Living with HIV

Plans are afoot

published: October, 18, 2011 Categories // Living with HIV

Danny Miller with why he’s been busy, what he learned from his friend’s mission of hope to Africa and what he’s going to do next to make an impact on HIV rates in his own home state.

I would like to start by apologizing for the drought in my posting in the last couple of months. I could give you a thousand excuses from multiple hospital visits to a mini meltdown about turning 36, to hurricanes and heartache, but I won't. I will just say this, Life is just a circus and this poor clown is just trying to get a laugh. More plainly, life happens and sometimes it gets in the way. So to you constant readers (that haven't given me up for dead that is) and to Bob and Brian and all

Moments in Time

published: October, 17, 2011 Categories // Women, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Denise Becker recalls those moments on her HIV journey – some good some bad – that have coloured her life.

Recently, I was watching a TED talk on how beautiful things make you feel. I realized there are those moments in my HIV life when I have had acute feelings about HIV, good or bad and I would just like to share some of those with you. What I would like you to do is to imagine each situation and see if a part of your body feels something. Here are ten that I have thought of. 10. Seeing children and babies and knowing mine died of AIDS when she was nine months old. First of all, I LOVE children

Fear and Loathing in Las Virus: A Savage Journey to the Heart of Being HIV Positive

published: October, 17, 2011 Categories // Living with HIV

Stephen Lincoln reveals his guarded side - and why he hasn’t always been comfortable with writing about living with HIV

I’m Late! I’m Late! For a very important date!

published: October, 15, 2011 Written by // Daniel Uy Categories // Fitness and Exercise, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Daniel Uy

Daniel Uy muses on time – how we spend it, how we waste it and how we can make better use of it.

I’m Late! I’m Late! For a very important date!

So I love the idea of writing. I love the decadence of casually saying or mentioning “Well I just wrote this lovely little piece on...” but in reality I just don’t want to write because it takes too long! I’m the kind of guy that goes to the gym, picks up a 10lb dumbbell, does one set of bicep curls and then wonders why I don’t have a six pack yet. Or my absolute favourite is when I walk in the door at home and expect dinner to be made for me – even though I am single and live alon

Pride and Prudishness.

published: October, 14, 2011 Categories // Dating, Lifestyle, Living with HIV

I am a prude. It's true, I am. No, seriously. Particularly when it comes to show sex at the gym.

Pride and Prudishness.

I do believe in free love and make use of that freedom as much as I can, but I do it very prudishly. I have never been one for public sex or any sort of exhibitionist activities. Well there was that one time that I did a little more than kiss a stranger in a closed-off room at a dance club in Philadelphia, but I was so young and, more importantly, quite drunk. Never, I repeat, never would I desecrate a place where I go to worship or a place where I go to find solace. Now, I am not a religious

My story has no trauma

published: October, 13, 2011 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Living with HIV, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow on public speaking when the story isn’t a dramatic one.

My story has no trauma

Last winter I attended a two day workshop called Speaker's Bureau taught by PWA (the People With AIDS Foundation) to learn how to tell my story and put a face to this disease. Later, I was able to tell it to a group of university students and I sat on a panel for a conference held by my local ASO (AIDS Service Organization). It isn’t a lot of experience but I have been able to tell my story through my blogging as well. I have been involved in many other workshops and training courses where p

Count Me In

published: October, 09, 2011 Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Health, Living with HIV, Population Specific

An innovative UK HIV prevention campaign asks gay men to pledge to help stop the spread of HIV in the gay community. Bob Leahy looks it over..

Count Me In

PositiveLite.com likes to keep an eye on what’s happening in prevention around the world. HIVers are, after all, uniquely placed to evaluate what works and what doesn’t.  We are, I think, uniquely sensitive too to how we are portrayed, as we often are, in prevention campaigns. This is just one of the reasons that, although it’s too late to prevent our own diagnoses, HIVers need to play a front and centre role in all aspects of HIV prevention. Which, in case anyone wondered, is why we co

Bob Leahy interviews HIV-positive YouTube Phenomenon Aaron Laxton

published: October, 07, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Aaron Laxton was diagnosed with HIV just four months ago. But in those four months his YouTube accounts of living with HIV and his advice for HIVers have been getting lots of attention.

Bob Leahy interviews HIV-positive YouTube Phenomenon Aaron Laxton

  SEE AARON'S VIDEO MESSAGE TO POSITIVELITE READERS AT THE FOOT OF THIS POST.  Bob Leahy: Hi Aaron. First off I have to say how much I’m admiring your YouTube channel “My HIV Journey”. I’m struck by a number of things. Number one is how good you are at it. Do you have a background in broadcasting or something? Aaron Laxton: Thank you for your kind words. It has been a work in progress that has definitely morphed into something quite different than what I originally had i

Sleep, eat, doctors, meds, repeat.

published: October, 04, 2011 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Living with HIV

Part Four of Brian the Shochusucker’s tale of his first year of living with HIV in Japan.

Part III of Brian's story can be found here. After my doctor saw the severity of my condition, he ordered a whole slew of tests. I was supposed to go in for a chest X-ray and eye exam the next week (mid October, 2010) and there was also talk of having a CT scan. I asked about starting meds but my doctor wanted to get a larger picture of what he was dealing with. He also wanted to make sure I was on disability insurance. I didn't understand why this was important. I was not blind or n

Reflections

published: September, 22, 2011 Categories // Living with HIV

Rob Newman on buying a diary: “in truth what has transpired is my desire to make things right; not that I’ve done anything wrong, but rather just in case.”

I have been away on two weeks’ vacation. I was out of the office for a week camping, then just home for another week for some down-time. Much needed down-time. I bought myself a journal to take camping with me, and use afterwards. Stylish leather bound book that I plan to write my thoughts down in. As a hack writer, I often have story thoughts but lack the basic ability to remember something long enough to write it down; age, pot - who knows, but I find myself in need of an implement to not

GPS: Charting new directions for gay men’s sexual health

published: September, 03, 2011 Categories // Features and Interviews, Health, Sexual Health, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

GPS stands for Gay Poz Sex. In this interview with Bob Leahy, Rick Julien explains what GPS is, and why it’s looking for a few good men to help them find their own way to improving their sex lives.

GPS: Charting new directions for gay men’s sexual health

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Dealing with that "HIV Look"

published: August, 04, 2011 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Health, Living with HIV, Mark S. King

Mark S King tackles facial wasting or lipodystrophy again with on-camera testing of a new facial filler product

Dealing with that

This is a an excerpt from an article first appearing in Mark’s regular blog, My Fabulous Disease, here. Several years ago, I told someone that I was HIV positive before I agreed to his invitation for a date. “Yeah, I know,” he casually replied, and then he looked a little embarrassed, as if he shouldn’t have said it. It was too late, of course; I knew exactly what he meant. He knew my HIV status because of the appearance of my face. I was crestfallen, and felt something close to shame

An HIV-Positive Beauty Queen? Absolutely. She’s positively out and proud and she’s talking to PositiveLite.

published: August, 02, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Women, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy interviews Michelle Anderson, Ms Plus America 2011. Says Michelle “We are all queens and should be treated accordingly! Get up and live and live boldly!”

An HIV-Positive Beauty Queen? Absolutely. She’s positively out and proud and she’s talking to PositiveLite.

Michelle Anderson was just crowned 2011 Ms. Plus America. Michelle is an African-American woman living with HIV since 1999. She currently resides in Dallas, Texas and is Co-Chair of Campaign to End AIDS Texas, The Afiya Center Peer Educator , Public Speaker, as well as a board member for AIDS Services of Dallas, and ADAP Advocacy Association. Michelle has dedicated much of her personal life to educating others on HIV/AIDS throughout the greater Dallas area and beyond. She plans to finish

Bob Leahy interviews Randy Verdone for PositiveLite and World Hepatitis Day

published: July, 28, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Hep B and C, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Randy Verdone is in recovery from twenty years of addiction, jail time, life in the sex trade industry and separation from his children. His story of courage, survival and triumph will inspire you.

Bob Leahy interviews Randy Verdone for PositiveLite and World Hepatitis Day

I asked Randy Verdone to write his bio.  "My name is Randy Verdone, I am a 34 year old male.  I come from a small community where I was raised in an abusive family that didn’t want me. I have lived a large portion of my life on the streets.  I am recovering from almost 20yrs of addiction, abuse and hiding from my past, who I was and what I had done.  I was a walking stigma and until recently, fought that title with every fiber of my being. Now though I am learning to embr

Mason Wyler Gives Good Face: The ONLY Poz guy in the Gay Porn Village

published: July, 19, 2011 Categories // Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Poz porn star Mason Wyler has announced his retirement from porn, but he has one fan who’d hate to see him go.

Mason Wyler has quickly become one of my favourite, openly HIV+ porn stars. When he writes “I don’t need someone to talk too, I need someone to fuck me” on his blog or summons up the complexities of HIV by succinctly stating “it sucks”,  I totally get where he’s coming from and toast his post-AIDS sensibility. I love that he challenges sex-negative, HIV-phobic attitudes with simple, flowery prose like “Now can I please get off of this damn hospital bed/burning at the stake,

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