Features and Interviews

The Danny Pintauro Interview

published: October, 22, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Features and Interviews, Television, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

For eight years, he played Jonathan Bower on televisions "Who's the Boss". He starred in Stephen King's "Cujo". For twelve years, Danny Pintauro had a secret. Danny is HIV positive. Now Joe Lethbridge interviews him for PositiveLite.com

The Danny Pintauro Interview

Seeing clips of Danny Pintauro on "The View" and hearing holier than thou, judgemental comments from clueless host Candace Bure , I knew HIV still had stigma surrounding it. Danny kept his cool. He carried himself with grace and kept his head held high. Not only openly gay, but publicly open with his HIV status, I wanted to know how someone in the public eye could face scrutinity  and be judged unfairly. I wanted to know more about the man, rather than the entertainer or "former child star"

Our landscape, our peers: Andrew Beckerman

published: October, 20, 2015 Categories // Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Philip Dawson talks to AIDS Vancouver Island's Andrew Beckerman, a long-term survivor with a long background of volunteering who says “the challenge is how to make this world a more equitable place by enabling fellow peers."

Our landscape, our peers: Andrew Beckerman

Our Landscape, Our Peers is a way to connect different voices, one by one - as an open reading for peers of many walks of life, some distant miles away, and bound together as we live with HIV.  There's always a different voice out there in the landscape of people living with HIV. There is always another way someone has fought and moved forward. There is always going to be the need to encourage a peer to say what she/he thinks with articulation – to listen - and hope we can use some of the

Youth and the aboriginal way

published: October, 13, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Youth, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks to Preston Leon, the young man from BC’s interior diagnosed at 16 we have featured here before, about the influence aboriginal ways have had on his journey as a young gay man living with HIV

Youth and the aboriginal way

Bob Leahy: Hi Preston: Thanks for talking to PositiveLite.com again. Now I want to jump in and say right away that I know you are aboriginal, I know, you're gay or two-spirited and I know that you are HIV-positive. Those are three factors which individually and collectively can lead to discrimination.  Preston Leon: Well, in this town I can’t go around thinking it’s OK if I kiss my partner; it’s probably worse on the reservation itself. The elders, in certain cases, won’t accept it.

Catching up with the first Miss America to champion AIDS awareness

published: September, 29, 2015 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Women, Features and Interviews, International , Mark S. King

Mark S King says “When Miss Florida 1992, Leanza Cornett, competed for the crown of Miss America 1993, . . we adored her because she proudly chose an AIDS awareness platform — and she meant it down to her lovely bones.”

Catching up with the first Miss America to champion AIDS awareness

When Miss Florida 1992, Leanza Cornett, competed for the crown of Miss America 1993, she didn’t just have gay hearts aflutter over our love for pageant competitions. We adored her because she proudly chose an AIDS awareness platform — and she meant it down to her lovely bones. When she won, she made good on her promise to bring HIV issues to an audience that wasn’t used to Miss America hanging out with dying gay men or performing condom demonstrations. My interview with the groundbre

Talking early treatment issues

published: September, 15, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // As Prevention , Features and Interviews, Health, Treatment, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks with the world's leading treatment as prevention advocate, B.C.'s Dr. Julio Montaner, about new research that broadens the case for early treatment – and why Canada still needs to fully embrace its benefits.

Talking early treatment issues

Vancouver, BC [September, 2015] A new study finds patients who start HIV combination antiretroviral treatment at high CD4 levels – when the immune system is still healthy – have higher likelihood of long-term adherence and better clinical outcomes. Published in the journal AIDS, the new research confirms, at the population level, the results of recent randomized clinical trials supporting immediate initiation of HIV treatment. “Our study counters concerns among clinicians that individua

Bob Leahy interviews poz US Marine gone viral Tanner White

published: September, 14, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Dating, Activism, Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

A conversation with the out poz and proud US marine who gained fame for asking gay country star Steve Grand to be his date for the Marine Corps Ball – on YouTube

Bob Leahy interviews poz US Marine gone viral Tanner White

From poz.com “Tanner White, who bills himself as “your favorite positive Marine” on his YouTube channel, has posted a new video in which he asks singer-songwriter Steve Grand to the 2015 Marine Corps Ball. Grand is an openly gay country singer who is as famous for his hunky body as for his music. White is an HIV-positive social media activist who posts videos about HIV prevention and awareness. UPDATE: Steve Grand Says Yes to Date With HIV-Positive Marine Bob Leahy: First of all, Tann

Here’s help with telling your (HIV) story

published: September, 03, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Editor Bob Leahy in conversation with Camille de Putter, author of Storytelling with Heart, a workbook designed to help people tell their stories. It's about working through shame, silence and secrets and learning to write and share.

Here’s help with telling your (HIV) story

Bob Leahy: Hi Camiille. Why don’t you tell me first what people can expect from your book?  Camille DePutter. Sure. I wrote the book because I feel that for many of us we have a sense that we have a story we would like to tell about ourselves and our experiences so I wanted to help people do that, to help them do some of the thinking about what their personal stories may be. It’s a way to start working with those stories, to put them down on paper, think about them in new ways and start

Charles Sanchez gives life with HIV the full comic treatment in Merce

published: August, 24, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Movies, Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Television, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks to New York poz guy Charles Sanchez, producer, writer and star of Merce, a TV web series that’s been compared to "Seinfeld with HIV".

Charles Sanchez gives life with HIV the full comic treatment in Merce

"Merce, is about a middle aged, HIV+ guy living in NYC, and it's a musical comedy! And here's the subversive part: it's not sad and no one dies. As an HIV+ man, I've been starving for a story about HIV that isn't sad. The show is bright, colorful, campy and fun. Each episode is less than 10 minutes long, and each has an original musical number. The goal of the show is to present a fresh idea of what a person with HIV looks like, and to add some humor into the conversation about HIV. After all

Twenty questions for Preston

published: August, 03, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

You wanted to know more about Preston Leon, the inspiring aboriginal young man we interviewed from rural British Columbia whom we featured in the article “Seroconverting at 15”. So we asked him twenty questions about himself

Twenty questions for Preston

How old are you?  I’m 17 now. Where were you born? Kamloops, British Columbia Are you shy or confident? I’m pretty confident. What languages do you speak? I speak a little Italian, a little Carrier and I’m picking up French and German. (Editor’s note: The Carrier language is a Northern Athabaskan language. It is named after the Dakelh people, a First Nations people of the Central Interior of British Columbia.) What month and year were you diagnosed with HIV? Jun e of 2014. Y

Frank talk from Julio Montaner

published: July, 22, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // As Prevention , Features and Interviews, Health, International , Treatment, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

From IAS 2015 Bob Leahy speaks (again) with BC’s Dr. Julio Montaner, the world’s leading treatment as prevention advocate, about 90-90-90, his frustrations with uptake in Canada – and meeting the Pope.

Frank talk from Julio Montaner

He’s co-chair of IAS 2015, a conference of its time notable not so much for its presentation of the latest science but for what seems like a collective determination to stop talking, move forward and IMPLEMENT what we’ve been debating for years. Which suits Julio Montaner, head of the B.C. Centre for Excellence, just fine. “There is no discussion anymore” he says, “the science is in. IAS 2015 will finally compile a body of irrefutable evidence to make treatment as prevention the gl

HIV Happy

published: July, 21, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Features and Interviews, Health, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks to UK writer Paul Thorn about his new book which explains how a harmonious and happy co-existence with HIV is possible and how to make the most of the second chance that treatment affords you

HIV Happy

"Dealing with issues of low self-esteem or destructive patterns? Paul Thorn’s easy, breezy HIV Happy is just the self-help pick-me-up you need. As it spells out 'Five Pillars of HIV Happy,' this small book could make a big difference in your life." Poz Magazine, New York Bob Leahy: Hi Paul. Thanks for talking to PositiveLite.com. I’ve read your book and I like it a lot. It strikes me too that HIV Happy is quite different to anything else out there. What do you think?  Paul Thorn: It

Seroconverting at 15

published: July, 01, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks to Preston Leon, a 16-year old man from central British Columbia diagnosed with HIV a year ago, about what it’s like to find out you are HIV-positive when you are a teenager in a small rural community where HIV isn’t talked about

Seroconverting at 15

Burns Lake, British Columbia Bob Leahy: Hi Preston. Remind me what’s the name of the place you live in?  Preston Leon: I live in Burns Lake, British Columbia. Probably about four or 5-thosuand people there. I’ve grown up mosly around here and I spend my time farming, being out in the country. We have a few horses, a few cows, roughly 300,000 acres on one property and 80,000 acres on another. OK. I want to hear your story. When did you find out you were HIV-positive? On June 14, 2014.

Filling the void: Canada’s national voice for people living with HIV takes flight

published: June, 26, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy reports on the fledgling organization called CPPN/RCPS recently formed by and for Canadian people living with HIV to give them a strong voice on the national stage

Filling the void: Canada’s national voice for people living with HIV takes flight

It was all the buzz in Ottawa last week, where membership applications were being snapped up in dozens. Canadians living with HIV may have finally found their voice with the formation of a new organization that aims to influence and revive the country’s national response to HIV as well as the lives of those long under represented who live with HIV.  Called the CCPN/RCPS, the initials stand for Canadian Positive People Network, or in French, Reseau Canadien des Personnes Séropositives.

When to START has never been clearer

published: June, 10, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // CATIE, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Features and Interviews, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Editor Bob Leahy in conversation with CATIE’s Sean Hosein about START, the important and ground-breaking study that recently provided definitive evidence of the health benefits of starting HIV treatment sooner rather than later

When to START has never been clearer

From CATIE  (June 1, 2015): Study confirms starting HIV treatment early prevents illness and death "A large, well-designed clinical trial called START has confirmed that by initiating anti-HIV therapy early—when their CD4+ cell counts are still relatively high—HIV-positive people can significantly reduce their risk of developing AIDS, other serious illnesses unrelated to AIDS or dying. According to the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the results from

Long term HIV and Hep C survivor Barry Haarde to bike across North America for the fourth time!

published: June, 01, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Aging, Hep B and C, Fundraisers, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy interviews Barry Haarde who is about to set a new world record by embarking on Wheels for the World IV, a 4000-mile bike ride across North America. They talk about this feat, as well as Barry’s thoughts on living long term with HIV in 2015

Long term HIV and Hep C survivor Barry Haarde to bike across North America for the fourth time!

Bob Leahy: Good to speak to you again.  Barry, you are about to embark on your fourth bike ride across North America. That's pretty incredible. Tell us about this one.  Barry Harrde: We’re calling this year’s ride, “Wheels for the World IV- Piles of Miles”, as it is my longest ride yet in terms of total mileage. I roll out of San Francisco on May 31st, and by the time I reach Portsmouth, New Hampshire on July 21st, I’ll have logged over 4,000 miles. It’s also the highest of the

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