Articles tagged with: interview

A life turned upside down (part two)

published: June, 21, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Features and Interviews, Legal, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

An extraordinary tale continues. Bob Leahy talks with Stephen, a hemophiliac who received tainted blood as a child. Here he’s just about to go to jail following two convictions for aggravated sexual assault for non disclosure of his HIV status.

A life turned upside down (part two)

Read part one here. Stephen: They took me right from the court to jail. Lindsay Jail was horrible. When I first arrived there a gentleman looked at my file and he said “I think I should take you over to that cell and beat the shit out of you.” I didn’t say anything, I was so scared; he knew by the look on my face that I was. After that I sat in a little cell and then they took me upstairs and that’s where I spent 15 days. Because of my hemophilia I wasn’t allowed to be around any ot

Meeting the Grindr guy

published: May, 30, 2013 Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Social Media, Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Media, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy interviews Jamie Woo, author of the new book Meet Grindr about the smart phone app for gay men that has changed the way some of us cruise.

Meeting the Grindr guy

The Gay Men’s Sexual Health Summit is always an interesting affair, a well attended conference put on by Ontario’s GMSH (Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance.)  It attracts those involved in HIV prevention and support work, mostly from Ontario, but also from across Canada. It's held over two days in Toronto. This year the theme was “Our Minds our Bodies and our Communities, connecting the dots between how we feel and how we fuck,” This allowed the exploration of themes like PrEP, bareb

Unlimited intimacy

published: May, 13, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Health, Sexual Health, Lifestyle, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Editor Bob Leahy talks to Tim Dean about his controversial book “Unlimited Intimacy: Reflections on the Subculture of Barebacking” – and about what makes barebackers tick.

Unlimited intimacy

“Seed is a gift, it’s love, it’s acceptance. Taking a man’s cum – in your ass, down your throat, rubbed into your skin, whatever - even if you don’t know his name, is closeness. It’s an act of love and trust.  Even if yawl just met. Both the bottom and the top will walk away smiling . . . and content. Now it’s a sleazy affair that boys get cracked out of their mind for. Like it’s an embarrassing nasty secret thing to want. This is so fucked.” From HIV-positive bareback bl

The man called newfiebear

published: March, 13, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Dating, Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Health, Sexual Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Media, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Tom aka newfiebear has made it his mission to improve gay men’s sexual health via his own home-spun website, newfiebear.net. Today the friendly Newfoundler sits down over coffee with Editor Bob Leahy to discuss his work - and his life.

The man called newfiebear

From Wikepedia: “Newfie (also Newf or sometimes Newfy) is a colloquial term used in Canada for someone who is from Newfoundland.” I’m sitting with Tom, better known as newfiebear, over a coffee at the Second Cup on Toronto’s main drag, Yonge Street. The place is pretty crowded, and I’m wondering what eavesdroppers might think of a conversation potentially full of references to gay sex. But Tom’s an open man, seemingly with few secrets.  And that includes his HIV status.  “Do a

Sex = fun? Explicit pro-pleasure videos bring "sexy back" to HIV awareness

published: February, 24, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Features and Interviews, Health, International , Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality

From TheBody.com comes a conversation with Elicia Gonzales, executive director of GALAEI and Co-Founder of PleasureRush!

Sex = fun? Explicit pro-pleasure videos bring

This article by TheBody.com's Olivia Ford first appeared on TheBody.com website here.   Please Note: The videos included at the end of this article are sexually explicit in nature. MAY NOT BE SAFE FOR WORK. Watch at your discretion!  What if you were having a hot time with somebody new -- and a hard question about playing it safe came up? What if there were videos out there that brought up these questions via scenarios just like the ones happening in bedrooms and locker rooms all over the

The Steven Boone Case: Witness for the Defence

published: November, 16, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Current Affairs, Features and Interviews, Legal, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy interviews Dr Mark Tyndall, witness for the defence in the case of Steven Boone, found guilty of attempted murder of 3 men, 3 counts of aggravated sexual assault and three counts of administering a noxious substance (i.e. his semen).

The Steven Boone Case: Witness for the Defence

In this controversial case, Boone was acquitted of oral sex charges.  Other charges are pending. Read our previous coverage of the Steven Boone case here which includes an interview with Boone himself. Dr Mark Tyndall (below right) is head of infectious diseases  at the University of Ottawa. He was extensively quoted in this article  Boone trial major setback for HIV prevention, expert says from the Ottawa Citizen. Bob Leahy: Hi Mark I wanted to ask you about the Steven Boone case in par

The Smoking Project with Sean Rourke

published: November, 12, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Features and Interviews, Health, Smoking Cessation , Living with HIV, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Today marks the unveiling of an important collaboration between ourselves and the OHTN designed to bridge research and action, to improve the health and well-being of people living with HIV who smoke. Here Bob Leahy interviews OHTN head Sean Rourke.

The Smoking Project with Sean Rourke

Many people will know Dr. Sean Rourke, Scientific and Executive Director of the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN). He’s approachable, eloquent and clearly highly committed. You’ll get a sense of all that in the video which follows where he talks about The Smoking Project. I don’t want to paraphrase what he says, but one of the frustrations of anyone involved in the research field must be the historic difficulty of turning research in to practice. “I think the OHTN’s role is to p

Twenty Years On

published: September, 13, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy interviews former dancer, PostiveLite.com columnist John Henry Rombough-Davie about his life, his dreams and his twenty years living with HIV

Bob: Hi John.  Thanks for agreeing to be interviewed. Now you’ve had an interesting  life - you were a dancer once, I know - and we’ll get back to that in a  minute. But let’s start off with the basics. Tell us how old are you? John:  Forty-nine. And you live where? Kitchener, Ontario How do you like living there? I love the city, it’s grown immensely over the past 17 years I have been residing here. Now  I know you don’t have a boyfriend, but you have

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published: August, 29, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Art, Arts and Entertainment, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

He’s iconic and so is his art. Famed Canadian HIV-positive artist and photographer Joe Average in conversation with Bob Leahy

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Bob Leahy: Hi Joe. Let's start off with your HIV story. Tell me first of all how long have you been living with HiV? Joe Average: Twenty eight years. Twenty eight years.  Do you remember how you found out? How fresh is that in your memory? It’s very fresh. I was at my doctor’s for some reason – I don’t know what – and we finished whatever we were dealing with and he said “hey, listen, can I get a blood test from you? It’s just kind of standard. We’re just testing everyone t

Bob Leahy in conversation with CATIE’s Science and Medicine Editor, Sean Hosein: Looking at the Post-AIDS 2012 Landscape

published: August, 13, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // International AIDS Conference , Conferences, CATIE, Features and Interviews, Health, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks to Sean Hosein about the big HIV issues of the day like treatment as prevention, PrEP, home testing and whether AIDS 2012 has added to our knowledge of where to take them next.

Bob Leahy in conversation with CATIE’s Science and Medicine Editor, Sean Hosein: Looking at the Post-AIDS 2012 Landscape

Bob Leahy: Thanks for agreeing to talk to PositiveLite.com about IAS 2012, Sean. Did you enjoy going to Washington for the conference? Sean: Yes the conference was quite good. I know that you have questions about HIV transmission risk so why don't we get to that right away? OK. Sean, you were there. From this distance it didn’t appear we got answers to some of the big questions of the day like broadening  our knowledge of  what we learned in last year’s HPTN052  – and the impact of

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