In this report, written for those in the HIV community who are still not quite getting their feet wet, Bob Leahy says social media is redefining how people with HIV talk to one another and share information
There’s no doubt about it. Social media is one of THE hot topics in the HIV community. Quite apart from its popularity among individuals, our AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs) are starting to explore how they might use it to jump on the bandwagon before it passes by them.
I stumbled into social media myslef in late middle age, long before it was hot, and I’ve been swimming with the tide ever since. I started with Live Journal in 2003. I’m a big fan of blogging; I do it becaus
Social media and HIV prevention, connecting the dots. Bob Leahy interviews researcher Eric Rice at the North American Housing and HIV Research Summit in New Orleans.
Eric Rice speaks about his research on homeless youth, how they use social media to stay conected and what impact this has on HIV prevention - and the work that ASOs need to do to keep up. Filmed at the North American Housing and HIV Research Summit on New Orleans, 2011 as part of a collabortion between the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) and PositivelIte.com
Our London correspondent Denis Robinson meets Andrew Jukes from UK book retailing chain Waterstone’s Gower Street store whose quiet activism is putting HIV - and the company he works for – on the map this Worlds AIDS Week.
Over the last few weeks I have been talking to people I consider heroes within the HIV community in London. It has truly been the most humbling experience. I have cried, I have laughed and I have realised that no matter what I do to raise awareness and try and break down walls, it will never be enough. You see, a hero is ultimately someone who selflessly tries to make life better for others.
Yesterday I met with Andrew Jukes from Waterstones, Gower Street, (seen above) for the last of my "Her
Our Montreal guy Ken Monteith talks about blogging and why its important to share our stories – and not just on blogs, either.
When I started blogging almost five years ago, it was following the stellar example of PositiveLite.com founder Brian Finch. At an annual general meeting of the Canadian AIDS Society, Brian spoke about his reasons for blogging and about being visible to the broader community. That's when I decided I needed to do that, too, to share my own experiences of living with HIV as the best way to help to destigmatize HIV/AIDS and make more familiar the realities of my own little life.
Once you've star
Bob Leahy talks to HIV-positive speaker, writer and social media superstar Shawn Decker about life, love and Depeche Mode.
Despite being born with mild hemophilia, Shawn Decker enjoyed a pretty normal childhood.
At the age of 11, he was infected with HIV through the use of tainted blood products and expelled from public school. He was re-admiitted “because his mother would eventuallyhave killed someone had they not let him back in.”
For the next ten years, Shawn kept his HIV status to himself, barely talking to his parents or doctors and never mentioning his pet virus by name, though he did jump at the chanc
Only a few weeks before our second anniversary I'm happy to launch the new and improved PositiveLite.com
Welcome, everyone, to the new site redesign. For those who may have been following us since the very beginning, PositiveLite.com started off as a little blogging site that was scraped together by someone who didn’t know a thing about working with this particular content management system. It was amazing he could figure out what he did, but nonetheless, it was a bit of a crack house.
Soon thereafter I got a new design up, and the story continues to today where we are now on our fourth de
A lot has been made of the benefits of social media. But how easy is for organizations like ASOs’ to staff, manage and create content? This edited version of an article which first appeared in The Globe and Mail, written by Mia Pearson, helps.
PositiveLite says: While it was originally written with small business in mind, the comments and suggestions made here are uncannily transferable to non-profits, particularly AIDS Service Organizations either wishing to get in to social media or manage it more effectively
A lot has been made of the benefits of social media.
It can be a cost-effective way to reach large audiences, and it gives people a new way to interact with your agency. While most small agencies worry about the initial steps
At a loss for words? Bob Leahy, with the help of his Singapore sources, guides you through the process of what to do when the creative juices dry up.
I'm kind of unusual. I hardly ever suffer from writers’ block. On LiveJournal, before defecting to here, I wrote 3,000 posts, one a day for - well, you work it out. On the HIVstigma.com campaign I wrote about HIV Stigma and nothing else for six months. That’s a lot of stigma! Here on PositievLite.com I write much less often, but that’s because the Editor’s job keeps me busy.
So writers’ block is a problem for me more in that I sometimes hear about it from fellow bloggers.
Mark S King and the social media revolution where patients seek info, help and support online and we hear from bloggers/advocates at the forefront of this paradigm shift in health care delivery.
You’re part of a healthcare revolution in cyberspace, my friends. It’s changing the way people find treatment information, relate to their doctor, and support one another. And you’re about to meet some of the marvellous people who are leading the charge.
Did you know that 80% of internet users spend time gathering health information That makes it the third most popular online pursuit, following only e-mail and using a search engine (and yes, that means more than porn. Is your mind
Ever thought about joining the PositiveLite team of bloggers ? We want people who will join with us to tell more stories, share more thoughts, entertain, be everywhere HIVers go. So we’re recruiting. Contributing Editor Bob Leahy says “talk to us."
PositiveLite is looking for new bloggers. Ever considered joining our team? We'd like you to think aboiut it of you're HIV-positive yourseld, but we also welcome enquiries from those who work with people living with HIV or have some other major connection to them.
Experience required? We are looking for both experienced bloggers and those entirely new to the blogging scene. If you are in the latter category, we can help you along; we are used to working with bloggers with little initial experi
Philip Minaker says “some people post their HIV status onto their profile and others do not. It’s a personal decision that eventually does need to be addressed but there are plenty of superficial hurdles to overcome first.”
Denise Becker, a.k.a. Ms. Crimson Lips, posted a great piece on Positive Lite regarding online dating and disclosure which I recommend reading. Though she tackled it from a female perspective, I tend to agree with her point of view. Some people post their HIV status onto their profile and others do not. It’s a personal decision that eventually does need to be addressed but there are plenty of superficial hurdles to overcome first.
Regardless of the cruising grounds, people tend to yeah or na
You've heard WHY you should do it Now here's Bob Leahy with his top fifteen tips for doing it right.
I hope my previous post about WHY to blog resonated with a few. Perhaps you are even fired up and ready to go. This post takes us to the next level, the “hows” of writing a good blog that has a good chance of being read
This of course is the challenge, that last bit. You CAN write something really nice, really fun, really original. Post it and they will come? In the world of blogging, probably not unless you do more. Every blogger I've ever met cares about developing readership. Belie
In part three of this ongoing feature Philip Minaker discovers what others before him have long found out – dating is hard work.
Now that the preliminary phase of online dating is behind me it’s time to get down to business. Funny, you wouldn’t naturally associate romance with work but this adventure is indeed labor intensive. Sifting through applicants, contacting them, waiting for a response and then scheduling a meeting sounds a lot like conducting a job interview. Regardless of what side of the table you are on, you are exposing yourself to scrutiny.
Like any environment geared to meeting people, there is an unw
Why blog? First of a two part series in which long time blogger Bob Leahy offers tips for HIVers who want to get in to the blogging game.
You’ve kept a diary (twenty years ago). You’ve Tried Facebook. Tried twitter even, perhaps, but who can tell the story of their life in 140 characters or less?
There are dozens of reasons why it makes sense for HIVers to have a blog, and I’ll get to those in a minute. None of them applied to me in 2003 when I first started blogging. It was really by accident. I was following the exploits of a male escort who happened to use LiveJournal to record the carnal ebb and flow of his life. It wa
Mark S King says: “Facebook has allowed me to tell the truth again. It has shown me how to be authentic and the same person to everyone in the various corners of my life.”
Today I accepted the Facebook friend request of someone I knew in high school. We haven’t spoken in more than thirty years. She is married with a load of kids, and God knows why she wants to befriend the scandalous queer who wore knee-high platform boots to the junior dance in our home town of Bossier City, Louisiana.
I did what I always do. I accepted her request and included a link to My Fabulous Disease, labeled as a blog chronicling my life “as an HIV positive gay man in recovery from