Lifestyle

Discharges, Rashes, Warts n’ All: A Morning At The STD Clinic

published: November, 22, 2012 Categories // Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Lifestyle, Population Specific

Dave R: STD’s are ever-present but socio-sexual, behavioural changes and the ensuing explosion of STD’s amongst young people have increased pressures on sexual health services. Do we ever consider what it is like for the people who work on the front line?

Discharges, Rashes, Warts n’ All: A Morning At The STD Clinic

This fictional scenario is very loosely based on a 4-part BBC3 program called ‘Unsafe Sex in the City’ (watch an episode below). The program follows what happens on a daily basis in Manchester’s main STD clinic and it pulls no punches. This piece is meant to give you a flavour of the program and how it reflects reality in a sexually charged world. 08:15am Staff Room “I like drippy willies best!” The other women chuckled but Sue continued, “It’s just that with drippy willies,

Learning To Fuck With Poz Guys

published: November, 21, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Lifestyle, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Jake Sobo ”has spent the better part of his adult life having as much sex as possible while trying to avoid contracting HIV, and started taking PrEP as a way to help him stay negative.” This is Part 4 in A Series on PrEP from PositiveFrontiers.com

Learning To Fuck With Poz Guys

This article by Jake Sobo first appeared in PositiveFrontiers.com   here and is republished with kind permission of the Editor-at-Large. (Thanks Alex).  Readers are encouraged to read the entire My Life on PrEP series on PositiveFrontiers.com.  A few months before I started taking Truvada for PrEP, I got hit up on Manhunt by a gorgeous HIV-positive guy who wanted to fuck me bare. He was frank about it, telling me that his viral load was undetectable and had been for years and that he w

What’s a Word Worth?

published: November, 15, 2012 Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Television, Lifestyle, Living with HIV

DJ Relentless on RuPaul and discrimination amongst the discriminated against

What’s a Word Worth?

In this, the  age of the fight for equality, there’s a struggle within a struggle that no one seems to want to talk about....discrimination amongst the discriminated against. Someone always has to feel superior to another. I believe everyone is aware of how the so-called healthy community discriminates against HIV+ people (which leads to many not disclosing because of it), but when a form of discrimination is budding on national television against any  one group we should stand up and take

The rising of the sun

published: November, 14, 2012 Written by // Michael Yoder Categories // Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Michael Yoder

Michael Yoder: “We don’t think about celebrating every moment. We may read affirmations alluding to this, but don’t really embrace the concept of celebration and gratitude. And yet there is so much in our lives that we can celebrate.”

The rising of the sun

  “O, the rising of the sun, and the running of the deer, The playing of the merry organ, sweet singing in the choir!” The Holly and the Ivy (traditional carol)  One of my closer friends lost a friend to cancer on Halloween morning. As I was walking to the store that morning I started to think “what’s to celebrate?” And I quickly realized the answer.  Everything! Confronted by death, people with HIV have an intimate understanding of the brief period we are granted on the ear

Twenty Years of Toronto

published: November, 06, 2012 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Brian Finch

Brian Finch: Last week marked a small personal anniversary. Twenty years ago, I moved to Toronto from Winnipeg. The old cliché of how time flies certainly can’t be said enough. Where has the time gone?

Twenty Years of Toronto

Last night, my first improv class at Second City began with the fellow beside me saying, “Hey my middle name is Brian, and that’s my father’s name. So if I call you dad, you’ll know why.”  What a difference 20 years has made. I grew up and became a daddy of sorts. It’s these moments when I realize that two decades have gone by.  For those who are not from Canada, let me just say there are two things that bring Canadians together and those are the shared hatred of Air Canada and

People are Silly . .

published: November, 02, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Events, Lifestyle, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

. . . says Bob Leahy. Especially when it’s Halloween, raining and cold and you’re celebrating at Halloween central aka Toronto’s gay village at Church and Wellesley. Not that silly is bad, In fact, Bob argues, silly is very, very good.

People are Silly   . .

Hurricane Sandy didn’t take a big bite out of Toronto and environs this week, but it did dump a lot of rain.  Which lingered – and lingered – and lingered.  Lingered right over Halloween in fact.  How dare it! Gay Christmas (OK, that's Pride, but you get the point), not ruined but dampened mightily. But who cares if the makeup was running a bit. So the umbrellas were out on Church Street this past Wednesday, but so were the boys and girls, unfazed and dressed  to the nines. I someh

To high-dose or not to high-dose?

published: October, 31, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Alternative Therapies, General Health, Food, Nutrition and Recipes, Newly Diagnosed, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

From aidsmap.com: High-dose multivitamins have no benefit for people starting HIV treatment but cause serious liver disturbances.

To high-dose or not to high-dose?

This article by Michael Carter first appeared on aidsmap.com here  Republished with permission.  Taking high-dose multivitamins has no health benefits for people starting antiretroviral therapy, but causes serious disturbances in liver function, according to the results of a large randomised trial published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study was stopped early after interim results showed that high-dose multivitamins were associated with a more than f

Coming up: Totally outRIGHT in Toronto: Register by November 4

published: October, 22, 2012 Categories // Dating, Community Events, Gay Men, Youth, Events, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Events, Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Totally outRIGHT is a sexual health leadership program for young gay/bi/trans/queer guys who are 18-29 years old.

Coming up: Totally outRIGHT in Toronto: Register by November 4

Another session of Totally outRIGHT is starting soon in Toronto. It’s a sexual health leadership program for young men aged 18-29. Sponsored by ACT, it’s for guys who are HIV-negative and HIV-positive, trans guys and guys from different ethnic backgrounds who like guys. Its purpose is to prepare men to be leaders in their communities by providing them with information about love, life, sexuality and sexual health.  Totally outRIGHT consists of 17 modules over four days that build resilie

Cough, cold and flu prevention and treatment

published: October, 19, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // General Health, Food, Nutrition and Recipes, Health, Revolving Door, Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Tips and tricks from Toronto naturopath Timothy Swift on how to stay healthy this winter

Cough, cold and flu prevention and treatment

  Hand washing:  Hand washing is the first line of defense against the cold and flu season.  Watch the video below to see how it is done correctly.  Coughing/sneezing into your sleeve:  This technique does a few things:  It keeps your hands from absorbing all the germs and it reduces your spray circle significantly. Sneezes can be propelled at between 20 and 100 mph (150km/hr). What this means is that when someone sneezes, people within 30 feet of them

Juicing for Health

published: October, 17, 2012 Categories // Food, Nutrition and Recipes, Lifestyle

Devan Nambiar on how best to eat your fruits and vegetables

Staying healthy and fit over the long term is an investment. Healthy eating requires a certain percentage of daily fruits, but it can be difficult for many to adhere to three to five servings per day.  There has been much research on the role of various vitamins and antioxidants in fruits and vegetables.  I have been utilizing the benefits of juicing for over 25 years. I have also written about my juicing recipes in Chapter 5, Managing Your Health, 2009, CATIE.  The side effects and toxic

Going for Baroque

published: October, 16, 2012 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Lifestyle, Philip Minaker

Our fashion guy Philip Minaker with the latest trends in fall and winter fashions

Going for Baroque

In fashion, when the pendulum swings one way you can expect it to eventually swing back in the opposite direction. Over the last couple of seasons we have seen a resurgence of bold colors, patterns and ornamentation that has slowly crept back into the mainstream of fashion. This Fall and Winter showcase these trends in bolder and more vibrant possibilities, leading the way to new, if not formerly borrowed upon, influences.  The 17th century was the birth of the Baroque period, which has be

Is it Me?

published: October, 16, 2012 Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Positively Dating is back - and he’s loving not trying. Dating that is.

Is it Me?

Just like Lucy, I guess I have some ‘splainin to do. Where have I been? Oh, I have been around. My day job had me quite busy and that left me no time to date, “date” or even think about anything in between. After my workload was alleviated, I realized that I wasn’t dying to venture back into those murky waters. I think during my time away, I fell in love with the idea of not trying. I don’t know if it was a product of those last two awful dates (you remember the boring guy from B

Going Freelance

published: October, 15, 2012 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Hobbies, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow contemplates taking his photography to the next level, meanwhile giving us a colourful selection of his latest images.

Going Freelance

As my plans to venture into "freelance" photography progress, this time of year is the best to put together a colourful portfolio.  Ahhhhh, Fall is finally here again in all its colourful glory. My absolute favourite time of the year, hands down. The humidity and excessive heat is finally gone. We're one step away from winter, I'm hoping it will be a slow progression. It's back to dressing in layers. I got my flu shot; I think I'm ready if it makes an early appearance, so bring it on.  I h

The top 5 regrets to avoid

published: October, 13, 2012 Categories // Lifestyle, Living with HIV

Dave R writes...it’s said that regrets are pointless because they were once exactly what you wanted but at the end, when you look back at your life, very few can say, ‘no regrets!’ A new book looks at the five most common deathbed wishes

The top 5 regrets to avoid

You know life’s full of regrets and what-ifs; we wouldn’t all be here reading articles on this site if it weren’t and no, this article is not another doom and gloom, slit your wrists type of downer. On the contrary, it’s a bit of a wake-up call, or at least it was for me. I was slumped on the couch, looking and feeling like death warmed up, matchsticks propping open the eyes, watching the breakfast news, with a mug of ginger, lemon and jasmine tea in hand. It wasn’t the morning afte

Sucking and Swallowing the Hard Truth

published: October, 11, 2012 Written by // Daniel Uy Categories // Yoga, Fitness and Exercise, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Daniel Uy

Taking stock. Daniel Uy is living out of Peterborough now, and thinking about when to say no, hearing the truth and reaching one’s own potential..

Sucking and Swallowing the Hard Truth

I step back, try not to gag and start to relax and swallow it down by asking myself “Ok.  Is there any truth in this?”  So lately in life I have had to make a few huge changes.  I am no longer an urban yogi anymore, but more of a country boy.  For the past few weeks I have been living out of Peterborough, Ontario on a more permanent basis teaching FT there at a yoga studio and still finding time to be in my place in the city (Toronto) for a few days.  The commuting back and forth is

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