Events

Breaking news 1: FACTS 001 study of a vaginal microbicide gel

published: February, 27, 2015 Categories // Conferences, Events, Research, Women, Sexual Health, Health, International , Population Specific

Marc-André LeBlanc is looking at the news from CROI 2015 for the latest in HIV prevention. Part one – disappointing findings that suggest a vaginal microbicide gel is not going to be a workable HIV prevention option, especially for young African women.

Breaking news 1: FACTS 001 study of a vaginal microbicide gel

Background In 2010, the CAPRISA 004 clinical trial demonstrated that a gel containing an antiretroviral (tenofovir) could be used vaginally around the time of sex to reduce the risk of HIV and HSV-2. This provided proof of concept that a vaginal microbicide could work. In fact, it was the first trial to show that ARVs could reduce the risk of HIV—even before the string of oral PrEP trial results, and before the treatment-as-prevention trial results (HPTN 052, PARTNER). It was an incredibly

Purpose

published: February, 16, 2015 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Hobbies, Gay Men, Events, Photography, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Louis "Kengi" Carr

Our LA guy Kengi gets the new year off to a good start with renewed purpose as he continues his work in social media, photography and with the homeless

Purpose

I guess I should start off by wishing everyone a very Happy New Year. I know we’re well into February, but as the saying goes, better later than never. I trust and hope the New Year is treating you well and that you’re in amazing health and spirits. So far the New Year is off to a great start for me. Once again I was selected by FORD Motor Company to be their official photographer for the 11th Annual NAACP Image Awards Symposium. This is the second year that they’ve reached out to me t

Smooch up! Kisses 4 CANFAR is back

published: February, 06, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Events, Research, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From February 1st until Valentine’s Day, The Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR) is asking Canadians to help kiss HIV and AIDS goodbye by rocking their best red or pink lip during Kisses 4 CANFAR.

Smooch up! Kisses 4 CANFAR is back

Kisses 4 CANFAR is a national awareness and fundraising campaign run by CANFAR. To participate. Smoochers can either sign up and fundraise for the campaign, or donate to support our kissers.  Canadians can participate by: WEAR & SHARE: Share a #SmoochieSelfie on social media to raise awareness. Tag #Kisses4CANFAR so friends can find out more about the campaign. TAKE THE PLEDGE: Take the Kisses 4 CANFAR pledge and make a personal commitment to kissing HIV and AIDS goodbye. BECOME A KIS

Storytelling: the act of subversion

published: January, 15, 2015 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Performances, Events, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Brian Finch

Brian Finch says “micro” interventions like personal story telling to small audiences are what are going to advance us more than articles in newspapers and glossy social media campaigns.

Storytelling: the act of subversion

What is old is new again.  In Toronto only a few years ago there was only a handful of storytelling shows in the city, including the one I started with a friend. Today there are so many I am no longer able to keep track.  What is great about storytelling and its community is that it is very humanizing. The stage is a great equalizer when we are each taking turns being vulnerable. The act of sharing our stories breaks down barriers and brings people together. I love the storytelling com

Canadian AIDS Society’s AGM and PHA Forum in Ottawa is coming in June: some scholarships for people living with HIVs available

published: January, 06, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Community Events, Conferences, Activism, Events, Upcoming Events, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy says you have until February 13 to apply: you should consider going out and meeting HIVers from all across Canada

Canadian AIDS Society’s AGM and PHA Forum in Ottawa is coming in June: some scholarships for people living with HIVs available

The Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) has announced that the 2015 People Living with HIV/AIDS Forum and the Canadian AIDS Society AGM will be held June 12-15 at the Lord Elgin Hotel in Ottawa. Scholarship application forms for those people living with HIV wishing to attend and requiring financial assistance to do so are now available on their website.  What is the Canadian AIDS Society? It’s a national coalition of numerous community-based AIDS organizations from across Canada. Its goal is to st

Honoured for their work

published: December, 04, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Community Events, Events, Bob Leahy - Publisher

PositiveLite.com was at the 2014 Ontario AIDS Network Honour Roll Awards in Toronto last week to celebrate the induction of the four 2014 award winners.

Honoured for their work

This year, the Great Hall, of Hart House, University of Toronto was the venue for the Ontario AIDS Network’s Honour Roll reception. Everybody was there, including Ontario’s Minister of Health and Long Term Care, Dr. Eric Hoskins.  The annual awards have four categories The Person with HIV/AIDS Leadership Award went to Art Zoccole, the popular Executive Director of 2-Spirited People of the First Nations; Art has a long history of working on issues relating to Aboriginal people and HIV.

National Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week 2014

published: November, 25, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, Events, Upcoming Events, Health, Living with HIV, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) comes details of a series of events planned for across Canada to celebrate successes and explore ways of “getting to zero”.

National Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week 2014

Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week 2014 reaches out to include Aboriginal People Living HIV and AIDS (APHAs), national Aboriginal organizations, government partners, health care providers,and community leaders to focus on how Aboriginal people can continue to work together to reach the UNAIDS 2011-2015 goal of: Getting to Zero. Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS related deaths.   While Worlds AIDS Day reminds us that progress has been made in finding solutions and moving

The evolution of angst

published: October, 28, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Community Events, Conferences, Activism, Events, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

From grass roots activism to professionalism – and government imposed restrictions on advocacy work. Bob Leahy at a conference which examined the changing political context within which our much evolved community-based response to HIV takes place

The evolution of angst

We used to be an angry grassroots movement led by those infected and affected with HIV, bent on giving the authorities hell. Now we are safe, professional, and all-encompassing - and muzzled by the governments who fund and regulate the bureaucracies we have built for ourselves,  That was the short version of our history, presented in the kick-off session of Where Do We Go from Here – AIDS Organizations, Services, Bureaucracy & the State”. Organized by firebrand Alex McClelland, a Con

HIV/AIDS is everyone's business

published: October, 23, 2014 Categories // DJ Relentless, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Fundraisers, Contributors, Events, Music, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

DJ Relentless on the difficulty in getting people living with HIV to events designed for them and his recent efforts to challenge stigma and make people living with HIV more comfortable about being visible.

HIV/AIDS is everyone's business

It's been an interesting year of fundraising for the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation. This December will be our 2nd Anniversary of the POZ-TO events. My husband and I have worked really hard to keep this event going. The simple idea of an event where HIV-positivepeople can come and socialize with their friends (poz or not) in a safe space without judgement or prejudice seems like it would be a no-brainer. But the stigma of being HIV-positive and the fear of what others will think keeps ma

Divas Simply Singing raises vital funds for HIV and AIDS

published: October, 22, 2014 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Performances, Events, Music, International , Living with HIV, Louis "Kengi" Carr

Our LA correspondent Kengi reports Sheryl Lee Ralph was fabulous on stage and did not disappoint her fans in a night filled with music and plenty of laughter at the 24th Annual Diva’s Simply Singing at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre in Hollywood.

Divas Simply Singing raises vital funds for HIV and AIDS

An original Dreamgirl returns to Hollywood for Divas 24. Divas Simply Singing, created and produced by Sheryl Lee Ralph, is the longest running music concert benefiting HIV and AIDS in the United States. It is produced in conjunction with the DIVA Foundation in order to raise vital funds for those living with HIV or AIDS as well as provide opportunities for prevention, testing and much needed education through a night of stellar performances from some of the music industry’s most recognized

HIV and legal issues

published: October, 20, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Events, Legal, Living with HIV, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

The HIV/AIDS Legal Clinic (Ontario) announces FREE public legal education workshops at HALCO in November and December 2014

HIV and legal issues

Says HALCO: Our free workshops are held in person in our HALCO Boardroom at 65 Wellesley Street East, 4th Floor, Toronto, Ontario (one block east of Yonge Street/Wellesley subway station):  §  Canada's New Medical Marijuana (marihuana) Laws workshop on Thursday November 13 from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Presenter: Renée Lang, HALCO Staff Lawyer). §  Planning Ahead: Powers of Attorney and “Living Wills” workshop on Wednesday November 19 from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Presenter: John Nelson, H

Webinar - Living with HIV: The first five years

published: October, 08, 2014 Categories // Community Events, Events, Research, Health, Living with HIV, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

ACT’s October Community Health Forum will address living with HIV during the first five years following diagnosis with the virus. Attendance is free. The forum will also be available as a webinar.

Webinar - Living with HIV: The first five years

The second workshop in the 2014-2015 series of free open discussion forums for people living with HIV hosted by the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT)  is on HIV and the First Five Years  It will focus on these issues: Lived experiences from the first five years of living positively Considerations of strategies for overall health management Current guidelines and considerations for starting HIV treatment  How to build good relationships with your health care providers  The guest spe

Rob Ford comes in last

published: September, 11, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Current Affairs, Events, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In a PositiveLite.com exclusive, Bob Leahy reports on the pig race that saw Rob Ford come in last this past weekend – right in his own rural community – not once but twice. A sign of things to come, he hopes.

Rob Ford comes in last

You heard it first here, folks, Rob Ford came in last at the weekend. But first the background.  I don’t think I need to explain who Rob Ford is. But, for those who don’t read newspapers or follow late night TV, Rob Ford is Toronto’s crack-smoking mayor. He is an admitted addict, in the past frequently seen intoxicated and/or high in public (he calls these episodes his “drunken stupors”) who has spent part of the summer in rehab. He is also - and this is well documented, and often

CANFAR Young Professionals x Queen West Art Crawl = Art Against AIDS

published: August, 30, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Art, Community Events, Activism, Events, Research, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

On September 13, the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR) and the Queen West Art Crawl (QWAC) will co-host a party at 99 Sudbury for all Torontonians interested in exploring art, and joining the fight to #endAIDS

CANFAR Young Professionals x Queen West Art Crawl = Art Against AIDS

The official Saturday night party of the Queen West Art Crawl (QWAC) is sponsored by TD Bank, and will feature top artists and live art performances to celebrate Toronto’s burgeoning west end arts scene. It wouldn’t be a party without drinks and some of Toronto’s hottest restaurants are providing guests with food samples throughout the evening.  John Caffery, who regularly DJs at Toronto events and festivals like Luminato, Pride and the Pitbull parties, will be laying down tracks to ge

In memoriam: Elisse Zack

published: August, 23, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, Activism, Current Affairs, Events, Women, Health, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

A statement by the National Partners in Canada's HIV Response in response to the death of one of its most distinguished warriors

In memoriam: Elisse Zack

We are deeply saddened by the death of our friend and colleague Elisse Zack, founding Executive Director of the Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation (CWGHR). Elisse passed away peacefully in Toronto on the evening of Thursday, July 31.   Elisse worked in the HIV sector for nearly two decades. Over the last 15 years, she built CWGHR from an idea into a vibrant national organization. It remains one of the few organizations of its kind in the world that actively brings together the

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