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Young People's Leadership in Ending AIDS and Achieving Universal and Reproductive Sexual Health Rights by 2030

published: July, 24, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, International AIDS Conference , Activism, Conferences, Youth, Current Affairs, Events, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

"You can't fund an attitude change," says Health Minister. From the Global Forum on MSM and HIV, Charlie Tredway reports from AIDS 2016

Young People's Leadership in Ending AIDS and Achieving Universal and Reproductive Sexual Health Rights by 2030

There is a lot about this session that I adored and that moved me immensely so I will start with what went right. This session was organized and lead by 52 young people from 15 different countries who banded together to creatively share challenges and perspectives on making sure that their views and their vision was more than just the token "youth voice on a panel or a board" that is so often the case. This combined with an incredibly exhilarating and joyous percussive opening that flowed in

Mark S. King from #AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa: no pants, no problem at the Global Village

published: July, 23, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, International AIDS Conference , Social Media, Conferences, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Youth, Events, General Health, Women, Health, Research, International , Living with HIV, Mark S. King

The final installment of Mark S. King's video coverage of AIDS2016: HIV advocates from around the world and dancing with no pants.

Mark S. King from #AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa: no pants, no problem at the Global Village

The International AIDS Conference (AIDS2016) has been inspiring to say the least, but it's also hard work. What better way to unwind than the No Pants No Problem Dance Party, organized by Canada's Jessica Whitbread. Next, for this final installment of Mark's video coverage from AIDS2016 Mark speaks with teenage HIV advocates, grandmothers who care for children orphaned by HIV and a sexually explicit HIV prevention campaign. He also speaks with a team from Amsterdam, Netherlands, where the ne

Mark S. King from #AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa: of wrongful charges, sex trade advocacy and cruising the conference.

published: July, 21, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, International AIDS Conference , Gay Men, Conferences, Youth, Current Affairs, Newly Diagnosed, Events, General Health, Women, Health, International , Sexual Health, Legal, Mark S. King

Day three: Mark S. King speaks with former Lt. Col. Kenneth Pinkela, a sex trade education advocate, a London PrEP advocate, and later learns that the gay cruising apps are working hard at this conference.

Mark S. King from #AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa: of wrongful charges, sex trade advocacy and cruising the conference.

On day three of Marks video coverage of AIDS 2016 we find him chatting with former U. S. Army Colonel Ken Pinkela, who was dismissed from military service and sentenced to 11 months of military confinement after being wrongfully accused of not disclosing his HIV status to a sex partner. We also hear from Rosemary Namiburu, a nurse wrongfully imprisoned for HIV exposure via a needle and jailed for months. Mark also chats with Elizabeth Taylor's HIV activist grandchildren, Ayanda Denge of the S

My quest to ease the pain of loss through music and a tribute to Prince

published: July, 13, 2016 Written by // Samantha Categories // Social Media, Arts and Entertainment, Events, Mental Health, Travel, Music, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Samantha

Our Samantha on the joy of healing through music."For about two weeks I spent every spare minute, sometimes sitting for hours listening to Prince’s music"

My quest to ease the pain of loss through music and a tribute to Prince

On the same day Prince was found dead, on April 21, 2016, I experienced a personal loss. Experiencing two losses in one day was so painful I did not know how to sooth myself. I paced up and down, had no concentration, couldn't sleep, eat or remain focused on anything to distract myself from the feelings that come with loss. For about two weeks I spent every spare minute, sometimes sitting for hours listening to Prince’s music and a few other artists and it was the only activity that eased m

The first Toronto Pride was a riot.

published: July, 11, 2016 Categories // Community Events, African, Caribbean and Black, Pride, Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Events, Media, Opinion Pieces, Jason Cole

Jason R. Cole on why the Black Lives Matter sit-in at this year's Pride parade was completely appropriate.

The first Toronto Pride was a riot.

Toronto Pride 2016 photos by Bob Leahy It’s a popular meme that floats around during the month of June annually, as if to remind us all of our roots. The assumption is, of course, that we need reminding. The circumstances of this past week would certainly indicate that some of us do. During the annual Pride Parade in Toronto, the activist group Black Lives Matter staged a sit-­in that lasted 30 minutes. The group chanted ‘pride is political’, refusing to let up until Mathieu Chante

Canadian Positive People Network: reports in on AGM and new board

published: July, 11, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, Conferences, Current Affairs, Events

CPPN/RCPS announce their new Board of Directors and Executive Committee

Canadian Positive People Network: reports in on AGM and new board

A message from CPPN/RCPS Following a very successful first anniversary celebration and our inaugural Annual General Meeting on July 6th, we have some important news to share with you. The CPPN’s Interim Managing Director was appointed: Jeff Potts agreed to accept this volunteer position and is already working hard to support the CPPN’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee, and to support the CPPN’s members. Jeff will connect with all of you in the coming weeks to share more deta

Canadian AIDS Society and Canadian Positive People Network fail to agree

published: May, 31, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Conferences, Events, Bob Leahy - Publisher

CPPN explains why they recently turned down a partnership offer from CAS and passed on attending the CAS Forum for people living with HIV and the CAS AGM in Winnipeg

Canadian AIDS Society and Canadian Positive People Network fail to agree

Readers will know that the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) has had a turbulent year. It’s one that included a whistleblowing incident by three of its staff members, the resignation of its former ED, the loss of several founding member organizations and the controversial appointment of a new Executive Director. Add to that a substantial operating loss for the year and new ED Gary Lacasse has had his hands full. But he is determined to pull through with a new strategic plan, a break-even budg

After Alabama… just one perspective

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

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

The nearly naked AIDS advocate

published: May, 24, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Fundraisers, Events, Upcoming Events, Performances, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Mark S. King

Mark S. King interviews HIV science reporter and stripper Benjamin "Ben" Ryan.

The nearly naked AIDS advocate

Josh Green and cast, from Broadway Bares 2015 (credit: Benjamin Ryan)  When Benjamin “Ben” Ryan began taking dance classes ten years ago, the personal venture was a complete whim. After all, he was in his late twenties at the time – ancient for a beginning dancer – and by his own admission, was “just awful” for the first few years of classes. And nothing about his vocation as a writer specializing in the science of HIV suggested that Gene Kelly was trapped inside. Cue the vict

Conference reporting: From Winnipeg with love (Part One)

published: May, 23, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, Conferences, Events, International , Living with HIV, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy just returned from Winnipeg Manitoba where he was participating in two back-to-back conferences - CAHR and CAS.

Conference reporting: From Winnipeg with love (Part One)

obligatory view from hotel window "Why go? Most would say it’s a combination of taking advantage of huge opportunities for both learning and networking. Add in experiencing the attractions of a strange city, all paid for, and it can be an attractive proposition." I’m going to be describing what I learned from my two latest HIV conference experiences in Part Two of this article. But for now, and because the conference experience is so foreign to many, and I don’t want it to be, I’m go

Canada’s shame: its leading place in prosecuting people with HIV

published: May, 18, 2016 Categories // Events, Legal, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

From the HIV/AIDS Legal Network “For many years, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network has been resisting the overly broad criminalization of HIV in Canada — but now we are taking the campaign global.”

Canada’s shame: its leading place in prosecuting people with HIV

To its shame, Canada is one of the world leaders in the unjust prosecution of people living with HIV, with more than 180 people charged. In Canada, people living with HIV have faced charges of aggravated sexual assault, even in cases where no transmission occurs, or the risks of transmission are virtually zero. But this is an international epidemic of stigma and discrimination: according to the HIV Justice Network, an estimated 72 countries have laws specifically related to the criminalization

Learn about anal cancer in gay, bi and queer men

published: March, 05, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, Gay Men, Events, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific

AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) Community Health Forum on March 16 is open to all

Learn about anal cancer in gay, bi and queer men

  Anal Cancer in Gay, Bi & Queer MenWednesday, March 16th, 7-9pm (6.30 pm light buffet) Ramada Plaza 309 Jarvis Street, Toronto The latest in defining the cancers, pre-cancers, screening, treatments and prevention. With Guest Speakers:Ron Rosenes HIV Community advocate and consultantDr. Irv Salit Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto Drop-ins are welcome, but in order to accommodate a more comfortable session we would ask for an RSVP to Rui Pires (email This email address is be

‘What’s Hot with Peer Researchers?

published: February, 12, 2016 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // Activism, OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Events, Research, Health, Living with HIV, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, Opinion Pieces

From the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) - here’s their 12th Edition - Training Peer Researchers: To the task or for the future?

‘What’s Hot with Peer Researchers?

Training Peer Researchers: To the task or for the future?  Hosted by James Watson Wednesday, February 24th @ 2pm EST A research team can only be successful with well-trained peer researchers in any role (e.g. governance, data collection, analysis etc.). But, do we train for the task that one time or for a future? What future is there for peer researchers? This 12th edition of “What’s Hot” is all about training: Should we educate and build capacity beyond research skills? Is cert

Toronto’s OutNPoz growing by leaps and bounds

published: February, 03, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Dating, Community Events, Gay Men, Events, Features and Interviews, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

When a social group grows from 180 to 430 members in one year you know something's right. And opportunities for Toronto poz gay guys to mix and mingle are growing further, says OutNPoz chair Scott Nickerson in this interview with Bob Leahy

Toronto’s OutNPoz growing by leaps and bounds

Bob Leahy: Thanks for talking to PositiveLite.com, Scott. I’ve wanted to meet you for ages but we’ve always just missed each other. Anyway, I want to start by asking the obvious question: what is the need that OutNPoz is filling? Scott Nickerson: Well, one of the concerns we have is that people living with HIV have become “clientized” – there are all kinds of services available through AIDS Service Organizations and such – but there is no one who focuses on the social aspect. We h

News from OutNPoz

published: February, 03, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, Gay Men, Events, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Want to know what’s going on at Toronto’s OutNPoz and how you can get involved?

News from OutNPoz

OutNPoz says . . . In addition to our inclusive social events, OutNPoz is thrilled to announce two new opportunities for Poz Gay Guys: PozNDating and PozNSexy. Register for a free meetup.com/quick_reg profile then join one or both of these new groups.  IMPORTANT: Name, face picture and disclosure of HIV+ status are required to participate in these groups. Leave HIV stigma in the past where it belongs. Come out meet new friends and have fun! meetup.com/pozndating is for Poz Men who are looki

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