Events

Everybody hurts……sometimes

published: March, 29, 2015 Categories // Community Events, African, Caribbean and Black, Events, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

DJ Relentless on the impact of the n-word, reaching out to those undergoing hard times, and with news of a POZ-TO event April 5 in Toronto. A new brunch event too!

Everybody hurts……sometimes

So, what would you do if your husband came to you while you were working and told you that a mutual friend that you only knew from facebook was just taken away for assaulting the black female security guard at the door of the club that you are at? And in the assault the person used the word "nigger"? Do you delete that person and move on? Or do you try to find out their side of the story.  Now, I knew this person was openly out as HIV-positive, an animal lover and a sweet guy. I had run into

Webinar: Not Your Typical HIV and Aging 101

published: March, 16, 2015 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Aging, Community Events, Events, Health, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

We post an ACT webinar exploring the experiences of older adults living with or vulnerable to HIV that includes two case studies and a discussion of programs and policies affecting this population in Canada.

Webinar: Not Your Typical HIV and Aging 101

Concerns about the well-being of older adults living with HIV is an emerging issue in Canada and around the world. Before the introduction in 1996 of effective anti-retroviral therapies, most people living with HIV did not expect to live long lives. This meant that, for the most part, community-based organizations did not have to concern themselves with the needs of older people living with HIV. Now, however, provided they are diagnosed and treated in time, people living with HIV can long, he

Storming the cathedral

published: March, 06, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Events, International , Television, Treatment, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy and the 1989 ACT Up protest that saw angry demonstrators enter St. Patrick's Cathedral In New York during Mass and disrupt the service - and the drama that followed, including footage of their later appearance on the Phil Donahue TV show

Storming the cathedral

On December 10, 1989 ACT UP demonstrated both inside and outside St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City, the building a bastion of Catholicism. Five thousand people, says ACT UP’s website, protested the Roman Catholic Archdiocese's public stand against AIDS education and condom distribution, and its opposition to a women's right to abortion.   As protesters jostled with police outside, a few dozen entered the cathedral, interrupted Mass, chanted slogans or lay down in the aisles. One pr

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 // Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, Hobbies, 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 // Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Events, Performances, 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, Activism, Conferences, 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, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

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 // Activism, Community Events, Conferences, 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 // Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, DJ Relentless, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Fundraisers, 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, Events, Performances, International , Music, 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, Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

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, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

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

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