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Shifting landscapes, changing realities

published: March, 31, 2018 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Activism, Aging, Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Pets, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Rob Olver - Editor

Rob Olver on a labour of love: "Thank you PositiveLite.com. It's been a stellar ride and the lessons learned will go to good use."

Shifting landscapes, changing realities

"All your so-hard facts, painted thinly on the void; Why were you not more pleasantly employed?" -- "Puppet Song", The Incredible String Band,. At this point, the news about PositiveLite.com has been out for a few days and as you might imagine, it’s been a bit of an emotional time here at the palatial PositiveLite Editing Suite. For a long time I’ve had various ideas about how I might want to write my final blog post here, but now that the time has come, I find myself not wanting to

A post-script and an exclamation point!

published: March, 31, 2018 Written by // Jeff Potts Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Jeff Potts

Jeff Potts: "...borrowing words from Dr. Seuss, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

A post-script and an exclamation point!

I thought that that my last piece for PositiveLite.com would fly off the fingers. It didn’t. I stared at my keyboard more than I clicked at its keys, and with each passing minute I worried that I would fail to meet my final submission deadline. I sincerely hope that ain’t the case. Like many folks, I am certain, I read the words, “PositiveLite.com will cease publishing on March 31” at least a few times before their immediate meaning truly stuck in this mushy brain of mine. At first, I

All Good Things...

published: March, 29, 2018 Written by // Michael Yoder Categories // Social Media, Aging, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Michael Yoder

Michael Yoder says a good goodbye to PositiveLite.com.

All Good Things...

"The White Rabbit put on his spectacles. `Where shall I begin, please your Majesty?’ he asked. `Begin at the beginning,’ the King said gravely, `and go on till you come to the end: then stop.’" Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland When I got the email that Positive Lite would be stopping publication I was in shock. Shock, and I suppose, grief. Any loss is a loss and this site has provided so much valuable information by and for people living with HIV from all over the world. The "death"

PositiveLite.com to end publishing March 31

published: March, 28, 2018 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Activism, Aging, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy on the history of a unique Canadian website by and for people living with HIV – and why it has run its course

PositiveLite.com to end publishing March 31

I need to share with you that PositiveLite.com will cease publishing on March 31. As its publisher I’m not sad but proud, because its nine year history has been one of a series of successes. And I don’t feel the least bit defeated now but rather going out on a high note and ending our run on our own terms. This has been in the works for some time. It’s been a struggle to keep it a secret. The reasons for closing our doors are essentially twofold. First, the people who bring you Positiv

By the numbers: PositiveLite.com’s ten most popular posts of all time

published: March, 28, 2018 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Living with HIV, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy looks at what caught readers’ eyes most in the nine years since PositiveLite.com first launched. What was our number one most read article by far? Read on!

By the numbers: PositiveLite.com’s ten most popular posts of all time

If an archaeologist at some distant point in the future wanted to explore what living with HIV (remember HIV?) was like in the first decade or two of the 21st century, they could do a lot worse than visit today’s top ten list. Like our lives, it runs the gamut – from sex to science and everything in between. It was arguably the most varied site about HIV out there. It set out, very deliberately, to explore the infinite variety within our poz lives which were never ALL about HIV but about l

Is the end of HIV in sight? Yes! And no.

published: March, 27, 2018 Written by // Jeff Potts Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Sexual Health, Treatment, Media, Opinion Pieces, Jeff Potts

In which Jeff Potts checks in and introduces a brilliant article, "Is the End of HIV In Sight? Yes! And No" by his brother, David.

Is the end of HIV in sight? Yes! And no.

Several weeks of intensely meaningful engagement, and then this… by Jeff Potts I muse, as I tidy up this third and final draft, that it is a bit odd for a guy who lives with HIV and who works in the HIV sector (almost always has) to reflect on and write about a few weeks of full-on HIV engagement immersion.  But, that’s the truth of it.  I’m a bit weary this Monday morning as we near the end of March (and fiscal year-end).  It’s a good weary though.  A weary that reminds me tha

Syphilis cases on the rise among HIV-positive people in Calgary

published: March, 27, 2018 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, CATIE, Research, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Sexual Health, Media

"The Calgary study underscores the need for regular, perhaps even frequent, screening for syphilis among sexually active HIV-positive people." From CATIE, Sean R. Hosein reports.

Syphilis cases on the rise among HIV-positive people in Calgary

- Calgary doctors noticed a three-fold increase in syphilis among patients with HIV - Syphilis was more common among people with HIV not taking treatment - More than half of cases had no symptoms, highlighting the need for screening Syphilis cases decreased in the 1990s but began to increase in Canada and other high-income countries around the year 2000. This increase has disproportionally affected gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM), including those who are HIV positive

Social determinants of health linked to HIV mortality rates

published: March, 27, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, General Health, Mental Health, Health, Research, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

People with HIV in Ontario still dying at higher rates than the general population.

Social determinants of health linked to HIV mortality rates

 Courtesy of St. Michael's Hospital Dr. Sean Rourke, a neuropsychologist at St. Michael's Hospital and scientist at its Centre for Urban Health Solutions,  TORONTO, March 19, 2018 -- People who are living with HIV in Ontario have access to good health care and medications, yet they are still dying younger and at substantially higher rates than the rest of the population, according to a new study published today. The findings suggest that the overall well-being of these people is being neg

Free Public Legal Education Workshops at HALCO

published: March, 26, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Women, Upcoming Events, Legal, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

Workshops are held in person at the Specialty Legal Clinic Co-op, 55 University Avenue, 15th Floor Room C2, Toronto (just south of King Street West and the fully accessible St. Andrew subway station):

Free Public Legal Education Workshops at HALCO

The HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO) is pleased to announce our next series of free Public Legal Education Workshops taking place in person at our office in May and June 2018. Everyone is welcome to attend any of these general interest workshops but space is limited so Registration is required.  How to Register:  Please include your name, your contact information, your organization (if any), and the titles of the workshop(s) that you would like to attend: – Email to T

UNAIDS calls for bold action to end TB and AIDS

published: March, 26, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Current Affairs, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

UNAIDS press statement released ahead of World TB Day, 2018: "TB is the leading cause of death among people living with HIV."

UNAIDS calls for bold action to end TB and AIDS

Credit: MSF/Luca Sola GENEVA, 23 March 2018—Ahead of World TB Day 2018, UNAIDS is calling on all partners to take unprecedented and bold action to advance efforts to end tuberculosis (TB) and AIDS by 2030. TB continues to be the top infectious killer worldwide, claiming more than 4500 lives a day. TB is also the leading cause of death among people living with HIV, causing one in three AIDS-related deaths. In 2016, 1.7 million people died from TB, including around 374 000 people living wi

Syphilis cases on the rise among HIV-positive people in Calgary

published: March, 25, 2018 Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, CATIE, Research, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Sexual Health, Media

From CATIE, Sean R. Hosein reports

- Calgary doctors noticed a three-fold increase in syphilis among patients with HIV - Syphilis was more common among people with HIV not taking treatment - More than half of cases had no symptoms, highlighting the need for screening Syphilis cases decreased in the 1990s but began to increase in Canada and other high-income countries around the year 2000. This increase has disproportionally affected gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM), including those who are HIV positive

Easy breezy

published: March, 23, 2018 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Lifestyle, Media, Philip Minaker

Philip Minaker: "Designers have drawn considerable inspiration from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s to create new looks for Spring 2018."

Easy breezy

There is a new paradigm to dressing this season. It’s not just a fresh take on a new season of dressing but a new way of dressing all together. Terms like practical, diverse and comfort driven are rarely used to define a seasonal overview of fashion. But here we are! As we move through the twilight years of this decade it is a refreshing approach in comparison to all the mayhem around us. Designers have drawn considerable inspiration from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s to create new looks

Learning from Saskatchewan’s HIV emergency

published: March, 22, 2018 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Hep B and C, Current Affairs, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Media

"...as a nurse, and as a human, I remain disappointed at what I perceive to be the lack of an adequate and equitable HIV response in Saskatchewan." From CATIE Blog, Susanne Nicolay shares the benefit of her 24-plus years' experience there.

Learning from Saskatchewan’s HIV emergency

Saskatchewan has led the country in the rate of new HIV infections and the proportion of people living with HIV since 2009. The HIV epidemic in this province is unique from other jurisdictions in Canada in that more than three-quarters of our new infections occur in people who use injection drugs (the Canadian average is less than 14%). The roots of public health challenges such as HIV and hepatitis C, however, go much deeper than addiction and substance abuse. They started long ago, and they

Grants awarded to 13 Canadian initiatives to help advance the goal of eliminating chronic Hepatitis C infection in high-risk populations

published: March, 22, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Hep B and C, Current Affairs, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

Gilead Canada supports community leaders with local Hepatitis C micro-elimination efforts.

Grants awarded to 13 Canadian initiatives to help advance the goal of eliminating chronic Hepatitis C infection in high-risk populations

Mississauga, ON, March 14, 2018 – In support of Canada’s commitment to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) goal of eliminating chronic hepatitis C infection by 2030, Gilead Sciences Canada, Inc. (Gilead Canada) today announced a series of grants to support screening and linkage to care projects across Canada. These initiatives will focus on hepatitis C screening within high-risk patient populations and linking diagnosed patients to care. In total, 13 Hepatitis C Micro-Elimination Gran

New toolkit supports advocates in using media to fight for HIV justice

published: March, 21, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Events, Women, Upcoming Events, International , Legal, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

From HIV Justice Worldwide: "...an important step towards realizing a world where people living with HIV are not singled out by the criminal justice system simply for having a virus.“

New toolkit supports advocates in using media to fight for HIV justice

When it comes to the widely misunderstood, complex issue of HIV criminalisation, media can be a powerful tool–or a blunt-force weapon. And so today, as people around the world living with HIV continue to be criminalised and convicted at alarming rates, HIV JUSTICE WORLDWIDE has released “Making Media Work for HIV Justice: An introduction to media engagement for advocates opposing HIV criminalisation.” The new resource is the latest addition to the HIV JUSTICE Toolkit, which provides

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