Features and Interviews

Living with HIV – and building a stronger mental state

published: May, 04, 2016 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Mental Health, Features and Interviews, Health, Living with HIV, Philip Minaker

Our Phillip Minaker talks to Toronto doctor in psychiatry Adriana Carvalhal, who says “Resolving detrimental behavior such as trauma, addiction, depression and violent behavior that are deep rooted requires the assistance of a trained professional”.

Living with HIV – and building a stronger mental state

“New treatments and their outcomes changed the disease. The focus shifted to building a stronger mental state to combat the personal struggles with being diagnosed as positive. Finding the roots of mental disorders and various addictions can prevent these issues from interfering with a healthy future as an HIV-positive individual”.  Over 35 years ago a new virus crept into our mindsets and began to impact the lives of millions of people around the world. The human immune system was unabl

In conversation with CPPN/RCPS’s Christian Hui

published: April, 26, 2016 Categories // Activism, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Philip Dawson is showcasing members of the board of Canada's new national organization for people living with HIV. Here he talks to CPPN/RCPS Community Engagement Officer Christian Hui

In conversation with CPPN/RCPS’s Christian Hui

The Canadian Positive People Network (CPPN) / Reseau Canadien Des Personnes Seropositives (RCPS) is a new independent network for and by people living with HIV and HIV co-infections in Canada. We exist as a people’s network to represent the needs of all persons and communities affected by HIV and HIV co-infections. We help ensure the movement is coordinated nationally, provincially, regionally, and locally to benefit the affected people and communities, and that we are connected with the glo

Mr. Gay World entry gets personal on PrEP and testing poz

published: April, 25, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, As Prevention , Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Mark S. King writes about the UK’s Sadiq Ali, Mr Gay Great Britain, who tested HIV-positive just as he was to embark on a PrEP trial.

Mr. Gay World entry gets personal on PrEP and testing poz

When Sadiq Ali heard about a clinical trial for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) happening in the United Kingdom in 2013, the athletic 26-year old hesitated. He worried about what starting PrEP might say to people about his sexual behavior. The stigma he associated with being on the prevention pill was just too much for him.  I was ashamed to even be offered this thing, even though I barely knew what it was,” the Londoner says now. “I thought that only highly promiscuous and risky sex pra

In conversation with CPPN/RCPS vice-chair, Ottawa’s Gord Asmus

published: April, 18, 2016 Categories // Activism, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV

Philip Dawson is showcasing members of the board of Canada's new national organization for people living with HIV, CPPN/RCPS. Here he talks to vice-chair Gord Asmus

In conversation with CPPN/RCPS vice-chair, Ottawa’s Gord Asmus

"The Canadian Positive People Network (CPPN) / Reseau Canadien Des Personnes Seropositives (RCPS) is a new independent network for and by people living with HIV and HIV co-infections in Canada. We exist as a people’s network to represent the needs of all persons and communities affected by HIV and HIV co-infections. We help ensure the movement is coordinated nationally, provincially, regionally and locally to benefit the affected people and communities, and that we are connected with the glo

In conversation with CPPN/RCPS board chair Emerald Gibson

published: April, 07, 2016 Categories // Activism, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Philip Dawson is showcasing members of the board of Canada's new national organization for people living with HIV, CPPN/RCPS. Here he talks to chair Emerald Gibson

In conversation with CPPN/RCPS board chair Emerald Gibson

“The Canadian Positive People Network (CPPN) / Reseau Canadien Des Personnes Seropositives (RCPS) is a new independent network for and by people living with HIV and HIV co-infections in Canada. We exist as a people’s network to represent the needs of all persons and communities affected by HIV and HIV co-infections. We help ensure the movement is coordinated nationally, provincially, regionally, and locally to benefit the affected people and communities, and that we are connected with the

The challenging web series that travels from ‘Unsure’ to ‘Positive’

published: March, 29, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Newly Diagnosed, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Media, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Mark S. King on a new web series that’s follows the life of a Boston gay man, literally from the moment he gets his HIV positive test result. Mark recommends it – and talks to its creator, writer and star, Christian Daniel Kiley

The challenging web series that travels from ‘Unsure’ to ‘Positive’

In the gorgeous and sometimes maddening web series Unsure/Positive, we follow the life of a Boston gay man, Kieran, literally from the moment he gets his HIV positive test result. Kieran’s journey in the six-episode first season (available for only $3.99 on Vimeo) covers some difficult terrain – shame, disclosure, sex and drugs – and many HIV positive guys and our friends will identify with it.  This is poz-adjacent art that is absolutely worth your time and a few bucks, most particula

Transformation

published: February, 17, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Features and Interviews, Women, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Peterborough, Ontario’s Brittany Cameron has changed her life around. From the streets to working in an AIDS Service Organization doing peer engagement work she loves, she talks to Bob Leahy about transitioning from client to staffer – and everything else

Transformation

Four years ago when PositiveLite.com last wrote about HIV-positive Brittany Cameron she was a client of Peterborough’s PARN - Your Community AIDS Resource Network. She talked about positive parenting, bringing three little girls into the world, all HIV-negative. Since then she has gone back to school and become a staff member at the same agency, facing new challenges. Bob Leahy: Hi Brittany. Let’s start by telling me a little about the job you’re in. Brittany Cameron: I’m the peer e

Toronto’s OutNPoz growing by leaps and bounds

published: February, 03, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Community Events, Dating, Activism, 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

CAS downsizes by two to cope with surprise financial losses; a whistleblower among those let go

published: January, 13, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Features and Interviews, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Editor Bob Leahy on the latest developments in the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) affair; he talks with those most affected

CAS downsizes by two to cope with surprise financial losses; a whistleblower among those let go

PositiveLite.com learned late Tuesday that Canadian AIDS Society staffer Jeff Potts, a ‎National Programs Consultant and one of the "whistleblowers" in the story that we broke last October, has had his employment terminated, effective immediately. A second un-named employee, a recently hired communications specialist, has also been terminated. While some were quick to speculate that Potts’ termination was the result of the discontent he voiced to the CAS board in an open letter last Fall

Looking ahead: CATIE’s Laurie Edmiston talks to PositiveLite.com

published: January, 05, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // CATIE, Features and Interviews, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy in conversation with CATIE’s Executive Director Laurie Edmiston about the opportunities that working with a new federal government provides and what she sees as the road ahead for CATIE and the HIV community in the era of 90-90-90.

Looking ahead: CATIE’s Laurie Edmiston talks to PositiveLite.com

Bob Leahy: I wanted to talk to you focusing mostly on the future, Laurie ,but first let me ask you what kind of year was 2015 for HIV in Canada. A good news year?  Laurie Edmiston: I think it’s been a mixture. Certainly the last part of the year was good. I’m very enthused about the potential with the new government. I also think that the IAS conference in Vancouver was very good; there was some conclusive evidence about some important science that I think we can take into account in our

CAS speaks: The Canadian AIDS Society Interview

published: December, 21, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Features and Interviews, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In a frank, no holds-barred interview Bob Leahy talks to CAS Board Chair David Stempowski and Executive Director Gary Lacasse about the turbulent months behind it - and the future ahead

CAS speaks: The Canadian AIDS Society Interview

 Bob Leahy: First of all congratulations, David, your appointment was announced yesterday. How do you feel about that?  David Stempwoski: I’m absolutely elated, Bob. I’m excited about the future and moving forward in a constructive way. It’s an exciting time for me.  Bob: Tell me why you both are speaking to PositiveLite.com now.  David: We always knew we were going to do an interview with you, Bob. In fact you are our first official interview to address all these issues, because

90-90-90 endorsed by Canadian Government (part two: Julio Montaner speaks out)

published: December, 16, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // As Prevention , Activism, Features and Interviews, Health, Treatment, Bob Leahy - Publisher

On December 1, The Canadian Government endorsed 90-90-90 but the long awaited announcement went virtually unnoticed until reported by PositiveLite.com. Today Bob Leahy interviews B.C.'s Julio Montaner about what this announcement means for Canada

90-90-90 endorsed by Canadian Government (part two: Julio Montaner speaks out)

JULIO MONTANER FROM THE BC CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE IN HIV/AIDS TALKS ABOUT HOW 90-90-90 CAME TO BE ENDORSED, HIS DEALINGS WITH JUSTIN TRUDEAU, HIS THOUGHTS ABOUT THE FUTURE OF PHAC AND THE VALUE OF INDEPENDENT VOICES Bob Leahy: I wanted to talk to you about the government’s 90-90-90 statement on World Aids Day. It was very interesting that few picked on up on it.  What’s your observation about why it didn’t get out properly? Julio Montaner: There is no way I can answer that question 

“It’s all I’ve ever known”

published: November, 26, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Youth, Features and Interviews, Women, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy interviews Ontario’s Muluba Habanyama, a twenty-two year old born with HIV who lived with a family secret for twenty-one years to emerge as one of our busiest and most promising young activists

“It’s all I’ve ever known”

Bob Leahy: Good to talk to you, Muluba. You are twenty-two, HIV-positive and you are studying journalism at Sheridan College. How do people there process that?  Muluba Habanyama: Well, it’s all I’ve ever known. I just disclosed almost a year ago, last World AIDS Day, so they have actually been really supportive, really inspired by my story. You have had a fascinating journey. You’re fairly public now. But let’s start with how did that decision to disclose happen? Probably about fiv

The Charlie Sheen interview with TODAY's Matt Lauer

published: November, 17, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

For those who haven’t seen it, the news officially broke this morning in this interview that Charlie Sheen is HIV-positive

The Charlie Sheen interview with TODAY's Matt Lauer

“I’m not really the good poster man for this but I won’t shun away from responsibilities and opportunities that draw me to helping others.”  “I’m gonna ride this wave of support. If there’s one guy on this planet to contract this that’s going to deliver a cure, it’s me. Seriously." Part one  Part two  Part three  An open letter from Charlie Sheen: Roughly four years ago, I suddenly found myself in the throws of a seismic and debilitating three-day cluster-migraine-l

The Story of M

published: November, 02, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Features and Interviews, Health, Living with HIV, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Occasional guest writer Joe Lethbridge from Kitchener Ontario interviews M, a homeless HIV-positive man about the impact crystal meth addiction has had on his life

The Story of M

Joe says: "While this may be a rough read, I think it is an important one.  The Language may seem foul but I want to try to convey the real feelings of a recovering meth addict Meth is not a drug used by any one sector of society. One-time use of meth may and often does lead to addiction. Recovery has a high remission rate; depression and lack of  self0worth often brings people  back to meth. The only real hope is cognitive behavioural therapy, which works best  if the person wants help a

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