Articles tagged with: disclosure

Whats in a haircut? (Stigma that's what.)

published: June, 09, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Hep B and C, Living with HIV

Guest Author Rob Newman on dealing with everyday stigma and prejudice. Sometimes it's one cut too many.

Whats in a haircut? (Stigma that's what.)

,Had to get my haircut today … I would like to say that my hair was unmanageable and completely out of control but truth be told when my hair gets past a certain length, I just look unkempt. As always I get my haircut at a local joint that doesn’t charge a lot … let’s face it I don’t have a lot of hair. During the cut as in almost every case the small talk will turn to where do you work, what do you do? This question is always a double-edged sword in that when I do tell an otherwise

Why disclosing my HIV status is the right thing to do

FS Magazine contributor Ruaidhri O’Baoill says “I told myself that from then on, before sex came into the equation with a guy, I would tell them about my status. It was my way of allowing them to make an informed decision, my way of doing the right thing"

Why disclosing my HIV status is the right thing to do

This article, HIV+ME with Ruaidhri O’Baoill @RuaidhriOB first appeared in the UK’s FS Magazine, a publication of GMFA here. When I found out I was HIV-positive I rang one of my closest friends to tell him the news. As well as telling him about me, I also had to tell him to go and get himself on PEP. Two days prior to this my close friend and I hooked up. We were pretty drunk so it was unexpected.   We hadn’t used protection so I freaked out that I could have passed it on to him. Alth

After diagnosis: what happens next?

published: March, 09, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Research, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Researcher Sarah Chown writes about understanding the impact of HIV among recently diagnosed gay men in Vancouver

After diagnosis: what happens next?

Background In April 2009, the CIHR Team for the Study of Acute HIV Infection in Gay Men helped to bring a new HIV testing technology, called the early HIV test, to Vancouver. The early HIV test can diagnose HIV during the acute infection period, a time when most HIV tests cannot detect infection due to limitations in testing technology. The acute infection period refers to the initial weeks and months of HIV infection during which there are very high amounts of HIV in the body. The early HIV

Coming out of the viral closet is the best thing I’ve ever done

published: February, 04, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

From FS Magazine “Being open about my status was something I never thought I could or would even want to do, but it has somehow made me who I am today.”

Coming out of the viral closet is the best thing I’ve ever done

This article originally appeared in HIV+Me with Ruaidhri O’Baoill @RuaidhriOB in FS Magazine, a publication of GMFA here.   I thought coming out as a 14-year-old boy growing up in Ireland was one of the hardest and bravest things I would ever have to do. However having come out publicly as HIV-positive topped it. Being open about my status was something I never thought I could or would even want to do, but it has somehow made me who I am today. I vividly remember the exact second when I

You can't hurry love

published: January, 29, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Revolving Door, Guest Authors

PositiveLite.com recommends “Navigating sex and disclosure while living with HIV” from POZ.com

You can't hurry love

The full text of this article by Casey Halter first appeared on POZ.com here.  “I don’t want to lie anymore.” Those were the words Robert Gillum thought when he first disclosed to his partner, Michael, in 1994. Having spent the previous seven years in the closet about having HIV—going city to city, job to job and lover to lover across the United States—Gillum recalls that day in Minneapolis as the first time he took responsibility for his status.  To many, the idea of Gillum, bo

Floating above water

published: January, 27, 2016 Categories // Gay Men, Living with HIV, Jason Cole, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Jason R Cole says “It’s no secret that internalized stigma can surprise you” and make you the “sick person”, once again. How do you combat that? Read on.

Floating above water

One of the first things I am often lauded with is how open I am about my HIV status. I am open about my status for three distinct reasons: I believe my sexual partners have a right to make an informed decision regarding their sexual health, by knowing all the facts; because I believe the best way to educate others is through open and compassionate dialogue; and because I know that the law is not necessarily on our side. By our side, I mean us HIVers.  That last reason is crucial, because it

A scream of dismay

published: January, 05, 2016 Written by // Joshua Middleton Categories // Newly Diagnosed, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Joshua Middleton

Joshua Middleton and disclosure after diagnosis. His quandary? How to break the news to his ex-girlfriend and tell here she needed to be tested.

A scream of dismay

Being diagnosed HIV-positive was an unforgettable moment but it would be followed by another that haunted me for years to come. It was my first experience dealing with HIV Disclosure and it wasn’t the ideal situation. I had to tell my ex-girlfriend that I had broken up with months prior that I was now HIV positive and she needed to be tested as well.  First things first and that was confirming that I was indeed positive. When I received the call from my doctor for the Western Blot confirma

I thought telling gay men I’m HIV-positive at speed dating would be easy. I was wrong.

published: December, 10, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Revolving Door, Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

From the UK's FS Magazine, what happens when an HIV-positive guy goes to a speed dating event planning to tell half the men there he has HIV and the other half he doesn't and compare their reactions to him...

I thought telling gay men I’m HIV-positive at speed dating would be easy. I was wrong.

This article by Ruaidhri O'Baoill @RuaidhriOB  originally appeared in FS Magazine, a publication of GMFA, here.   Over the past year, I have gone from one extreme to the other. The lists of emotions seem endless and every day brings something new to the table.  One which stands out the most is how I feel around other guys. Being honest, my self-esteem has never been great but since becoming HIV-positive, it’s definitely taken a few more knocks.  Before my diagnosis, I often wondered

HIV stigma and Charlie Sheen’s outing

published: November, 19, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Current Affairs, Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Richard Elliott of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network with things to remember about the legal issues that the Charlie Sheen case raises

HIV stigma and Charlie Sheen’s outing

In a television interview this week, actor Charlie Sheen revealed he is living with HIV, claiming that part of his reason for doing so is to put an end to years of rumours as well as extortion through threats of revealing his status. His revelation has prompted a flurry of media attention and many questions about privacy, HIV disclosure and potential legal ramifications.  As Sheen said of his HIV diagnosis: “It’s a hard three letters to absorb.” Part of what makes that the case is the

Tis’ the season

published: November, 12, 2015 Categories // Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Steven Hobé tells the story of his life with HIV. Part five sees him, not long after diagnosis, disclosing his status to a potential partner. What was the reaction? Read on.

Tis’ the season

It’s now mid-November and time for Toronto’s annual Santa Claus Parade. With that jolly “Ho Ho Ho”, it was a festive nod to the commencement of the Christmas shopping frenzy. All hail to the blow up hanging Santas, oversized Christmas bobbles, and the incessant piped-in choir music with the treble turned up way too high everywhere you turn!  OK, I admit I have a bitter sweet relationship with this time of year. When I was growing up in England, like clockwork, on the 24th, I would ki

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