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Make some noise

published: December, 20, 2011 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Revolving Door, Music, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Music we like: Gavin Creel "NOISE" An Anthem for Equality

Make some noise

Thirty-fiveyear-old Gavin Creel is an American  singer, songwriter, actor and advocate for LGBT rights best known for his TonyAward nominated turns on Broadway in HAIR and Thoroughly Modern Millie..  Gavin lives in Harlem with his dog Wally. Openly gay Creel is a regular on the LGBT FamilyVacations cruise with Rosie O'Donnell.  He is also one of the founders, with Rory O'Malley and Jenny Kanelos, of Broadway Impact, an organization fighting for equality and the LBGT community.

No day like today

published: December, 19, 2011 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Part Seven of Brian the Shochusucker’s tale of an American in Japan, diagnosed with HIV. Here he starts exercising, gets good news from his doctor and goes to see a musical that packs a powerful message

 No day like today

Read  part six here. After a few weeks of taking meds, I was relieved to have no side effects to speak of. I was excited about joining the gym, to have something to do, and to get my strength back. On the first day one of the trainers gave me an orientation. She weighed me and checked my body mass and fat. She made a comment that I was a bit skinny for someone of my height.  "Ya ya ya. I know." She took me to the work out machines.  On a couple, there were two coloured sticke

RX Coles Notes: Starting Treatment Early – emerging results

published: December, 16, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Revolving Door, Treatment

People starting treatment early fared better in this study.

 RX Coles Notes: Starting Treatment Early – emerging results

A recent study, published in MedPage Today, conducted at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwauke, demonstrated that people with early HIV infection initiating treatment right away did much better than those who waited to begin, based on present day treatment guidelines. Present day guidelines as to when to begin treatment are usually based on the T4 cell count. Traditional guidelines say that a T4 (CD4) count of 200 or below is when to start. As of a year and a half ago the Int

An Interview with Jack Mackenroth

published: December, 06, 2011 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Jack Mackenroth does a lot of interviews. Really, he does a fucking a lot. The handsome, well muscled Project Runway Season 4 contestant graciously gave Hivster.com some of his time and answered a few of our questions:

An Interview with Jack Mackenroth

This article first appeared on Hivster.com in October 2011, and is republished here with their permission. Brad Crelia, co-publisher and editor for hivster.com, was the interviewer.  Brad Crelia: You really seem to be a jack of all trades, what’s your biggest passion in life? Jack Mackenroth: HAHAHA–so true!!  My passion IS life. I love so many things I do. I LOVE HIV education and helping others infected or affected by HIV. That will be a life long endeavour. But I also love

Marriage equality video goes viral.

published: December, 05, 2011 Categories // Activism, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors

Something quite amazing from the Australian campaigning organization GetUp! is making an impact around the world.

Marriage equality video goes viral.

On the day after Thanksgiving, Get up! Australia released a video promoting marriage equality that beautifully and poignantly illustrates that marriage represents the culmination of love and commitment every couple might aspire to, not just those that fall under the narrow definition of “a man and a woman,” like the politicians keep flogging year after year. As governments and people around the world struggle with the issue, GetUp! created the video to gloriously re-frame the debate

The big five

published: December, 01, 2011 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Events, Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors

On World AIDS Day here are the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network's top five key issues for HIV and human rights in Canada

The big five

Access to medicines, globally and domestically At the end of 2010, of the estimated 15 million people in clinical need of life-saving antiretroviral (ARV) drugs, an estimated 9 million were without access. This number will grow unless concerted action is taken. Over the last decade, significant progress has been made in scaling up access to AIDS treatment, thanks largely to harnessing the power of generic competition. But developing countries are facing pressure to refrain from adopting polic

Living with HIV in Japan Part 6

published: November, 30, 2011 Categories // Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

Brian the Shochusucker says goodbye to his parents, starts taking his HIV meds and decides life is good!

Living with HIV in Japan Part 6

You can read Part Five here. The next morning both parents were still going on about how impressed they were with my care team. Mom also continued to go on and on about my doctor and his warm eyes. I had also received my settlement money in my bank account. It seemed like a lot at the time, but later I would realize how fast it would go. I had been going to the doctor almost weekly and the bills were piling up. Later in the day I was supposed to go to a Hello Work (unemployment) seminar. O

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

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

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

30 Years of AIDS

published: November, 24, 2011 Categories // Art, Community Events, Arts and Entertainment, Events, Revolving Door, Legal, Events, Guest Authors

A community art installation in British Columbia in honour or World AIDS Day

30 Years of AIDS

General Idea’s ideas about AIDS

published: November, 23, 2011 Categories // Events, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Guest writer Andrea Zeelie explores the work of the famous Canadian art collective General Idea, a trio whose innovative work visually explored AIDS and whose work is being showcased in Toronto now, and speaks with AA Bronson.

General Idea’s ideas about AIDS

Outside the Art Gallery of Ontario in downtown Toronto sits an old familiar friend, a metal monolith of the word AIDS (above, photo by Ryan Varga). Familiar because of the "Harper sucks"* graffiti inscribed on its side during the 2006 International AIDS conference; familiar because it is an appropriation of the iconic "LOVE" statue from the 70's; and familiar because of its place in the Imagevirus Series by General Idea. General Idea, a Canadian art collective, is currently featured in the Ha

Do you use cannabis for medical purposes?

published: November, 22, 2011 Categories // Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

. . . or do you have a medical condition or symptoms that could be treated with cannabis? If the answer is yes, the Canadian AIDS Society would like you toparticpate in their confidential study.

Do you use cannabis for medical purposes?

The Canadian AIDS Society has been collaborating with researchers at the University of British Columbia, with the Canadian Treatment Action Council, the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network, the Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries and others to conduct a survey, the Cannabis Access for Medical Purposes Survey (CAMPS). The information collected will be useful to understand the barriers and facilitators to access to cannabis for medical purposes. Here's the link (see below): http

Open to everyone, UB2?

published: November, 20, 2011 Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Movies, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Lifestyle, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Matt Thomas writes in fab magazine on racism and other self-defeating traits accepted in our community.

Open to everyone, UB2?

PositiveLite.com says : The following editorial by Matt Thomas (below, left) first appeared in fab magazine’s October 12, 2011 edition. We liked it a lot, so we wanted to give it another airing.  It speaks eloquently to the casual racism that sometimes exists in how we relate to others different to ourselves. For HIV-negative guys  - and those who think they are  – sometimes people living with HIV are outsiders in UB2-land too.,  For UB2-land can be a place where b

An urgent call: click to support anti-criminalization measures

published: November, 19, 2011 Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Revolving Door, Legal

The Ontario Working Group on Criminal Law and HIV Exposure again needs your help in convincing the Ontario Attorney General that prosecutorial guidelines are needed to reduce the number of HIV criminalization charges.

An urgent call: click to support anti-criminalization measures

Thank you for endorsing the Ontario Working Group on Criminal Law and HIV Exposure (CLHE) campaign urging Ontario’s Attorney General to develop prosecutorial guidelines for Crown prosecutors handling allegations of HIV non-disclosure. We now need your urgent help once again – please re-sign the guideline call today at www.ontarioaidsnetwork.on.ca/clhe. In December 2010, Chris Bentley, the former Attorney General, promised to develop guidelines. Since then, the Ministry of the Attorney Gen

Hello Work, Hello Parents

published: November, 17, 2011 Categories // Gay Men, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Part 5 of American Brian the Shochusucker’s tale of the trials and tribulations of navigating the Japanese health care system – and life – after being diagnosed with HIV while living in Japan.

Hello Work, Hello Parents

It was late October, 2010 and Fall was in the air. The days were warm, with a bit of a chill at night. I had already been put on meds, for PCP pneumonia and to combat other types of infections. One I would only take once a week. I asked my Doctor about side effects. He thought I might be fine, but the mac might affect my stomach. I was thinking nausea, but as it turned out, after an hour of taking it, I felt as if I had been kicked in the stomach. I found that ginger ale helped. Every time I

Ask Andrew Sullivan Anything: Longevity

published: November, 11, 2011 Categories // Aging, Health, Revolving Door, Living with HIV

He credits sleep, exercise, prayer, testosterone--and coconut M&M's.

Ask Andrew  Sullivan Anything: Longevity

The article "Longevity With HIV" By Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr. first appeared in AIDSmeds on October 27, 2011 Blogger extraordinaire and POZ cover boy Andrew Sullivan has posted another HIV-related video in his "Ask Me Anything" series on his blog, The Daily Dish. These videos give him an opportunity to personally respond to reader inquiries. Click here to watch his previous HIV-related video, in which he was asked: "When did you find out you had HIV?" In his

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