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Free workshops at HALCO in November and December 2017

published: October, 27, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, Social Media, Events, Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

Everyone is welcome to attend any of these general interest workshops but space is limited so registration is required.

Free workshops at HALCO in November and December 2017

Our free workshops are held in person at the HALCO office/Specialty Legal Clinic Co-op, 55 University Avenue, 15th Floor Room C2, Toronto (just south of King Street West and the fully accessible St. Andrew subway station).  The workshops in this series are: - Refugees and Permanent Residents: How Can You Lose Your Status in Canada?  How Can You Apply for Canadian Citizenship? workshop on Wednesday November 8, 2017, 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Presenter:  Meagan Johnston, HALCO Staff Lawyer. -

My new friend

published: October, 26, 2017 Written by // Dennis Battler Categories // Social Media, Aging, Gay Men, Mental Health, Health, Spirituality, Dennis Battler, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Dennis Battler honours Shanti's life and faces a new diagnosis.

My new friend

“And now its Wed. Tue was another day from the Hellien Gods. Centered around my new bodily curiousity the nature of which is too delicate for my demure conversational boundaries.” … as written to an older female friend earlier today. Thoughts change quickly. Well, fuck demure. As I wrote to another friend, David: "Re: sex - I doubt it will happen again in my lifetime. When I think of it, sex fucked up my life. As you said, “So much disease with sex.” And do we really pay attention?

A year of generic PrEP could recoup its own cost within five years if effectiveness is high, Public Health England model finds

published: October, 26, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

From AIDSmap, Gus Cairns reports on the findings of a cost-effectiveness model developed by Public Health England.

A year of generic PrEP could recoup its own cost within five years if effectiveness is high, Public Health England model finds

A cost-effectiveness model developed by Public Health England finds that just one year’s worth of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), given to gay men during a period of moderate to high HIV risk, would recoup its own costs and save the NHS money within 23 years if PrEP effectiveness was as high as that seen in the PROUD study – and if PrEP drug prices remained at the current level. However, if drug prices fell by 90% as a result of the availability of generics, one year of PrEP would recoup

Living with HIV in the 21st century

published: October, 25, 2017 Written by // Isaac D. Joseph Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Gay Men, Youth, Isaac D. Joseph, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Sexual Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Isaac D. Joseph debuts on PositiveLite.com as a regular contributor with his assessment of what it means to live with HIV today.

Living with HIV in the 21st century

In 1985, The Normal Heart, a play about gay men in New York fighting back against government indifference to the AIDS epidemic was performed. It depicts the rise of the AIDS crisis seen through the eye of Ned Weeks, the founder of a prominent HIV advocacy group. In the play Weeks nurses his lover, who is dying from an unnamed disease. His doctors are puzzled and frustrated by having no resources to research it. Weeks tirelessly fights for his lover and so many others, like him dying from AIDS,

Facing prosecution for challenging HIV policies in Tanzania

published: October, 25, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Health, Revolving Door, International , Events, Media, Population Specific

Lawyers arrested under pretext of ‘promoting homosexuality.' From Human Rights Watch, Wendy Isaack has this report.

Facing prosecution for challenging HIV policies in Tanzania

When Sibongile Ndashe, a South African feminist lawyer, got on a plane to travel to Tanzania to convene a meeting of human rights lawyers and activists, she knew she might come under the scrutiny of Tanzanian authorities. But what she did not expect was for Tanzanian police to raid the October 17 workshop at the Peacock Hotel and arrest her and 12 of her colleagues for “promoting homosexuality.” The 13 were hauled to a police station, where an officer granted them bail without laying

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s SUPER-GONORRHOEA!

published: October, 24, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door

From FS Magazine, this report on the rise of drug-resistant STI.

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s SUPER-GONORRHOEA!

In the last couple of months we’ve seen headlines about three (yes, three) untreatable infections of super gonorrhoea. The World Health Organization has called it a “very serious situation”, but how does a bacterial STI become untreatable, and what can we do to stop it? What already works? Antibiotics are medicines used to treat bacterial infections, in both humans and animals. Different antibiotics work in different ways, some stop the bacteria from forming the right cell structure,

Review: Bat out of Hell, the Musical in Toronto

published: October, 24, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Arts and Entertainment, Performances, Music, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy reviews the Meat Loaf classic turned rock opera, now playing in Toronto’s Ed Mirvish Theatre and declares it plot-flawed but otherwise a vocal and visual blast.

Review: Bat out of Hell, the Musical in Toronto

From time to time, PositiveLite.com explores the cultural references that shape our lives. Some - many - of those lives - have been hard, some less so. We acknowledge privilege where it clearly is a factor in the story being told. This is one such post. Forty years ago this weekend - over half a lifetime - an album was released that had huge impact. Many of its songs became iconic, soaring anthems that were operatic in scope, bat-shit crazy over-the-top marathons penned by mad genius Jim Ste

An open letter to Dr.. Elizabeth M. Clark (Price), M.D.

published: October, 23, 2017 Written by // T.J. Miller Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, T.J. Miller, Gay Men, As Prevention , Youth, General Health, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Women, Health, Sexual Health, International , Legal, Treatment, Media

T.J. Miller invites Dr. Elizabeth M. Clark to an open dialogue to bring her (and Georgia) up to speed on HIV.

An open letter to Dr.. Elizabeth M. Clark (Price), M.D.

Dr. Clark, I choose to address you using this name, as this is the name that you are licensed under by the State of Georgia in the United States of America under the auspices of the Composite State Board of Medical Examiners under medical license #024915 first issued on June 14, 1983 which expires on August 31, 2019. Besides being a board certified Anesthesiologist who trained at McGill University (Class of 1980) in Montreal, Quebec Canada, you also are a Georgia State Legislator from their 4

Ripples of change on the international stage

published: October, 23, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Women, Revolving Door, International , Legal, Guest Authors, Media, Population Specific

From the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, this progress report on their advocacy abroad.

Ripples of change on the international stage

October 20, 2017 -- It’s been a busy few weeks at the Legal Network as staff members have travelled to Geneva, Kingston (Jamaica), and Moscow, and the effects of their work is being felt across the globe. As a direct result of the Legal Network’s advocacy, UN human rights bodies recently challenged the criminalization of people who use drugs in Canada and Russia. In response to the our written submission and on-the-ground advocacy in Geneva, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Raci

As the autumn leaves turn

published: October, 20, 2017 Written by // Patrick Italo Ettenes Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Patrick Italo Ettenes

Patrick Ettenes in praise of the simple pleasures

As the autumn leaves turn

Standing by the window, watching the autumn leaves turn, actually taking the time to watch as nature silently reminds me that seasons are real, the year is coming to an end, and life is taking place. I stand still, ever so slowly watching and taking in the fact that the trees have leaves still on them. The air is chirpy and the people are still clubbing away while I sit perched like a crow on the ledge of my office window on a Sunday. Why am I watching people? Because it’s a long lost art,

Let's make IT happen... a footnote

published: October, 20, 2017 Written by // Jeff Potts Categories // Social Media, Current Affairs, Jeff Potts, Media

Jeff Potts of the CPPN offers a clarification of his previous article, "Let's make IT happen"

Let's make IT happen... a footnote

It’s in my DNA… I tend to call things the way I see them. At the same time, I am very careful to share my assessments honestly, guided by matters-of-fact, even when the facts are not popular, and always knowing that people can and will see things differently than I do. I welcome these realities with respect and with readiness to discuss what really matters. In my humble opinion, the richness of any discussion is realized when it is shaped by differing points-of-view. The article I wrote

How we talk about U=U and the importance of precise language

published: October, 19, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy on what words to use and what words to avoid when describing risk and ability to transmit applicable to an undetectable viral load – and why that’s important

How we talk about U=U and the importance of precise language

The language of HIV has evolved at an accelerated pace in recent years. It can be a struggle to keep up, to use the right words which are not only precise in meaning but don’t offend. And precision in language has never been more important around communicating that Undetectable = Untransmittable. The campaign's message has now reached over 60 countries around the globe, with endorsements from over 400 organizations. Journalists have covered the topic regularly, from CNN down. But do they a

Backlash from civil society as PEPFAR announces three-year strategy

published: October, 19, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Current Affairs, General Health, Mental Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media, Opinion Pieces

The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is to accelerate efforts in just 13 countries under its news strategy. But critics say this narrowed focus could lead to a resurgence of the HIV epidemic..

Backlash from civil society as PEPFAR announces three-year strategy

PEPFAR's new three-year strategy, which was announced at the UN General Assembly in September, focuses efforts on 13 countries with high HIV prevalence that are nearing epidemic control – the point at which there are more annual AIDS-related deaths than there are new HIV infections. Under PEPFAR’s 2017-2021 strategy, Botswana, Côte d’Ivoire, Haiti, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Rwanda, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe will see PEPFAR-funded programmes renewed and ex

Connected patients, connected providers: Delivering comprehensive, coordinated, team-based care to people living with HIV in Canada

published: October, 18, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Research, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Treatment, Media

Dr. Claire Kendall and Katie Ablett: "... the complex health and social care needs of people living with HIV can be met –and, in fact, are being met –by various care models, settings and teams working in HIV clinics across Canada."

Connected patients, connected providers: Delivering comprehensive, coordinated, team-based care to people living with HIV in Canada

Thanks to effective anti-HIV treatment, HIV has evolved into a chronic illness. However, people living with HIV often today also live with other physical and mental health conditions, which can be difficult to cope with, especially for those also coping with difficult socio-economic circumstances. To provide quality care to people living with HIV and other long-term medical and social conditions, health-care providers not only need to ensure  that people living with HIV are engaged in qualit

Dying in silence!!

published: October, 18, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Kimutai Kemboi, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Health, International , Treatment, Media, Opinion Pieces

From Kenya, Kimutai Kemboi: "John (not his real name) is a barber in one of the estates in Nairobi. He hails from a family where stigma is bred! He is among the many people for whom disclosure is a hell because stigma is their immediate surrounding."

Dying in silence!!

"I tested positive seven years ago and up to date no member from my immediate family knows about and I am not ready to disclose to them soon. I just vowed to live with my condition in silence rather than taking the risk of looking for worse by revealing my status. I saw what my aunt went through before she passed on and I can't imagine going through the same hell." This is what John, a barber in an estate within Nairobi, told me as he shaved me. We came to be friends after I went to his shop

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