Current Affairs

PrEP acceptable to UK gay men, studies find

published: April, 29, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Current Affairs, Research, Sexual Health, Health, Population Specific , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) would be an acceptable HIV prevention strategy for large numbers of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men in major UK cities, according to two studies presented at a British HIV conference this week.

PrEP acceptable to UK gay men, studies find

This article by Roger Pebody first  appeared on aidsmap.  The First Study Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) would be an acceptable HIV prevention strategy for large numbers of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men in major UK cities, according to two studies presented to the British HIV Association (BHIVA) conference in Birmingham this week. The conference also heard details of a small pilot PrEP study, likely to start recruiting later this year. A cross-sectional survey of 842

Top AIDS scientist declares end in sight for pandemic

published: April, 23, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Current Affairs, Health, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Anthony Faucii says today he can look a 25-year-old, HIV-positive patient in the eye and tell him, “If you start on one pill a day, you will live 50-plus years. There are few successes that can match that,”

Top AIDS scientist declares end in sight for pandemic

This article  by Ruthann Richter first appeared in the journal of Stanford School of Medicine. The end of the AIDS epidemic — one of worst pandemics the world has known — is now in sight, given the myriad scientific tools available today, from drug prevention to circumcision and methods to stop transmission from mother to child, Anthony Fauci, MD, the country’s top AIDS scientist, said today at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Al

HIV in Toronto and the Canadian Government's negligence

published: April, 10, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Sexual Health, Health, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

XTRA’s Rob Salerno says AIDS funders The Public Health Agency of Canada and Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq should be ashamed of the way they handled the latest round of ASO funding proposals.

HIV in Toronto and the Canadian Government's negligence

This editorial by Rob Salerno first appeared in Xtra, Canada’s Gay and Lesbian News source, here. Two weeks ago, I found myself at the Newmarket Health Centre, where Conservative MP Lois Brown was making an announcement of new funding for the AIDS Committee of York Region (ACYR). It was a tastefully subdued affair. ACYR’s executive director, Radha Bhardwaj, gave a speech outlining the accomplishments of her organization and some of the unique challenges of providing services for HIV

When to start treatment?

published: April, 03, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Current Affairs, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

New US guidelines released just last week recommend treatment for all people with HIV infection. Are they a step in the right direction, something that others should consider following? Bob Leahy reports.

When to start treatment?

Newly updated US treatment guidelines are recommending antiretroviral treatment for all people with HIV infection, rather than starting at a particular CD4 range. But for those about to start treatment and their doctors, it’s not quite that simple; the strength of the recommendations varies by category of patient. Here is how a simplified scale looks: CD4 count less than 350 – strong recommendation CD4 count 350 to 500 - strong recommendation CD4 count over 500 – moderate recommend

HIV+ singer Jamar Rogers advances to the next round on The Voice

published: March, 12, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Current Affairs, Television, Music, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy on a reality show contestant who has come out loud and proud and poz – and boy, he can sing too!

HIV+ singer Jamar Rogers advances to the next round on The Voice

Let’s face it, The Voice is no American Idol, but it’s diverting enough, and the format  -  intended to showcase the voice more than any other performance factor – is  original.  And unlike American Idol, it also hasn’t been shy to feature lgbtq contestants who aren’t shy about their sexual orientation. But there is a twist this season – there’s an openly HIV+ contestant in the line-up. Last night saw Jamar Rogers, billed as “the comeback kid on the road to recovery”  b

Porn Today, Gone Tomorrow

published: March, 11, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Current Affairs, Sexual Health, Health, Sex and Sexuality , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

A Los Angeles city ordinance that requires the use of condoms on adult film shoots went into effect last week, but health advocates remain skeptical on how the law will be enforced.

Porn Today, Gone Tomorrow

Originally published in The Los Angeles Daily News, Susan Abram. The Los Angeles City Council approved the ordinance in January, after a ballot initiative by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation appeared to be heading to voters in a costly election. But the city still must settle the details of enforcing the ordinance, which would require adult productions to pay a fee to fund inspections and an enforcement program. "On a symbolic basis, it's extremely important that this ordinance was passed, but

The Unspeakable, Spoken

published: February, 28, 2012 Categories // Activism, Current Affairs

Controversial AIDS Action Now poster campaign gets sparks flying in Montreal

The Unspeakable, Spoken

It happened at the demonstration against HIV criminalization outside the Palais de Justice in Montréal the day before the recent Supreme Court of Canada hearing in R v Mabior and R v DC. Some people associated with local ASO AIDS Community Care Montreal (ACCM) were holding a couple of the posters from the recent AIDS Action Now! Poster campaign, namely the "Fuck Positive Women" poster and the "I Party / I Bareback / I'm Positive / I'm Responsible" poster. This last one was the spark for what

What’s in a name?

published: February, 02, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Current Affairs, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

A lot - when it’s attached to an AIDS Service Organization. But is “AIDS” Service organization a misnomer in 2012? How many people with “AIDS” do they serve. And does that “AIDS” name drive potential clients away? Here’s one agency that says yes.

What’s in a name?

If you are an organization with AIDS in its name, there are probably a few reasons NOT to change one’s name,  No matter if that name relates to a disease scarcely anybody has in North America, or that name scares people away from  the services  that are offered by that “AIDS” service organization.  Life is complicated and so is delivering HIV-erlated services. Sometimes living with an anachronism is more attractive than responding to the changing times.  But it’s becoming increas

Martin Luther King, the n-word and 2012

published: January, 17, 2012 Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Opinion Pieces

Another blog by DJ Relentless - who points the finger. “You as black people are giving everyone the right to call you that word when you callously just drop "nigger" in a sentence.”

Martin Luther King, the n-word and 2012

It's hard to believe how quickly the years are going by. Just three years ago, I was debating whether or not to make my annual Martin Luther King Day CD. New York City seemed to be changing drastically and the kids who were coming out to Escuelita were not interested in my traditional musical celebration of Rev. King. Last year at this time, I posted a blog about my appreciation for the achievements of President Obama. That blog garnered me some unwelcome comments -  a well known drag qu

One Blood: Youth Linked in Action

published: January, 09, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, International , Living with HIV, John McCullagh

Capturing the voices of youth in Jamaica and the Caribbean Diaspora in Canada, a powerful 20-minute documentary takes you into the hearts, minds, experiences and struggles of those living with and affected by HIV

One Blood: Youth Linked in Action

Youth in the Caribbean and the Caribbean Diaspora in Canada face many similar issues with respect to the risk of contracting HIV. An international project that linked youth from Jamaica and Ontario to address these issues resulted in a powerful 20-minute video documentary that takes you into the hearts, experiences and struggles of those living with and affected by HIV. You can see the video here. You can also read more about the issues facing these youth on the website of the Interagency Co

In case you missed it.

published: December, 15, 2011 Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

A must see video. Hilary Clinton delivers a knock-out speech on LGBT human rights in honour of the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addressed the United Nations on December 6, about LGBT human rights in honour of the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Her eloquent speech touched on the human rights of marginalized people all over the world, over the span of history, from the past to present.  It is a truly remarkable speech instilled in humanitarian values and the need to give a voice to the invisible LGBT people across the world who are fighting discrimination

HIV stigma is alive and well in Hershey, Pennsylvania

published: December, 08, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Youth, Current Affairs, News Categories, Legal, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

The ghost of Ryan White. When a school denies admission to a 13-year old for having HIV, how can they possibly justify it? It’s 2011, after all. This is how. (Hear what Anderson Cooper has to say too.)

HIV stigma is alive and well in Hershey, Pennsylvania

The case has received a lot of attention. It’s unbelievable.  But in case you haven’t been following, here are the facts, as per Reuters.  A private boarding school connected with the Hershey chocolate company says it was trying to protect other students when it denied admission to a Philadelphia-area teenager because he is HIV-positive. The AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania filed a lawsuit on behalf of the unidentified boy in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia on Wednesday, cla

Behind the Lines

published: December, 01, 2011 Categories // Social Media, Activism, Current Affairs, Events, Media

Our London correspondent Denis Robinson meets Andrew Jukes from UK book retailing chain Waterstone’s Gower Street store whose quiet activism is putting HIV - and the company he works for – on the map this Worlds AIDS Week.

Over the last few weeks I have been talking to people I consider heroes within the HIV community in London. It has truly been the most humbling experience. I have cried, I have laughed and I have realised that no matter what I do to raise awareness and try and break down walls, it will never be enough. You see, a hero is ultimately someone who selflessly tries to make life better for others. Yesterday I met with Andrew Jukes from Waterstones, Gower Street, (seen above) for the last of my "Her

Canadian AIDS Society: Cost of HIV is $1.3 million per person infected

published: November, 26, 2011 Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Living with HIV, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

The Canadian AIDS Society has just released a report that indicates that the economic impact of 3,070 new HIV infections in Canada in 2009 has a lifetime cost of $4,031,500,000, approximately 22% higher than previously estimated.

Canadian AIDS Society: Cost of HIV is $1.3 million per person infected

Scroll down for why PositiveLite.Com thinks this is important. November 24th marks the beginning of Canadian HIV/AIDS Awareness Week and the release of this report – The Economic Cost of HIV/AIDS in Canada, written by JoAnn Kingston-Riechers, PhD, from the Institute of Health Economics and the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Alberta – should serve as a sobering reminder of the impact of approximately 3,070 new HIV infections in Canada each year. The report f

Occupy Toronto Moves Out

published: November, 24, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy was there as Occupy Toronto was cleared out of the park yesterday. The protestors went quietly, but says Bob, if the movement failed to deliver a coherent message, it was nevertheless the social justice story of the year

Occupy Toronto Moves Out

PositiveLite.com has taken a bit of interest in the Occupy Toronto story from the start.  We covered the queer angle and the Occupy the Rainbow TO contingent here and then I posted photos of the site a little while later here, when my mission was to track the rainbow people down in person (I failed.) . The arc of this news story though is compelling. Whatever your quibbles may be with the movement, and most would agree there were intrinsic problems with the protest from the start,as

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