Opinion Pieces

Reflections: My first LGBT+ pride

published: August, 08, 2017 Written by // Joshua Middleton Categories // Social Media, Pride, Community Events, Gay Men, Youth, Events, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Joshua Middleton

Joshua Middleton gives an account of his first LGBT+ Pride as an out bisexual man.

Reflections: My first LGBT+ pride

Disclaimer: The views represented in this blog are entirely my own and do not represents the thoughts, opinions, views, of any particular organization including those of the San Diego LGBT Community Center.  The day was quickly approaching, it all felt so surreal. A week prior I had taken one of the biggest steps in my life and come out as bisexual to my family, friends, and followers. And now I was taking part in my first ever LGBT+ Pride event in San Diego by marching in the parade in fro

It is best that I am HIV-positive (Antithesis for the uneducated)

published: August, 04, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From the Philippines, guest author Posit Bo on responding philosophically to HIV stigma.

It is best that I am HIV-positive (Antithesis for the uneducated)

It’s been more than two years since I was diagnosed with AIDS, as my baseline CD4 then was only 195. From 2015 to this day, a lot of things have happened in my life as a person living with HIV, as a student and as a son. This is PositiveLite.com and I am writing as a person living with HIV, so I’ll recount my experiences as – Posit Bo. Exactly two years ago, I started a blog called the “Voice of Positivism.” It was a convenient way of expressing my thoughts and reaching out to indi

In Venezuela, a once-leading AIDS program lies in ruins

published: August, 02, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Current Affairs, General Health, Health, International , Treatment, Media, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

More than a decade ago, the country was lauded for its treatment program. Now, Venezuela is years into a political and economic crisis. From The Globe and Mail, Alejandro Cegarra reports

In Venezuela, a once-leading AIDS program lies in ruins

Juan Coronel had HIV for years, he told me, but by the time he was sick enough to need anti-retrovirals, Venezuela’s HIV/AIDS program was chronically short of medications. He died on June 19.  Photo: Alejandro Cegarra To read the complete article by Alejandro Cegarra, visit The Globe and Mail, here. Juan Coronel was so thin that his kneecaps jutted out like tent poles in his sweatpants. He was 39 when I met him a few weeks ago, with reddish-brown hair that clung to his scalp like a

No ordinary affair. IAS 2017 report from Paris, Part Two: U=U makes a huge splash

published: August, 01, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // International AIDS Conference , Activism, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy with an insider’s report on how U=U made a huge impression last week in Paris - in the conference centre, on it’s main stage and in the media.

No ordinary affair. IAS 2017 report from Paris, Part Two: U=U makes a huge splash

What people said? Some said that history was made at IAS2017 in Paris last week. I’m too close to the campaign to be objective – I lead the Canadian arm of the Prevention Access Campaign's work – but certainly it was a big week. It was also one where the U=U campaign repeatedly made the news. Important things were said by important people, including by us and about us – people living with HIV. Here are some of the things people said about U=U last week “Scientists never like to

Kenya as far as Undetectable equals Untransmittable (U=U) is concerned

published: July, 26, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , African, Caribbean and Black, Kimutai Kemboi, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

From Kenya, Kimutai Kemboi on the achievements and the challenges Kenya faces going forward in the fight against HIV.

Kenya as far as Undetectable equals Untransmittable (U=U) is concerned

As a developing country, Kenya still faces a number of challenges in almost all sectors, including the health sector. This poses a great threat when it comes to addressing health related issues. Such challenges include shortage of funds, inadequate specialized equipment among other things. Despite these difficulties, the Government of Kenya has put in place policies favoring activities that boost provision of health care services. These include a National Health Insurance Fund run by the gove

Learning to make friends with uncertainty

published: July, 24, 2017 Written by // Dennis Battler Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Pets, Dennis Battler, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Dennis Battler on dealing with the uncertainty that arises when someone we love is threatened.

Learning to make friends with uncertainty

... we had a visit from Pat (no writing group for me today). Shanti was quite normal except for heavy breathing. Tried various food, he did eat some - crazy combination of tuna and plain cookie. Brief walk to Pet Valu where he enthusiastically pleaded staff for treats and won. His breathing is way too laboured.  Posted pics to FB of his pre-vet visit state and post- vet visit state, with Pat warmly and lovingly spooning him the tuna-cookie treat of the day.  Spoke with my friend Kari in

US: advocates launch consensus statement on HIV “Treatment as Prevention” in criminal law reform

published: July, 20, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Women, International , Legal, Media, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From the HIV Justice Network, this report on how the ‘Undetectable = Untransmittable’ campaign might best be understood to impact HIV criminalization advocacy.

US: advocates launch consensus statement on HIV “Treatment as Prevention” in criminal law reform

Yesterday saw the launch of a Consensus Statement on HIV “Treatment as Prevention” in Criminal Law Reform, to provide guidance for efforts to reform or “modernize” HIV-specific laws across the United States. The concern, as highlighted by Charles King, President and Chief Executive Officer, Housing Works, Inc, is that if HIV criminalisation reform focuses soley on changing laws so that those who are virally suppressed are not considered ‘a risk’ that this approach will not addres

Embracing a broader population, not erasing AIDS: government official, living with HIV, reflects on the name change to 'HIV.gov'

published: July, 19, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, International , Media, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From TheBody.com, JD Davids interviews Richard Wolitski, Ph.D., director of the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Embracing a broader population, not erasing AIDS: government official, living with HIV, reflects on the name change to 'HIV.gov'

To read the complete article by J. D. Davids visit TheBody.com, here. Last year, eight million people went to AIDS.gov to find information about, well, HIV/AIDS. But from this point forward, those millions and more will instead find themselves at HIV.gov. After years of planning, the central United States government website on HIV/AIDS has changed its name to reflect the changes of the fourth decade of the epidemic, when people with HIV who receive effective treatment can expect a near-nor

When will justice department announce new approach to prosecuting cases of HIV non-disclosure?

published: July, 17, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Current Affairs, Women, Legal, Media, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Critics say that recent conviction of Indigenous woman is further proof that the use of sexual assault laws in cases of HIV non-disclosure continue to criminalize marginalized people and women of colour

When will justice department announce new approach to prosecuting cases of HIV non-disclosure?

Tanja-Tiziana This article by Alex McClelland previously appeared in NOW Magazine, here. An Indigenous woman with HIV has had her appeal on an aggravated sexual assault conviction dismissed by the Manitoba Court of Appeal. The decision handed down on June 29 comes as a blow to the growing movement of lawyers and human rights advocates pushing to change laws that they say criminalize people with HIV, in particular vulnerable women.  Activists have been calling for a moratorium on all n

What's at stake

published: July, 14, 2017 Written by // Michael Bouldin Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Health, International , Legal, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Michael Bouldin

"What will be considerably more difficult to restore is something ineffable, intangible, that rests at the heart of America not as a place but as an idea." From NYC, Michael Bouldin on the potential impact of the Trump debacle.

What's at stake

The U.S. Capitol – the People's House Forget for a moment, if you can, about the daily assault on our civil rights as Americans. Forget, if you can, that this administration wants to take healthcare away from twenty-four million of our fellow Americans. Forget, if you can, the trillion dollar tax cut giveaway to the richest and most powerful among us.  Because these things we can claw back in time, in fact, I’m certain we will, and that is provided many of these atrocities even become l

Profile: your nostalgia Is killing me

published: July, 13, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Youth, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

Activist Ian Bradley-Perrin on how romanticizing the past can obscure the present. Interview by Sarah Liss for CATIE's Positive Side.

Profile: your nostalgia Is killing me

Your Nostalgia Is Killing Me, 2013. Vincent Chevalier with Ian Bradley-Perrin for AIDS ACTION NOW! / PosterVIRUS About five years ago, pop culture saw a flood of what can only be described as AIDS nostalgia. The catalyst wasn’t immediately apparent. Was it generational curiosity? Retro fetishism? Had enough time passed to transform the real trauma of the deadly ignorance, stigma, inaction and grief of the 1980s and early ’90s into, well, entertainment—or at least something more suited

Paris bound

published: July, 13, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // International AIDS Conference , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Paris bound Publisher Bob Leahy is off to Paris for IAS 2017. It’s not all fun; here’s what he is looking forward to.

Paris bound

On July 20 I will be leaving the rolling green hills of Northumberland County, a quietly rural patch of Ontario, for the great city of Paris. I am fortunate enough to be representing PositiveLite.com at the International AIDS Society Conference there. (Officially it's called the 9yj IAS Conference on HIV Science.) It will attract some 5,000 attendees. You will see it referred to everywhere as #IAS2017. It will be the fifth international AIDS Conference I’ve had the privilege of covering, p

‘Blood disgust’ is nothing new to people with HIV

published: July, 12, 2017 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, Health, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Mark S. King: "Unrealistic fear of HIV blood isn’t limited to the history books. HIV criminalization... preys upon outdated fears and public disgust with people living with the virus."

‘Blood disgust’ is nothing new to people with HIV

It is coursing through our veins, sustaining life and fighting disease, and yet we fear it. The sight of a few drops can make an adult faint. A bucket of it in a movie is the very definition of horror. Even as Donald Trump contributes his perverted, sexist new layer of blood revulsion (through a history of insults that include journalist Megyn Kelly’s bloody “whatever” and his most recent fabrication about a “bleeding” face lift that cable news anchor Mika Brzezinski never had)

We've got the tools right now. Let's end the HIV epidemic.

published: July, 10, 2017 Written by // T.J. Miller Categories // Aging, Social Media, As Prevention , T.J. Miller, Activism, Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

"I was on the front lines of the battle in the early days, and I still am on the battle lines today as an advocate." PositiveLite.com welcomes longtime health care provider and HIV advocate T. J. Miller.

We've got the tools right now. Let's end the HIV epidemic.

This was the first article that appeared in the New York Times, that told us about the devastation, the Hell that was to come. 35 years later, while we have treatments, preventative medications (PrEP) and now concrete scientific evidence that persons with HIV who have an undetectable viral load for six months or greater are unable to transmit the virus to sexual partners (Undetectable=Untransmittable/Treatment as Prevention or TasP) we are still suffering with stigma, arguing over funding, de

Restoring life again

published: July, 07, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Kimutai Kemboi, Mental Health, Health, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

From Kenya, Kimutai Kemboi: "My appeal to people out there, who are stuck in a pool of denial and confusion, is to make a positive decision to start medication."

Restoring life again

"Is it true I am HIV positive?" I asked the lady in the white lab coat. "As per the test, it shows you are HIV positive." She replied.  I left the place immediately immediately. I had no interest in further discussion or counselling. I had drawn my own conclusions and I would decide my next course of action without influence from anybody. This was my life, though it wasn't life anymore, and I had a mandate to do what best suited me in my new condition. Suicide! Suicide! Suicide! Suicide!

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