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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

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

Surprise management change at the OHTN

published: September, 07, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Research

Sean Rourke is out, Jean Bacon is back in as Interim Executive Director of the Ontario HIV Treatment Network

Surprise management change at the OHTN

Jean Bacon, a respected voice in the Ontario HIV community for many years and who left the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) earlier this year, is back as the organization’s new Interim Executive Director. She replaces Sean Rourke who has stepped down as Scientific and Executive Director to focus on his research responsibilities at St Michael's Hospital. He remains listed on the OHTN website as an “OHTN Senior Affiliated Scientist”. Sean Rourke is also a Clinical Neuropsychologist an

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

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

U=U: a stigma-smashing new song from Love to Love Organization!

published: January, 04, 2018 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Arts and Entertainment, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Music, Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Rob Olver - Editor

The only things infectious here are the grooves and the grins as Danny and Wiiliam of Love to Love Organization pump up the volume and drive home the message that undetectable really does equal untransmittable: U=U!

Frequenters of the U=U page and some other influential Face Book pages got a treat last weekend when Danny Ssemuli and William Matovu of Uganda’s Love To Love Organization presented the final audio mix of their new song, “U=U”. LISTEN HERE to the final mix Readers of PositiveLite.com will remember that Love to Love Organization is a Ugandan NGO providing support for orphans, children and others infected and/or affected by HIV, especially through educational programs designed to allow c

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

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

Frank McGee, Ontario’s controversial AIDS Bureau head, is gone

published: September, 18, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Social Media, Current Affairs, Health, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

McGee, a formidable voice in Ontario’s HIV community, retires after a long career in public service.

Frank McGee, Ontario’s controversial AIDS Bureau head, is gone

It was announced late last week by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care that after a successful recovery from a lengthy illness, Frank McGee is retiring from the Ontario Public Service. “Frank has been at the forefront of Ontario’s response to HIV” it said. “His contributions have helped Ontario become a leader in HIV/AIDS in Canada.” His retirement comes at a difficult time; new HIV infections in the province have risen in each of the last three years on record, where other ju

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

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

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

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

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

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

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