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Whats in a haircut? (Stigma that's what.)

published: June, 09, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Hep B and C, Living with HIV

Guest Author Rob Newman on dealing with everyday stigma and prejudice. Sometimes it's one cut too many.

Whats in a haircut? (Stigma that's what.)

,Had to get my haircut today … I would like to say that my hair was unmanageable and completely out of control but truth be told when my hair gets past a certain length, I just look unkempt. As always I get my haircut at a local joint that doesn’t charge a lot … let’s face it I don’t have a lot of hair. During the cut as in almost every case the small talk will turn to where do you work, what do you do? This question is always a double-edged sword in that when I do tell an otherwise

A cure for AIDS: The HIV advocates turning hope into action

published: July, 04, 2013 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Mark S. King

Mark S. King features the voices of those HIV advocates, many of whom are “cautiously optimistic” that a cure is not too far down the road.

A cure for AIDS: The HIV advocates turning hope into action

My first “AIDS job” in 1987 was at the first AIDS organization in Los Angeles, LA Shanti, and we provided emotional support to clients with AIDS who were usually in their last weeks of life. The intimacy our trained volunteers experienced with the dying, helping them find some inner peace as they left us, is worthy of its own blog posting sometime. Let’s just say it was intense.  We hoped for a cure early on, and then our hope faded. Before long, we didn’t dare hope any longer. We ju

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

North Bay could be the first to adopt policies for people living with HIV

published: November, 29, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Women, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

North Bay City Council to be asked to adopt GIPA/MIPA. From BayToday.ca, Linda Holmes reports

North Bay could be the first to adopt policies for people living with HIV

To read the complete article by Linda Holmes, visit BayToday.ca, here.  North Bay City Council will be asked at this week’s Tuesday night meeting to adopt the Ontario Accord, called GIPA/MIPA, as part of its policies. GIPA/MIPA, are acronyms for Greater Involvement of People Living With or Affected by HIV/AIDS, and Meaningful Involvement of People Living with HIV/AIDS.  Jason MacLennan, an advocate for the Canadian Positive People Network, will be making a public presentation to cou

The HIV Equal Campaign: having a place at the table

published: April, 16, 2014 Categories // Community Events, Activism, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Gary Nelson says “seeing ourselves as equal, regardless of our HIV status, is the core belief of the HIV Equal Campaign.”

After a heated exchange between a father and his son in the 1967 classic movie, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Dr. John Prentice [Sidney Poiter] tells his father [Roy Glenn] that the biggest obstacle that lies between them is how they see themselves. “But Dad, you see yourself as a colored man.  I see myself as a man.” The film was made just a few years after Civil Rights legislation and underscored that timeless axiom that we are all equal. Whether we are black, brown, white, pink, we a

Reflections for AIDS Awareness Week 2013

published: November, 25, 2013 Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Events, Health, Sexual Health, Opinion Pieces

Olivia Kijewski : “While I know we have come a long way since AIDS first made its mark on the map in the early 80’s, I find myself spending the most amount of time still considering what needs to done.”

As many of you are well aware, AIDS Awareness week (AAW) is fast approaching. For those of you who don’t know, AIDS Awareness Week is celebrated each year in the lead up to World AIDS Day, December 1st. During this time, we commemorate those we have lost, recognize the resilience of those living with HIV, appreciate what we have achieved, and consider what work still needs to be done globally, nationally, and locally. As we gear up for AAW, I get a lot of opportunity to reflect on the past,

We the LGBT

published: June, 09, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Gay Men, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

Here’s a call to arms from prominent members of the US HIV and LGBT communities calling for HIV to be put back on the agenda, from the We The LGBT campaign.

We the LGBT

Over the last 30 years, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community has seen great strides in the movement for full equality. Much of this success is the result of a concerted movement, which was galvanized in response to the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. In the decades since, our movement has seen incredible victories. Today, twenty-one states and Washington, DC, have implemented nondiscrimination laws in employment to protect LGBT employees. Eighteen states allow gay couples to adopt

Five years after my HIV diagnosis

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

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

Going down under for AIDS2014

published: July, 17, 2014 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, International AIDS Conference , Conferences, International , Living with HIV, Media, Mark S. King

Mark S King introduces upcoming video coverage of the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne Australia this month

Going down under for AIDS2014

(NOTE: My AIDS2014 coverage is exclusive to TheBody.com this year and you can find my daily videos on their main page beginning this Sunday, July 20th.)  Are you ready for a theatre piece about HIV that takes place on an enormous bed that doubles as a boxing ring? How about a candlelight march with thousands of advocates from around the world? And don’t forget my favorite — the Global Village, stuffed with art and advocacy from every corner of the planet? All this and more will be part o

Another award for PositiveLite.com

published: June, 23, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Social Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Canada’s peer-driven HIV magazine again included in Healthline’s Best HIV/AIDS Blogs of the Year

Another award for PositiveLite.com

For the fifth year in a row, PositiveLite.com has made Healthline’s honour role of the world’s best HIV blogs. The full list appears here.  PositiveLite.com congratulates its fellow awardees.  Healthline is a social media-based giant, a provider of health information headquartered in San Francisco and helps people better understand and live with medical conditions. It is generally regarded as the number two most consulted health information resource in North America. Ironically, Posit

Chronicler of HIV/AIDS celebrates 200th issue

published: February, 26, 2014 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Activism, CATIE, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

Part of our history. CATIE reports internationally acclaimed TreatmentUpdate started with 1980s AIDS activists.

Chronicler of HIV/AIDS celebrates 200th issue

Sean Hosein, CATIE’s Science and Medicine Editor, in 1992 This article previously appeared on the CATIE website here.  Une version française est disponible ici.  It was 1988. People were dying. There was a hunger for information on a strange disease that was suddenly sapping the life out of so many, and a 23-year-old Toronto gay man was passionate to find some answers.  Sean Hosein had started a news bulletin about AIDS, printed out of his uncle’s basement. It captured in simple wo

It’s time to stop linking ‘loose morals’ to immigrants with HIV

published: February, 05, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Current Affairs, Women, Legal, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Media, Opinion Pieces

From The Conversation, guest author Laura Bisaillon on rampant HIV discrimination through the immigration process.

It’s time to stop linking ‘loose morals’ to immigrants with HIV

Are you kidding me? With nearly four decades under our collective belts of global experience working on HIV and AIDS, we are past considering it acceptable to link someone’s health status with their perceived sexual “moral values.” Such were my thoughts after reading and reflecting on an article in The Toronto Star this month: “Decision-maker slammed as ‘Moral Police’ for refusing immigration to HIV-positive man.” I have researched medical inadmissibility decision-making and

Remembering the AIDS Ribbon

published: November, 21, 2013 Categories // Activism, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

B.C.’s Robert Birch with an open letter to his rural community

Remembering the AIDS Ribbon

Dear neighbors, Soon it will be World AIDS Day again. December 1st, 2013 marks thirty-two years of this global pandemic. This letter is an invitation to you, our community of ten thousand people living here on Salt Spring Island, the largest gulf island on the west coast of Canada, to learn more about this ongoing global pandemic. This letter is a thank you on behalf of our little HIV organization for the many years of support you have given us.  Over these past decades many extraordinary a

Let's make IT happen

published: October, 17, 2017 Written by // Jeff Potts Categories // Social Media, Activism, Current Affairs, Living with HIV, Media, Jeff Potts

The CPPN's Jeff Potts: "Honestly, our best intentions are not enough… especially now. So… let’s be resilient… let’s work together to live the lessons we learned; let’s focus on the “by us” and make it happen."

Let's make IT happen

I want to write about my own journey in recent months, but also the future path of the organization of which I am now Executive Director. That path recently was made more inviting, courtesy of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). First some history. PHAC made its announcements revealing which organizations it invited to submit Letters of Intent for consideration of funding under the new Community Action Fund. The Canadian Positive People Network (CPPN) was not among them and it appeare

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