Activism

As long term survivors we have a duty to educate.

published: September, 05, 2017 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Social Media, Activism, Aging, Gay Men, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Félix Garmendía

From New York, Félix Garmendía: "The years have filled my heart and mind with stories to tell the new generation of HIV positive people. Stories filled with HOPE, not despair..."

As long term survivors we have a duty to educate.

Today I was thinking about how the face of HIV has changed. I was telling my husband a story that I had long forgotten. In 1989, after 3 years of absolute celibacy, I found myself suddenly in a relationship with an HIV negative man. The terror of HIV loomed everywhere but I decided that, as scary as being tested was, I needed to do it. I tested HIV-positive on December 19, 1989 and had been in my new relationship for less than 3 months. Testing positive in 1989 was pretty much a “death

AIDS history turns another page

published: March, 14, 2016 Written by // Joshua Middleton Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Opinion Pieces, Joshua Middleton

Joshua Middleton writes, with Nancy Reagan’s death, on “The End of the Reagan Era”

AIDS history turns another page

The death of former first lady Nancy Reagan marked the end of an important chapter in American history.  While social media has been buzzing with the news, and the nation mourns her passing, a different sentiment is present throughout our HIV community. For many who are positive, this marks a step forward. A farewell to an ideology that was responsible for thousands of deaths, both men and women, devastated by the AIDS epidemic of the 1980’s.  It’s an image that remains vivid for so ma

The Private War That Killed Spencer Cox

published: January, 08, 2013 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Health, International , Treatment, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Mark S King on the death of a leading American activist from “AIDS related causes”, a story which weaves activism, mental health, crystal meth addiction and finally treatment failure in to one compelling – and important – tale of our times

The Private War That Killed Spencer Cox

“My most courageous self, the best man that I’ll ever be, lived more than two decades ago during the first years of a horrific plague… I miss the man I was forced to become.”  – “Once, When We Were Heroes,” 2007 AIDS did not kill Spencer Cox in the first, bloodiest battles of the 1980’s. It spared him that. The reprieve allowed Spencer’s brilliance as co-founder of the Treatment Action Group (TAG) to forge new FDA guidelines for drug approval and help make effective HIV m

U=U’s naysayer moments

published: June, 13, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy says working on the U = U campaign has had its highs and lows. It’s achieved incredible success but detractors are out there also, sometimes with intelligent, thoughtful ideas, sometimes less so. This is about the less so.

U=U’s naysayer moments

Guilty as charged? The Undetecable = Untransmittable campaign has enjoyed a lot of success  – more so in fact than any campaign I've witnessed in 20 years of advocacy work. The term #uequalsu has become ubiquitous, part of the HIV lexicon, Over 270 community partners have adopted the slogan as their own in 25 countries. The number grows daily.    This is remarkable. In an age where the response to HIV has been largely taken out of the community’s hands, instead becoming institutionali

In conversation with CPPN/RCPS vice-chair, Ottawa’s Gord Asmus

published: April, 18, 2016 Categories // Activism, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV

Philip Dawson is showcasing members of the board of Canada's new national organization for people living with HIV, CPPN/RCPS. Here he talks to vice-chair Gord Asmus

In conversation with CPPN/RCPS vice-chair, Ottawa’s Gord Asmus

"The Canadian Positive People Network (CPPN) / Reseau Canadien Des Personnes Seropositives (RCPS) is a new independent network for and by people living with HIV and HIV co-infections in Canada. We exist as a people’s network to represent the needs of all persons and communities affected by HIV and HIV co-infections. We help ensure the movement is coordinated nationally, provincially, regionally and locally to benefit the affected people and communities, and that we are connected with the glo

Activists disrupt the health minister’s speech on the overdose crisis

published: May, 23, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, Current Affairs, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

“Stop smiling, thousands are dead and you’re smiling… thousands of our friends are dead.”

Activists disrupt the health minister’s speech on the overdose crisis

Last weekend, the federal health minister, Jane Philpott, when speaking at the International Harm Reduction Conference 2017 in Montreal, acknowledged that more people have died in the past few years in the opioid epidemic than at the height of the AIDS epidemic in the late 80s and early 90s. This is a sad and shocking fact that activists on the ground have known of a while. Think about that for a minute. The death toll of the opioid epidemic, an epidemic caused by drug prohibition, has surpas

No shame, part two – what changed?

published: March, 05, 2013 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow in a follow-up to his recent post about coming out to the world.

 No shame, part two – what changed?

So it's been a couple of weeks since I posted my last blog "No Shame For Being HIV+",  I thought I would write a follow up to share the reaction I received from it. To be honest, it took a large shot of courage to send that article off to be posted. I didn't know how it would affect the people around me. Would I offend someone, would they feel pressed to say something? I believe it could have been a really ugly situation……..if certain people chimed in on it.  My story went up on

Five years after my HIV diagnosis

published: May, 13, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

From TheBody.com activist David Duran says “The only way that more people will feel comfortable talking about HIV is to make HIV a nonissue.”

Five years after my HIV diagnosis

This article by David Duran first appeared on TheBody.com here.  My roommate at the time was having doubts about whether he should be tested for HIV. He said it had been a year or so since the last time he took an HIV test. I had been volunteering for the local AIDS Walk and was just starting to get more heavily involved with the organization. I offered to take him to get tested and volunteered to have one as well, to help ease his fear. I was in full-on support mode for my friend, fearing

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

Hitting the wall

published: June, 27, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, Newly Diagnosed, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy was one of those asked to contribute to a new resource for people just diagnosed and perhaps a bit overwhelmed - Josh Robbins’ Digital Wall of Encouragement. Now the results are up on imstilljosh.com.

Hitting the wall

January 24 2012 marks the date that Josh Robbins turned on his video camera, recording live for posterity (and YouTube) the minutes and seconds  that many of us know only too well, the act of getting our positive test results. Since that time the 30-year old from Nashville Tennessee has maintained a high profile on social media, with his own website, imstilljosh.com, a lengthy interview with TheBody.com, not to mention penning an exclusive story for PostiveLite.com, appearing just two month

Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA) report says philanthropic AIDS funding point highest since 2008

published: December, 29, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, Current Affairs, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors

Global philanthropic funding up to $663 million but more resources, broader engagement needed to end epidemic

Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA) report says philanthropic AIDS funding point highest since 2008

Washington, D.C., December 5, 2016 – Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA), the leading voice on philanthropic resources for the global AIDS epidemic, today released its 14th annual Philanthropic Support to Address HIV/AIDS report. This year’s findings indicate that global philanthropic funding to fight the epidemic increased 10 percent from 2014, reaching $663 million, the highest level of funding since 2008. “Although the increase in philanthropic funding is encouraging, there is st

Our hopelessly over-active activists

published: April, 06, 2017 Categories // Activism, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy on the phenomenon of community activists becoming consumed by the work they do, despite the prospect of burn-out – and how some are coping with it. (Part one of a two-part series)

Our hopelessly over-active activists

This column is not about me – but it could be. I'm writing this on a Sunday afternoon. Spring has spring - almost. It looks nice outside. But I'm inside, working, just like on most weekemds In a few minutes I have a conference call with two other activists about an upcoming community meeting in Montreal - an evening meeting as it happens. One of us is sick, coughing and should be in bed. And that's the landscape of what this story is about. ****** I work as an independent activist and ad

A counsellor’s perspective: it’s about more than just a virus

published: October, 10, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, CATIE, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Living with HIV

From CATIE's Positive Side, ACT's John Larsson from Toronto reflects on the many changes antiretroviral therapy (ART) brought to HIV work.

A counsellor’s perspective: it’s about more than just a virus

This article previously appeared at CATIE's Positive Side, here. Une version française est disponible ici.  In 1996, everyone was very excited, elated, about the new treatment “cocktails.” But those of us who had been working in the field for a while recognized pretty quickly that this new hope presented a double-edged sword: Yes, it was great, but it was really going to f*** with people’s heads. Before antiretroviral therapy (ART) came on the scene, my work as a counsellor ofte

Meeting Nina

published: November, 07, 2012 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // Activism, International , Living with HIV, Louis "Kengi" Carr

Kengi: "Nina is unlike any leader I’ve ever met.....she is brilliant, very accomplished and has an unmatched record of compassion and great care as well as a commitment to healthcare and HIV services for populations hardest hit by HIV and AIDS."

Meeting Nina

I’ve been very busy lately with photographing various HIV events here in Los Angeles. This is how I had the pleasure of meeting Nina Harawa. She was one of the guests in attendance at the Leadership Awards put on by the Los Angeles Women’s HIV Task Force which I wrote about recently. She is also the reason I was able to photograph and video the Breaking the Silence event in Los Angeles. I know you’re wondering what is Breaking the Silence and let me start by saying, no I did not complet

Country Living

published: November, 05, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

How does a small rural community, a two hour drive from Toronto and with a population of 700, handle issues like LGBT politics and HIV? Bob Leahy lives in one such community and files this report.

Country Living

“I’m feeling a little queer today” said Lillian, patting my arm while I drank my coffee at the local family diner. Lillian, in her 80’s is entirely not queer in the modern sense, so I seized the opportunity to have a chat about how the meaning of some words change over the years.  When I mentioned “gay” was another such word, she understood immediately - and promptly gave me a hug, leaned down and gave me a kiss on the brow. Lillian knows  I’m gay, knows I’m poz and it doesn

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