Articles tagged with: ART

Wayne Bristow: it can't be HIV 24/7

published: November, 25, 2016 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Art, Social Media, Aging, Conferences, Gay Men, General Health, Mental Health, Photography, Living with HIV, Wayne Bristow

But self care can be hard to come by when those around you are unsupportive, as Wayne relates.

Wayne Bristow: it can't be HIV 24/7

I know it’s been a while since my last blog. I have shared my story, all of it, I think. My health has been good but I have a total physical to pass next week so that I can keep my bragging rights. I wanted to write about attending the first part of the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) End Game conference last month but I’m still trying to digest the new research findings for aging with HIV. I used to look at aging from the side of possibly going into the healthcare system, in a facil

Abundance

published: June, 29, 2016 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // Social Media, Activism, Arts and Entertainment, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Louis "Kengi" Carr

"Happy, content and thriving," our LA guy Kengi reflects on how he got there - with a tip of the hat to PositiveLite.com.

Abundance

I’m sitting inside a McDonald’s on a hot Saturday afternoon and I’m thinking to myself just how different my life is. I just left the Reef where my gallery is located. Imagine that, I’m a gallery owner. This is pretty crazy when you think that I once stood outside this location begging for something to eat during my 29 months of homelessness. Today I simply walked in and paid with no problem whatsoever. Not only that, as I sit here I’m recalling the nights I slept in the dirt in fro

When HIV and the art world connect

published: May, 13, 2016 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // Art, Hobbies, Arts and Entertainment, Mental Health, Upcoming Events, Photography, Opinion Pieces, Louis "Kengi" Carr

Our L. A. guy Kengi on finding a voice and empowerment through art

When HIV and the art world connect

As I sit down to type this article I’m smiling, listening to ‘Higher Than This’ by Ledisi, while sitting inside my gallery. Yeah, I know right? My gallery. I still giggle every single time I say it. As many of you know my life has always been filled with music, art and photography and as I’ve said many times before, photography has been and still is my therapy. During homelessness photography was my voice. It spoke loud and clear for me, allowing me to raise awareness for many issues

A humbling moment.

published: March, 25, 2016 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Photography, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow enters a photography competition and says “this whole experience affirmed my belief that no matter what I have been through or going through now, there will always be someone less fortunate".

A humbling moment.

I have a wonderful group of peers who really know me – from the things I like (bacon) to my hobby (photography). Last December one peer was sitting on a committee with another organization that had organized an art show/contest called ‘Hope and Help: Overcoming Trauma’ and he suggested that I enter. I asked him to email me the entry information and I would take a look at it.  I downloaded the flyer, familiarized myself with the requirements and decided I would enter the contest. I coul

You + ART

published: February, 08, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

CATIE’s The Positive Side asked “Tell us about your relationship with antiretroviral therapy: Is it your BFF, your mother-in-law, your longest relationship…?”

You + ART

This article with interviews by RonniLyn Pustil, Sophie Wertheimer and Darien Taylor first appeared in The Positive Side, a publication of CATIE, here.    Une version française est disponible ici.  JONATHAN POSTNIKOFF, 31 Treatment outreach coordinator Positive Living BC Vancouver Diagnosed with HIV: 2010 CD4 count: 980 Viral load: undetectable Taking ART for: 5 years I had read blogs about atrocious side effects and met people from the early days of treatment who told horror st

Don’t worry….be appy!

published: January, 28, 2016 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Hobbies, Lifestyle, Wayne Bristow

The world of photo apps. Wayne Bristow says, “it's 2016 and digital photography is here to stay. It’s time to break the rules and create some art.” So get out your phone.

Don’t worry….be appy!

Some serious photographers absolutely hate smartphone photography. They look down too on people who use the ‘auto’ feature to take pictures on your DSLR cameras - the only way to be creative is by doing things manually, they say. But if I followed that advice I would have missed 99 percent of the photos I’ve taken. When the pros ask me what f.stop setting I have used for a photo, I love the look they give me when I say, “I don’t know, I used the auto setting”. The only thing more

Life’s little ups and downs

published: May, 19, 2015 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Aging, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow has found himself a victim of the old saying: “just when I thought I was getting my head together, my body starts falling apart”.

Life’s little ups and downs

This morning I was pouring my Honey Nut Cheerios from the box into a Tupperware container. All of them wouldn’t fit, so I decided to pour the leftovers into a bowl. I left them on the counter to eat later. I had just poured my first coffee and wanted to savoir it first. Later I went to the kitchen to get them and a family member commented, “did you forget about them?” Oooh, what a cheap shot, hinting at the fact I’m getting forgetful because of my age. So I snapped back.  I informe

About shingles, HIV, ART and the immune system

published: April, 29, 2015 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, General Health, Research, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

CATIE reports on a study that explores the risk for shingles in the current era

About shingles, HIV, ART and the immune system

This article previously appeared on the CATIE website here.  Une version française est disponible ici.  Infection with VZV (varicella zoster virus), a member of the herpes virus family, is relatively common. In general, in childhood VZV causes chickenpox and in adults it recurs to cause shingles. After the signs and symptoms of chickenpox resolve, VZV goes into a state of latent infection inside nerve cells. It is generally held in check by the immune system. However, as the immune syste

A very winning prevention combo

published: March, 05, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Conferences, As Prevention , Research, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Aidsmap reports that combining PrEP and ART could almost eliminate HIV infection, an east African study finds

A very winning prevention combo

This article by Gus Cairns first appeared in aidsmap here.    Giving both pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and antiretroviral therapy (ART) to heterosexual couples where one partner has HIV (serodiscordant couples) can almost eliminate the chance of infection in the HIV-negative partner, a study presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2015) in Seattle, USA, yesterday has shown. This study was a first in a number of ways. It is the first to combine the

HIV and the arts

published: February, 11, 2015 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Art, Hobbies, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow says, "I’ve had the opportunity to show my photos before but the Art for HIV for Art show in Toronto was one that I’m so thankful I was asked to take part in."

HIV and the arts

It’s been just over 4 years since I began to get involved in the HIV community. I was diagnosed in April 2003 but I had an undetectable viral load and my CD4 was high - around 600. My doctor said I was where they hoped they could have everyone who is HIV-positive. I was able to just continue on with my life normally. There was no need for me to take medications and my doctor said I could go ten years or more without them if I stayed healthy and my immune system kept fighting the virus on i

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