing issues for people living with HIV, its connection with health  wellness and HIV prevention, as well as its outcomes arising from its Positive Spaces, Healthy Places research project. Filmed at the North American Housing and HIV/AIDS Research Summit in Montreal, September 2013.

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