Articles tagged with: humour

Thought for the day. Do HIV and aging lead to extreme crankiness?

published: November, 02, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Aging, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Thought for the day. Do HIV and aging lead to extreme crankiness? That’s one theory of our editor Bob Leahy, trying to figure out why he’s gradually becoming the proverbial cranky old man, with HIV along for the ride.

Thought for the day. Do HIV and aging lead to extreme crankiness?

Am I turning into a curmudgeon? (Dictionary definition for all those out there who don’t read: “a person, especially an old man, who is easily annoyed or angered and who often complains?)  They say our character is partly the product of our life experience, partly genetic, partly upbringing. But if you are approaching curmudgeonary (curmudgeonhood?) how much of it is shaped by HIV? Does the virus infiltrate not only our body but our minds, turning us sweet and patient things, there to gi

Up, up and away to Thunder Bay

published: October, 01, 2015 Categories // Activism, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Wayne Bristow

A (working) summer vacation for Wayne Bristow, on the road and in the air, helping people with HIV handle disclosure issues

Up, up and away to Thunder Bay

I am not a big fan of weather that includes heat, I’ve often said that if I were to travel anywhere for a vacation it would be north. I just figure, even in the warmest of days there would be a special spot for me to rest and enjoy a cooling breeze, especially if it were near water. Most of my working life, I have spent my holidays as a ‘stay-cation’. The furthest I have ever travelled east is Montreal, south – New York City and Ohio, west I’ve only made it to the Ontario shores of

Keeping the “lite” in PositiveLite.com

published: July, 31, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Media, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

From Bob Leahy “Whenever I fill out an application, in the part that says, 'In case of emergency, notify . . . I put 'DOCTOR.'” and other paraprosdokians.

Keeping the “lite” in PositiveLite.com

paraprosdokian (noun): Figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently used in a humorous situation.   Almost five years old now, PositiveLite.com started with the vision of founder Brian Finch to put the fun back in HIV, or at least not let it read like a morbid walk through a health journal. So with Brian’s background in blogging and humour, the early days featured much black humour and frivolity, along with the scie

‘Tis the season, or why Santa is a bear

published: December, 22, 2012 Written by // Michael Bouldin Categories // Gay Men, Lifestyle, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Michael Bouldin

Has Michael Bouldin been a good boy or just wants a good boy? We are not sure, but his is another voice who questions Santa’s sexual orientation. And is Santa a bear? Read on

‘Tis the season, or why Santa is a bear

So Bob Leahy, that happy puppy (and editor of this site), emails me the other day and says, “Hey Michael, why don’t you write something light-hearted for the holidays? Something uplifting, easy, a present for all the poz boys and girls?” Or something to that effect. Well, ‘Easy’ is my middle name – not a word from the peanut gallery, please – and making Bob happy is one of my reasons for getting up in the morning (how the poor man puts up with me, I do not know), and it occurs

How to Care

published: August, 21, 2012 Categories // Lifestyle, Living with HIV

Listen up, neggies! The ever helpful MT O’Shaughnessy with tips on how to care for your newly acquired HIV friend!

As is the wont of my life I was talking to some friends the other day over a few beverages of an alcoholic nature.  It dawned on me what I could write about next.  It was my birthday, thank you very much, and we were discussing aging among many other things.   And it hit me, along with a thrown ice cube, that there is a whole range of books to be written.  Not just small articles.  But this . . .  How To Care For Your New HIV Friend.  Of course after chapters of identifying which ge

Workshopping HIV & Stand-Up.

published: July, 27, 2012 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Performances, Living with HIV, Brian Finch

Brian Finch on introducing the tricky topic of HIV in to his standup comedy routines..

Workshopping HIV & Stand-Up.

There is a certain irony in that I left the world of HIV to go into comedy, and yet I’m starting to talk about it in my stand-up. This is no easy feat for a novice comedian. Folks it’s only been since January. I can’t seem to get away from this hacky pun, but I have been dying to do it for a long time. It takes time to work up the guts to do very personal comedy; especially when tackling the topic of HIV. It’s so original that people are blown away by anyone who can go on a stage and

Anything For Comedy! (Well... Almost)

published: February, 12, 2012 Categories // Activism, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Guest writer Jim Swimm: “I could get angry, ranting and raving at every offensive reference to HIV/AIDS, or find another approach. Is it possible to keep my sense of humor while trying to educate and raise awareness".

Anything For Comedy! (Well... Almost)

There are few issues about which I feel more strongly than HIV/AIDS awareness and I take my advocacy/activism quite seriously, for a variety of reasons both globally-effective and intimately personal. I've found Twitter to be a fantastic resource for me in finding individuals, charity organizations, and hospitals/research centers to educate myself, lend support, and a million other uses when it comes to the disease. I cannot recommend it enough in this regard. But...there's a downside, of cou

Acid Reflux: An irreverent walk down memory lane.

published: November, 21, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Activism, Living with HIV, Brian Finch

My inspiration was the dark humour of a bunch of guys in AIDS in the 1980s and early 90s who created their own Zine called, Diseased Pariah News. These were dark times and they required dark humour.

Acid Reflux: An irreverent walk down memory lane.

While trying to find an old photo I came across some of my old graphics for my blog, Acid Reflux, that I began in 2005. Way back then I wanted to start writing, but I wasn't quite sure how to go about it. I just knew that I wanted to write. Blogs were becoming more popular at that point and they were quite easy to set up. These were the days before Twitter and Facebook, and a blog was one of the principle ways to communicate via the new "social media." My inspiration was the dark humour

HIV Bloopers

published: August, 23, 2011 Categories // Arts and Entertainment

Viral Load Warrior and his top seven offensive, bizarre or irritating HIV-related comments

For dark comedic purposes, I thought I’d compile a short list of offensive, bizarre or irritating comments I’ve received since my diagnosis.  I find laughing at these to be the best way to defuse them.  I don’t have the exact wording as relying on my memory, but the jist of the comment is there.  In no particular order:  1. “Most gay people are like ‘bring on the HIV meds’” – Doctor Oh really?  I have many gay friends, and I haven’t heard any of them

Philippines warns against geckos as AIDS treatment

published: July, 22, 2011 Categories // Health, Treatment, Guest Authors

Want to buy some genetly used geckos? (PositiveLIte brings you all the news that's fit to print. And then there is this.)

Philippines warns against geckos as AIDS treatment

(AP) – Jul 14, 2011  MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines warned Friday against using geckos to treat AIDS and impotence, saying the folkloric practice in parts of Asia may put patients at risk. Environmental officials have also expressed alarm about the growing trade in the wall-climbing lizards in the Philippines. An 11-ounce (300-gram) gecko reportedly sells for at least 50,000 pesos ($1,160). Geckos are reportedly exported to Malaysia, China and South Korea, where they are u

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