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
Marc-André LeBlanc with an entertaining little video which explains what rectal microbicide research is all about
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
Christian Dolan with his plans for 2014, including launching his own website, Positive Wise
We are already a few weeks into 2014 and it has been a very interesting start to the year!
The end of 2014 was interesting. The day after Christmas I was dumped via Whatsapp by the guy I was seeing – a cowards’ way out in my opinion. His reasoning – he was away for Christmas up in Derby (which is about visiting family and didn’t want to go into 2014 not happy. Why wasn’t he happy? I wasn’t prepared to be his ‘dirty little secret’ from his disapproving family and said he ne
Founder Brian Finch provides an insider’s view of the history and rapid growth of PositiveLite.com, Canada’s unique online HIV magazine that is by and for people living with HIV
December 1st is World AIDS Day. For me it marks something even more personal - the anniversary of the launch of PositiveLite.com. Our tag line? "PositiveLite.com Goes Viral on Dec 1st 2009".
In some ways it feels like the site has been around longer than four years, due to its rapid growth, all the while growing roots that have firmly taken in the community.
The idea for the website came to me from a couple of directions. One was that I had been doing a lot of volunteer work, mostly on the t
We won! PositiveLite.com was the only Canadian name honoured in the HIV Influencers’ Awards announced by Healthline on World AIDS Day.
This feels like such a big deal. And it is.
PositiveLite.com has a fairly short history. A creation of Brian Finch that debuted quietly almost exactly four years ago, it now, it seems, rubs shoulders with the best of them. It remains independent and entirely volunteer driven: we are a small but dedicated team, all people living with HIV here – and we exist – no, we thrive with no government funding of any kind.
This award from Heathline.com – a huge US-based health information provi
Tom Latte turnns his attention to the AIDS stars - "those whose claim to fame is living with HIV, people who seem to confuse being infected by a disease with having done something noteworthy”
They talk HIV, they dream HIV, they breathe HIV… and it’s not all mint fresh.
A blurred line between statuses.
A new breed is marching the streets of the CD4 town: the self-instigated benefactors of this world. They are good-doers who plan to right the wrongs of this Earth. Or are they?
There are many types of people living with HIV: those who don’t talk about it, those who talk about it to friends and family, those who talk about it anonymously and those who SHOUT IT FROM THE ROOFT
Daniel Uy: "You heard me! I said it! I am done with it. Down with ”Suffering Porn!” It’s just getting ridiculous."
Down with watching suffering.
It’s all over Facebook and e-mails and the news and phone conversations and tweets - this absolute love of hating things we don’t agree with to push an issue.
In the yoga world there has always existed this "meat porn" obsession – “Watch this video on how your hamburger is made” - with the hopes of turning you to vegetables by shocking you with the horror of meat. This shock value is becoming increasingly popular. Sometimes we see videos of someo
Catch up on what you may have missed in this occasional series where we highlight PositiveLite.com’s most popular recent posts.
Here they are . . .
1. Bareback Britain
When we first read this article that originally appeared on the GMFA FS magazine website, we knew we had to have it. GMFA were kind enough to say yes. It’s scorchingly honest in illustrating why many gay men aren’t using condoms. The answers are surprising simple, so why does the prevention community elsewhere often get it wrong. Blame over-analyzing, we say. In any event read this article, one of our most popular ever, and you’ll be way ahe
After a long break from blogging, Christopher Banks is back: “I get to today and find that I don’t know where to begin. It’s nothing like riding a bike. So, this scattered summary of the last four months is my best attempt.”
Remember those crap essays your teacher made you write after a holiday break? They weren’t really interested in what you did, it was a desperate smokescreen while they panicked about how to spend the next term trying to make you care about algebra.
From your perspective, the assignment was bittersweet. You recalled a few glorious weeks of freedom in faltering sentences, imagining them projected onto the musty walls of your classroom prison compound.
After killing this blog in March, the
CATIE on how smartphone apps are being used by researchers to learn more about the sexual behaviour of those gay and bi men who use them to meet other men
This article by Sean Hosein first appeared on the CATIE website here.
Une version française est disponible ici.
As mentioned in a previous CATIE News article, rates of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have been rising in Canada and other high-income countries, particularly among some men who have sex with men (MSM). Such increases may in part be due to incorrect assumptions about HIV status among sexual partners and, subsequently, unprotected sex. Encouraging sexually
In this review CATIE suggests that more researchers need to consider and evaluate engagement with electronic social networks and associated technologies (such as smartphones) to help people lead healthier lives.
This article by Sean R. Hosein first appeared on the CATIE website here.
Une version française est disponible ici.
HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including syphilis and gonorrhea, continue to spread in high-income countries such as Canada, Australia, the U.S. and in Western Europe, particularly among men who have sex with men (MSM).
A key part of prevention efforts is to offer HIV testing so that people can know their status and take steps to protect themselves and o
Mark S. King on his video contribution to the "You've Got This" campaign for those newly diagnosed wth HIV
This is a clever social media campaign: Healthline, an online health community, has asked people who have been living with HIV to create videos for those who have recently tested positive, known as “You’ve Got This.” Think of it as “It Gets Better” for those with HIV.
Of course, I had to create a video in my own peculiar way — something that demonstrates the sense of humor that has served me well over the course of 30 years living with HIV. Maybe my video will help someone you kno
What got the most hits? Bob Leahy looks at those posts last month that had the most traffic – and as usual it’s a mix of sex, science and silliness
Looking to see which posts have garnered the most hits is a task that’s always interesting - and August 2013 was no exception.
It's clear that our readers come from two camps – regulars who visit the site frequently and read all or most new posts and those whose presence is more fleeting, attracted by a single article or landing perhaps almost by accident as a result of a Google search. In the latter category we know from reviewing the most popular search terms that bought them here tha
Wondering about your HIV treatment? How to quit smoking? Or when to take your meds? There’s an app for that, says CATIE
This article by Erica Lee first appeared in The Positive Side, a publication of CATIE, here.
Une version française est disponible ici.
There seems to be an app for almost everything these days, and managing your health and HIV is no exception. Let’s face it: Not everyone can afford a smartphone and not everybody wants one, but if you’re the proud owner of one of these hand-held devices, here are a few free apps worth noting.
Whether you’re thinking about starting or
PositiveLite.com friend Josh Robbins from Imstilljosh.com is lending his name to a campaign to help those newly diagnosed with HIV. You can too. Find out how here.
Josh Robbins is perhaps best known for getting the moment he received his HIV-positive test results on video and subsequently posting that on YouTube. But he’s since become an engaging poz activist with a particular interest in helping those in a similar place to he was less than two years ago. His own site Imstilljosh.com is well worth a visit. He has also made appearances on PositiveLite.com from time to time – see the related articles at the foot of this post - and we are always