Wayne Bristow has been busy with his local ASO (AIDS Service Organization) putting his photography and new video creation skills to work on a World AIDS Day/Month event.
I’ve had so much fun working on this World AIDS Day event for ACCKWA (AIDS Committee of Cambridge Kitchener Waterloo and Area). I’m not going to say too much about myself here; the real story is the campaign so I introduce you to #KissHIVGoodbye.
From November 1 though to December 1 ACCKWA is running a campaign called #KissHIVGoodbye to raise awareness, encourage conversation, and fight HIV stigma.
We could have chosen “Kick HIV goodbye,” or “Poke HIV in the eye” or “Give H
How Editor Bob Leahy gently countered an outbreak of homophobia in the small rural community in which he lives
Some people know, some don’t, that while I used to live in downtown Toronto, I have lived for the past seventeen years outside a little farming community called Warkworth, Ontario (pop. 700., about 100 miles east of Toronto.
I also write for Warkworth Words. The post which follows which first appeared there has attracted a lot of positive feedback locally so I thought I’d repost it here.
The affirmation of non-traditional family values is hardly a new concept for PositiveLite.com reade
Marc-André LeBlanc says that PrEP is a hot topic in HIV prevention circles. There is more and more discussion about it in gay media, on social networks, and even in mass media. But is it even on the radar of the average gay man?
This article originally appeared in French on The Warning’s website here.
An emerging trend
We are now seeing the emergence of profiles where guys self-identify as PrEP users on cruising sites and apps like Grindr and Squirt. Is this a signal that PrEP is now a part of gay men’s sex lives? I decided to check out one of these sites to see what was happening.
I chose BBRT to see if guys were self-identifying as PrEP users. Actually, HIV prevention workers in Toronto are the ones who p
From FS Magazine, the case for monogamy “But at the end of the day, what works for some people doesn’t necessarily work for others.”
This article by Ben Henry @NotAgainBen first appeared in FS Magazine, a publication of GMFA, here. Republished with permission.
I’m 20 and a monogamist (at least I would be if I had a boyfriend). There, I said it. While the gays assemble the pitchforks, I should explain that I’m not a prude, just that open relationships don’t put the lead in my pencil.
Having only thrown myself pelvis first into the gay scene two years ago, I was once surprised these things actually existed. Alas,
Bob Leahy reviews the posts that got the most attention last month and notes that half of the most popular are on the hot topic today, what it means to be living with an undetectable viral load
It’s interesting to look back and see what (and who) people are reading, a sort of barometer of what are the HIV topics du jour plus, an insight on what people are looking at from our four years of archives and what there has lasting appeal. So that you can judge the latter, we have added the month each post originally appeared. You’ll note that one of September’s top ten is from 2011, for instance and still going strong.
If there are any here that you missed, we encourage you to pla
Michael Bouldin on what's behind the new kid on the block, dothiv, a domain name that donates money to AIDS charities with every click you make
I don’t normally mix my business/activism/whatever interests with my writing proclivities; it’s unfair to my publisher, and Bob Leahy’s angelic patience is better tried with some smut-depravity first-person account of the flavor I hope and pray my mom, dad, husband, evil mother-in-law will never read. Writing about work is an unseemly practice in my book at least. Buy an ad already, people.
But as they say, no rule without exceptions. Ladies and gentlemen, please meet my not-boss, Car
:Michael Burtch with a look at The Impulse Group’s HIV campaign video “Knowing", featuring a serodiscordant couple’s attempts to make sex work
The internet is abuzz with praise for the latest safer-sex campaign by L.A. based HIV/AIDS prevention advocates The Impulse Group and the marketing and branding company The Advisorie (who claim on their website that they get “really excited about two things: Business Strategy and Interior Design.”) who have produced a PSA (which they annoyingly refer to as a “film”) called “Knowing” about knowing/asking/telling your HIV status.
The video (see below) has had over 162,000 views to
From OurAgenda.ca “The sad thing is that we tell teens that it gets better and we devote considerable attention to anti-bullying campaigns, but then we turn around and bully the hell out of ourselves and each other?"
This article by Jaime Woo first appeared on the OurAgenda website here.
I spend a lot of time looking at pictures of guys on Grindr. I love scrolling through the profiles, watching as more and more men appear like magic. Sure, the app is nearly five years old already, but there's something about checking guys out that doesn't get old.
If you're like me, you probably quickly glance at the guys closest to you before skimming through the stacks of men to find ones that catch your eyes. Inev
From Bob Leahy “Whenever I fill out an application, in the part that says, 'In case of emergency, notify . . . I put 'DOCTOR.'” and other paraprosdokians.
paraprosdokian (noun): Figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently used in a humorous situation.
Almost five years old now, PositiveLite.com started with the vision of founder Brian Finch to put the fun back in HIV, or at least not let it read like a morbid walk through a health journal. So with Brian’s background in blogging and humour, the early days featured much black humour and frivolity, along with the scie
FS Magazine says there are numerous apps designed specifically for gay men. If we’re feeling horny, bored or lonely, there’s a gay social networking app that can help fix that – but over-reliance on these apps can “become a real problem.”
Brian Finch finds one social media site is particularly annoying – but the question is "can he give it up?"
“Oh honey, if it disrupts your serenity get rid of it.”
These are wise words from my I-can’t-tell-you-what-anonymous group sponsor. It really can be that simple. But how long does it take to truly learn and act upon these wise words?
The struggle of getting pot out of my life was definitely disrupting my serenity. I had to get rid of it. The social isolation, the constant fogginess, even poorer memory, and constantly making plans with no follow through was only making me unhappy.
From the Condom Monologues comes this 2013 piece which aims to destigmatize sex with a poz man or woman, and the role Canada’s The HIV Disclosure Project plays in helping people with HIV through this process.
“Positive Sex ideally would involve disclosure being met with acceptance and understanding, not rejection and stigma. Positive Sex would involve the elimination of terminology that is discriminatory on the dating scene and a shift within the public whereby people would consider dating a person living with HIV, without fear or stigma.”
Gail from the HIV Disclosure Project.
The HIV/AIDS pandemic of the 1980s led to a surge of condom campaigns. Now when we hear the term “safe sex” we
Guest Jayce Carberry on love sex and relationships. Jayce has tried disclosing up front and it's no longer working for him, so he’s trying another approach.
This article previously appeared on Jayce’s own blog here.
Whether it is purely self-preservation or just to avoid ‘that conversation’, I have always mentioned my HIV status on all the sites and numerous apps I use, in the hope that just by chance, Mr. Right or Mr. Perfect would be there!
It has always, to me, been second nature to disclose and I would never change that, but I have noticed something over the last year of being single.
Previous to my diagnosis, I never
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."
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