Articles tagged with: Brian Finch

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published: March, 29, 2018 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder

PositiveLite.com founder Brian Finch: "We need more of this non-business entrepreneurial spirit."

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It’s a weird feeling to know that I’m writing my last blog post. But here we are. As announced, PositiveLite.com is ceasing publication, having first gone “viral” December 1st, 2009. It was the first time we people living with HIV had an online forum to bring Canadians, and beyond, together. I hoped that we could better connect between the different regions and foster a sense of community. As we close this chapter I want to thank and say how proud I am of those who took the reins of

PositiveLite.com to end publishing March 31

published: March, 28, 2018 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Aging, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy on the history of a unique Canadian website by and for people living with HIV – and why it has run its course

PositiveLite.com to end publishing March 31

I need to share with you that PositiveLite.com will cease publishing on March 31. As its publisher I’m not sad but proud, because its nine year history has been one of a series of successes. And I don’t feel the least bit defeated now but rather going out on a high note and ending our run on our own terms. This has been in the works for some time. It’s been a struggle to keep it a secret. The reasons for closing our doors are essentially twofold. First, the people who bring you Positiv

PositiveLite.com is named Canada’s most influential HIV website for the fifth year in a row

published: December, 04, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, International , Living with HIV, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Healthline announces its annual HIV Influencer Honours. PositiveLite.com is number one in Canada. Elsewhere listed are allies Bruce Richman (Person of the Year) and the Prevention Access Campaign and U=U (Campaign of the Year.)

PositiveLite.com is named Canada’s most influential HIV website for the fifth year in a row

For the fifth consecutive year, PositiveLite.com has won an award for the best Canadian-focused HIV website, amongst a stellar list of influencers. The presenter is Healthline, a U.S.-based giant in the field of web-based consumer health information . Our citation says this: “PositivelIte.com remains a leading voice in HIV news and advocacy in Canada. For the fifth consecutive year, we name them the top Canadian HIV resource. This year the publication became a powerful advocate for the #Ue

Big changes at PositiveLite.com

published: February, 28, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Saying goodbye to former publisher John McCullagh

Big changes at PositiveLite.com

The PositiveLite.com team last week: (left to right) Rob Olver, Wayne Bristow, John McCullagh and Bob Leahy Noted community activist John McCullagh is relinquishing the PositiveLite.com publisher’s chair effective March 1. The move is designed to free up more time for his busy schedule of other activities, notably as chair of CATIE. Current editor Bob Leahy from Warkworth, Ontario  becomes the new PositiveLite.com publisher but will remain involved in editorial decisions. He will continu

PositiveLite.com wins “Best Canadian HIV Website” award for fourth year in a row.

published: December, 05, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, International , Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Once again PositiveLite.com takes its place among the best on the continent

PositiveLite.com wins “Best Canadian HIV Website” award for fourth year in a row.

PositiveLite.com is honoured to be named “Best Canadian HIV Website” for the fourth year running. Healthline, a major US consumer health information provider with over 40 million visitors per month and offices in New York and San Francisco has included PositiveLite.com in its list of the 27 Most Influential Voices in HIV/AIDS for 2016. PositiveLite.com was the only Canadian voice to be so honoured. As the Healthline website says, “Every year, we commemorate World AIDS Day by honoring th

My brave new post antidepressant, post social media world

published: November, 15, 2016 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Brian Finch

"Clearly something is shifting. A need of meaningful personal relationships has been elevated to priority level," says post-meth, post-antidepressant Brian Finch

My brave new post antidepressant, post social media world

At my chiropractor’s office as I was laying on my stomach, waiting for him to crack my back, he asked, “So do you have someone special in your life”? “Nothing that lasts longer than an hour,” I quipped. Chuckling, he said, “Hmmm, an hour - that’s impressive.” Great that he thought it was funny, but I didn't think “that” was impressive. I’d hate to tell him about all the four hour plus occasions. On the 'someone special' side of things, I haven’t tried dating anyone

A post-meth sexuality, part two: coitus interruptus - the mental health edition

published: October, 19, 2016 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality , Brian Finch

Brian Finch is back with a follow-up to his "sex without condoms, fuck you to PrEP shamers" previous post

A post-meth sexuality, part two: coitus interruptus - the mental health edition

One recent Saturday night I had a date planned. We were texting to set up the time when out of the blue I got a message saying, “I’m going to send you a photo and can you tell me if you think I should go to emergency?”  'Wow, I thought, what the hell am I about to see? All sorts of car-crash-like images went through my head. When I did receive the image it was his balls and his right one was very swollen. Immediately I replied with, “Yeah, I think you should.” Not knowing anything

A post-meth sexuality. "After five years of suppressing my sexuality I’m taking it back."

published: August, 17, 2016 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, General Health, Mental Health, Sexual Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality , Brian Finch

"The revolution is here, are you with it, or are you stuck in the past?", asks PositiveLite.com's founder Brian Finch

A post-meth sexuality.

Travelling down my own road When Madonna’s Ray of Light came out, I immediately identified with “Sky Fit’s Heaven” particularly “traveling down my own road Watching the signs as I go.” If there has been one thing, it has been my ability to make my life a constant adventure. I often feel like I am on the passenger side while traveling down the journey of life. It has often have left me doing things where I wonder, “How the hell did I get here?”  I went from being 17 years o

From safer sex condom advocate to condomless sex guy... vive la revolution!

published: June, 30, 2016 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Sexual Health, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality , Brian Finch

Brian Finch explains how he became "that guy who everyone wants to wag their fingers at."

From safer sex condom advocate to condomless sex guy... vive la revolution!

Condoms R Us Remember when you first used a debit card and it was great? So convenient, no more cash to carry around. Then came the ability to simply tap my debit card on a reader and presto,  my groceries had been paid for. Not one button did I have to press.  Today, if a store doesn’t have the tap feature it’s really annoying. Now I have to punch in 'ok' for the amount, what account I’m going to pay for it and then my pin number. It feels like so much work. Once a new technology is

Five years old today

published: December, 01, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

December 1 2014 marks PositiveLite.com’s five year anniversary. Editor Bob Leahy, who has been with the site from the beginning, looks back at its genesis and its history since.

Five years old today

From the archives: Press Release: PositiveLite.Com, A webzine for HIV positve gay men launches Dec. 1st, 2009 (Editor: note the typo)    For Immediate Release (November 30, 2009) This World AIDS Day – December 1, 2009 – a brand new positive spin on HIV/AIDS is set to “Go viral” with the launch of PositiveLite.com, an e-magazine for HIV positive gay men and their friends. PositiveLite.com is the brainchild of Brandon Williams and Brian Finch who are both ‘out’, long term survi

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