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The news on the Canadian criminalization front explained – part one

published: December, 08, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Hep B and C, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Women, Legal, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy says the news on World AIDS Day that the approach to criminalizing HIV non-disclosure in Canada has changed has left some confused. Here is an easy to follow laymens’ guide to what went down.

The news on the Canadian criminalization front explained – part one

World AIDS Day 2017 saw a dizzying array of announcements. Two in particular contained news of particular importance to people living with HIV. They were about the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure, a complicated topic that generated more commentary and some controversy. The purpose of this article is to explain what the news meant for people living with HIV. Part two will deal with what people are saying about it – and our opinion too. Background: It’s important for people living wit

How I want to be remembered when I go

published: December, 01, 2017 Written by // Isaac D. Joseph Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, Youth, Isaac D. Joseph, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Isaac D. Joseph: "No one living with HIV wants to be remembered as the person who died of AIDS or AIDS-related illness."

How I want to be remembered when I go

This article is dedicated to the millions that we have lost to AIDS. Today, World AIDS Day, December 1, 2017, we remember you for the life you lived and not the virus you contracted.  I am sure that time and time again the thought of death has crossed the minds of people like me, people living with HIV. Most find it taboo to talk about their imminent death while others who feel that it is only human nature to think about death and the afterlife converse and plan out funerals without any ce

Tested HIV-positive?

published: November, 29, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Kimutai Kemboi, Health, International , Living with HIV, Media

Kenya's Kimutai Kemboi on how to live in good health with HIV.

Tested HIV-positive?

First of all, congratulations for taking an HIV test. Being HIV-positive isn't a death sentence, neither does it determine when someone is going to die. It is a manageable condition that a person can have a normal life with. Many people have lived for decades with it and are still going strong. What matters is: 1 - Acceptance. This is a key pillar to a healthy and positive living. You need to accept that it has happened and develop a positive mindset of living with it. Acceptance gives yo

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 // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, 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

Time to act: over 150 organizations across Canada call on federal and provincial governments to end unjust criminalization of HIV

published: November, 28, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors, Media

For the first time, the HIV community and other concerned organizations are calling on the federal government to reform the Criminal Code.

Time to act: over 150 organizations across Canada call on federal and provincial governments to end unjust criminalization of HIV

TORONTO, November 27, 2017 — With World AIDS Day just a few days away, the Canadian Coalition to Reform HIV Criminalization (CCRHC) has released a joint Community Consensus Statement endorsed by over 150 organizations across the country, from the HIV sector and beyond. Developed through several months of cross-country consultation, the statement shows clear consensus against the current overly broad use of the criminal law against people living with HIV and the urgent need for action fro

CATIE scores again with a fine national conference – but is it their last?

published: November, 28, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Conferences, CATIE, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Events, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Treatment, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Last week saw 400 people gather in Toronto for CATIE’s “Transforming our Practice” national forum, looking at new knowledge and new strategies to end the epidemic. It was an unqualified success. But what’s next? Bob Leahy reports.

CATIE scores again with a fine national conference – but is it their last?

I’m fortunate to attend many HIV conferences in Canada and sometimes elsewhere. They educate, they inspire and they allow for lots of networking – in particular the peer-to-peer engagement that so strengthens our response to HIV in Canada. CATIE delivered all of this last week in Toronto. While scholarships, through diminishing dollars continue to be hard to get, a sizeable contingent of people living with HIV were in the house, thanks in part to a financial arrangement with CATIE and the

Déjà vu and learning from my past mistakes

published: November, 23, 2017 Written by // Patrick Italo Ettenes Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Patrick Italo Ettenes

Patrick Italo Ettenes on déjà vu and drawing from the lessons of past lives to help find the way forward.

Déjà vu and learning from my  past mistakes

Well, it will soon be here… that’s right, Christmas! A time of joy for some and sadness for others. Let’s face it, for many people, Christmas is not the best time of year. Nevertheless, someone like hypersensitive me will feel the energy in the air and sometimes I can smell Christmas, and I am kinda looking forward to it. And on the HIV calendar we have World AIDS Day coming up; a remembrance of all those who died when it first came out. So what’s this month’s article about? Well od

Riding the great white way

published: November, 21, 2017 Written by // Isaac D. Joseph Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , Isaac D. Joseph, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Isaac D. Joseph on how he got free of cocaine and on what he thinks makes for a successful intervention.

Riding the great white way

“Did you try to live on your own, when you burned down the house and home, did you stand too close to the fire like a liar looking for forgiveness from a stone?” – Green Day, 21 Guns For years the LGBT community has been plagued with substance abuse issues. Studies have shown that, when compared with the general population, gay and bisexual men, lesbian, and transgender individuals are more likely to use alcohol and drugs at much higher rates than the general population. For many indiv

Being on the same page – and scrapping paternalism!

published: November, 20, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , Youth, Current Affairs, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Newly Diagnosed, Mental Health, Women, Health, Sexual Health, Treatment, Media, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy on the confluence of voices that is saying paternalism towards people living with HIV doesn’t serve us well – and asks how we challenge it

Being on the same page – and scrapping paternalism!

The issue of paternalism – agencies who think or assume they are working in the best interests of their clients and make decisions for them – is in the news this week A word about us: PositiveLite.com has always been a bit of an “alt-left” voice when it comes to HIV. We don’t rely for our continued existence on government funders so that gives us a bit more freedom to report on what we – and often others - are feeling. So what’s the mood? Big Picture? The mood is of optimism,

Stigma Mentality

published: November, 17, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Kimutai Kemboi, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

As "The boldest Kenyan who lives with HIV," Kimutai sometimes encounters stigma because of his high media profile.

Stigma Mentality

As per the article that was published yesterday on the Saturday Daily, I came to realise that stigma is at its peak. The kind of reaction I saw on all the platforms showed the kind of perception that our society has towards HIV and people living with HIV. People have a stigma mentality such that they rush to make utterances or moves without a second thought. Such ill minds are laying ground for stigma to thrive and make our people go through a lot of suffering. We should avoid these at all co

World AIDS Day: Clients can handle the truth

published: November, 16, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , CATIE, General Health, Current Affairs, Mental Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Women, Health, Sexual Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Media

CATIE: "Whether we are talking about U=U, PrEP or HIV self-testing, we must provide all the information and options to our clients, and trust them to make the best decisions for their own health."

World AIDS Day: Clients can handle the truth

Thousands of HIV organizations around the world are adding a new message to their World AIDS Day campaigns this year, and it is turning decades of HIV prevention messaging on its head. We can now say conclusively that a person living with HIV who takes treatment and maintains an undetectable viral load does not transmit the virus to their sexual partners. The evidence was solidified last year with the final results of PARTNER and HPTN 052, two large studies confirming zero cases of HIV transm

HIV in West and Central Africa – the state of an epidemic left behind

published: November, 16, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Current Affairs, Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Media

The UNAIDS, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and African Union 18-month catch-up plan aims to increase treatment access and reduce mortality in West and Central Africa. From Avert.org, Caitlin Mahon reports.

HIV in West and Central Africa – the state of an epidemic left behind

Children play football during a rain storm in the village of Yongoro, near to Freetown, Sierra Leone. With just 42% of the 6.1 million people living with HIV across West and Central Africa aware of their HIV status, the region has fallen far behind their neighbours, and indeed the rest of the world, in their efforts to bring an end to the HIV epidemic.   West and Central Africa contains around 7% of the global population, but is home to 17% of the world’s population living with HIV and 30

Tenda sema nenda zako (Do good and go your way)

published: November, 13, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Kimutai Kemboi, Health, International , Treatment, Media, Opinion Pieces

Kimutai Kemboi: "Associating or sharing things with someone living with HIV cannot make you contract the virus, so be friendly and generous as you would to any other person."

Tenda sema nenda zako (Do good and go your way)

It is so ironic to find many people even in this 21st century still taking themselves back to the dark ages despite all the information that has been made available almost everywhere concerning HIV. People living with HIV still go through hell, even in their families. I find it painful that those who should be always there to support those who are sick are taking the forefront to curse them. One thing I wish people should know is that being HIV positive is an option but this can change in a m

Where demons hide

published: November, 09, 2017 Written by // Isaac D. Joseph Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Youth, Isaac D. Joseph, Mental Health, Health, Living with HIV, Media

Isaac D. Joseph: "As of today, I have been sober for 30 days after a relapse period of four months."

Where demons hide

When the days are cold, and the cards all fold, and the saints we see are all made of gold…when you feel my heat look into my eyes it’s where my demons hide…don’t get too close, it’s dark inside, it’s where my demons hide – Imagine Dragons, "Demons" Remember when you were a child and you and your friends would play hide and seek. There was always one person that you knew would be found first, the few that would always make it to the base, and one that you would never find. The h

Barriers to healthcare impenetrable for LGBT+ in Zambia

published: November, 09, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Gay Men, General Health, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media

From a railway clinic, educating the community on LGBT+ health issues is as challenging as ever. From Key Correspondents, this report.

Barriers to healthcare impenetrable for LGBT+ in Zambia

Zambia is on the path to achieving control of the HIV epidemic thanks to focused political commitment implemented over a decade. The key factors to epidemic control are numerous, including universal testing of high-risk groups, timely referral, access to quality prevention and treatment services, and linkage to and long-term retention in care. Achieving final epidemic control requires a coordinated and targeted approach that integrates the expected adoption of new World Health Organisation (WH

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