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¡Feliz Navidad!

published: December, 07, 2017 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Aging, Social Media, Gay Men, International , Spirituality, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Félix Garmendía

From New York, Félix Garmendía: "Every sundown is counted, every smile is felt deeply and appreciated, every new day is a gift full of life..."

¡Feliz Navidad!

As a secular humanist, I have no particular spiritual connection to Christmas, but I do enjoy very much the atmosphere that surrounds the whole phenomenon of Christmas every year (“don we now our GAY apparel….”). In my neighborhood, Washington Heights in upper Manhattan, the main commercial street gets decorated with beautiful lights everywhere. It’s a playground of traditional consumerism and yet also a festive and exciting time for many, many people -- even jaded New Yorkers. I re

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for December: "What is it? Just everything."

published: December, 06, 2017 Written by // Ed Wolf Categories // Activism, Aging, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Mental Health, Health, Ed Wolf, International , Living with HIV, Media

Ed Wolf: "It helps me to remember that though the tsunami was a terrible event, the story that’s most important is about people helping each other through Terrible Times."

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for December:

Day 108. One Life, One Death Two years ago, after a sweet birthday dinner, I couldn’t return to my apartment because policemen blocked the street I lived on. I could see flashing lights in front of my building and a body in the street. I waited for hours, with many of my neighbors, before police lead us back to our apartments. When I got to my door the body was gone but the street was still wet with his blood. The following day I found out that the victim was our neighbor Amilcar Perez-Lop

Living with HIV, positively

published: December, 06, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Aging, Social Media, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media

People living with HIV are living long, strong, positive lives. From MalayMail Online.com, Audrey Edwards speaks to some of them to gain insights into their lives.

Living with HIV, positively

 Jamaliah Sulaiman and Marhalem Mansor will soon be opening another shelter in Cheras for PLHIV. — Malay Mail pix KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 2 — Not victims. Not sufferers. Although some in society still choose to label people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) with those terms, this perception is the furthest from the truth. With access to treatment readily available and in some cases free, because of government policies, PLHIV are living longer, and definitely contributing to society and the eco

Bone health in HIV: long-term health is important to discuss.

published: December, 05, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Aging, General Health, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media

Dr. Gordon Arbess: "... as people age with HIV we now face other health risks that often mirror aging in uninfected people."

Bone health in HIV: long-term health is important to discuss.

Dr. Gordon Arbess is a staff physician with the Department of Family and Community Medicine and St. Michael’s Academic Family Health Team in Toronto. He specializes in HIV Primary Care. ***** As a physician in the treatment and care of HIV, I see people living and thriving with HIV. Today, with early diagnosis and effective treatments, a 20-year old HIV-positive person can expect to live into his/her early 70s. In fact, the majority of people with HIV are now over the age of 50, and within

Lalalala...I can't hear you!

published: December, 05, 2017 Written by // Michael Yoder Categories // Social Media, Aging, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Michael Yoder

Michael Yoder: "When we keep closing doors we don't learn. When we constantly argue we risk pissing into the wind..."

Lalalala...I can't hear you!

"Hear no evil. See no evil. Speak no evil." Japanese proverb. The Three Wise Monkeys I have to admit that I tend to look for only those opinions and ideas that support my own personal belief system. Most notably anything political. I'm left-leaning and so listening to people who are also left-leaning is my preference. I shut out anything that doesn't fit my idea of the world. I think this is a human trait. I believe that we all, from whatever stripes we wear, look for only those things that

PositiveLite.com is named Canada’s most influential HIV website for the fifth year in a row

published: December, 04, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, International , Living with HIV, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Healthline announces its annual HIV Influencer Honours. PositiveLite.com is number one in Canada. Elsewhere listed are allies Bruce Richman (Person of the Year) and the Prevention Access Campaign and U=U (Campaign of the Year.)

PositiveLite.com is named Canada’s most influential HIV website for the fifth year in a row

For the fifth consecutive year, PositiveLite.com has won an award for the best Canadian-focused HIV website, amongst a stellar list of influencers. The presenter is Healthline, a U.S.-based giant in the field of web-based consumer health information . Our citation says this: “PositivelIte.com remains a leading voice in HIV news and advocacy in Canada. For the fifth consecutive year, we name them the top Canadian HIV resource. This year the publication became a powerful advocate for the #Ue

Our World AIDS Day message is celebratory

published: December, 01, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, General Health, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Publisher Bob Leahy says World AIDS Day tributes take many forms, but PositiveLite.com is saying World AIDS Day 2017 is a time to celebrate – and, with the Government of Canada now on board, names 2017 as the year of U=U.

Our World AIDS Day message is celebratory

Those charged with writing world AIDS day messages have a surprising array of options. They can honour our fallen – that’s important. Paying tribute to those living with HIV is also a worthy goal. Our messages can be reflective of the past, taking stock of where we are now, or aspirational. Inspirational too. All these topics I’ve addressed in the past. I’ve never done a celebratory World AIDS Day message before. But then 2017 has been no ordinary year. It has been a year of personal

Creating a comprehensive cascade: CTAC issues call to action

published: December, 01, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media

To achieve and exceed the three 90-90-90-targets, two new targets are proposed

Creating a comprehensive cascade: CTAC issues call to action

As we approach World AIDS Day on December 1, CTAC is sending a strong message that “we’re not going away” by reaching out to select policymakers and their critics at all levels of government across Canada. We are providing them with an update on the issues of access to HIV and HCV treatment and care across Canada. CTAC was created by HIV positive leaders in 1996 to ensure access to treatment, care and support for people living with HIV/AIDS and people living with HIV/hepatitis C co-infe

How I want to be remembered when I go

published: December, 01, 2017 Written by // Isaac D. Joseph Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, Youth, Isaac D. Joseph, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Isaac D. Joseph: "No one living with HIV wants to be remembered as the person who died of AIDS or AIDS-related illness."

How I want to be remembered when I go

This article is dedicated to the millions that we have lost to AIDS. Today, World AIDS Day, December 1, 2017, we remember you for the life you lived and not the virus you contracted.  I am sure that time and time again the thought of death has crossed the minds of people like me, people living with HIV. Most find it taboo to talk about their imminent death while others who feel that it is only human nature to think about death and the afterlife converse and plan out funerals without any ce

Welcome back

published: November, 30, 2017 Written by // Daniel Uy Categories // Alternative Therapies, Social Media, Yoga, Gay Men, Health, Spirituality, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Daniel Uy

The PositiveLite.com team is happy to welcome Daniel Uy back as a regular contributor. Here, Daniel shares what he's been up to since 2015.

Welcome back

After two years, I have decided to come back to writing. So, the biggest question I have been asked by my editor is, “What have you been up to?” Wow. When I look over that, it is pretty amazing to share. At the time, I was finishing up a Certificate Program in Project Management at Ryerson University and in an open relationship with someone. Life was full and busy. In the spring of 2016, I was at a crossroad. I had broken up with someone, had also completed some goals of mine, and was sor

Tested HIV-positive?

published: November, 29, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Kimutai Kemboi, Health, International , Living with HIV, Media

Kenya's Kimutai Kemboi on how to live in good health with HIV.

Tested HIV-positive?

First of all, congratulations for taking an HIV test. Being HIV-positive isn't a death sentence, neither does it determine when someone is going to die. It is a manageable condition that a person can have a normal life with. Many people have lived for decades with it and are still going strong. What matters is: 1 - Acceptance. This is a key pillar to a healthy and positive living. You need to accept that it has happened and develop a positive mindset of living with it. Acceptance gives yo

Déjà vu and learning from my past mistakes

published: November, 23, 2017 Written by // Patrick Italo Ettenes Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Mental Health, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Patrick Italo Ettenes

Patrick Italo Ettenes on déjà vu and drawing from the lessons of past lives to help find the way forward.

Déjà vu and learning from my  past mistakes

Well, it will soon be here… that’s right, Christmas! A time of joy for some and sadness for others. Let’s face it, for many people, Christmas is not the best time of year. Nevertheless, someone like hypersensitive me will feel the energy in the air and sometimes I can smell Christmas, and I am kinda looking forward to it. And on the HIV calendar we have World AIDS Day coming up; a remembrance of all those who died when it first came out. So what’s this month’s article about? Well od

Riding the great white way

published: November, 21, 2017 Written by // Isaac D. Joseph Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Gay Men, Isaac D. Joseph, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Isaac D. Joseph on how he got free of cocaine and on what he thinks makes for a successful intervention.

Riding the great white way

“Did you try to live on your own, when you burned down the house and home, did you stand too close to the fire like a liar looking for forgiveness from a stone?” – Green Day, 21 Guns For years the LGBT community has been plagued with substance abuse issues. Studies have shown that, when compared with the general population, gay and bisexual men, lesbian, and transgender individuals are more likely to use alcohol and drugs at much higher rates than the general population. For many indiv

Gay men’s stories of monogamy and non-monogamy: change, flexibility and tensions

published: November, 20, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, Research, Health, Sexual Health, International , Revolving Door, Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media

From AIDSmap, Roger Pebody reports on an Australian qualitative study exploring relationship dynamics among gay men.

Gay men’s stories of monogamy and non-monogamy: change, flexibility and tensions

Although some gay men idealise monogamy, particularly in the early stages of a relationship, couples often become non-monogamous over time, Australian researchers report in an article published online ahead of print in Culture, Health and Sexuality. Men often saw non-monogamy as realistic in gay relationships, due to social and cultural norms in gay communities. But shifting the ground rules of relationships could be challenging for some couples, especially when the partners had different

Stigma Mentality

published: November, 17, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Kimutai Kemboi, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

As "The boldest Kenyan who lives with HIV," Kimutai sometimes encounters stigma because of his high media profile.

Stigma Mentality

As per the article that was published yesterday on the Saturday Daily, I came to realise that stigma is at its peak. The kind of reaction I saw on all the platforms showed the kind of perception that our society has towards HIV and people living with HIV. People have a stigma mentality such that they rush to make utterances or moves without a second thought. Such ill minds are laying ground for stigma to thrive and make our people go through a lot of suffering. We should avoid these at all co

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