Activism

Myth-busting

published: October, 24, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Living with HIV

Guesting Joe Lethbridge says “I am not an "advocate" nor a "mentor" Though some say I tend to come off as an "HIV Missionary" I just have passion about things I believe in.”

Myth-busting

Statistics from January 2011 show that in Canada 0.30% of the population between 15- 49 is infected with the HIV virus. That is aabout 1 in every 300 people in that demographic.  In Botswana the rate for the same demographic is 30%. That is a staggering 30 in every 100 people. One thing is the same in both. STIGMA Maybe that is why we sometimes think "it won't affect me, that it's OVER THERE, not HERE." To be honest, before starting to write this I was not entirely sure where Botswana was.

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

Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA) report says philanthropic AIDS funding point highest since 2008

published: December, 29, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, Current Affairs, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors

Global philanthropic funding up to $663 million but more resources, broader engagement needed to end epidemic

Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA) report says philanthropic AIDS funding point highest since 2008

Washington, D.C., December 5, 2016 – Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA), the leading voice on philanthropic resources for the global AIDS epidemic, today released its 14th annual Philanthropic Support to Address HIV/AIDS report. This year’s findings indicate that global philanthropic funding to fight the epidemic increased 10 percent from 2014, reaching $663 million, the highest level of funding since 2008. “Although the increase in philanthropic funding is encouraging, there is st

Guide to prosecuting HIV cases ‘undermining’ public health, critics say

published: January, 18, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors, Media

An Ontario court has rejected the Ministry of the Attorney General’s attempt to keep secret a “practical guide” to prosecuting HIV exposure and transmission cases. For the Toronto Star, Jacques Gallant reports.

Guide to prosecuting HIV cases ‘undermining’ public health, critics say

To read the full article by Jacques Gallant, visit The Star.com, here. After fighting for years to keep it secret, the Ministry of the Attorney General has finally been forced to turn over a “practical guide” that has been distributed to Crown attorneys on how to prosecute HIV exposure and transmission cases. The document, prepared by Hamilton Crown attorney Karen Shea, was obtained by Toronto lawyer Marcus McCann, who first asked for it through a freedom of information request in 2012,

Activists disrupt the health minister’s speech on the overdose crisis

published: May, 23, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, Current Affairs, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

“Stop smiling, thousands are dead and you’re smiling… thousands of our friends are dead.”

Activists disrupt the health minister’s speech on the overdose crisis

Last weekend, the federal health minister, Jane Philpott, when speaking at the International Harm Reduction Conference 2017 in Montreal, acknowledged that more people have died in the past few years in the opioid epidemic than at the height of the AIDS epidemic in the late 80s and early 90s. This is a sad and shocking fact that activists on the ground have known of a while. Think about that for a minute. The death toll of the opioid epidemic, an epidemic caused by drug prohibition, has surpas

From the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS), a plea to the Minister for an urgent change of direction

published: March, 21, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Health, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

A letter to the Minister of Health re the Community Action Fund. CAS says ”the process is placing many organizations across Canada in peril — some to the point of possibly closing their doors.”

From the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS), a plea to the Minister for an urgent change of direction

(Read our PositiveLite.com article “Funding update: Canadian AIDS Society says it’s time for the movement to mobilize to get more money from the Feds” for background.)  Dear Minister Philpott, It is with considerable dismay that I find myself once again obliged to write to you regarding troubling issues surrounding the HIV and HCV Community Action Fund (CAF), the flawed Letter of Intent (LOI) process and the subsequent offer of “transitional funding.” Community-based organization

Changes

published: January, 18, 2017 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , Gay Men, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Alex Sparrowhawk

The UK's Alex Sparrowhawk discusses his recent change in meds

Changes

Merely two weeks into the year and it feels like a lot has happened already. Back to work, into the swing of building up my fitness again and feeling much more human than I did over Christmas. The biggest change has been to my medication, after two years on Eviplera I’ve made the switch to Stribild due to interaction issues with other medication.  It’s about a week since I started the new combination but I seem to be tolerating it well so far.   It’s a once-a-day pill just like my l

PositiveLite.com named Best Canadian HIV website

published: December, 18, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

We won! PositiveLite.com was the only Canadian name honoured in the HIV Influencers’ Awards announced by Healthline on World AIDS Day.

PositiveLite.com named Best Canadian HIV website

This feels like such a big deal. And it is. PositiveLite.com has a fairly short history.  A creation of Brian Finch that debuted quietly almost exactly four years ago, it now, it seems, rubs shoulders with the best of them. It remains independent and entirely volunteer driven: we are a small but dedicated team, all people living with HIV here – and we exist – no, we thrive with no government funding of any kind. This award from Heathline.com – a huge US-based health information provi

Seven amazing things

published: July, 23, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, International AIDS Conference , Conferences, International , Opinion Pieces

From TheBody.com, seven amazing things human rights activist Michael Kirby said about HIV at the AIDS 2014 opening ceremony

Seven amazing things

This article by Myles Helfand first appeared on TheBodyPRO.com here.  The official start of the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) featured a series of eloquent, heartfelt, moving speeches by a diverse range of people, from outspoken advocate and UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé (who held up a protest sign as he began his speech) to the humbled and overwhelmed Yohana Haule, a 21-year-old Tanzanian man who won the competition to design the conference logo. But easily one

Orlando: a catalyst for change

published: June, 17, 2016 Written by // Michael Yoder Categories // Pride, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Michael Yoder

Michael Yoder says “small things - Pride flags being lowered, vigils held, mayors and politicians and celebrities speaking out across the planet, rainbow colours decorating monuments are of immense importance.”

Orlando: a catalyst for change

"Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have." Margaret Mead  The mass shooting in Orlando has brought out the best and worst in people. Some continue to hate the LGBT community and some have turned to love: line-ups of people donating blood, people contributing money to assist the loved ones of those who were lost and to support those who survived. Those who hate never cared in the first place and their minds will not be changed. 

Where is the vision for HIV community leadership in tumultuous times?

published: March, 24, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

From TheBody.com, Andrew Spieldenner, Ph.D.: " I am a gay man of color openly living with HIV, and I no longer see a place for my kind of leadership in HIV agencies."

Where is the vision for HIV community leadership in tumultuous times?

We are in tumultuous times. Just a few years ago, President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton were talking the "end of AIDS" and a few governors even advanced plans to address that lofty goal. Today, we wonder whether at the end of this year we still will have access to the health care we need as people living with HIV. Our representative organizations are largely silent, tense, waiting to see what will happen.  For decades, non-profit organizations were a loud voice in politics and advoc

Trump seems to support Bush’s AIDS program for now... but will it be hobbled by his other policies?

published: February, 27, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Women, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

As of 2016, the program helped provide life-saving antiretroviral treatment for over 11.5 million people, trained 220,000 health-care workers, and facilitated counseling and testing for over 74.3 million people. For The Atlantic, Joseph Frankel reports.

Trump seems to support Bush’s AIDS program for now... but will it be hobbled by his other policies?

To read the complete article by Joseph Frankel, visit The Atlantic, here. Despite concerns raised during the presidential transition, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) seems poised to continue its work. The multi-billion dollar government initiative created by George W. Bush in 2003 has worked with remarkable success to treat and prevent HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis in a number of countries around the world, and is often hailed as his greatest legacy. The

"Si Se Puede": Speaking up as allies to Latinx communities

published: November, 02, 2016 Written by // Joshua Middleton Categories // Activism, Social Media, International , Living with HIV, Joshua Middleton

Culturally, this virus remains a highly stigmatized and hush-hush subject within the Latinx community, as Josh Middleton explains.

This article previously appeared at TheBody, here. It also appears on Joshua’s own blog, PozitiveHope, here.   “Si se puede” or “yes, one can,” a term coined by Dolores Huerta, could be heard in speeches by Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers in the early 1970s. It’s a slogan that not only served to unify Latinx people, namely Mexican Americans, but also raised awareness around the plight of farm workers. It is still used almost 40 years later for various causes. Little

Side by Side, part seven

published: February, 18, 2014 Categories // Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Current Affairs, International

Ed Wolf in St. Petersburg, Russia for an LGBT film festival goes to visit an HIV/AIDS agency and later to yet another screening disrupted by a bomb scare and marred by threats of violence

Part Seven: LaSky  Tuesday, November 26, 2013 I toss and turn and don’t sleep well. In the morning there’s a message from Olga, the volunteer who I met on my second day here. She reports that last night’s fire was most probably an accident with no connection to the festival. I go down to breakfast, feeling nervous about tonight’s screening of “Blue Is the Warmest Color,” which won the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or this year. It’s showing at a mainstream cinema, the ti

Getting PrEP at no cost in the hands of those who need it

published: March, 10, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, As Prevention , Gay Men, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Population Specific

AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) asks for your help in getting PrEP covered in Canada!

Getting PrEP at no cost in the hands of those who need it

As you may have heard, Health Canada recently approved Truvada as PrEP, the highly effective new HIV prevention tool! While this is exciting news, an important part of the process remains, the part where regulators decide whether the drug will be covered by public and private insurance. If it’s not covered, PrEP is too expensive for most people to access. Luckily, there’s a role for community members to have our voices heard!  ACT is organizing a series of focus groups to hear from gay,

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