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U=U’s naysayer moments

published: June, 13, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy says working on the U = U campaign has had its highs and lows. It’s achieved incredible success but detractors are out there also, sometimes with intelligent, thoughtful ideas, sometimes less so. This is about the less so.

U=U’s naysayer moments

Guilty as charged? The Undetecable = Untransmittable campaign has enjoyed a lot of success  – more so in fact than any campaign I've witnessed in 20 years of advocacy work. The term #uequalsu has become ubiquitous, part of the HIV lexicon, Over 270 community partners have adopted the slogan as their own in 25 countries. The number grows daily.    This is remarkable. In an age where the response to HIV has been largely taken out of the community’s hands, instead becoming institutionali

US: advocates launch consensus statement on HIV “Treatment as Prevention” in criminal law reform

published: July, 20, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Women, Revolving Door, International , Legal, Guest Authors, Media, Opinion Pieces

From the HIV Justice Network, this report on how the ‘Undetectable = Untransmittable’ campaign might best be understood to impact HIV criminalization advocacy.

US: advocates launch consensus statement on HIV “Treatment as Prevention” in criminal law reform

Yesterday saw the launch of a Consensus Statement on HIV “Treatment as Prevention” in Criminal Law Reform, to provide guidance for efforts to reform or “modernize” HIV-specific laws across the United States. The concern, as highlighted by Charles King, President and Chief Executive Officer, Housing Works, Inc, is that if HIV criminalisation reform focuses soley on changing laws so that those who are virally suppressed are not considered ‘a risk’ that this approach will not addres

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for July: what would Woody do?

published: July, 06, 2017 Written by // Ed Wolf Categories // Aging, Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Ed Wolf, Vitamins - Supplements, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

As the Inauguration Day of His Awfulness approaches, Ed Wolf draws on diverse sources of inspiration to help maintain the balance between hope and despair.

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for July: what would Woody do?

Woody Guthrie New Year’s resolutions .  Photo from the internet  Day 53. What Would Woody Do? We’re not going to have to figure out how to resist Trump and his cronies by ourselves. We can always look back at the strategies women and men have used to get through difficult times before. One of my favorites is Woody Gutherie’s “New Years Rulin’s.” Taking number 17 and 33 to heart. Photo of no beginning, no end by Ed Wolf.  Day 54. Happy You Near!   Photo of intensive care s

Kenya at the forefront in tackling HIV

published: September, 13, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Kimutai Kemboi, As Prevention , Youth, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

From Kenya, HIV activist and stigma fighter Kimutai Kemboi on the initiatives the Kenyan government has taken together with other stakeholders in the struggle against HIV.

Kenya at the forefront in tackling HIV

Kenya, as a developing country, is among the African countries on the forefront in tackling HIV as well as investing personnel and resources. The government and the stake holders have done a lot though more needs to be done. The Kenyan government has given a favourable environment to stakeholders who wish to partake in this battle. Many organizations have set up facilities that offer HIV related services to people from the marginalised classes of life such as rural and slum populations. The s

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years, part three: facing Trump's dystopia.

published: March, 06, 2017 Written by // Ed Wolf Categories // Aging, Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Ed Wolf, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Ed Wolf: "... mostly I need to do this month again and again, 47 times exactly, until we vote him out of office on 11/3/20."

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years, part three: facing Trump's dystopia.

Hokey pokey Day 22. The Hokey-Pokey It’s been 3 weeks now since the Donald got voted in and I continue to be angry, disappointed and afraid. A friend said I need to lighten up, which does not sit well with me. He’s someone I used to work with back in the early days of the AIDS epidemic when so many young people were dying. It comforts him to collect the obituaries of people who have lived a long time. He told me he recently come across the obit of the creator of the Hokey Pokey, a man wh

Us and them

published: April, 19, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Guest Jason McDonald advocates for those with HIV. But, he says, the thing that drives him most is the part of him that wants to fight for others, those who are HIV-negative.

Us and them

Being an HIV advocate means straddling two different, diametrically opposed worlds.  Engaging in battle on two fronts, much like a war, I advocate for both HIV+ (us) and HIV- people (them).  Each battle has it's own challenges and rewards, some of them immediate but most of them are unknown or more long-term in the rewards.  It is sometimes hard to juggle two hats - fighting for those with HIV and fighting for those who do not have HIV.  Both groups of people have their separate challenge

Today, Friday March 8, is International Women’s Day

published: March, 08, 2013 Categories // Activism, Women, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Megan DePutter asks “what does the day mean to you? For me” she says “it’s about change . . . . My hope is that this year, more men participate in International Women’s Day events.”

Today, Friday March 8, is International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day feels a little like World AIDS Day, in that it is a mixed message; it’s about recognizing where we’ve been, appreciating where we are today, and considering how much more there is to be done. It’s at once a celebration and a call for action. Sometimes people send out messages on International Women’s Day about celebrating the women in your life. For me, the day is not about loving, appreciating or celebrating women in my life. It’s about change. It’s ab

The new national voice of people with HIV in the U.S is…

published: June, 01, 2013 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, International , Opinion Pieces, Mark S. King

Mark S King on the demise of the US advocacy organization NAPWA and what has risen from the ashes.

The new national voice of people with HIV in the U.S is…

PositiveLite.com says: This story will be of interest to Canadian readers even though Canada does not have anything like the equivalent of The National Association for People with AIDS, the US advocacy organization which has just folded after allegations of financial mismanagement and ultimately declaring bankruptcy.  At a recent town hall forum in Washington, DC for people living with HIV, the very idea of what it means to be positive — and who is our national voice of advocacy — was qu

A counsellor’s perspective: it’s about more than just a virus

published: October, 10, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, CATIE, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Living with HIV

From CATIE's Positive Side, ACT's John Larsson from Toronto reflects on the many changes antiretroviral therapy (ART) brought to HIV work.

A counsellor’s perspective: it’s about more than just a virus

This article previously appeared at CATIE's Positive Side, here. Une version française est disponible ici.  In 1996, everyone was very excited, elated, about the new treatment “cocktails.” But those of us who had been working in the field for a while recognized pretty quickly that this new hope presented a double-edged sword: Yes, it was great, but it was really going to f*** with people’s heads. Before antiretroviral therapy (ART) came on the scene, my work as a counsellor ofte

Going down under for AIDS2014

published: July, 17, 2014 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, International AIDS Conference , Conferences, International , Living with HIV, Media, Mark S. King

Mark S King introduces upcoming video coverage of the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne Australia this month

Going down under for AIDS2014

(NOTE: My AIDS2014 coverage is exclusive to TheBody.com this year and you can find my daily videos on their main page beginning this Sunday, July 20th.)  Are you ready for a theatre piece about HIV that takes place on an enormous bed that doubles as a boxing ring? How about a candlelight march with thousands of advocates from around the world? And don’t forget my favorite — the Global Village, stuffed with art and advocacy from every corner of the planet? All this and more will be part o

Keeping love centre at Pride LA

published: July, 04, 2017 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Louis "Kengi" Carr

PositiveLite.com's L.A. Correspondent, Louis Kengi Carr goes to L.A. Pride and is reminded of the things that keep him strong in his advocacy.

Keeping love centre at Pride LA

Full disclosure. Let’s just get this out of the way up front ok? I’ve been gay my entire life and I’ve never once attended gay pride. Well not the mainstream gay pride. It just never felt like something I wanted to attend because as a Black man I’ve never felt welcomed, embraced or celebrated by gay pride. It’s just too white for me and let’s just be honest, West Hollywood doesn’t represent the fullness of gay life and it certainly does not represent the City of Los Angeles eithe

Forum for hope

published: June, 01, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Conferences, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

The CAS (Canadian AIDS Society) Forum for People living with HIV is In Regina, Saskatchewan next week. Bob Leahy says it's a meeting to watch for those following the course of HIV advocacy in Canada.

Forum for hope

Opportunity knocks Next week sees sixty people living with HIV from across Canada gather in Regina, Saskatchewan. It’s an annual event, usually a precursor to the CAS Annual General Meeting held immediately following it. There will be no such double-barreled affair this year, Money is tight and PHAC is no longer funding AGMs so the AGM will be held in a different (online) format at a later date.  It’s unusual for financial considerations to intrude so glaringly, but as previously report

What If I Told You the Project Inform Staff Was Hilarious?

published: March, 01, 2017 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, International , Living with HIV, Mark S. King

As Mark S. King explains, HIV work can be hard but the people doing it have always found ways to have fun and stay sane

What If I Told You the Project Inform Staff Was Hilarious?

Throughout the earliest years of the HIV/AIDS crisis, I deeply admired the fierce intellect of the late Martin Delaney, the researcher and advocate who, among many other historic accomplishments, founded Project Inform, the HIV treatment advocacy group with intimate ties to the community. What I did not know, however, was that his staff called him “Bunny.” A sense of humor helps, especially when you work for an organization with a mission statement that addresses an enormous and someti

Your voice in your care

published: September, 27, 2016 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Alex Sparrowhawk

"All too often decisions are made with little involvement with the people that new arrangements will impact," says U. K. guy, Alex Sparrowhawk

Your voice in your care

A long and busy week – but a really informative and interesting one, especially the last couple of days! On Friday I attended the Second Joint Multidisciplinary Conference of the British HIV Association (BHIVA) and the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), looking at HIV in primary care. Throughout the day there was a lot of debate about cost, collaboration and communication. I believe the normalisation of HIV can only occur with increased involvement of primary care in HIV tes

The little website that could

published: December, 24, 2013 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Social Media, Activism, Living with HIV, Media, Brian Finch

Founder Brian Finch provides an insider’s view of the history and rapid growth of PositiveLite.com, Canada’s unique online HIV magazine that is by and for people living with HIV

The little website that could

December 1st is World AIDS Day. For me it marks something even more personal - the anniversary of the launch of PositiveLite.com. Our tag line? "PositiveLite.com Goes Viral on Dec 1st 2009". In some ways it feels like the site has been around longer than four years, due to its rapid growth, all the while growing roots that have firmly taken in the community. The idea for the website came to me from a couple of directions. One was that I had been doing a lot of volunteer work, mostly on the t

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