Living with HIV

Say goodbye to "risk."

published: September, 27, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

"Watch your words. Lose the labels if you want to prevent HIV." Enid Vázquez

Say goodbye to

Risky business. Risk taker. High risk. That’s not how people want to be seen when it comes to HIV. In the epidemic, the word “risk” is associated with the notion of “doing something wrong.” So using the words “at risk” becomes risky in itself. It runs the risk of turning people off, and away from prevention messages. People may not avail themselves of condoms or PrEP (the HIV prevention pill) if they don’t identify with risk. If they don’t identify with HIV ris

My road map to wellness

published: September, 26, 2017 Written by // Jason Cole Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, Health, Living with HIV, Jason Cole

Jason Cole returns to PositiveLite.com with this brief encapsulation of his coming to terms with PTSD, substance use, depression, lonliness, stigma and yes, HIV.

My road map to wellness

Ever since I was a child, I knew I related to the world differently than those around me. I was always the kid on the outside fringes, being bullied and yearning for acceptance from the common crowd. A problem child, as my parents would remark. I remember being full of anger and defiant. I felt as though I had little control over my mood. Self-regulation was something that escaped me. While in school, I went through the process of a psycho-educational assessment with the goal of providing sup

Going the distance

published: September, 25, 2017 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Social Media, Aging, Dating, Gay Men, International , Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow on long distance romance: " I can choose to be alone or I can trust this, try to make it work and be happy. I'm already happier."

Going the distance

It may be long distance but I’ve met someone I feel so much closer to than some of the people around me. They say there is someone out there for everyone. And they say love will find you when you least expect it. The only problem with that rhetoric is, they say it like the person is right down the street from me or close by. At last count, and according to what I’ve found online, there are more than 7.5 billion humans on the planet, so where is mine and what in the hell am I doing wrong?

Smokers with HIV doing well on treatment now at greater risk of lung cancer than AIDS

published: September, 25, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Health, International , Revolving Door, Smoking Cessation , Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media

Just under 60,000 people living with HIV are likely to die of lung cancer by the age of 80 (9.3% of all people with HIV currently in care in the United States), researchers estimate. From AIDSmap, Keith Alcorn reports.

Smokers with HIV doing well on treatment now at greater risk of lung cancer than AIDS

People living with HIV on antiretroviral treatment with fully suppressed viral load who smoke are much more likely to die of lung cancer than HIV-related causes, according to the findings of a modelling study published today in JAMA Internal Medicine. The study suggests that people on successful antiretroviral treatment are between six and thirteen times more likely to die of lung cancer than of any AIDS-related illness, and 10% of all people with HIV who are linked to care will eventually

Setting our minds to it! Attending the Realize 2017 Forum on HIV and Mental Health

published: September, 22, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Activism, Aging, Social Media, Gay Men, General Health, Mental Health, Research, Health, Spirituality, Living with HIV, Media, Rob Olver - Editor

Rob Olver picks up a few shots of inspiration at Realize Forum 2017.

Setting our minds to it! Attending the Realize 2017 Forum on HIV and Mental Health

“Today, by examining from the personal perspective of PLWHIV we want to zero in on what has worked... in terms of accessing services; what needs to be improved, and by listening to people who developed and implemented programs that are innovative, what they think can be adapted elsewhere, plus find out how they did what they did and finally where can these services go next.” – Tammy C. Yates, Opening Remarks to Realize Forum 2017 Realize is the only national organization that has worked

Who are heterosexual women acquiring HIV from? Are heterosexual women's partners a hidden population?

published: September, 21, 2017 Written by // Samantha Categories // Social Media, Dating, featured, Gay Men, Women, International , Legal, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality , Samantha

Samantha: We need to dare to address the unspoken dynamic of how women acquire HIV.

Who are heterosexual women acquiring HIV from? Are heterosexual women's partners a hidden population?

Women represent 50% of the population of people living with HIV globally, yet there has been little research or sharing of information about who heterosexual woman acquire the HIV virus from. There is focus on stressors attributing to women living with HIV, including intimate partner violence, gender inequality, unequal power dynamics within relationships, race, ethnicity, poverty, education and various social disparities. Yet, there is little information about men as active participants other

GIPA takes a hit

published: September, 20, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // featured, Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , Current Affairs, General Health, 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

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), PositiveLite.com 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

Frailty, nerve injury and falls in middle-aged and older HIV-positive people

published: September, 15, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Aging, Social Media, CATIE, General Health, Mental Health, Research, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, International , Living with HIV, Media

From CATIE, Sean R. Hosein reports on a U.S. study that links such things as grip strength and gait speed with increased risk of falling.

Frailty, nerve injury and falls in middle-aged and older HIV-positive people

More HIV-positive people are living longer thanks to the use of potent combination anti-HIV therapy (ART). As HIV-positive people enter their middle age and senior years, they will have to grapple with one or more aging-related issues. One issue that can have a large impact on the health and quality of life of older people is falling. Older people who fall can injure themselves, and according to U.S. researchers, such injuries can make pre-existing problems, such as physical inactivity or weak

Faith and herbs versus anitretroviral treatment

published: September, 14, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Activism, 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

Kenya at the forefront in tackling HIV

published: September, 13, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Kimutai Kemboi, 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

Seeking and finding unconditional love

published: September, 11, 2017 Written by // Patrick Italo Ettenes Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, Pets, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Patrick Italo Ettenes

Patrick Ettenes on the healing power of the love between a person and their pet.

Seeking and finding unconditional love

Many of you might have been wondering where I disappeared to in the last few months. Truth be told, after my best friend's death I wasn’t really in the right place. I also gave up TV production to concentrate on my new diagnosis, my early onset dementia. Like a trooper I pushed forward, accomplishing more in four months than I ever did for the entire year. And I still am, but I’ll let you into a few personal secrets, so sit down. I felt like I’d done enough with HIV work; I was tired of

Fall trend report

published: September, 08, 2017 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Philip Minaker

PositiveLite.com style advisor Philip Minaker: "The major trend of this season is indeed the seventies and all they had to offfer."

Fall trend report

Fashion designers draw inspiration for their collections from a variety of subject matter: - A trip abroad or for the love of their homeland. - A work of art, a movie or a story that moves them. - A vision of the future or of a bygone era. - Or perhaps…what’s currently going on in the world. Whether it’s a fantasy or interpretation of reality, making fashion relevant and appealing is a tough task. The challenge, season after season, is to make fashion reflect the times in which we l

Harm reduction saves lives -- please consider supporting PASAN.

published: September, 07, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Hep B and C, As Prevention , Fundraisers, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Events, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

PASAN has started a critical fundraising campaign.

Harm reduction saves lives -- please consider supporting PASAN.

PASAN is the only community-based organization in Canada providing HIV, AIDS and hepatitis C prevention, education and support services exclusively to prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families.  PASAN works with prisoners in provincial and federal corrections facilities throughout the province of Ontario, but faces tremendous constraints in doing this work. It’s become increasingly difficult for PASAN staff to be able to access prisons to conduct educational programming about harm redu

I am male and I am a victim of rape.

published: September, 06, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Almost nobody talks about this. Guest author Isaac D. Joseph shares his experience of rape's aftermath.

I am male and I am a victim of rape.

Earlier this week I was asked to write an article on rape and my experience as a male who has been a victim of rape in my adult life. I thought that I would have been able to jot down a few paragraphs and be done by the deadline, but here I am writing this article with only two hours left before the article is scrapped and my chances of writing for this highly esteemed LGBT magazine ever again are over and done. I thought that I would have been able to chronicle my experiences without having a

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