Activism

So you tested positive for HIV

published: January, 19, 2018 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , Kimutai Kemboi, Newly Diagnosed, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Mental Health, Health, Sexual Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Kimutai Kemboi of Kenya offers his best advice for those newly diagnosed with HIV.

So you tested positive for HIV

So you tested for HIV a few hours, days, weeks, months or years ago and you found out that you are HIV-positive. I know that was the last thing you expected, yet you must have been worried since that day you messed up somewhere or unwillingly/unknowingly got involved in a mess. Don't even burden yourself with thinking of that; it is absolutely not important. What is important is what you do after getting the facts. Immediately you saw two lines appearing in that testing kit, your mind went i

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

Meeting Nina

published: November, 07, 2012 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // Activism, International , Living with HIV, Louis "Kengi" Carr

Kengi: "Nina is unlike any leader I’ve ever met.....she is brilliant, very accomplished and has an unmatched record of compassion and great care as well as a commitment to healthcare and HIV services for populations hardest hit by HIV and AIDS."

Meeting Nina

I’ve been very busy lately with photographing various HIV events here in Los Angeles. This is how I had the pleasure of meeting Nina Harawa. She was one of the guests in attendance at the Leadership Awards put on by the Los Angeles Women’s HIV Task Force which I wrote about recently. She is also the reason I was able to photograph and video the Breaking the Silence event in Los Angeles. I know you’re wondering what is Breaking the Silence and let me start by saying, no I did not complet

The glamour and money of HIV activism

published: April, 14, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

Long term survivor Steve from BeyondPositive: “A number of people seem to think there’s a certain amount of glamour and money that comes with being an HIV activist or advocate, but what’s the reality?"

The glamour and money of HIV activism

This article first appeared on BeyondPositive here.   If I might quote from a recent post by our editor, Tom Hayes, on Facebook: “I’ve seen some snarky tweets/statuses alluding that HIV activists/advocates (like myself) only do the work we do for the “glamour and money”. Most months I don’t make enough money to feed myself. And I don’t find anything remotely glamorous about staying in budget hotels (that I often have to pay for myself) and talking about side effects like diarr

Stigma!

published: December, 13, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Kimutai Kemboi, Youth, General Health, Health, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Kenya's Kimutai Kemboi on the many effects of HIV stigma on the lives of people living with HIV..

Stigma!

It is a six letter word but capable of taking someone to their grave, thus it should be avoided by all costs! No one gains or benefits from discriminating against a colleague because of his/her status. It is a high time we stop being wild and have human character, love and care unconditionally. It is really painful to push someone to the grave when you are still in a position to hold his hand! I am sharing this from a life experience of what I initially went through before finding the stren

Vigil at Yonge and Dundas Square on November 8, 2011 at 6pm.

published: October, 31, 2011 Categories // Activism, Events

Call for Immigration Canada to stop the deportation of gay refugee claimants who are living with HIV and face extreme violence if sent home!

Vigil at Yonge and Dundas Square on November 8, 2011 at 6pm.

    Call for Immigration Canada to stop the deportation of gay refugee claimants who are living with HIV and face extreme violence if sent home! To show support for Herberth Menendez and call for him to stay, friends of Herbeth, concerned community members, Latinos Positivos and AIDS ACTION NOW! will be holding a support vigil at Yonge and Dundas Square on November 8, 2011 at 6pm. Herberth Menendez is asking for refugee status in Canada because he feared for his life due to the inte

The future/now for queer/trans* health

published: July, 17, 2013 Categories // Activism, Youth, Health, Sexual Health, Population Specific

Robert Birch goes to British Columbia’s CampOUT!, a program of workshops and activities in a camp setting for queer and trans youth to discover their community, themselves and their health needs

The future/now for queer/trans* health

 “I’ve gone from being the butt of everyone’s jokes to being everyone’s friend until proven otherwise.”  This gentle fifteen-year-old trans* youth needs allies but lives in a culture of bullies. As a middle aged cisgender gay man who has survived his bullies, I continue to learn how to become a more effective ally. On a small west coast gulf island during the Canada Day weekend a new world opened up for 58 queer and trans* youth and two young straight identified allies. Thirty on-

The Legacy Project

published: January, 07, 2013 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Activism, General Health, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Living with HIV

Building Support through a Mentoring Network: Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment (CAAT)’s Legacy Project Connects PHAs to Build Capacity and Community

The Legacy Project

This article first appeared on the CATIE website here. Une version française est disponible ici.  Many AIDS service organizations (ASOs) in Canada are committed to the greater and more meaningful involvement of people living with HIV (GIPA and MIPA) and the empowerment of people living with HIV. One manifestation of this commitment is the proliferation of “capacity building” and “leadership” programs for people living with HIV. While such programs play a critical role in building

No shame, part two – what changed?

published: March, 05, 2013 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow in a follow-up to his recent post about coming out to the world.

 No shame, part two – what changed?

So it's been a couple of weeks since I posted my last blog "No Shame For Being HIV+",  I thought I would write a follow up to share the reaction I received from it. To be honest, it took a large shot of courage to send that article off to be posted. I didn't know how it would affect the people around me. Would I offend someone, would they feel pressed to say something? I believe it could have been a really ugly situation……..if certain people chimed in on it.  My story went up on

Seventeen years from the edge of the abyss

published: August, 12, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

David Hoe was diagnosed with HIV in 1988. He was within days of death in 1996 when new drugs pulled him back from the brink. Now 70, Hoe is alive to tell the tale to a new generation that has lost the fear factor.

Seventeen years from the edge of the abyss

Photograph by: Jean Levac , Ottawa Citizen By Joanne Laucius, From  OTTAWA CITIZEN August 7 DAVID HOE is an AIDS activist and former federal public health adviser. He learned he had HIV in 1988 and almost died in 1996 before he was pulled from the brink by the arrival of new antiviral drugs. He recently celebrated his 70th birthday and is among the growing number of HIV survivors who are living well into their retirement years. David Hoe calls it “the Lazarus thing.” In 1996, he wa

Preventative medication will protect people at risk of HIV

published: December, 29, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

PrEP will be available through the BC Centre for Excellence’s HIV Drug Treatment program. From B.C. Gov News, this report.

Preventative medication will protect people at risk of HIV

Effective Jan. 1, 2018, British Columbians at high risk of HIV infection will be able to receive pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a daily oral antiretroviral medication that prevents new HIV infection, at no cost. “Our government is committed to helping fight the spread of HIV/AIDS and supporting people as they take action to protect themselves from this virus,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “Making this medication free for people will prevent new HIV infections, remove barriers

AIDS funding: all these new start-up projects make me want to scream!

published: April, 30, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

A guest author says “We end up in the AIDS industry with all of these competing, duplicating services, with very few of them being able to make an impact in any one area to reduce and eradicate the transmission of HIV.”

AIDS funding: all these new start-up projects make me want to scream!

When I see or hear of a new HIV project starting up it makes me want to scream and here is why.  There are so many existing projects and organizations, both small and on a larger scale, in existence today, I cannot keep track of them all. Many of the existing community projects and organizations are not doing anything that is terribly original but rather duplicating one another. In duplicating services the existing programs compete for funds. They compete for funds that are always limited to

Creating a comprehensive cascade: CTAC issues call to action

published: December, 01, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Research, Treatment, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Media

To achieve and exceed the three 90-90-90-targets, two new targets are proposed

Creating a comprehensive cascade: CTAC issues call to action

As we approach World AIDS Day on December 1, CTAC is sending a strong message that “we’re not going away” by reaching out to select policymakers and their critics at all levels of government across Canada. We are providing them with an update on the issues of access to HIV and HCV treatment and care across Canada. CTAC was created by HIV positive leaders in 1996 to ensure access to treatment, care and support for people living with HIV/AIDS and people living with HIV/hepatitis C co-infe

Let's make IT happen

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

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

In conversation with CPPN/RCPS vice-chair, Ottawa’s Gord Asmus

published: April, 18, 2016 Categories // Activism, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV

Philip Dawson is showcasing members of the board of Canada's new national organization for people living with HIV, CPPN/RCPS. Here he talks to vice-chair Gord Asmus

In conversation with CPPN/RCPS vice-chair, Ottawa’s Gord Asmus

"The Canadian Positive People Network (CPPN) / Reseau Canadien Des Personnes Seropositives (RCPS) is a new independent network for and by people living with HIV and HIV co-infections in Canada. We exist as a people’s network to represent the needs of all persons and communities affected by HIV and HIV co-infections. We help ensure the movement is coordinated nationally, provincially, regionally and locally to benefit the affected people and communities, and that we are connected with the glo

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