Lifestyle

Tis the season to be jolly...but not for everyone!

published: December, 17, 2012 Categories // Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

You are not alone. Nathaniel Casco" “I myself find this time of year very difficult. I usually end up watching some TV or going to bed early, waking up Christmas morning to nothing but another day.”

Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Year’s and so many other holiday seasons are well and truly upon us. The time of year most of us have busy schedules with family and friends to visit, lots of food to eat and the end of one year and the start of another, a time of joy, happiness and excitement of things to come and things that have come to pass. Unfortunately it is also a time of year that can become emotionally demanding and stressful. Some people even suffer high levels of discouragement and d

Slow cooker Asian Pork Roast.

published: December, 12, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Food, Nutrition and Recipes, Lifestyle, Bob Leahy - Publisher

It’s good, cheap and healthy, and would be a spectacular main course to serve if you are having friends over, says Bob Leahy about this recipe for a delicious and easy to make meal that serves eight.

Slow cooker Asian Pork Roast.

From time to time I post recipes here that strike me as having particular appeal, for one reason or another, for people living with HIV and which I’ve cooked and that turned out really well.  None of the recipes I’ve featured call for advanced cooking skills and this one is no exception,  In fact it’s very much a throw-it-in-the-pot type of meal.  Except the results for this one are quite spectacular, and would impress a bunch of your friends no end with your culinary skills.  So if

Photographic developing

published: December, 11, 2012 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Hobbies, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow on how his hobby of photography has been turning in to something more.

Photographic developing

Last June I wrote about some photographic opportunities that were about to come my way and how I was looking forward to them. The truth is that since then photography has been taking up a lot of my time.  I participated in the art show I mentioned but no sales or inquiries came from it. I did get a paying assignment though. A company hired me to submit photos for their new website, some that would rotate at the top of the webpage. From that job I found out about a workshop called "'Good Stor

Domesticated?!

published: December, 03, 2012 Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Our Positively Dating takes in a house guest - and heavens! “This slight stint of domestication has made me realize what I really want. A husband!”

Domesticated?!

Loneliness can drive a person bonkers. I mean, look at all the cat ladies of the world.  Much like those feline lovin’ females, I found myself taking in a stray. No, not a pussy - I’m allergic. I took in boy.  Philip, my ex-crush and current bestie, had torn the meniscus in one of his knees. For you and me this wouldn’t really be that big of a deal, but for Philip it is his lifeblood. He is a dancer and uses his legs for more than just putting them behind his head. Since he now lives

Weekend (2011)

published: December, 01, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Dating, Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Movies, Lifestyle, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

True love? Bob Leahy reviews an honest little indie movie about gay men, love, sex and intimacy that you might have missed – but shouldn’t.

Weekend (2011)

I want to recommend a little gem of a movie I saw last weekend which couldn’t ring more true with me.  Is been a long time since I navigated the world of cruising, dating and those no-strings-attached hookups which are, I think, the bread and butter of many a young, or young-ish, gay man’s life. I remember expecting nothing of them, but nevertheless wondering whether they’d turn in to something more.  So you meet someone, go home with them and think, next morning, about where it’s

The Book of Awesome

published: November, 28, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy says "we don’t know much about author Neil Pasricha, but, boy, do we like the way he thinks. Because this guy takes appreciating the little things in life to a whole new level."

The Book of Awesome

"Awesome" is a word that seems to be attacked relentlessly by critics. Their argument  - how many times have you heard this – is that “awesome” means something that describes awe – and perhaps the latest episode of Glee doesn’t quite fit that mold. I honestly don’t care.  Words happen to fall in to use because they fill the gaps – and there was a gap in the popular vocabulary to describe something that was very, very cool.  Which incidentally is another word of the same ilk,

Your own goodbye

published: November, 27, 2012 Categories // Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Nathaniel Casco on penning your own obit. “This may sound a little morbid, but think about it…an obituary is really a synopsis of you and the life you lived (not the life you didn’t live).”

Living with HIV, many of us have often thought about the day we say farewell to our loved ones and friends. I know I have thought of this many times, especially when I was very sick and in hospital. I went through a stage that I did think it was it, and I sure didn’t want it to BE it. I hadn’t lived the life I wanted to live. I always thought “tomorrow I’ll do something different. Next year will be better. I will change my life direction real soon. There is still time. I’m too tired

Notes from a quitter.

published: November, 26, 2012 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Health, Smoking Cessation , Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Philip Minaker

Smoking that is, but not life. Philip Minaker looks back on his recent successful attempt to quit his smoking habit, but also is proud of a string of other life changes along the way.

Notes from a quitter.

We evolve from both unexpected events and those we facilitate ourselves, regardless of whether they are good or bad. Physically, mentally and/or emotionally the best we can do is turn those lemons into lemonade. It is our faith, optimism and the love of those near and dear to us (including ourselves) that serves as the motivation to keep us slugging away.  Life is indeed a journey filled with many hills and valleys riddled with all sorts of obstacles. It’s not always easy to make changes o

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

published: November, 22, 2012 Categories // Gay Men, Health, Sexual 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, Health, Sexual Health, Lifestyle, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, 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, Food, Nutrition and Recipes, Newly Diagnosed, General Health, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, 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

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