Living with HIV

To hell with the money!!

published: October, 30, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Activism, Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Kimutai Kemboi, General Health, Mental Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Features and Interviews, Women, Health, Sexual Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media

Kenyan HIV activist Kimutai Kemboi interviews "Eve", a former Nairobi sex worker.

To hell with the money!!

"Over the years, my needs came before my health. Risk of getting sexually related infections never came to my mind. I could sleep with whoever offered to pay my rent, buy food, meet other bills and ensure my beauty was maintained." Eve said. "I could sleep with any man irrespective of his physical outfit or age, what mattered to me was how much he could cover. The amount he could give decided how much his demands were honoured. Using protection was not my option but his wish; to be sincere. I

After I was diagnosed with HIV I started taking risks

published: October, 30, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Dating, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Newly Diagnosed, Mental Health, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Media, Sex and Sexuality

From FS Magazine, Ruaidhri O'Baoill tells of "a time when I should have protected myself more than ever but instead put myself through continuous sexual risk" and how he found his way forward.

After I was diagnosed with HIV I started taking risks

When I was diagnosed as HIV-positive I turned to sex as a way to cope with how I was feeling about myself. I lost all confidence and self-condemned myself to the ‘unwanted’ pile. I relied on the quick fix that sex brought to make myself feel better again.  It was the connection, contact and ultimately acceptance, along with being desired, that I craved which sex provided me with – no matter the circumstance.  I didn’t set out to intentionally put myself at risk again after being d

Free workshops at HALCO in November and December 2017

published: October, 27, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, Social Media, Events, Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

Everyone is welcome to attend any of these general interest workshops but space is limited so registration is required.

Free workshops at HALCO in November and December 2017

Our free workshops are held in person at the HALCO office/Specialty Legal Clinic Co-op, 55 University Avenue, 15th Floor Room C2, Toronto (just south of King Street West and the fully accessible St. Andrew subway station).  The workshops in this series are: - Refugees and Permanent Residents: How Can You Lose Your Status in Canada?  How Can You Apply for Canadian Citizenship? workshop on Wednesday November 8, 2017, 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Presenter:  Meagan Johnston, HALCO Staff Lawyer. -

My new friend

published: October, 26, 2017 Written by // Dennis Battler Categories // Social Media, Aging, Gay Men, Mental Health, Health, Spirituality, Dennis Battler, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Dennis Battler honours Shanti's life and faces a new diagnosis.

My new friend

“And now its Wed. Tue was another day from the Hellien Gods. Centered around my new bodily curiousity the nature of which is too delicate for my demure conversational boundaries.” … as written to an older female friend earlier today. Thoughts change quickly. Well, fuck demure. As I wrote to another friend, David: "Re: sex - I doubt it will happen again in my lifetime. When I think of it, sex fucked up my life. As you said, “So much disease with sex.” And do we really pay attention?

Living with HIV in the 21st century

published: October, 25, 2017 Written by // Isaac D. Joseph Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Gay Men, Youth, Isaac D. Joseph, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Sexual Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Isaac D. Joseph debuts on PositiveLite.com as a regular contributor with his assessment of what it means to live with HIV today.

Living with HIV in the 21st century

In 1985, The Normal Heart, a play about gay men in New York fighting back against government indifference to the AIDS epidemic was performed. It depicts the rise of the AIDS crisis seen through the eye of Ned Weeks, the founder of a prominent HIV advocacy group. In the play Weeks nurses his lover, who is dying from an unnamed disease. His doctors are puzzled and frustrated by having no resources to research it. Weeks tirelessly fights for his lover and so many others, like him dying from AIDS,

As the autumn leaves turn

published: October, 20, 2017 Written by // Patrick Italo Ettenes Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Patrick Italo Ettenes

Patrick Ettenes in praise of the simple pleasures

As the autumn leaves turn

Standing by the window, watching the autumn leaves turn, actually taking the time to watch as nature silently reminds me that seasons are real, the year is coming to an end, and life is taking place. I stand still, ever so slowly watching and taking in the fact that the trees have leaves still on them. The air is chirpy and the people are still clubbing away while I sit perched like a crow on the ledge of my office window on a Sunday. Why am I watching people? Because it’s a long lost art,

Let's make IT happen

published: October, 17, 2017 Written by // Jeff Potts Categories // Social Media, Activism, Current Affairs, Living with HIV, Jeff Potts, Media

The CPPN's Jeff Potts: "Honestly, our best intentions are not enough… especially now. So… let’s be resilient… let’s work together to live the lessons we learned; let’s focus on the “by us” and make it happen."

Let's make IT happen

I want to write about my own journey in recent months, but also the future path of the organization of which I am now Executive Director. That path recently was made more inviting, courtesy of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). First some history. PHAC made its announcements revealing which organizations it invited to submit Letters of Intent for consideration of funding under the new Community Action Fund. The Canadian Positive People Network (CPPN) was not among them and it appeare

What I've learned through training

published: October, 13, 2017 Written by // Megan DePutter Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Megan DePutter, Opinion Pieces

Megan DePutter reflects on some of the high points as she prepares to go on maternity leave.

What I've learned through training

I’ve spent the last 1.5 years delivering training on HIV and related topics in Scotland. The audience has been diverse – it’s included nurses, GP’s, infant feeding advisors, midwives, therapists, social workers, addictions and criminal justice workers, dieticians and occupational therapists, psychologists, early childcare workers, people who work with vulnerable adults, students and people in a wide variety of other roles! During this period I’ve delivered training for nearly 550 peo

HIV and mental health: The elephant in the room

published: October, 11, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Aging, Mental Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Living with HIV, Media

From CATIE Blog, Tammy c. Yates of Realize: "it is critical for HIV and mental health workers to strategize together to ensure that the mental health needs of people living with HIV are being addressed.."

HIV and mental health: The elephant in the room

In his famous poem “The Blind Men and the Elephant”, John Godfrey Saxe retells an Indian parable about three blind men who went to see an elephant. Of course, being blind, they could only ‘see’ the elephant by touching it. When asked to describe the elephant, one grabbed it by its trunk and said, “An elephant is like a snake!” The second man took his turn to touch it, pulled it by the leg, and confidently determined, “No, an elephant is like a tree trunk!” The third and final p

Films open up the lives of Christians affected by HIV

published: October, 11, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Mental Health, Revolving Door, International , Spirituality, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media

From Church Times, Hattie Williams reports on Positive Faith, a new online resource exploring the relationship between HIV and faith.

Films open up the lives of Christians affected by HIV

Talking about faith: a Christian with HIV, Horcelie Sinda Wa Mbongo (currently Miss Congo UK), and Vida Boateng, in one of the videos in the resource A NEW government-funded video series produced by Christians living with, or affected by, HIV has been praised by church leaders and health professionals. The online resource, Positive Faith, explores the relationship between HIV and faith. It is due to be launched in London next Thursday, 12 October, by the charity Catholics for A

Review: ‘The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson’ is Trans Film Noir

published: October, 09, 2017 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Movies, Women, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Mark S. King

Mark S. King reviews the new documentary by David France.

Review: ‘The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson’ is Trans Film Noir

Marsha P. Johnson, in a photo from the new documentary. Victoria Cruz, a dogged crime-victim advocate in New York City, has taken on one last case before retirement. She wants to solve the mysterious 1992 death of Marsha P. Johnson — a trans woman like Cruz herself — who’s body was pulled from the Hudson river after disappearing the evening before. The cause of death had been ruled a suicide, but that doesn’t wash with Marsha’s friends or with much of the LGBT population of New Yor

80 days of HIV

published: October, 05, 2017 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Activism, Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Youth, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Alex Sparrowhawk

Alex Sparrowhawk checks in and talks about his new project, "...to show a daily snapshot of life with the virus."

80 days of HIV

I’ve not written anything for a while, or more accurately I have written a lot and left the contents of my ramblings in the draft vaults of WordPress.com. So what’s going on in my life? Well I’ve been dating someone since May and it’s going well enough for us to venture on our first trip away this weekend. Work is good and over the summer I was so proud to see our Can’t Pass It On campaign launch as well as tick off a number of other projects I’ve been working on this year. M

How do you know if someone has HIV?

published: October, 03, 2017 Written by // Billy Santo Categories // Activism, Social Media, Youth, Health, Billy Santo, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

From The Philippines, out poz guy Billy Santo speaks out on the importance of early testing and treatment.

How do you know if someone has HIV?

How do you know if someone has HIV? You don't. A lot of people who have HIV don't know that they have it. They don't have the slightest idea that they are already carrying it and still continue to engage in risky behaviors. That is why it is important to seek early testing and treatment to diminish harmful effects the virus can cause. If it stays in the body for a long time without medication, the virus can replicate into thousands of copies and can entirely destroy the immune system. Once t

The lost art of communication

published: September, 29, 2017 Written by // Michael Yoder Categories // featured, Social Media, Aging, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Michael Yoder

Michael Yoder: "More and more I believe our social isolation (and not just for poz folk) is a symptom of disassociation and disconnection."

The lost art of communication

"The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place."  -- George Bernard Shaw When I was young, in my 20s, we had no internet or Skype. We had party lines and dial phones or those fancy new push button phones that were all the rage. We didn't have texting or sexting, or Scruff or Grindr, or phones that were used solely for the purpose of taking self-absorbed portraits of our dinners or our faces with duck lips. No, we had much more... We actually talked to

An atheist wonders about praying

published: September, 28, 2017 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Social Media, Aging, Gay Men, Spirituality, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Félix Garmendía

New York guy Félix Garmendía: "One of the things I have learned to understand is the ultimate rule of kindness."

An atheist wonders about praying

As an HIV-positive man who happens to be wheelchair bound, I have been told recently a lot by friends that they are praying for me. Those who are aware of the fact that I am a non believer, immediately follow their kind gesture with an apology like, “I know you are an atheist but...” Atheism is not a religion and I call myself a non believer of the prejudicial, judgmental, bigoted idea of “God”. I have encountered since I was a child, many situations and postures, many of them conf

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