Current Affairs

Orlando: a catalyst for change

published: June, 17, 2016 Written by // Michael Yoder Categories // Pride, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Michael Yoder

Michael Yoder says “small things - Pride flags being lowered, vigils held, mayors and politicians and celebrities speaking out across the planet, rainbow colours decorating monuments are of immense importance.”

Orlando: a catalyst for change

"Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have." Margaret Mead  The mass shooting in Orlando has brought out the best and worst in people. Some continue to hate the LGBT community and some have turned to love: line-ups of people donating blood, people contributing money to assist the loved ones of those who were lost and to support those who survived. Those who hate never cared in the first place and their minds will not be changed. 

New York City’s Felix Garmendia on The Orlando Massacre

published: June, 13, 2016 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, International , Opinion Pieces, Félix Garmendía

“Early yesterday morning, at a popular gay nightspot in Orlando, Florida, the deadliest shooting in American history took place. It was Latino Night, the busiest night of the week, at the club called “Pulse””

New York City’s Felix Garmendia on The Orlando Massacre

In 1982, I was young and freshly out of the closet. The gay club scene in Puerto Rico was vibrant and exhilarating. I have long accepted the fact that just about ALL of the music from those “club days” was totally fabulous.  I remember that members of my generation of Puerto Rican gay men were hard working, either already in the workforce, or, like myself, full time students. We all looked forward to going out on Saturday night. It was the universally accepted ritual after having put up

Don’t jump to conclusions on The Orlando massacre says Toronto queer activist Richard Elliott

published: June, 13, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

“We must absolutely decry the inevitable, despicable attempts to use this latest horror to fan the flames of Islamophobia. We must make the connections between bigotry and hate of various kinds”

Don’t jump to conclusions on The Orlando massacre says Toronto queer activist Richard Elliott

We need more facts but . . . Aren't more facts needed before claims are made about the apparent homophobia of the Orlando mass shooter not being rooted in religion in any way? The patriarchal monotheisms of Judaism, Islam and Christianity -- and indeed plenty of other religions -- all have centuries of blood in their hands against people engaged in what the bigoted zealots of those institutions have characterized as the sin, deviance, etc. of those of us who have sex they deem unacceptable.

Nearly 250 organizations across Canada call for prison based needle and syringe programs

published: June, 06, 2016 Categories // Current Affairs, Health, Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network reports Canada’s governments urged to uphold the human rights of people in prison

Nearly 250 organizations across Canada call for prison based needle and syringe programs

Toronto, June 1, 2016 — Close to 250 Canadian organizations have signed a statement urging federal and provincial governments to immediately implement prison-based needle and syringe programs (PNSPs) in institutions across the country. Representing the views of a broad cross-section of Canadian civil society, the statement highlights the overwhelming scientific, empirical and human rights rationale for Canada’s governments to act without delay.    “People in prison face far greater ri

After Alabama… just one perspective

published: May, 30, 2016 Written by // Jeff Potts Categories // Activism, Conferences, Current Affairs, Events, Revolving Door, International , Legal, Guest Authors, Jeff Potts, Living with HIV

Jeff Potts reports back on the "HIV is not a crime" training academy for those advocating against criminalization of HIV non-disclosure

After Alabama… just one perspective

Once a trusted advisor to the President of the United States, Army Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth Pinkela was convicted of an alleged aggravated assault for HIV exposure in 2012, and he spent 272 days in a military prison. Kerry Thomas is living with HIV and an undetectable viral load. Even though he used condoms, and despite the fact that he never transmitted HIV, Kerry was convicted for non-disclosure of his HIV-positive status and was sentenced to 30 years in the Idaho State Correctional Cent

A new Mayor – How London chose hope over fear, unity over division

published: May, 27, 2016 Written by // Christian Dolan Categories // As Prevention , General Health, Current Affairs, Features and Interviews, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

London has elected its first Muslim Mayor, "candidate for unity", Sadiq Khan. Christian Dolan interviews David Robson, Chair of the Wandsworth LGBT Forum and political campaigner for insight into what it may mean for HIV prevention in London

A new Mayor – How London chose hope over fear, unity over division

So the first Thursday of this month was the Mayor of London and Greater London Assembly elections which saw Sadiq Khan, Labour MP, beat his Conservative rival Zac Goldsmith to become the new Mayor of London, meaning the Labour party has taken back London’s City Hall after eight years in Conservative control. London has again done a first and elected its first Muslim Mayor in what the local UK press has described as “London choosing hope over fear and unity over division.” Okay, so let

Can we say goodbye to the word "AIDS"?

published: May, 18, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

San Francisco’s Beta mag asked “What do we lose by freeing ourselves from the word AIDS—or, what might we have to gain?”

Can we say goodbye to the word

This article by Emily Newman first appeared in Beta, a publication of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF), here.  What do we lose by freeing ourselves from the word AIDS—or, what might we have to gain?  It’s a question provoked by advances in HIV treatment and care and changes in the way that people live with and experience HIV and AIDS.  “I think that a diagnosis of AIDS, and what it means, is historic in a lot of ways,” said Hyman Scott, MD, an HIV infectious disease physi

Fast facts: New HIV infections in Canada

published: May, 17, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, Current Affairs, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Living with HIV

From CATIE these are some of the numbers you need to know when talking about HIV in Canada

Fast facts: New HIV infections in Canada

This article previously appeared in Prevention in Focus, a publication of CATIE, here.   Une version française est disponible ici.     7: the number of Canadians infected with HIV every day in 2014*  54.3%: the percentage of new infections in Canada contracted through through sex between men in 2014*  32.6%: the percentage of new infections in Canada contracted through heterosexual sex in 2014*  10.5%: the percentage of new infections in Canada contracted through injection drug

Why a BC insurance company is backtracking on PrEP

published: May, 12, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Current Affairs, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors

Daily Xtra reports Pacific Blue Cross suddenly cuts coverage for Truvada

Why a BC insurance company is backtracking on PrEP

This article by Niko Bell first appeared on Xtra here.  Pacific Blue Cross’ decision to cut coverage for PrEP has left gay men scrambling to get hold of enough of the drug to stay safe, and could put some at higher risk of HIV infection even if they stop having sex now. The decision has left men scrambling to get hold of enough of the drug to stay safe, and could put some at higher risk of HIV infection even if they stop having sex now. Connor, whose name Daily Xtra agreed to withhold to

Controversy: are women using the contraceptive Depo-Provera at an increased risk of acquiring HIV?

published: April, 26, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Current Affairs, Women, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

From a guest writer, an “HIV Insider” - behind the red rerring of HIV warnings and precautions is coerced sterilization of women in Africa

Controversy: are women using the contraceptive Depo-Provera at an increased risk of acquiring HIV?

The problem with Depo-Provera I have learned of forced or coerced sterilization of women in Africa, mostly through advocacy groups who work to put pressure on governments and health care systems who sanction the practice and by raising public awareness of this practice.  Coerced sterilization is still taking place but in a more formal, legitimate fashion - through study upon study of women in Africa using Depo-Provera, a contraceptive which is injected every twelve weeks to prevent pregna

The wound has been reopened

published: March, 23, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

A powerful essay stemming from the Nancy Reagan/Hillary Clinton debacle that says “as long as power tramples the powerless, and people die of neglect while champagne glasses clink in the halls of the powerful, we will not forgive.”

The wound has been reopened

This article By Dallasdoc first appeared on The Daily Kos here. Reproduced with permission.   As the world knows by now, Hillary Clinton lit her credibility on fire recently in an interview with Mrs. Alan Greenspan:   “It may be hard for your viewers to remember how difficult it was for people to talk about H.I.V./AIDS back in the 1980s,” Mrs. Clinton, who was attending Mrs. Reagan’s funeral in Simi Valley, Calif., told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell. “And because of both President an

The Hillary Clinton affair – and what it says about our own country’s neglect of HIV criminalization issues

published: March, 15, 2016 Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, International , Living with HIV, Jason Cole, Opinion Pieces

Jason R Cole is still offended by the politics of praising the Reagans for their AIDS record, but says we have seen political maneuvering on the AIDS file in our country too.

The Hillary Clinton affair – and what it says about our own country’s neglect of HIV criminalization issues

At Nancy Reagan’s (the former First Lady of the United States) funeral, Democratic Presidential hopeful (and a former First Lady herself) Hillary Clinton made some bizarre remarks about the Reagans’ response to the AIDS crisis, during the Reagan administration.  She said: "It may be hard for your viewers to remember how difficult it was for people to talk about HIV/AIDS back in the 1980s. And because of both President and Mrs. Reagan -- in particular Mrs. Reagan -- we started a national

AIDS history turns another page

published: March, 14, 2016 Written by // Joshua Middleton Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Opinion Pieces, Joshua Middleton

Joshua Middleton writes, with Nancy Reagan’s death, on “The End of the Reagan Era”

AIDS history turns another page

The death of former first lady Nancy Reagan marked the end of an important chapter in American history.  While social media has been buzzing with the news, and the nation mourns her passing, a different sentiment is present throughout our HIV community. For many who are positive, this marks a step forward. A farewell to an ideology that was responsible for thousands of deaths, both men and women, devastated by the AIDS epidemic of the 1980’s.  It’s an image that remains vivid for so ma

Steven Boone gets 14 years in jail!

published: March, 10, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Current Affairs, Legal, Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Ottawa HIV criminalization case involving incriminating online chats attracts stiff sentence

Steven Boone gets 14 years in jail!

I learned today via The AIDS Committee of Ottawa (ACO), that yesterday Steven  Boone, 34, a man living with HIV whose case PositiveLite.com has been following for several years,  was sentenced to 14 years in prison. He was found guilty of attempted murder, aggravated sexual assault and the administration of a noxious substance.  It was alleged that he did not disclose his status to some of those he had sex with. The "noxious substance" was his semen, involving three young men, including a

Toronto's Casey House redevelopment

published: March, 08, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Current Affairs, Revolving Door, Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

Important landmark facility in downtown Toronto is being majorly reworked in a project that will expand its capacity to serve those living with HIV/AIDS in the community

  Toronto's Casey House redevelopment

From The Casey House website:  Building on our history, experience, and expertise, and after rigorous study and planning, we will establish a unique facility that will include a new Day Health Program and will bring all our services under one roof.  Honouring the values of excellence and compassionate care established by our founders, our new home will be a 58,000 square foot glass and brick facility, which will embrace the designated heritage house at the corner of Jarvis and Isabella Str

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