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Take off in a few days (Monday July 12)

published: July, 01, 2010 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // International AIDS Conference , Events, Health, Brian Finch

I'm starting to get excited about heading down to Vienna. My task is forcus on new treatment options, but more importantly, non-drug related issues ...

I'm starting to get excited about heading down to Vienna. My task is forcus on new treatment options, but more importantly, non-drug related issues we face around when to start treatment. What are the guidelines? What are the various views on the data? These are topics where there is no one opinion as the guidelines are changing all the time, and individually, we have many contextual influences on when and if we want to  start treatment. I'll be writing short articles and video interview

The Conference is Starting: IAS 2010 Vienna

published: July, 18, 2010 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // International AIDS Conference , Events, Health, Brian Finch

Today the International AIDS Society’s 2010 conference in Vienna begins. While delegates are registering, and planning on what to wear for the opening at 7 tonight, I’m reviewing my narrow focus of when to start treatment.

Today the International AIDS Society’s 2010 conference in Vienna begins. While delegates are registering, and planning on what to wear for the opening at 7 tonight, I’m reviewing my narrow focus of when to start treatment. When I write, “when to start treatment” I’m not stating whether someone should or shouldn’t begin. What I am referring to is what the studies, researchers and those actually living with HIV are referring to as guidelines. It is no secret that what those of us ac

IAS-USA 2010 Treatment Guidelines Pt 1. A chat with Melanie A. Thompson, MD. in Vienna

published: July, 19, 2010 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // International AIDS Conference , Events, Features and Interviews, Health, Brian Finch

Setting forth on my quest to find out the latest and greatest from HIV medical establishment on treatment guidelines, I couldn’t think of a better person to speak to than ...

Setting forth on my quest to find out the latest and greatest from HIV medical establishment on treatment guidelines, I couldn’t think of a better person to speak to than Melanie Thompson, the chair of the AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta and chair of the International AIDS Society-USA Antiretroviral Therapy Guidelines Panel, who took part in my lunch session on when to start therapy, an the IAS guidelines. After the panel discussion, Melanie was kind enough, foot in cast, to take a few m

IAS-USA 2010 Treatment Guidelines Pt 2. Melanie Thompson

published: July, 20, 2010 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // International AIDS Conference , Events, Health, Brian Finch

Setting forth on my quest to find out the latest and greatest from HIV medical establishment on treatment guidelines, I couldn’t think of a better person tak to than...

IAS-USA 2010 Treatment Guidelines Pt 2. Melanie Thompson

Setting forth on my quest to find out the latest and greatest from HIV medical establishment on treatment guidelines, I couldn’t think of a better person to speak to than Melanie Thompson, the chair of the AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta and chair of the International AIDS Society-USA Antiretroviral Therapy Guidelines Panel. These are my final two questions that I had for her. Melanie Thompson Part two Many of us who have taken treatment for a long time have seen the guidelines go from

IAS-USA 2010 Vienna - Where the controversy lies.

published: July, 21, 2010 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // International AIDS Conference , Events, Health, Brian Finch

Coming to the conference, as I’ve already stated, I wanted to find out what has been said about the guidelines.

Coming to the conference, as I’ve already stated, I wanted to find out what has been said about the guidelines. Time and time again I hear the word controversy, so I want to know what that controversy is, and you can make up your own mind on how to think about the when to start treatment issues. My first tip off that there were many unhappy with these guidelines was at the panel discussion (Starting HAART: When to make the dive) with panelist Mark Harrington, the executive director of Treat

IAS 2010 Vienna - Mark Wainburg, Kate Webster, Tony Di Pede, Shari Margolese

published: July, 22, 2010 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // International AIDS Conference , Events, Health, Brian Finch

I realized I should give some context to the videos. I found three people from the "community" while I still was using video. Kate Webster is from Vancouver...

I realized I should give some context to the videos. I found three people from the "community" while I still was using video. Kate Webster is from Vancouver and is associated, but not representing BCPWA.  Tony Di Pede is a long time activist associated with too many organizatioans to mention, one would be the Ontario Treatment Network, and Shari Margolese, also is involved in community and shares a spot of the Ontario HIV Treatment Network's Governance Committee over seeing protocol submi

Getting your colours done. Which season are you?

published: August, 05, 2010 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Health, Brian Finch

I wrote this for Poziam, a social networking site for folks who are, well you know. Some of it maybe repetitive. I hadn't posted my colour assssement from the conference. I really wanted to post while on the road from my Vienna/Budapest/Bratislava trip. My laptop had other plans for me as it chugged along at an ever-slowing pace. For me to accomplish one post with mostly photos it took me sometimes over an hour.After that frustration I was toast.My goal while at the AIDS 2010 conference was to

Dad

published: August, 03, 2010 Categories // Living with HIV

Dad and I had a strained relationship. I felt he had failed me as a Father. Financially he was dependable, helping me with University or contributing towards the cost of my little league hockey,

Dad and I had a strained relationship. I felt he had failed me as a Father. Financially he was dependable, helping me with University or contributing towards the cost of my little league hockey, but he was never around. Despite the fact that I played hockey for over 6 years, my Father only ever attended 3 games, one in which he didn't even stay till the end. But you forget those things when you hear your father cry for the first time and he asks for you. You just let go of your anger and you b

What's Up in Canada June 25 - July 2

published: August, 05, 2010 Categories // Events, Events

Message to Community Partners, Funders and Clients

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Voices of Positive Women

What's Up in Canada June 25 - July 2

Message to Community Partners, Funders and Clients On behalf of the Board of Directors of Voices of Positive Women I am writing to notify you that effective today, June 21st 2010, Voices of Positive Women will be closing. All staffing positions have been terminated and all programs and services that were provided by VOPW have ended. Many of you may recall that I wrote to you this past March to ask for your assistance in participating in an independent Organizational Review. This

The Tempest and Evita – A Day at Stratford, Ontario

published: August, 08, 2010 Categories // Arts and Entertainment

The Tempest puts the lie to the adage that people become forgetful and frail at 80. Christopher Plummer is amazing in The Tempest.

The Tempest puts the lie to the adage that people become forgetful and frail at 80. Christopher Plummer is amazing in The Tempest. He is a tempest, striding the stage, speaking his lines loud and clear and strong. As a counterpoint is Ariel, light as a feather, played by an amazing young girl, Julyana Soelistyo. The costumes are fantatstic and there is not a false note in the entire play. Mesmerizing. Tip: If you find Shakespearean language difficult, read the play in advance. Evita is also d

Bonnie Scotland

published: August, 08, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Bob Leahy - Publisher

Well, PositiveLite just can't keep it's feet on the ground.  For a bunch of diseased pariahs with a suitcase of pills, we sure do get around, don't we?

Well, PositiveLite just can't keep it's feet on the ground.  For a bunch of diseased pariahs with a suitcase of pills, we sure do get around, don't we? Anyway we (Meirion and I) are touring Scotland for two weeks with my brother and his wife, two of the nicest people you could possibly meet, but idiosyncratic enough in their habits to  remind me why spending time with my birth- family is waaaaaay less  fun than with my chosen family. This is also an HIV-free holiday.  I've

Italia Vogue making waves with "Water & Oil"

published: August, 08, 2010 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Brian Finch

Italian Vogue in it’s most recent issue features a 24-image editorial photo spread mixing fashion with a British Petroleum (BP) oil spill theme.

Waking up this Sunday morning, I heard this story on this news, which captivated my attention. Italian Vogue in it’s most recent issue features a 24-image editorial photo spread mixing fashion with a British Petroleum (BP) oil spill theme. The reviews have been mixed. Some criticize it for glamorizing one of the worst man-made ecological disasters in history, while others see it as a way to raise consciousness on the issue. I tend to lean towards the latter. I love the exploration of creat

Reflections of the Poz Cruise

published: June, 14, 2010 Categories // Health, Travel

As summer approaches, the Poz Cruise seems eons ago. It was only over a month ago in May, and yet the sweet memories linger on.

As summer approaches, the Poz Cruise seems eons ago. It was only over a month ago in May, and yet the sweet memories linger on. As it was my first virgin cruise, it was anticipated with much excitement. I was going with my pal Kent and my goal was to take it easy, which is what I exactly did. We boarded our flight to LA and little did we know the excitement was just about to start. I was sitting with a lovely young woman who was traveling with her mom to Las Vegas for Mother Day. As the last

Lubricants may increase risk of contracting STIs

published: June, 19, 2010 Categories // Health, Sex and Sexuality

For over 30 years we have heard over and over the importance of using lubricants to minimize trauma to the delicate tissues of the rectum when having insertive anal sex.

For over 30 years we have heard over and over the importance of using lubricants to minimize trauma to the delicate tissues of the rectum when having insertive anal sex. Women who do not have sufficient lubrication are encouraged to use lubricants to minimize trauma to the cells lining the vaginal walls and also when having anal sex. Safer sex workers are out there like busy bees doling out good advice to MSM – wear a condom, use lots of lube before anal sex. All that may be changing soon

Football Fever

published: July, 07, 2010 Categories // Health

As the football fever rages on, I recall my growing years in Asia when I played football at school. Hard to believe as it may, we 10 to 15 years old boys...

As the football fever rages on, I recall my growing years in Asia when I played football at school. Hard to believe as it may, we 10 to 15 years old boys were out there chasing a ball in exactly the same humidity and heat wave as we have in Toronto. We met around 4.30 pm and played till 6.30 pm –leaving wet and soaked with sweat. We indulged in the game, running across the field, referee blowing his whistle, we boys chasing the ball, diverting and hoping to score a kick into the net. I enj

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