Living with HIV

Flashback: Diana Ross in Central Park

published: July, 03, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Performances, Revolving Door, Music, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

From TheBody.com, a spectacular video of Diana Ross performing in the rain in Central Park in 1983 brings back memories of the dawn of AIDS in America.

Flashback: Diana Ross in Central Park

This article by David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W. first appeared on TheBody.com here.   She arrived on the stage covered in colorful braids amid stylized African dancers. Drums played exotic rhythms as she unveiled herself before 800,000 people -- the largest in the history of Central Park. Dressed in a glittering orange suit with billowing fabric, Diana Ross welcomed the cheering masses as an ominous summer storm darkened the sky. She created a magic spell with song and, at one point, implore

Why disclosure and condoms have no utility in modern HIV prevention

published: July, 02, 2013 Categories // Gay Men, As Prevention , Health, Sexual Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Josh Kruger says condom-based HIV prevention just isn’t working for gay men anymore and says the future lies in treatment and prevention.

Despite traditional prevention efforts, HIV infections in the gay male population are rising dramatically. According to the CDC, new HIV infections increased in the MSM population by 12% from 2008 to 2010 with young men under 25 experiencing a dramatic 22% increase in rate of infection. Basically, this means that young gay men are no longer affected by decades-old HIV prevention efforts, particularly condom-based campaigns. Tiresome narratives of the sexiness of condoms, a fantasy akin to the

How to say “I Quit”—and mean it

published: July, 02, 2013 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Smoking Cessation , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Writing for CATIE’s Positive Side, ex-smoker Bob Leahy explains how he butt out for good – and why.

How to say “I Quit”—and mean it

This article previosuly appeared in CATIE’s The Positive Side here.    Une version française est disponible ici.  I’m an ex-smoker. When I smoked, I used to meet scores of fellow HIV-positive smokers, especially outside conference doors during breaks. I must admit that I enjoyed the camaraderie, the chance to connect with people, the ritual. I don’t miss smoking but I do sometimes miss those often-chilly moments outside conference buildings where I made a lot of friends. We smoke

Getting involved nationally

published: July, 01, 2013 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Activism, Conferences, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow recently made his first foray in to activism at the national level, by attending the Canadian AIDS Society’s recent AGM and Forum for People Living with HIV. Here’s his report.

Getting involved nationally

Over the past three to four years I’ve been attending every conference, workshop or training session I could to learn all there is to know about this virus I live with – and to find ways to get involved. There are few things locally or around the province of Ontario that I haven’t already been involved in. I've been volunteering with two local AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs), doing some public speaking, trying my hand at facilitating peer led workshops, getting involved in community-

On dealing with multiple health issues

published: July, 01, 2013 Categories // General Health, Health, Living with HIV

Jack Frost says “seriously, I swear I am going for the world record for the highest number of illnesses a person can have.”

I am still having my sleeping and being tired all the time issues. It all started back in September of last year. Then in December I found out I had severe asthma and started using an inhaler daily. I noticed my energy improved a little bit and I was sleeping better but still somewhat tired. In the last couple of months, it has come back with a vengeance.  Usually a couple of times a week I will fall asleep at 4 p.m and wake up around midnight or 1 am. I will brush my teeth and go right to b

Beast of burden

published: July, 01, 2013 Written by // Michael Yoder Categories // As Prevention , Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Michael Yoder

Michael Yoder asks is treatment as prevention the latest thing, a flash in the pan, which targets people living with HIV rather than stupidity?

Beast of burden

“In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.”  Eleanor Roosevelt  “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not certain about the former.” Albert Einstein  To begin it, I want to be really clear that I’m not an expert in treatments for HIV or in treatment as prevention. These are just my own thoughts about the concept of treatment as pr

Redefining yourself is not an easy task.

published: June, 30, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Guest Felix Garmendia has been through difficult times, but, he says, thanks to his illness, he ‘s a better human being and he’s once again found meaning in his life.

Redefining yourself is not an easy task.

For decades, in my younger years, I thought it was all about my body, my face, my looks  - a me, me, me situation.  During those years, I made a lot of "friends". I was popular, always busy and lining up parties for the weekend.  I'm sure this routine sounds familiar to some of you. I was just a young guy who was trying to enjoy my life to the fullest before HIV was going to end it. I tested positive for HIV in the 80s, when it was a death sentence - nothing like these days wi

When to start treatment

published: June, 29, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Aging, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

Prompt HIV diagnosis and early antiretroviral therapy is especially important for older people, reports aidsmap.com

When to start treatment

This article by Michael Carter first appeared on aidsmap.com here.  Prompt HIV diagnosis and early antiretroviral therapy are especially important for older people, results of a UK study published in Age and Ageing show. There was a 10% one-year mortality rate among people aged 50 plus at the time of their diagnosis, compared to a rate of 3% among younger people. The risk of death was especially high for older people with a CD4 cell count below 200 cells/mm3 at the time of diagnosis and who

Hitting the wall

published: June, 27, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, Newly Diagnosed, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy was one of those asked to contribute to a new resource for people just diagnosed and perhaps a bit overwhelmed - Josh Robbins’ Digital Wall of Encouragement. Now the results are up on imstilljosh.com.

Hitting the wall

January 24 2012 marks the date that Josh Robbins turned on his video camera, recording live for posterity (and YouTube) the minutes and seconds  that many of us know only too well, the act of getting our positive test results. Since that time the 30-year old from Nashville Tennessee has maintained a high profile on social media, with his own website, imstilljosh.com, a lengthy interview with TheBody.com, not to mention penning an exclusive story for PostiveLite.com, appearing just two month

A disclosure story

published: June, 26, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Dating, Women, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific

From TheBody.com “Rape in Words and Actions”. River Huston describes how disclosing her HIV-positive to a new man in her life brings doubt - and difficult memories.

A disclosure story

This story by River Huston appeared on TheBodyCom here.  I met someone. I felt this instant connection. He responded in kind. Big smiles, little touches that lead to a kiss, and that kiss led to a fly-me-to-the-moon, feel-the-earth-move, curl-your-toes kind of kiss for hours. In the day that followed we told our stories and finally it came to that moment when it was time for me to disclose and I did. There was silence and some questions. I understand because he is my age, in his fifties and

POZ-TO Pride Edition

published: June, 26, 2013 Categories // Community Events, DJ Relentless, Pride, Arts and Entertainment, Events, Music, Living with HIV

DJ Relentless with news of the next Toronto dance party for poz people and their friends and allies on July 7. Mark your calendars!

POZ-TO Pride Edition

It’s almost time for the next POZ-TO event and this time it is our PRIDE EDITION! When I was putting the party together, I thought to myself.....who would I like to invite to be our entertainment this time? Then I thought....it would be so great if I could get my good friends Jennifer Walls and Troy Jackson to come in. I know that it’s busy during Pride for all us who entertain, so I was totally prepared for them to say “no”. But luckily for me, they said “yes”!  So I sat down wi

This is not the kind of spit and swallow I was thinking of.....

published: June, 25, 2013 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Gay Men, Sexual Health, Living with HIV, Sex and Sexuality , Brian Finch

Brian Finch rediscovers that having sex with guys high on crystal meth isn't so hot!!

This is not the kind of spit and swallow I was thinking of.....

Sometimes in life the oddest and most over-the-top moments come unexpectedly. Sometimes those moments are so bad that the sadness of it all becomes funny This is one more story of hooking up online. After one guy got hot and heavy with me while messaging, I decided to give him the one last test. I asked him if he read my profile and saw that I’m positive. I never heard back from him. Truth be told I couldn't have cared less if we met or not, which is partly why I threw my status out th

Undetectable? No, you’re HIV+

published: June, 24, 2013 Categories // Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Josh Kruger on the divide that having an undetectable viral load, or not, can sometimes represent in the HIV-positive community. And what does being undetectable have in common with being neg?

Recently, Tyler Curry, founder of the terribly named but conversely pitch-perfect in mission “Needle Prick Project,” contributed to the Advocate a thoughtful dissection on the term “undetectable” in relation to those living with HIV. In “The Undetectable Paradox,” Curry writes, “With many gay men still unclear about what being ‘undetectable’ truly constitutes, how do we get to a place where we can discuss what it does and doesn’t mean without all of us looking dirty in the

Finding a national voice

published: June, 24, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Conferences, Events, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Canada has no national organization for people living with HIV. But Bob Leahy says there's a need for a strong national voice, and delegates to the Canadian AIDS Society’s recent AGM and Forum for People Living with HIV seem to agree.

Finding a national voice

Adversity often brings people together, sharpens the focus on the real priorities and spurs action where action did not previously exist.   And if outright extinction isn’t in the wind, some would say the infrastructure that the AIDS community has built up over the last couple of decades is decidedly vulnerable, thanks to funding realignments proposed by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). That complex infrastructure includes an annual Forum for people living with HIV drawing poz me

Recreational drugs and HIV

published: June, 24, 2013 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Lifestyle, Living with HIV

CATIE answers the question: “I sometimes like to party, and I have used a number of different drugs. How could this affect my health and my HIV treatment?”

Recreational drugs and HIV

This article first appeared on the CATIE website here. Une version française est disponible ici.  The essentials: Most interactions between recreational drugs and HIV medications have not been scientifically studied, nor are they likely to be, given that most are illegal substances. However, people have shown through experience that “safer partying” is possible, and there are some specific tips that can help make drug use safer and healthier. More details: Many recreational drugs a

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