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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

Sharing my story - but not condoms - with the Catholic School Board

published: November, 18, 2012 Categories // Activism, Living with HIV

John Henry Rombough-Davie with a roundup of what he has been up to and what his agency has planned for World AIDS Day, December 1

I’m quite certain that everyone agrees that we live in a very sexual world, and no matter your beliefs or your grass roots, we’re all at risk of the unknowns.  This next week I will be doing two presentations in front of an audience of students where it’s been difficult to give out condoms, and it’s not the students or the teachers that are at fault.  I’m downright nervous as there is a part of me that is still shameful of my own past.  I’m not in denial when it comes to having

PositiveLite.com named Best Canadian HIV website

published: December, 18, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

We won! PositiveLite.com was the only Canadian name honoured in the HIV Influencers’ Awards announced by Healthline on World AIDS Day.

PositiveLite.com named Best Canadian HIV website

This feels like such a big deal. And it is. PositiveLite.com has a fairly short history.  A creation of Brian Finch that debuted quietly almost exactly four years ago, it now, it seems, rubs shoulders with the best of them. It remains independent and entirely volunteer driven: we are a small but dedicated team, all people living with HIV here – and we exist – no, we thrive with no government funding of any kind. This award from Heathline.com – a huge US-based health information provi

Ed Wolf's Journal of the Trump years for February: am I waiting for nothing?

published: February, 05, 2018 Written by // Ed Wolf Categories // Activism, Aging, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Mental Health, International , Ed Wolf, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Ed Wolf: "I’m so over all the hoopla about Trump's first 100 days; I’d rather celebrate and acknowledge more important events..."

Ed Wolf's Journal of the Trump years for February: am I waiting for nothing?

Photo of hospital bed from the internet Day 149.  The Big Bed There were times on the AIDS ward, during the worst days of the epidemic, when several patients died on the same day. Broken-hearted lovers and friends and family members would circle the bed and weep as their beloveds departed. There were other days when everyone was well enough to be discharged and live another day. As soon as the bed was available, someone else would be admitted. Sometimes, when there was an empty bed, a docto

Legal Network welcomes Canada's commitment to redress discrimination against LGBTQI people.

published: November, 22, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Legal

Government also urged to repeal discriminatory sex work, HIV criminalization laws

 Legal Network welcomes Canada's commitment to redress discrimination against LGBTQI people.

Liberal MP Randy Boissonnault will work with advocacy groups to promote equality for lesbians, gays, bisexual, transgender, queer and two-spirited people.  (Adrian Wyld / THE CANADIAN PRESS)  TORONTO, November 15, 2016 — The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network welcomes Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s announcement today to appoint a Special Advisor on LGBTQ2 issues who will work with Egale Canada Human Rights Trust and other stakeholders to address the urgent human rights and public health

Seven amazing things

published: July, 23, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, International AIDS Conference , Conferences, International , Opinion Pieces

From TheBody.com, seven amazing things human rights activist Michael Kirby said about HIV at the AIDS 2014 opening ceremony

Seven amazing things

This article by Myles Helfand first appeared on TheBodyPRO.com here.  The official start of the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) featured a series of eloquent, heartfelt, moving speeches by a diverse range of people, from outspoken advocate and UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé (who held up a protest sign as he began his speech) to the humbled and overwhelmed Yohana Haule, a 21-year-old Tanzanian man who won the competition to design the conference logo. But easily one

Comments please

published: June, 25, 2013 Categories // Social Media, Activism, Media, Opinion Pieces

“Is apathy the new Canadian disease?” asks Dave R. In an age where anything and everything can be said on social media platforms, why don’t people react more to sometimes provocative articles on PositiveLite,com?

Comments please

“Lady gaga “speaks out” against bullying Macklemore “speaks out” against homophobia Kanye “goes on a rant” about racism. Kanye “goes on a rant” about George Bush.” Canadians are too polite to rant about anything! Adapted from thirstingaintdead  Okay, I know that’s going to offend some people. Canadian jokes? Really! However, my aim is to offend  - and hopefully to the point where people react, online and with passion. Writing for PositiveLite.com, a great site a

World AIDS Day 2012

published: November, 28, 2012 Categories // Activism, Events, International , Opinion Pieces

In a stunningly written piece, our senior writer Ed Wolf tells us he is recovering from surgery but he’s imagining where he would like to be on World AIDS Day if he could be out and about.

No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees, No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds, November!” Thomas Hood 1844 Tamara sticks a needle in my arm and begins drawing four tubes of blood. I’m coming back to this hospital next week for a left knee replacement and there are a lot of tests that need to be done beforehand. Tamara speaks with an accent and I ask her if she’s from Russia. She says yes and I tell her I’ve just returned from Ukraine. We get into a discussion about gay r

Us and them

published: April, 19, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Guest Jason McDonald advocates for those with HIV. But, he says, the thing that drives him most is the part of him that wants to fight for others, those who are HIV-negative.

Us and them

Being an HIV advocate means straddling two different, diametrically opposed worlds.  Engaging in battle on two fronts, much like a war, I advocate for both HIV+ (us) and HIV- people (them).  Each battle has it's own challenges and rewards, some of them immediate but most of them are unknown or more long-term in the rewards.  It is sometimes hard to juggle two hats - fighting for those with HIV and fighting for those who do not have HIV.  Both groups of people have their separate challenge

The little website that could

published: December, 24, 2013 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Social Media, Activism, Living with HIV, Media, Brian Finch

Founder Brian Finch provides an insider’s view of the history and rapid growth of PositiveLite.com, Canada’s unique online HIV magazine that is by and for people living with HIV

The little website that could

December 1st is World AIDS Day. For me it marks something even more personal - the anniversary of the launch of PositiveLite.com. Our tag line? "PositiveLite.com Goes Viral on Dec 1st 2009". In some ways it feels like the site has been around longer than four years, due to its rapid growth, all the while growing roots that have firmly taken in the community. The idea for the website came to me from a couple of directions. One was that I had been doing a lot of volunteer work, mostly on the t

Experts worry about consequences of Trump’s HIV/AIDS council firings

published: January, 11, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

“Is this a signal that they’re moving away from evidence-based policy?" From Healio, this report.

Experts worry about consequences of Trump’s HIV/AIDS council firings

To read the complete story visit Healio, here. The AIDS czar under former U.S. President Barack Obama worries about the consequences of the Trump administration’s recent termination of the last members of a presidential HIV/AIDS council. “Is this a signal that they’re moving away from evidence-based policymaking? That’s what’s troubling,” Jeffrey S. Crowley, MPH, program director of infectious disease initiatives at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law

I accept my status

published: March, 17, 2014 Written by // Joshua Middleton Categories // Activism, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Joshua Middleton

Joshua Middeleton says “acceptance is knowing that I am HIV Positive, however not letting it define me as a person.”

I accept my status

“God, give me grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed,Courage to change the things which should be changed,and the Wisdom to distinguish the one from the other……” (The first portion of the serenity prayer commonly found in Narcotics/Alcoholics Anonymous)  I know that I am HIV-positive and there is nothing that I can do to change that. It is an irreversible condition that is now a part of my being and my biological make up. The virus is constantly trying to rep

GNP+ signs on to U=U, gets warm reaction

published: February, 12, 2018 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Health, International , Treatment, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Fences were being mended as the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) announced last week its full endorsement of the “Undetectable equals Untransmittable” (U=U) campaign. Bob Leahy speaks to the principals.

GNP+ signs on to U=U, gets warm reaction

There have been many milestones in the two year history of U=U. In Canada, think of when CATIE came on board. Elsewhere, think of when U=U burst onto the world stage, quite literally, at IAS2017 in Paris. Or when the CDC embraced the science and said this, "people who take ART daily as prescribed and achieve and maintain an undetectable viral load have effectively no risk of sexually transmitting the virus to an HIV-negative partner." Or when leading U.S. scientist Anthony Fauci said this: "Fr

In praise of the unconventional life

published: November, 29, 2013 Written by // Michael Yoder Categories // Activism, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Michael Yoder

Michael Yoder says “The AIDS world (or industry) is bereft of non-conformists. We have ceased to be unconventional and that saddens me.”

In praise of the unconventional life

“Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.” Oscar Wilde I was talking with my best friend Catherine this evening and at the end of the conversation I realized that we are odd. Odd (in my world) is good. My friend and I live unconventional lives. I think that many people living with HIV live unconventional lives, but we live them in tiny enclaves, hidden away from the world. Convention means conformity and “normalness”: hunting for pic

Side by Side, part seven

published: February, 18, 2014 Categories // Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Current Affairs, International

Ed Wolf in St. Petersburg, Russia for an LGBT film festival goes to visit an HIV/AIDS agency and later to yet another screening disrupted by a bomb scare and marred by threats of violence

Part Seven: LaSky  Tuesday, November 26, 2013 I toss and turn and don’t sleep well. In the morning there’s a message from Olga, the volunteer who I met on my second day here. She reports that last night’s fire was most probably an accident with no connection to the festival. I go down to breakfast, feeling nervous about tonight’s screening of “Blue Is the Warmest Color,” which won the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or this year. It’s showing at a mainstream cinema, the ti

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