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Evolution

published: May, 20, 2014 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Health, Lifestyle, Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Louis "Kengi" Carr

Our LA guy Kengi says he's "burnt out on HIV. Sick of hearing about it and sick of writing about, but still want to be involved with educating and speaking about it."

Evolution

It seems like I haven’t written an article in a long time, but this is only partially true. I’ve been very busy writing, just not here on PositiveLite.com. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything I want to and even if there were more, I’m sure I would fill them with LIVING my life. To be honest the only time I think about being HIV positive is when I need to go to the doctor or when I write about it here. I was talking with friends that have been living with HIV fo

Fit poz guy leading the pack to land cover of future Men's Health magazine issue

published: May, 19, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Hep B and C, Current Affairs, Features and Interviews, Fitness and Exercise, Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

HIV-Positive long term survivor Vaughn Ripley, a former PositiveLite.com interviewee, is in the lead to win the Men’s Health Magazine Ultimate Guy Search.

Fit poz guy leading the pack to land cover of future Men's Health magazine issue

In a high performance show of true grit and conquering the odds, long term HIV and Hep C survivor, Vaughn Ripley is currently leading the field in a national health and fitness competition. He is number one right now in a contest in which the widely read Men’s Health Magazine and designer Kenneth Cole are “searching for "The Ultimate Men’s Health Guy" to appear on the cover of the November issue. This guy is physically fit, confident, stylish, career driven and a pillar of his community.

Barry Haarde in the news again

published: May, 19, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Hep B and C, Current Affairs, Fitness and Exercise, Health, Revolving Door, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Media, Guest Authors

Long term HIV and Hep C PositiveLite.com interviewee Barry Haarde has ridden his bike three times across North America. A TV crew caught up with him as he finished his last trans-continental ride in Tybee Island Georgia.

 Barry Haarde in the news again

This story By Andrew Davis, Anchor/Reporter –for WSAV T (Georgia) first appeared here. (Click through to see Barry on TV.)  You can read Bob Leahy’s latest PositievLite.com interview with Barry here.  Physical Challenges Don't Stop Man from Incredible Bike Trip TYBEE ISLAND, GA - It was all hugs and happy faces for 17 riders who are on the last leg of a 27 day, 2900 mile trip across country, all on bikes. All that's left for these folks is to glove up, take a team picture and one mor

Head of largest U.S. HIV/AIDS health care organization still Insists Truvada is a “party drug”

published: April, 26, 2014 Categories // Gay Men, Current Affairs, Health, International , Sexual Health, Lifestyle, Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Despite calls for wider availability and uptake of PrEP there are still holdouts condemning its use. Read about the controversy in this article from Buzzfeed

Head of largest U.S. HIV/AIDS health care organization still Insists Truvada is a “party drug”

 The full text of this article by Tony Merevick  first appeared on BuzzFeed here. “In terms of the people who have been yelling the loudest about this, they’ve all been associated with bareback porn,” Weinstein told BuzzFeed.  The leader of the nation’s largest community HIV/AIDS health care organization stands by sharp words he had for a drug that has been approved for its potential to prevent the transmission of HIV — comments that some doctors and activists say are “irresp

Shiny, happy people…

published: April, 15, 2014 Written by // Michael Yoder Categories // Social Media, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Michael Yoder

Michael Yoder asks are the faces we see in anti-stigmas campaigns representative of all people living with HIV? He thinks not.

Shiny, happy people…

“Everybody hurts sometimes…”  R.E.M.  I know I’m walking on thin ice with many people who read these blogs, but here goes nothing…  I’ve seen a few anti-HIV stigma campaigns recently and for some reason they bother me. They usually have pictures of pleasant, attractive people living with HIV and I understand the underlying message is “we’re just like you!”: shiny, happy people living shiny, happy lives.  While there is a tremendous need to battle against the stigma as

Our latest Top Ten

published: March, 25, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // As Prevention , Research, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In this occasional series, Bob Leahy reviews our articles that have recently generated the most traffic. Time to play catch-up if you missed any?

Our latest Top Ten

It's been a cold - very cold - past month here in southern Ontario where PositiveLite.com is put together. But the pace didn’t slacken as we recorded one of our best months ever, in part due to a slew of game-changing treatment news that had us and others smiling. We are not infectious if we have an undetectable viral load, gay or straight, was the news that filtered down from first results of the PARTNER study that were announced at CROI2014  just weeks ago. The import of that news, surpr

“Hubby gave our kids HIV” and other popular misconceptions

published: March, 13, 2014 Written by // Christian Dolan Categories // Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Christian Dolan

There is a lot of misinformation in the popular media. Christian Dolan on the stigma it creates, the damage that does and what he would like to see done.

A UK Magazine recently published a story with the headline "Hubby Gave Our Kids HIV".  The story, told from the perspective of the wife, involved a man who cheated on her. He unfortunately caught HIV from another woman he slept with and put his wife at risk by having unprotected sex with her. He fell ill, contracting meningitis, which is unusual for a man in his forties. Further tests revealed his HIV+ status. His wife and chidren remained negative. but the accusations flew. The article s

App news

published: March, 12, 2014 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, CATIE, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Media

An HIV treatment talking tool, CATIE’s YourDocTalk aims to help you talk to your doctor about HIV treatment

App news

This article previously appeared on the CATIE website here.    Une version française est disponible ici.  YourDocTalk aims to help you talk to your doctor about HIV treatment. By answering a series of questions you will create a list of points to raise with your doctor. Then, together you and your doctor can work to ensure your HIV treatment plan is right for you. YourDocTalk is available to use online and as an app for iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Download it for free through the Apple

Can a video game help reduce sexual risk behaviour?

published: March, 12, 2014 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // Social Media, OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Conferences, Features and Interviews, Health, International , Sexual Health, Media, Ontario HIV Treatment Network

The OHTN interviewed John Christensen who develops video games and digital media applications for health at the 2013 Ontario HIV Treatennt Network Research Conference to find out.

Can a video game help reduce sexual risk behaviour?

At the 2013 OHTN Research Conference, John gave a presentation on the use of interactive digital media such as video games, virtual reality and mobile apps to reduce sexual risk-taking. He discussed the use of virtual worlds which he compared to the Choose Your Own Adventure book series from the 1980s. These virtual spaces simulate real-world environments and encourage users to make smart, healthy choices to mitigate risk.     John received a PhD in social psychology from the University of

Our problem with being ‘CURED’ of HIV

published: March, 03, 2014 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Current Affairs, Health, International , Media, Mark S. King

Mark S. King on a book about those people functionally cured of HIV. He says “CURED” is easy to follow and has engaging insight into the very real people behind the headlines.

Our problem with being ‘CURED’ of HIV

In the late 1980′s, I let this odd, fussy man into my office at LA Shanti, my first AIDS agency job. He seemed earnest and harmless and he just wanted a few minutes of my time. “I have the cure for AIDS,” he politely announced. Sadly, he wasn’t the first person to say that to me, but we practiced more suspension of disbelief during that wretched decade so making such a statement wasn’t immediate cause for removal from my office.  He set a wooden box on my desk, the size of a breadb

HIV Pop Music Icons: (3) Klaus Nomi: A Masked Genius

published: February, 24, 2014 Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Performances, Music, Living with HIV, Media

Dave R: “Undeservedly not universally well-known; Klaus Nomi was an original performer who defied being labelled. He was set to take the New York pop culture world by storm until AIDS cut his life and career cruelly short”

HIV Pop Music Icons:  (3) Klaus Nomi: A Masked Genius

 “A Man Without Makeup Is Like A Cake Without Icing”. It’s dangerous to call an artist an ‘original’ when as Shakespeare said, ‘there’s nothing new under the sun’ and even more dangerous to apply that term to pop music and pop culture, especially these days, when the blandest of the bland are being lauded as heroes, icons, and other superlatives. It seemed easier in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, when music was still searching out its limits and when eccentrics and outrageous

Speaker’s block

published: February, 20, 2014 Categories // Social Media, Activism, Women, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

A chance to meet a dragon from Dragon’s Den requires Denise Becker to make a video statement, but the normally eloquent Denise, a public speaker herself, becomes tongue-tied.

When I received an email from Inbiz that told me I had been selected in the last ten contestants to meet with David Chilton, (above) I could barely contain my excitement.  I had been a CBC Dragon’s Den fan since the early days and the thought of winning dinner with the author of The Wealthy Barber, an investment guru and angel investor, was a dream come true. There was just one part of the contest left:  to make a video of what my PASSION was. There were strict guidelines.. no professiona

App-solutely up for it!

published: February, 19, 2014 Written by // Christian Dolan Categories // Dating, Social Media, Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Health, Sexual Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Christian Dolan

Christian Dolan asks what role do gay dating apps/hook-up sites and crystal meth use play in the recent increase in new HIV infections in gay men in England and elsewhere?

Whatever happened to old fashioned dating? Where you arrange to meet up, have a coffee and talk to someone and get to know them over a coffee or a light lunch? Nowadays it seems many people on the gay scene are going the route of downloading one of the many readily available gay dating apps and looking for the nearest hook up. My personal opinion to all this could touch many a nerve, shock some of my readers and not surprise others; however I feel it is important to discuss. I am not tryi

All right Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my rectal close-up

published: January, 29, 2014 Categories // Social Media, Activism, Research, Health, Sexual Health, Media

Marc-André LeBlanc with an entertaining little video which explains what rectal microbicide research is all about

All right Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my rectal close-up

Yes, that’s EXACTLY what Nora Desmond said in Sunset Boulevard. Don’t believe me? Watch the movie again. And even if it turns out she doesn’t say those words exactly, her face says it all, really. Besides which, the movie is worth seeing again (or for the first time.  For an equally satisfying viewing experience, watch the awesome video on rectal microbicides below this post.  Why a video on rectal microbicides? Well first of all, why not?!  Butt also… As the rectal microbicide

Never gonna give you up . . .

published: January, 16, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Media, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

An excerpt from guest Culver Connor McCall's new book Stonewall to Obama, a coming of age story at the time of Stonewall and the AIDS crisis. It's a haunting love story that's told through the lens of pop music.

Never gonna give you up . . .

I started praying every morning for a boyfriend.  "Dear God, please keep me away from drugs and alcohol and help me find a nice boyfriend. Thank you."  I had a few dates that fall of ‘87.  Most of them didn’t go anywhere.  But, I did meet a really hot guy named Patrick.  Our first date was making out with each other in a bar and then going back to his apartment at Tremont on the Commons.  In the elevator, up to his twentieth floor apartment, we kissed and rubbed each other’s crotc

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