Activism

Elaborating on my story of living with HIV

published: October, 19, 2012 Categories // Activism, Living with HIV

John Henry Rombough-Davie with an edited version of a speech he recently gave at the Glow Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity - Federation of Students at Laurier University.

Good afternoon everyone:   I’m here today representing both myself and our local AIDS Service Organization, ACCKWA (AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and Area). I’m proud to announce that this month marks the 25th anniversary for ACCKWA.  Just a few months ago I received both my Ontario Service Award for my 15 years of volunteering, as well as, the Education Award from ACCKWA.  They’ve provided me with ways to gain courage, and not to feel ashamed of myself when I de

Forging Ahead to Different Journeys

published: January, 28, 2013 Categories // Activism, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Devan Nambiar has been writing for PositiveLite.com since day one. But it’s time for him to move on, he says. Here is his final post in which he charts a new path

Hello PositiveLite.com readers. In 2013 I have made a decision to move on to other writing assignments as I am forging ahead to chart a different paradigm and journey for myself. I was offered a spot to write for the blog at thebody.com.  After much mental processing I have accepted the offer to write for them. Secondly I have also set up my own personal blog. The title is called: Follow Your Bliss and it’s here. I’ve been with PositiveLite.com since its conception in 2008-2009. Throu

Myth-busting

published: October, 24, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Living with HIV

Guesting Joe Lethbridge says “I am not an "advocate" nor a "mentor" Though some say I tend to come off as an "HIV Missionary" I just have passion about things I believe in.”

Myth-busting

Statistics from January 2011 show that in Canada 0.30% of the population between 15- 49 is infected with the HIV virus. That is aabout 1 in every 300 people in that demographic.  In Botswana the rate for the same demographic is 30%. That is a staggering 30 in every 100 people. One thing is the same in both. STIGMA Maybe that is why we sometimes think "it won't affect me, that it's OVER THERE, not HERE." To be honest, before starting to write this I was not entirely sure where Botswana was.

Inclusion and respect – appreciating the role people living with HIV have with our research partners

published: January, 26, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, Current Affairs, Research, International , Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

Please sign this petition calling for GIPA to be acknowledged in HIV research findings

Inclusion and respect – appreciating the role people living with HIV have with our research partners

The partnerships forged between people living with HIV and researchers have been an essential foundation upon which the response to the HIV epidemic has grown and the time has come to reaffirm and recommit to principles of inclusion and respect in the conduct of presenting research findings that impacts on our lives. The early years of the HIV epidemic ushered in a radically different approach to traditional medical and clinical research. Academics and activists held a shared understanding th

Stopping stigma in you will stop stigma against you!

published: February, 22, 2018 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Activism, Kimutai Kemboi, General Health, Mental Health, Health, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

From Kenya, Kimutai Kemboi writes on the importance of self-acceptance.

Stopping stigma in you will stop stigma against you!

I have experienced a great change in my life since I accepted my status and decided to move on. Unlike my past, when I used to live without peace and my heart full of guilt and pain. Things drastically changed when I acknowledged that I was HIV-positive and decided to lead a positive life. Now I can smile, make fun and interact with people freely, without fear of victimization nor stigmatisation because the guilt is no longer part of me. I used to fear issues to do with stigma but I came to

Tested HIV-positive?

published: November, 29, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Kimutai Kemboi, Health, International , Living with HIV, Media

Kenya's Kimutai Kemboi on how to live in good health with HIV.

Tested HIV-positive?

First of all, congratulations for taking an HIV test. Being HIV-positive isn't a death sentence, neither does it determine when someone is going to die. It is a manageable condition that a person can have a normal life with. Many people have lived for decades with it and are still going strong. What matters is: 1 - Acceptance. This is a key pillar to a healthy and positive living. You need to accept that it has happened and develop a positive mindset of living with it. Acceptance gives yo

The Living and the Dead: Part 2

published: March, 06, 2013 Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Health, International , Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Hospitalized Senior writer Ed Wolf remembers what it was like in the AIDS wards all those years ago.

I can see the sky through the narrow window; it’s morning. I’m half asleep when the nurse comes into the room. I watch her go to the board that hangs on the wall in front of me. She erases the name ‘Rose’ and writes ‘Leah.’ She’s young and friendly and very energetic. She says, “Good morning,” takes my blood pressure, asks me if I’m hungry, says breakfast is on its way and that my doctor will be here soon. She asks, on a scale from 1 to 10, what my pain level is. My knee is

HIV and AIDS activism in Africa

published: February, 22, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

From Posterity Media, Morenike Oluwatoyin Folayan and Morolake Odetoyinbo report on two inspiring case studies in HIV activism.

HIV and AIDS activism in Africa

 A Treatment Action Campaign protest  At the just-concluded 2018 Partners Forum that held from February 13 -15, 2018 at the Crowne Plaza, Johannesburg, South Africa, participants were taken through an Advocacy 001 class. The lecture sounded very much like what advocacy should be – planned, with timelines and targets, adequately funded with measureable targets. Sadly, the history of HIV and AIDS activism in Africa was not such structured campaigns. HIV and AIDS activism evolved out of a d

Irrelevant voices

published: April, 10, 2013 Written by // Michael Yoder Categories // Activism, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Michael Yoder

Have we lost our political momentum? Michael Yoder and the sad state of dissent in the HIV community. “We’re more comfortable posting our rants on Facebook than we at rattling cages” he says

Irrelevant voices

“All animals are equal: but some animals are more equal than others.” George Orwell, Animal Farm  At the end of March I attended the Positive Gathering in Vancouver. This event is hosted by Positive Living BC and brings together people living with HIV from across the province. I was struck by the diversity of the more than 100 people in attendance: men, women, straight, gay, young and old; all sharing and discussing the things that are important in our lives as poz folk.  I wonder abo

The “village elders” of the HIV community: what’s their role?

published: February, 06, 2018 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, Aging, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Getting old when living with HIV doesn’t always mean early retirement – or even retirement at all - if you can juggle self-care, health and giving back to the community. Bob Leahy reports.

The “village elders” of the HIV community: what’s their role?

What are village elders? In many cultures, the concept of village leaders is well known. Unless one comes from an indigenous community it is a path less well travelled in the HIV community. That’s surprising. Collectively, we have seen a lot of energy devoted to the subject of HIV and aging. Much of that discourse though centres around the impact of HIV and /or HIV treatment and/or the toll of advancing years on our bodies. The dialogue has been less fulsome about the concerns of the elde

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for January: a little gee in the road of resistance

published: January, 03, 2018 Written by // Ed Wolf Categories // Activism, Social Media, Aging, Gay Men, Current Affairs, International , Living with HIV, Ed Wolf, Media

Ed Wolf: "We need to be resolute, committed and patient, which can be so hard when people’s lives and the planet are at stake."

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for January: a little gee in the road of resistance

Day 132.  Devil or Angel? Ed, you actually enjoy hating him and being outraged at his latest policies. Ed, you know all this resentment you’re feeling is just poisoning yourself. But all of those pictures of him looking so ugly really are funny. All those pictures of him looking so ugly are really mean. You want to contact your friends and family members who voted for him and tell them how disappointed you still are and that you’ll never be able to forgive them. You want to figure out ho

Duty calls

published: June, 25, 2014 Categories // Activism, Opinion Pieces

David Phillips on learning the importance of finding a political voice

Duty calls

Starting at age three, a couple of times a year on a school day, I was offered a tough choice by my grandparents: wake up at 5:30am and be ready to leave home by 6:45, or sort out homework, afternoon play, and dinner to have 6:15 to 7:00 pm free.  No matter the weather or how I felt physically, I was going to the polls on Election Day with one of them -- and they voted right across the street from home -- to learn appreciation for the privilege of voting and the importance of exercising my ri

The new national voice of people with HIV in the U.S is…

published: June, 01, 2013 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, International , Opinion Pieces, Mark S. King

Mark S King on the demise of the US advocacy organization NAPWA and what has risen from the ashes.

The new national voice of people with HIV in the U.S is…

PositiveLite.com says: This story will be of interest to Canadian readers even though Canada does not have anything like the equivalent of The National Association for People with AIDS, the US advocacy organization which has just folded after allegations of financial mismanagement and ultimately declaring bankruptcy.  At a recent town hall forum in Washington, DC for people living with HIV, the very idea of what it means to be positive — and who is our national voice of advocacy — was qu

Today, Friday March 8, is International Women’s Day

published: March, 08, 2013 Categories // Activism, Women, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Megan DePutter asks “what does the day mean to you? For me” she says “it’s about change . . . . My hope is that this year, more men participate in International Women’s Day events.”

Today, Friday March 8, is International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day feels a little like World AIDS Day, in that it is a mixed message; it’s about recognizing where we’ve been, appreciating where we are today, and considering how much more there is to be done. It’s at once a celebration and a call for action. Sometimes people send out messages on International Women’s Day about celebrating the women in your life. For me, the day is not about loving, appreciating or celebrating women in my life. It’s about change. It’s ab

Another year over

published: December, 31, 2012 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Activism, Living with HIV

Wayne Bristow is in a reflective mood as one year closes and the promise of another one opens up

Another year over

"Another year over and a new one just begun" - John Lennon Let me first apologize for so many acronyms in this post. It’s part and parcel of working and volunteering in HIV organizations; it becomes the language. I’m not alone, particularly among people my own age, when I say the years are going by way too fast. It’s like everything that happened just yesterday. I started noticing it when I was about 45, around the time the job in the factory was coming to an end. The years in that pla

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