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World AIDS Day: Clients can handle the truth

published: November, 16, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Activism, Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, CATIE, As Prevention , General Health, Current Affairs, Mental Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Women, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Sexual Health, Health, Treatment, Media

CATIE: "Whether we are talking about U=U, PrEP or HIV self-testing, we must provide all the information and options to our clients, and trust them to make the best decisions for their own health."

World AIDS Day: Clients can handle the truth

Thousands of HIV organizations around the world are adding a new message to their World AIDS Day campaigns this year, and it is turning decades of HIV prevention messaging on its head. We can now say conclusively that a person living with HIV who takes treatment and maintains an undetectable viral load does not transmit the virus to their sexual partners. The evidence was solidified last year with the final results of PARTNER and HPTN 052, two large studies confirming zero cases of HIV transm

Let's make IT happen

published: October, 17, 2017 Written by // Jeff Potts Categories // Social Media, Activism, Current Affairs, Living with HIV, Jeff Potts, Media

The CPPN's Jeff Potts: "Honestly, our best intentions are not enough… especially now. So… let’s be resilient… let’s work together to live the lessons we learned; let’s focus on the “by us” and make it happen."

Let's make IT happen

I want to write about my own journey in recent months, but also the future path of the organization of which I am now Executive Director. That path recently was made more inviting, courtesy of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). First some history. PHAC made its announcements revealing which organizations it invited to submit Letters of Intent for consideration of funding under the new Community Action Fund. The Canadian Positive People Network (CPPN) was not among them and it appeare

Facing prosecution for challenging HIV policies in Tanzania

published: October, 25, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Health, Revolving Door, International , Events, Media, Population Specific

Lawyers arrested under pretext of ‘promoting homosexuality.' From Human Rights Watch, Wendy Isaack has this report.

Facing prosecution for challenging HIV policies in Tanzania

When Sibongile Ndashe, a South African feminist lawyer, got on a plane to travel to Tanzania to convene a meeting of human rights lawyers and activists, she knew she might come under the scrutiny of Tanzanian authorities. But what she did not expect was for Tanzanian police to raid the October 17 workshop at the Peacock Hotel and arrest her and 12 of her colleagues for “promoting homosexuality.” The 13 were hauled to a police station, where an officer granted them bail without laying

U=U unites with ITPC to improve the lives of people living with HIV.

published: November, 03, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

A critical and timely partnership has formed to share U=U knowledge worldwide.

U=U unites with ITPC to improve the lives of people living with HIV.

GABORONE, Botswana – Nov 1, 2017 – The International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC) and Prevention Access Campaign (PAC) announced today a groundbreaking partnership that will amplify the Undetectable=Untransmittable (U=U) message among communities of people living with HIV worldwide. U=U reinforces the public health benefits of antiretroviral therapy (ART), affirming that a person living with HIV on ART with an undetectable viral load cannot sexually transmit HIV. The growing

How we talk about U=U and the importance of precise language

published: October, 19, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy on what words to use and what words to avoid when describing risk and ability to transmit applicable to an undetectable viral load – and why that’s important

How we talk about U=U and the importance of precise language

The language of HIV has evolved at an accelerated pace in recent years. It can be a struggle to keep up, to use the right words which are not only precise in meaning but don’t offend. And precision in language has never been more important around communicating that Undetectable = Untransmittable. The campaign's message has now reached over 60 countries around the globe, with endorsements from over 400 organizations. Journalists have covered the topic regularly, from CNN down. But do they a

The man that got it right

published: November, 14, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Features and Interviews, Research, Health, International , Treatment, Media, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

PositiveLite.com publisher Bob Leahy in conversation with Dr. Pietro Vernazza, famous author of the once-scorned Swiss Statement which predated U=U by ten years.

The man that got it right

Dr. Pietro Vernazza being interviewed  in the studio with Bruce Richman in Paris at !AS2017 About the Swiss Statement: Source aidsmap http://www.aidsmap.com/The-Swiss-Statement-and-its-repercussions/page/1746478/ “There is evidence of some groups of gay men knowing, from the late 1990s onwards, that people with an undetectable HIV viral load were much less infectious, and were using this knowledge in sexual decision-making. Public discussion of this became much more high profile after a p

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for September: seventy-seven days after the election.

published: September, 05, 2017 Written by // Ed Wolf Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Ed Wolf, International

Ed Wolf: "What we feared coming is here, but another part of the story has been revealed as well; we have new eyes."

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for September: seventy-seven days after the election.

Day 74. Preparing for Resistance March 1. Orthotics for heel pain 2. Ibuprofen for knee pain 3. Feminist tee shirt (lots to choose from) 4. Sign covered in plastic to use as umbrella 5. Pink hat that is actually orange but the best I could do in a pinch 6. Review of bathrooms along march route: San Francisco Public Library, BART stations, food court in Westfield Centre, Palace Hotel, MacDonald’s at 2nd and Market, Hyatt Regency, countless Starbucks and, last resort, alley on Jessie St

Surprise management change at the OHTN

published: September, 07, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Research

Sean Rourke is out, Jean Bacon is back in as Interim Executive Director of the Ontario HIV Treatment Network

Surprise management change at the OHTN

Jean Bacon, a respected voice in the Ontario HIV community for many years and who left the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) earlier this year, is back as the organization’s new Interim Executive Director. She replaces Sean Rourke who has stepped down as Scientific and Executive Director to focus on his research responsibilities at St Michael's Hospital. He remains listed on the OHTN website as an “OHTN Senior Affiliated Scientist”. Sean Rourke is also a Clinical Neuropsychologist an

Frank McGee, Ontario’s controversial AIDS Bureau head, is gone

published: September, 18, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Social Media, Current Affairs, Health, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

McGee, a formidable voice in Ontario’s HIV community, retires after a long career in public service.

Frank McGee, Ontario’s controversial AIDS Bureau head, is gone

It was announced late last week by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care that after a successful recovery from a lengthy illness, Frank McGee is retiring from the Ontario Public Service. “Frank has been at the forefront of Ontario’s response to HIV” it said. “His contributions have helped Ontario become a leader in HIV/AIDS in Canada.” His retirement comes at a difficult time; new HIV infections in the province have risen in each of the last three years on record, where other ju

Ripples of change on the international stage

published: October, 23, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Women, Revolving Door, International , Legal, Guest Authors, Media, Population Specific

From the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, this progress report on their advocacy abroad.

Ripples of change on the international stage

October 20, 2017 -- It’s been a busy few weeks at the Legal Network as staff members have travelled to Geneva, Kingston (Jamaica), and Moscow, and the effects of their work is being felt across the globe. As a direct result of the Legal Network’s advocacy, UN human rights bodies recently challenged the criminalization of people who use drugs in Canada and Russia. In response to the our written submission and on-the-ground advocacy in Geneva, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Raci

Another chance to hear Bruce Richman in Toronto

published: November, 02, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Youth, Current Affairs, Events, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Upcoming Events, Health, Treatment, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

A November 22 community Forum brings New York City’s Bruce Richman back to Toronto for a don’t-miss community forum on U=U (Undetectable equals Untransmittable)=

Another chance to hear Bruce Richman in Toronto

He’s a colleague and a friend so I’m hardly impartial. but I’ve been doing this work for a very long time, and honestly, I’ve never met anyone quite like the Prevention Access Campaign’s Bruce Richman. We first met in Toronto one year ago when PositiveLite.com brought him to Toronto for a community forum in Toronto on what was then a lesser known concept. He preached, with the full weight of science behind him, that people who are virally suppressed – that means on treatment and

Every day is National Coming Out Day

published: October, 23, 2012 Categories // Activism, Opinion Pieces

Christopher Banks “According to Wikipedia, National Coming Out Day recognises that coming out is a “cultural rite of passage” for GLBT people. But it’s more than that – it’s actually part of our daily routine.”

  It wasn’t the first time I’d had the whole class laughing at me, or that a teacher had been involved.  I can’t even remember the context of the conversation, but it must have been something to do with distraction because the form master had asked what would happen if Elle MacPherson came in and sat atop a table at the front of the room in her underwear. I’d said I wouldn’t be particularly interested, and that caused howls of derision, not least of which from the teacher himsel

Dying in silence!!

published: October, 18, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Activism, Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Kimutai Kemboi, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Health, International , Treatment, Media, Opinion Pieces

From Kenya, Kimutai Kemboi: "John (not his real name) is a barber in one of the estates in Nairobi. He hails from a family where stigma is bred! He is among the many people for whom disclosure is a hell because stigma is their immediate surrounding."

Dying in silence!!

"I tested positive seven years ago and up to date no member from my immediate family knows about and I am not ready to disclose to them soon. I just vowed to live with my condition in silence rather than taking the risk of looking for worse by revealing my status. I saw what my aunt went through before she passed on and I can't imagine going through the same hell." This is what John, a barber in an estate within Nairobi, told me as he shaved me. We came to be friends after I went to his shop

Ducks will take over the world!

published: November, 05, 2012 Categories // Activism, Opinion Pieces

Caught young. Christopher Banks with the strange case of the girl, the ducks, and insanity.

Don’t be fooled. Inside that tiny head is a brain built for conquest.  No, I haven’t gone off my meds. The title of today’s post refers to the astonishing letter to the editor reproduced below, which I promise you is genuine (published in the October 3 edition of the Northern Outlook in Canterbury, New Zealand).  I strongly encourage you to read before we continue today.  Go on.  I’ll wait.   I thought my religious education was shitty, but clearly there are options with worse

Forging Ahead to Different Journeys

published: January, 28, 2013 Categories // Activism, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Devan Nambiar has been writing for PositiveLite.com since day one. But it’s time for him to move on, he says. Here is his final post in which he charts a new path

Hello PositiveLite.com readers. In 2013 I have made a decision to move on to other writing assignments as I am forging ahead to chart a different paradigm and journey for myself. I was offered a spot to write for the blog at thebody.com.  After much mental processing I have accepted the offer to write for them. Secondly I have also set up my own personal blog. The title is called: Follow Your Bliss and it’s here. I’ve been with PositiveLite.com since its conception in 2008-2009. Throu

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