Faith and herbs versus anitretroviral treatment

published: September, 14, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Kimutai Kemboi, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Kenyan HIV activist Kimutai Kemboi: " Let no one deceive you that you are healed and should stop taking medication, because of claims of divine interventions."

Faith and herbs versus anitretroviral treatment

The information below is adapted from an African context, Kenya being a part. As days go by, they turn to weeks, months, years, decades and then centuries; but at the rate we're going, the century will be a nightmare simply because this era is filled with deceit. People are easily confused and  filled with doubt. Many people living with HIV are falling to such deceits. Their condition makes them very desperate, to such an extent that they are moved easily by what people say and easily believ

GIPA takes a hit

published: September, 20, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, featured, Social Media, As Prevention , General Health, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

As funding starts to slow, engagement and involvement of people living with HIV is often the first to go. Bob Leahy on the politics of inclusion, exclusion and how people living with HIV are fighting back

GIPA takes a hit

“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times: said Charles Dickens. “It was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity." That was about Paris in 1869. It could have been written about Canada in 2017 and the state of our response to HIV. The best of times? Many feel we are approaching the end of the epidemic with 2030 set as the target date by UNAIDS. We are closing in on 90-90-90 targets which means more people li

New funding opportunity for Indigenous post-secondary students

published: September, 13, 2017 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // Activism, OHTN OHTN/, Social Media, Current Affairs, Youth, Research, Media

The OHTN's Indigenous Learning Pathways to Prevention Award (ILPP) will fund two The OHTN's Indigenous Learning Pathways to Prevention Award (ILPP) will fund two students conducting community-based projects in Ontario.

New funding opportunity for Indigenous post-secondary students

The OHTN's Indigenous Learning Pathways to Prevention Award (ILPP) aims to engage Indigenous post-secondary students in community-based research to improve prevention, treatment, and care programs offered to their communities around sexually transmitted and bloodborne infections, including HIV. The ILPP will fund two Indigenous students conducting community-based projects with an Indigenous health or community-based agency in Ontario. The award provides $30,000 over a one-year period to

SOS Venezuela: ARV’s urgently needed.

published: September, 19, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , General Health, Current Affairs, 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), 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

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

Living quietly incognito

published: February, 07, 2017 Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Don Short on the opposite of disclosure - being comfortably alone: "Solutions surface and I tune in for strategy and resolve. Collectively, these noise-free moments are worth their weight in gold."

Living quietly incognito

I’ve been outspoken for most of my life. There have only been a few life transitions that have left me speechless, and always triggered by a flood of traumatic events. One was HIV, one was an unhealthy work environment and another was a tally of deaths that filled a calendar year. I stacked these experiences in my core, and waited for relief and resolution. Looking back, I can now see that these turbulent times were somewhat out of my control, and I had to take time to pivot myself to find

Forging Ahead to Different Journeys

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

Devan Nambiar has been writing for 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 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  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 since its conception in 2008-2009. Throu

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

One year at Terrence Higgins Trust

published: September, 08, 2016 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Opinion Pieces, Alex Sparrowhawk

Alex Sparrowhawk on his first year working for an AIDS service organization (ASO) in the UK

One year at Terrence Higgins Trust

This time last summer I left the comfort of my old workplace, which I loved and had spent eight years developing my career in, to jump into the unknown. A new sector, new(ish) city, new people and a brand new job. I’d always had a vision to work in HIV eventually, but always presumed this would come much later in life, potentially when I was looking to wind down (haha, if only I’d known…) or fancied something different before I retired. But when the opportunity presented itself

Another award for

published: June, 23, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Social Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Canada’s peer-driven HIV magazine again included in Healthline’s Best HIV/AIDS Blogs of the Year

Another award for

For the fifth year in a row, has made Healthline’s honour role of the world’s best HIV blogs. The full list appears here. congratulates its fellow awardees.  Healthline is a social media-based giant, a provider of health information headquartered in San Francisco and helps people better understand and live with medical conditions. It is generally regarded as the number two most consulted health information resource in North America. Ironically, Posit

Elaborating on my story of living with HIV

published: October, 19, 2012 Categories // Activism, Living with HIV

John Henry Rombough-Davie with an edited version of a speech he recently gave at the Glow Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity - Federation of Students at Laurier University.

Good afternoon everyone:   I’m here today representing both myself and our local AIDS Service Organization, ACCKWA (AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and Area). I’m proud to announce that this month marks the 25th anniversary for ACCKWA.  Just a few months ago I received both my Ontario Service Award for my 15 years of volunteering, as well as, the Education Award from ACCKWA.  They’ve provided me with ways to gain courage, and not to feel ashamed of myself when I de

Legal Network welcomes Canada's commitment to redress discrimination against LGBTQI people.

published: November, 22, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Legal

Government also urged to repeal discriminatory sex work, HIV criminalization laws

 Legal Network welcomes Canada's commitment to redress discrimination against LGBTQI people.

Liberal MP Randy Boissonnault will work with advocacy groups to promote equality for lesbians, gays, bisexual, transgender, queer and two-spirited people.  (Adrian Wyld / THE CANADIAN PRESS)  TORONTO, November 15, 2016 — The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network welcomes Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s announcement today to appoint a Special Advisor on LGBTQ2 issues who will work with Egale Canada Human Rights Trust and other stakeholders to address the urgent human rights and public health

The Living and the Dead: Part 2

published: March, 06, 2013 Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Health, International , Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Hospitalized Senior writer Ed Wolf remembers what it was like in the AIDS wards all those years ago.

I can see the sky through the narrow window; it’s morning. I’m half asleep when the nurse comes into the room. I watch her go to the board that hangs on the wall in front of me. She erases the name ‘Rose’ and writes ‘Leah.’ She’s young and friendly and very energetic. She says, “Good morning,” takes my blood pressure, asks me if I’m hungry, says breakfast is on its way and that my doctor will be here soon. She asks, on a scale from 1 to 10, what my pain level is. My knee is

HIV cases surpass a million in Russia, but little Is done.

published: January, 10, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Media

275 new infections per day expected; heterosexual sex will soon top intravenous drug use as the main means of infection. From the New York Times, Neil MacFarquhar reports.

HIV cases surpass a million in Russia, but little Is done.

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Quietly, the number of Russians who have received a positive HIV diagnosis passed the one million mark this year. There is, however, little indication that the government will commit adequate resources to stem the acceleration of the virus from high-risk groups into the general population. About 850,000 Russians carry HIV and an additional 220,000 have died since the late 1980s, said Vadim Pokrovsky, the longtime head of the Moscow-based Federal AIDS Center, who e

Irrelevant voices

published: April, 10, 2013 Written by // Michael Yoder Categories // Activism, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Michael Yoder

Have we lost our political momentum? Michael Yoder and the sad state of dissent in the HIV community. “We’re more comfortable posting our rants on Facebook than we at rattling cages” he says

Irrelevant voices

“All animals are equal: but some animals are more equal than others.” George Orwell, Animal Farm  At the end of March I attended the Positive Gathering in Vancouver. This event is hosted by Positive Living BC and brings together people living with HIV from across the province. I was struck by the diversity of the more than 100 people in attendance: men, women, straight, gay, young and old; all sharing and discussing the things that are important in our lives as poz folk.  I wonder abo

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