Features and Interviews

Chatty CATIE: What is the one thing you wish you had known when you were first diagnosed with HIV?

published: June, 15, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , General Health, Mental Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Newly Diagnosed, Features and Interviews, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

And, what advice would you have for someone newly diagnosed? For CATIE, RonniLyn Pustil interviews two people living with HIV.

Chatty CATIE: What is the one thing you wish you had known when you were first diagnosed with HIV?

BRITTANY CAMERON, 31 Peterborough, Ontario People living with HIV engagement worker, PARN Diagnosed with HIV: 2006, at 36 weeks pregnant I wish I had known that it would be OK. That I wasn’t the first HIV-positive woman to give birth, and I wouldn’t be the last. That HIV-positive women can and do have HIV-negative babies. That one day, advocating for women with HIV to have babies would become a passion of mine and I would inspire other positive women to have babies of their own. I

Second-time around: BareBackRT.com - the interview

published: June, 06, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Features and Interviews, Health, Sexual Health, International , Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Best of PositiveLite.com: then Editor Bob Leahy chats about the business with the owner of the world’s largest online hookup site for gay men who prefer not to use condoms, BareBackRT.com

Second-time around: BareBackRT.com  - the interview

This article raised some eyebrows when it was first published in PositiveLite.com in May 2014. It quickly racked up the numbers to become one of our most read articles ever. It’s rare for owners of controversial hookup sites that facilitate condomless sex to emerge from the shadows.  But the man behind BarebackRT.com approached us to talk about sexual health, condomless sex and disclosure issues. This he did with great candour. Although we only talked on the phone – he is from Tucson, Ar

2,100 miles on a bike: Barry Haarde is in the saddle again

published: April, 25, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Hep B and C, Fitness and Exercise, Features and Interviews, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks to long-time HIV and Hep C survivor Barry Haarde as he prepares to tackle his sixth marathon bike ride to raise awareness and money for hemophilia

2,100 miles on a bike: Barry Haarde is in the saddle again

Bob Leahy: Hi again Barry. Tell us about your route you will be travelling this time.  Barry Haarde: After completing five trans-continental tours in the U.S., including last year’s 5,000 mile trek from Seattle to Key West in 60 days, we decided to change things up a bit and ride the length of the Alaska Highway. The ride starts at “Mile 0” of the AlCan route in Dawson Creek, B.C. and tracks northwest in to Alaska, finishing near Fairbanks. Then, I’ll be riding an additional 650 mile

The growing invisible majority and what do people aging with HIV really need?

published: April, 24, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Aging, Features and Interviews, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks to Realize’s Kate Murzin about our collective response to HIV and aging – what’s working, what’s not and why that’s important to know

The growing invisible majority and what do people aging with HIV really need?

Bob Leahy: Tell me about your job, Kate.  Kate Murzin: I’m the Health Programs Specialist at Realize,, formerly the Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation, or CWGHR. My role here is focused entirely on HIV and older adults –on prevention and what makes people vulnerable to HIV who are 50 and older, but also on the lives of people who are living with HIV and aging with HIV who are older than 50. Kate, there is actually a lot of discourse about HIV and aging but I have to admit

PositiveLite.com Publisher Bob Leahy talks to CATIE’s Executive Director Laurie Edmiston

published: April, 05, 2017 Categories // Activism, Features and Interviews, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

PositiveLite.com gets the inside scoop on U=U (CATIE’s role in promoting it) federal government funding (any hope of more money?) and the Federal HIV/AIDS strategy (missing in action or not?)

PositiveLite.com Publisher Bob Leahy talks to CATIE’s Executive Director Laurie Edmiston

It’s a pleasure chatting with CATIE’s Laurie Edmiston. She is frank, knowledgeable, speaks with conviction – and generous with both her time and opinions. I asked her this week for her opinion on three topics crucial to where we are in the response to HIV at this time. I asked her about CATIE’s decision to endorse U=U (Undetectable = Untransmittable) earlier this year and CATIE’s ongoing role in providing information and resources around that topic. I asked her about the status of t

Funding update: Canadian AIDS Society says it’s time for the movement to mobilize to get more money from the Feds

published: March, 14, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

The clock is ticking as 30% of community-based HIV organizations, including CAS, are set to lose federal funding in a year’s time. Bob Leahy reports

Funding update: Canadian AIDS Society says it’s time for the movement to mobilize to get more money from the Feds

The Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) is fighting for its life. It’s not alone. It was one of many agencies whose letter of intent to apply for a renewal of funding under the Community Action Fund administered by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) was disallowed in October of last year.  As we reported in October 2016 PHAC has in the past provided funding to  community based organizations who respond to HIV  - AIDS Service Organizations (ASO’s) plus national partners like CATIE, the I

From behind bars to the front lines of anti-criminalization advocacy

published: March, 08, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Features and Interviews, Legal, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks to Ontario’s Chad Clarke about how Chad's time in prison for non-disclosure of HIV status on an aggravated sexual assault charge turned him into a passionate advocate against HIV criminalization

From behind bars to the front lines of anti-criminalization advocacy

Chad Clarke has rebuilt his life Chad Clarke, 45. lives in Dresden, a rural community in south-west Ontario (pop 2,500). He contracted HIV in 2004 but was not diagnosed until 2008. In February 2017 his story was  featured in Toronto’s NOW magazine. Said the article by writer Rob Easton “On February 12, 2009 he turned himself in on an aggravated sexual assault charge brought by his former common-law partner. A judge found Clarke failed to disclose his HIV status. He didn’t see the ligh

Mr. Gay New Zealand Charlie Tredway talks HIV with Bob Leahy

published: February, 20, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Features and Interviews, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Recently crowned Charlie, a man living with HIV and a passionate advocate, ran on a platform of confronting HIV stigma. Now he takes his message to the Mr. Gay World competition

Mr. Gay New Zealand Charlie Tredway talks HIV with Bob Leahy

Bob Leahy: First of all congratulations. Now I know you ran for Mr. Gay New Zealand because you wanted to talk about HIV. Tell me about that. Charlie Tredway: Right. My only reason was to bring visibility to HIV and to move past the stigma and the (untrue) fact that people living with HIV should be ashamed of themselves, not as good as the wider community. When I moved back to New Zealand from Sydney, the first campaign I did was because they didn’t have any HIV-positive gay males under the

Need more care for ASO staffers with mental health issues

published: February, 02, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Mental Health, Features and Interviews, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks to Toronto’s Ed Argo about the mental health issues that plagued him while working in AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs) and why he feels more needs to be done for those in similar situations.

Need more care for ASO staffers with mental health issues

Bob Leahy: Hi Ed. Why don’t I start by asking you why you contacted me? Ed Argo: Many reasons. I’m a person that has lived and lives with mental health issues such as chronic depression, acute anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder and I’ve been thinking about how this connects with GIPA (greater involvement of people living with HIV) and people living with HIV working in AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs). I’m a great believer in Ontario’s Positive Development Leadership Institu

What it's like living as an HIV-positive teen

published: January, 26, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, Youth, Women, Features and Interviews, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

From SELF. Amy Marturana interviews Ontario's Ashley Rose Murphy, 18, who found out she had HIV when she was 7 and has been speaking at medical conferences in Canada about being HIV-positive since she was 10.

What it's like living as an HIV-positive teen

To read the full article by Amy Marturana visit SELF, here. When she was an infant, Ashley Rose Murphy was extremely sick. Murphy was born with HIV, which she contracted from her late birth mother. After spending over three months in a coma, she was placed into palliative care, taken in by adoptive parents, and given just weeks to live. Over 18 years later, the teen’s very much alive—and making her voice heard as a fierce advocate for HIV awareness. “I found out I was HIV positi

BC’s YouthCO talks to PositiveLite.com about its decision to back U = U

published: January, 17, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, As Prevention , Youth, Features and Interviews, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks to dynamic YouthCO executive director Sarah Chown about how and why she led her agency to say what few others would then say: that if you are undetectable you can’t transmit the virus.

BC’s YouthCO talks to PositiveLite.com about its decision to back U = U

YouthCO, a Canadian youth-led HIV and Hep C AIDS Service Organization that seeks to reduce stigma related to HIV and Hep C throughout British Columbia  through peer education and support, produced this graphic promoting U=U  Bob Leahy: Thank you for talking to PositiveLite.com Sarah. The obvious question I have to ask you is why? What made you decide as an agency to support the Prevention Access Campaign messaging about the impact of an undetectable viral load? Sarah Chown:  Well we have

U = U gains an important ally..Human Rights Campaign Partners With Prevention Access Campaign to Correct Misinformation About HIV

published: January, 09, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , Current Affairs, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Features and Interviews, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

Enter an accuracy watchdog to address inaccuracies about undetectable viral load. From TheBody.com, Noël Gordon interviews Prevention Access Campaign co-founder Bruce Richman

U  = U gains an important ally..Human Rights Campaign Partners With Prevention Access Campaign to Correct Misinformation About HIV

People living with HIV deserve accuracy Today, HRC announced a partnership with the Prevention Access Campaign (PAC) to correct misinformation about HIV in the news media through a new joint initiative called the Accuracy Watchdog. PAC is one of a growing number of organizations, including HRC, to champion the fact that people living with HIV cannot transmit the virus to a partner if they've consistently taken their medication and achieved an "undetectable viral load." This means the a

Beating HIV stigma in Uganda with Love to Love Organization

published: December, 30, 2016 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Youth, Current Affairs, Mental Health, Features and Interviews, Photography, Health, International , Music, Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Rob Olver - Editor

"We provide and advocate for the rights of the innocent children who are orphaned and vulnerable and youth who we believe deserve love, care and support." William Matovu of Love to Love Organization tells his story

Beating HIV stigma in Uganda with Love to Love Organization

One of the things that delights me most in my work with PositiveLite.com is the window it allows me onto a worldwide community that affords me boundless uplift and inspiration. Recently I was privileged to make contact online with William Matovu, a young HIV activist working at Love to Love Organization, which supports orphans and children living with HIV in Uganda.  "We provide and advocate for the rights of the innocent children who are orphaned and vulnerable and youth who we believe des

The science-based U=U message is everywhere - but some aren’t biting.

published: December, 12, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Features and Interviews, Health, International , Treatment, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy: Are organizations passing up on the chance to end HIV stigma and inform people living with HIV who are durably undetectable that they can’t transmit the virus? What people are saying

The science-based U=U message is everywhere - but some aren’t biting.

The images accompanying this article are from campaigns around the world informing people living with HIV that if their viral load is durably suppressed, they can not transmit the virus to others. There were no Canadian images used because no such campaigns exist in Canada.  It’s getting heated People living with HIV have never played a greater part in designing and implementing prevention messaging. In just a few months, the U = U message from the Prevention Access Campaign, arguably the

An exclusive interview with Health Minister Jane Philpott

published: December, 01, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Hep B and C, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Features and Interviews, Health, Revolving Door, Legal, Treatment, Guest Authors

In an exclusive interview for PositiveLite.com for World AIDS Day, Rob Easton talks with federal Health Minister Jane Philpott about Canada’s 90-90-90 achievements, a renewed federal initiative on HIV, criminalization of non-disclosure and more.

An exclusive interview with Health Minister Jane Philpott

Photo: Motswari Mofokeng Rob Easton: Minister Philpott, thank you for taking the time for this interview with PositiveLite.com. Jane Philpott: My pleasure. You’ve had a very busy few weeks with health accords and a number of different announcements. How challenging is it to get HIV on the list of priorities, both within your ministry, and also around the cabinet table? I think it would be fair to say that HIV and other sexually transmitted and blood born infections have not b

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