Features and Interviews

Sweet money, bitter source

published: October, 12, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Kimutai Kemboi, Features and Interviews, International , Media, Opinion Pieces

Kenya's Kimutai Kemboi interviews "Janet", a sex worker based in River Road, Nairobi.

Sweet money, bitter source

"Mr. Kimboi or whoever you call yourself, I demand some respect. I have human dignity as you do and deserve to be treated with decency. I do what I do because I am passionate of, this is my source of livelihood as well as my profession. And by the way you need to apologize if you are still interested in getting what you came for!" Janet fumed! I had no option but to be submissive and apologize though I also had to correct her: I am not Kimboi but Kemboi. She felt offended when I innocently re

SOS Venezuela: ARV’s urgently needed.

published: September, 19, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Activism, Social Media, As Prevention , Current Affairs, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Features and Interviews, Sexual Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Rob Olver - Editor

Rob Olver speaks with ICASO Executive Director, Mary Ann Torres about her efforts to mobilize a Canadian response to the humanitarian crisis ongoing in Venezuela.

SOS Venezuela: ARV’s urgently needed.

Just a decade ago, Venezuela's AIDS program  was a model for countries throughout the developing world. Now it's a ruin. Recently, by way of our friends at the Canadian Positive People Network (CPPN), PositiveLite.com received an update on Venezuela's steadily worsening situation, along with an ask: "S.O.S. Venezuela: Urgent solidarity needed!" ran the header. Signed by ICASO Executive Director Mary Ann Torres, the appeal continued: "There is a humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, the home c

Interview: Measuring Ontario’s performance on the HIV Care Cascade

published: August, 31, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, As Prevention , Mental Health, Features and Interviews, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

The Ontario HIV Treatment Network’s epidemiology unit has just released a report on how Ontario people living with HIV are doing on engagement in care, on treatment and viral suppression respectively. Bob Leahy interviews James Wilton and Abigail Kroch .

Interview: Measuring Ontario’s performance on the HIV Care Cascade

Read the full report “HIV care cascade in Ontario: Linkage to care, in care, on antiretroviral treatment, and virally suppressed”  Bob Leahy: Thanks for talking to PositiveLite.com. Tell us about the good news that’s contained in the report. OHTN: There’s lots of good news in the report! First of all, the report represents the first large knowledge exchange product released by the Ontario HIV Surveillance and Epidemiology Initiative (OHESI). This is a new collaboration responsible

Brenda Musenga and the KUTUSA Ladies: fighting stigma and forging community as they go.

published: August, 22, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, featured, As Prevention , General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Features and Interviews, Women, Health, Sexual Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Rob Olver - Editor

Robert Olver in conversation with Zambian HIV activist, Brenda Musenga.

Brenda Musenga and the KUTUSA Ladies: fighting stigma and forging community as they go.

Brenda Musenga is a determined woman. I’d had a sense of that already from reading this story by Paul Shalala, about a group of young HIV activists who had adapted Kevin Maloney’s “Rise Up to HIV+” campaign for stigma-busting use in their communities in Zambia. Paul’s story introduced and told a bit about each member of the group and what shone through to me at the time about all of them was their sheer determination not only to thrive in the face of adversity and ostracism, but to

Trying out TAVIE, the first clinically validated virtual nurse.

published: August, 15, 2017 Written by // Denise Wozniak Categories // Social Media, General Health, Denise Wozniak, Features and Interviews, Health, Media

Below are details of the app from an interview with Claire Kamoun, Director of Patient Engagement for TAVIE and Ezzat Saad, MD, PhD, Vice President, Medical & Scientific Affairs, 360Medlink Inc.

Trying out TAVIE,  the first clinically validated virtual nurse.

Recently, I have started on a trial of the new TAVIE app. Below are details of the app from an interview with Claire Kamoun, Director of Patient Engagement for TAVIE. What do you hope to accomplish with this new app? This innovative mobile application is intended to be a journey companion for people living with HIV. The app is designed to increase patients’ engagement with their care journey and adherence to their medication. Through interactive individualized coaching, the goals of T

Art Posi+ive: The Best of Both Worlds

published: August, 14, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Art, Arts and Entertainment, Mental Health, Features and Interviews, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Living with HIV, Media

Tradition meets innovation in the work of William Flett. From CATIE's Positive Side, this interview by Darien Taylor

Art Posi+ive: The Best of Both Worlds

Killer Whale One of William Flett’s earliest childhood memories is of the plane he was travelling on touching down on the tarmac in Haida Gwaii one dark, rainy night. He was five years old. Though William and his parents lived on the islands of the Haida people situated off the north coast of B.C. for only a year before returning to Vancouver, its culture and rich artistic traditions had a lasting impact on William’s artistic expression. The Haida reverence for the natural world and their

Views from the front lines: Getting to undetectable

published: August, 07, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, As Prevention , General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Features and Interviews, Women, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Sexual Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Media

From CATIE's "Prevention in Focus" spotlight on programming and research, three service providers speak of the barriers to testing and treatment their communities face.

Views from the front lines: Getting to undetectable

We spoke to three service providers to find their views and insights on the challenges facing their clients in getting an undetectable viral load: Norma Rabbitskin, Senior Health Nurse, Sturgeon Lake First Nation Health Centre, Saskatchewan Sem Teklemariam, Women’s Support Coordinator, Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP),Toronto, Ontario Deanna Macdonald, RN (c), BSN, Interior Health Clinical Care Coordinator – HIV and Health Outreach Team, Kelowna, British Co

'There's people that have survived': Windsor filmmaker explores HIV and aging

published: August, 01, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Movies, Features and Interviews, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media

From the Windsor Star, Tamar Harris reports on "HIV and Aging", a documentary film being shot, fundraised and directed by Amanda Gellman.

'There's people that have survived': Windsor filmmaker explores HIV and aging

Portrait of Gregory Scratch, who is featured in a dicumentary called HIV and Aging, a project being shot/fundraised/directed by Amanda Gellman.  Photo: Jason Kryk, Windsor Star. In 1995, Gregory Scratch was told he had 12 hours to live. His list of ailments was long and life-threatening: pneumocystis pneumonia, cryptococcal meningitis and shingles. The underlying disease? HIV. Scratch was one of thousands to be diagnosed with HIV in the ’80s and ’90s. The then-mysterious disease claime

A Canada-led international Indigenous initiative towards global HIV, TB and Hep C targets

published: July, 27, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Activism, Social Media, Conferences, Current Affairs, Features and Interviews, International , Legal, Living with HIV, Media, Rob Olver - Editor, Population Specific

Rob Olver in conversation with Ken Clement, CEO of the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN)

A Canada-led international Indigenous initiative towards global HIV, TB and Hep C targets

At AIDS2016, in Durban, South Africa, Canadian Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott made a commitment to strengthen the consultative process with Canada’s marginalized indigenous communities. As a result of that promise, on July 10-12 of this year the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) brought together indigenous leaders and stakeholders from 14 countries to to share promising practices that highlight progress towards achieving global HIV, TB, and hepatitis C targets in Indigenous com

Profile: your nostalgia Is killing me

published: July, 13, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Youth, Features and Interviews, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Activist Ian Bradley-Perrin on how romanticizing the past can obscure the present. Interview by Sarah Liss for CATIE's Positive Side.

Profile: your nostalgia Is killing me

Your Nostalgia Is Killing Me, 2013. Vincent Chevalier with Ian Bradley-Perrin for AIDS ACTION NOW! / PosterVIRUS About five years ago, pop culture saw a flood of what can only be described as AIDS nostalgia. The catalyst wasn’t immediately apparent. Was it generational curiosity? Retro fetishism? Had enough time passed to transform the real trauma of the deadly ignorance, stigma, inaction and grief of the 1980s and early ’90s into, well, entertainment—or at least something more suited

Skewed Stories

published: July, 05, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Current Affairs, Women, Features and Interviews, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Legal, Media, Population Specific

Media stories of people prosecuted for not disclosing their status show Black men on trial in disproportionate numbers. What impact does this have on African, Caribbean and Black communities? From CATIE's Positive Side, Sané Dube investigates.

Skewed Stories

“In a word, it’s dehumanizing.” Robert Bardston is talking about media coverage of HIV non-disclosure cases. I’ve spent the past couple of months engaged in a series of poignant, inspiring and sometimes-heartbreaking conversations about the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure. I am trying to understand how mainstream media stories on the issue impact African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) people across the country. Robert and I are speaking on the phone—miles stretch between his Medici

Criminalization of HIV non-disclosure: is the tide turning?

published: June, 19, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Activism, Social Media, Conferences, Current Affairs, Features and Interviews, International , Legal, Media, Rob Olver - Editor

Rob Olver interviews Edwin J. Bernard, Global Co-ordinator of the HIV Justice Network at "Rethinking Justice 2017 Symposium on HIV, Law and Human Rights

Criminalization of HIV non-disclosure: is the tide turning?

One of the things that made the “Rethinking Justice: 2017 Symposium on HIV, Law and Human Rights” a “must-attend” for me was the presence of Edwin J. Bernard, Global Co-ordinator of the HIV Justice Network and foremost expert on HIV criminalization worldwide. PositiveLite.com had interviewed Edwin before and published him as well, but that was all the way back in 2012 and 2016 so I attended the symposium hoping for the chance of an interview. I wasn’t disappointed. Edwin proved very

Chatty CATIE: What is the one thing you wish you had known when you were first diagnosed with HIV?

published: June, 15, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , General Health, Mental Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Newly Diagnosed, Features and Interviews, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

And, what advice would you have for someone newly diagnosed? For CATIE, RonniLyn Pustil interviews two people living with HIV.

Chatty CATIE: What is the one thing you wish you had known when you were first diagnosed with HIV?

BRITTANY CAMERON, 31 Peterborough, Ontario People living with HIV engagement worker, PARN Diagnosed with HIV: 2006, at 36 weeks pregnant I wish I had known that it would be OK. That I wasn’t the first HIV-positive woman to give birth, and I wouldn’t be the last. That HIV-positive women can and do have HIV-negative babies. That one day, advocating for women with HIV to have babies would become a passion of mine and I would inspire other positive women to have babies of their own. I

Second-time around: BareBackRT.com - the interview

published: June, 06, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Features and Interviews, Health, Sexual Health, International , Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Best of PositiveLite.com: then Editor Bob Leahy chats about the business with the owner of the world’s largest online hookup site for gay men who prefer not to use condoms, BareBackRT.com

Second-time around: BareBackRT.com  - the interview

This article raised some eyebrows when it was first published in PositiveLite.com in May 2014. It quickly racked up the numbers to become one of our most read articles ever. It’s rare for owners of controversial hookup sites that facilitate condomless sex to emerge from the shadows.  But the man behind BarebackRT.com approached us to talk about sexual health, condomless sex and disclosure issues. This he did with great candour. Although we only talked on the phone – he is from Tucson, Ar

2,100 miles on a bike: Barry Haarde is in the saddle again

published: April, 25, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Hep B and C, Features and Interviews, Fitness and Exercise, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks to long-time HIV and Hep C survivor Barry Haarde as he prepares to tackle his sixth marathon bike ride to raise awareness and money for hemophilia

2,100 miles on a bike: Barry Haarde is in the saddle again

Bob Leahy: Hi again Barry. Tell us about your route you will be travelling this time.  Barry Haarde: After completing five trans-continental tours in the U.S., including last year’s 5,000 mile trek from Seattle to Key West in 60 days, we decided to change things up a bit and ride the length of the Alaska Highway. The ride starts at “Mile 0” of the AlCan route in Dawson Creek, B.C. and tracks northwest in to Alaska, finishing near Fairbanks. Then, I’ll be riding an additional 650 mile

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