Activism

To hell with the money!!

published: October, 30, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Activism, Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Kimutai Kemboi, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Features and Interviews, Women, Mental Health, Health, International , Sexual Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Media

Kenyan HIV activist Kimutai Kemboi interviews "Eve", a former Nairobi sex worker.

To hell with the money!!

"Over the years, my needs came before my health. Risk of getting sexually related infections never came to my mind. I could sleep with whoever offered to pay my rent, buy food, meet other bills and ensure my beauty was maintained." Eve said. "I could sleep with any man irrespective of his physical outfit or age, what mattered to me was how much he could cover. The amount he could give decided how much his demands were honoured. Using protection was not my option but his wish; to be sincere. I

Seven ways to speed up the HIV treatment pipeline

published: September, 23, 2013 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, Conferences, Events, Features and Interviews, Research, International , Treatment, John McCullagh

John McCullagh interviews long-time HIV activist Mark Harrington about getting the best HIV treatments to as many people as quickly as possible.

Seven ways to speed up the HIV treatment pipeline

Those who saw the documentary How to Survive a Plague (reviewed by PositiveLite.com) may remember Mark Harrington, one of the young activists who founded the Treatment Action Group (TAG), whose efforts accellerated the discovery and licencing of protease inhibitors, the anti-retroviral drugs that, in 1996, changed the face of HIV from a virtual death sentence into a chronic, manageable disease.  This month, an older Mark Harrington, now the executive director of TAG,

HIV Movies through new eyes - Philadelphia: "important any way you look at it"

published: August, 17, 2015 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Rob Olver - Editor

Newly diagnosed Peterborough guy Robert Olver reviews the 1993 movie that stars Tom Hanks as a lawyer under attack from his employer while fighting the ravages of AIDS

HIV Movies through new eyes -  Philadelphia:

When Bob told me he wanted me to review Philadelphia next in PositiveLite.com's “HIV Movies through New Eyes” series I swallowed hard. What on earth could I possibly say about this iconic movie? I mentioned none of this to Bob, of course, so here I sit, film freshly watched and I’m still very much under its spell and… WHAT can I possibly say about this iconic movie? Well, I can say this: Philadelphia is an extremely influential film about HIV, AIDS, homosexuality and the conflation of

A big, fun “Kiss Off” to HIV.

published: November, 13, 2014 Written by // Fighting Hep C in the Waterloo Region of Ontario and beyond. Categories // Social Media, Community Events, Activism, Fundraisers, News Categories, Upcoming Events, Photography, Sexual Health, Living with HIV, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow has been busy with his local ASO (AIDS Service Organization) putting his photography and new video creation skills to work on a World AIDS Day/Month event.

A big, fun “Kiss Off” to HIV.

I’ve had so much fun working on this World AIDS Day event for ACCKWA (AIDS Committee of Cambridge Kitchener Waterloo and Area). I’m not going to say too much about myself here; the real story is the campaign so I introduce you to #KissHIVGoodbye. From November 1 though to December 1 ACCKWA is running a campaign called #KissHIVGoodbye to raise awareness, encourage conversation, and fight HIV stigma. We could have chosen “Kick HIV goodbye,” or “Poke HIV in the eye” or “Give H

Not Alone!

published: March, 29, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Guest writer Phillip Fournier writes about getting diagnozed with HIV, his life as a positive young half-black gay man and what he feels others like him need to overcome the adversity in their lives.

Not Alone!

Bio: My name is Phillip Jeffrey Fournier. Activist name Fox Silver or Foxy. Born and raised in Toronto. I live life by living not just by breathing. Only child of a white mother who loved and supports me ever since I disclosed my sexuality, and now through disclosing my HIV-positive status. I have always fought haters and oppressors because this world is for everyone and that's what i believe and will continue to believe. I am an Activist and I act because the next generation is worth it, just

An Iron Man: The Vaughn Ripley Interview

published: May, 23, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Fitness and Exercise, Features and Interviews, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy interviews Vaughn Ripley, a hemophiliac who has battled HIV and Hep C for twenty six years since receiving tainted blood in his teens - and who has gone on to run a marathon and participate in extreme sports.

An Iron Man: The Vaughn Ripley Interview

Vaughn Ripley is one of the longest surviving HIV+ people on the planet. He is the author of Survivor: One Man’s Battle with HIV, Hemophilia, and Hepatitis C. He has raced motorcycles, rock climbed, attempted Mount Rainier three times, and run a marathon. His latest fitness venture is triathlons and century bicycle rides. Vaughn was born with hemophilia, and has wrestled with Hepatitis C, which he recently beat after enduring a year-long battle with medicine. He also fought and continues to

Filling the void: Canada’s national voice for people living with HIV takes flight

published: June, 26, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy reports on the fledgling organization called CPPN/RCPS recently formed by and for Canadian people living with HIV to give them a strong voice on the national stage

Filling the void: Canada’s national voice for people living with HIV takes flight

It was all the buzz in Ottawa last week, where membership applications were being snapped up in dozens. Canadians living with HIV may have finally found their voice with the formation of a new organization that aims to influence and revive the country’s national response to HIV as well as the lives of those long under represented who live with HIV.  Called the CCPN/RCPS, the initials stand for Canadian Positive People Network, or in French, Reseau Canadien des Personnes Séropositives.

The man that got it right

published: November, 14, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Features and Interviews, Research, Health, International , Treatment, Media, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

PositiveLite.com publisher Bob Leahy in conversation with Dr. Pietro Vernazza, famous author of the once-scorned Swiss Statement which predated U=U by ten years.

The man that got it right

Dr. Pietro Vernazza being interviewed  in the studio with Bruce Richman in Paris at !AS2017 About the Swiss Statement: Source aidsmap http://www.aidsmap.com/The-Swiss-Statement-and-its-repercussions/page/1746478/ “There is evidence of some groups of gay men knowing, from the late 1990s onwards, that people with an undetectable HIV viral load were much less infectious, and were using this knowledge in sexual decision-making. Public discussion of this became much more high profile after a p

Bob Leahy talks to Bruce Richman, the man behind Undetectable = Uninfectious

published: August, 10, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Features and Interviews, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Two (undetectable) poz guys, one from Canada and one from New York, talk about condomless sex, STI’s, sex negativity, HIV stigma, bad information - and the strategies behind the high profile Prevention Access Campaign

Bob Leahy talks to Bruce Richman, the man behind Undetectable = Uninfectious

(left) Bruce Richman, co-founder of Prevention Access Campaign, with longtime HIV/AIDS activist Professor Carrie Foote, Indiana University-Purdue University; Head of HIV Modernization Movement   Bob Leahy: Bruce thank you for talking to PositiveLite.com. Tell me first of all why you are driven to do this work. Bruce Richman: Well I was diagnosed with HIV in 2003 and I’ve experienced the impact of stigma and discrimination for many years and in many different ways, but not as much as othe

Feature Interview: Bob Leahy talks sex with Todd Klinck

published: November, 28, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

In this candid interview, full of insights in to what makes him tick, Todd shares what it’s like being a young pro dom, making porn, running a pansexual playground with trans legend Mandy Goodhandy and much more.

Feature Interview: Bob Leahy talks sex with Todd Klinck

Todd Klinck is a well known figure in the Toronto alternative club scene, known too for his past work as a young dom in the sex trade, with a nightclub in the burbs featuring shemale strippers, for making porn with a kink twist, for being edgy and out - and outspoken, but he’s much more than that.  Here’s the Wikepedia version of Todd Klinck’s life Todd Klinck (born November 15, 1974 in Windsor, Ontario) is a Canadian writer, nightclub owner and pornography producer. Klinck moved t

Jackie Shane

published: March, 01, 2012 Categories // Activism, Arts and Entertainment

Time for a little queer black history Canadian style to signal the end of black history month 2012

Jackie Shane was a gay black cross-dressing androgynous rhythm and blues singer who rose to fame in the early 1960’s in Montreal and mainly Toronto. Though his rise to fame can be credited to his devout Canadian following, Jackie was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. He grew up around music. While Nashville is famous for its roots in country music, there was a growing jazz movement throughout the 1950’s and in his teenage years, he lived with Marion James, Nashville’s Qu

Totally Outright

published: January, 31, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, Youth, Health, Sexual Health, Population Specific , John McCullagh

John McCullagh learns about Totally Outright, a sexual health leadership course that empowers young gay guys to become effective leaders in their own communities.

Totally Outright

Totally Outright is a thought-provoking, leadership and community-building program for young gay men. It’s designed to introduce them to community leaders, mentors and experts in gay men’s health. It’s about building a community of well informed, sexually-savvy young men who can communicate with a wide range of people to enhance gay community health. The program was created by the Community Based Research Centre (CBRC) in British Columbia and then further developed and delivered by Heal

Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) announces no Forum for people living with HIV this year.

published: March, 16, 2018 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

A sign of the times: Bob Leahy talks with CAS ED Gary Lacasse on the impact of funding cuts which will also see the national agency further downsize on April 1

Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) announces no Forum for people living with HIV this year.

The announcement came as no surprise to anyone following recent developments in the HIV movement in Canada. “Unfortunately, with the significantly changing landscape of the HIV movement (including massive cuts to government funding for HIV/AIDS community-based organizations), we will not be holding a 2018 forum due to financial constraints” said the email from CAS ED Gary Lacasse. “We have worked tirelessly in order to secure funding but as of yet have not been successful because no fund

The Personal Side of AIDS

published: May, 10, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Spirituality, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

A remarkable guest post from Christopher Sale, a Catholic religious brother from California, diagnosed with AIDS four years ago.

The Personal Side of AIDS

Editor's note: It’s odd that PositiveLIte.com has never really featured a religious perspective of living with HIV in our pages before. But Brother Christopher Sale (below, right) happened to write to us and we were immediately interested in the prospect of him sharing his rather unusual story. Christopher told me this about himself. “In 2008 I nearly died from AIDS and drug use. By the grace of God I'm still here. I'm now a Catholic religious brother. I'm the first openly gay man with A

WORLD PREMIERE IN TORONTO - Positive Women: Exposing Injustice

published: May, 20, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Community Events, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Events, Women, Events, Legal, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Positive Women: Exposing Injustice takes the audience into the hearts and minds of four positive women bravely speaking out on this important issue.

WORLD PREMIERE IN TORONTO  - Positive Women: Exposing Injustice

Announcement from the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network  Women's voices have rarely been heard on this important issue. What happens if a woman does not disclose her HIV-positive status to a sexual partner? How does criminalization impact HIV-positive women in Canada, who are trying to live their lives in the shadow of stigma and fear? Does the law actually protect women's health? How do women feel about their experience with the criminal law with respect to HIV non-disclosure? Positive Women

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