Opinion Pieces

Boys in chairs: the queer cripple and the corporeal conundrum

published: July, 28, 2014 Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Andrew Morrison-Gurza writing for OurAgenda.ca says “It is my hope that this (will give) you a glimpse into the world of the Queer Cripple and the issues that we encounter when trying to navigate the body beautiful world of Queer Men.

Boys in chairs: the queer cripple and the corporeal conundrum

Head out to any gay bar, open any gay magazine or watch any gay themed media, and what do you see: the perfect gay male body - 8-packs, biceps, huge cocks. As queer men, we have been conditioned to believe that this perfect hyper-sexualized image is the ideal – down to fuck at all costs. In our community, our bodies have been tagged and categorized: jock, bear, muscular, etc.  One body that we have yet to embrace or even understand as gay men is that of the Queer Cripple, and that is where

The push for a cure

published: July, 24, 2014 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Research, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

From CATIE’s The Positive Side “The search for an HIV cure is ramping up. So, just how close are we? Ann Silversides reports.”

The push for a cure

This article previously appeared in The Positive Side, a publication of CATIE, here.   Une version française est disponible ici.  Ten years ago, it wasn’t getting funded. Sure, there was lots of basic research into HIV—how it mutates, where it hides, why it is so damn elusive and tricky. But funding aimed specifically at finding a cure—a way to clear HIV completely from the body? It just wasn’t happening.Cure graphic Yet we know how badly a cure is needed. Most of the millions o

The pleasure of sex

published: July, 23, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // International AIDS Conference , Conferences, Gay Men, Women, Health, International , Sexual Health, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

The Body.com reports from the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne: “ When Science Meets HIV Prevention, Pleasure Cannot Be Left Behind."

The pleasure of sex

This article by Mathew Rodriguez from TheBodyPRO.com first appeared here.  In a nearly packed auditorium at the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014), a group of panelists led by author and activist Sean Strub addressed the changing HIV prevention landscape -- a landscape that now includes condoms, PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis), serosorting and seropositioning, and that will likely include microbicides and other interventions in the near future. 

Seven amazing things

published: July, 23, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // International AIDS Conference , Activism, Conferences, International , Opinion Pieces

From TheBody.com, seven amazing things human rights activist Michael Kirby said about HIV at the AIDS 2014 opening ceremony

Seven amazing things

This article by Myles Helfand first appeared on TheBodyPRO.com here.  The official start of the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) featured a series of eloquent, heartfelt, moving speeches by a diverse range of people, from outspoken advocate and UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé (who held up a protest sign as he began his speech) to the humbled and overwhelmed Yohana Haule, a 21-year-old Tanzanian man who won the competition to design the conference logo. But easily one

When the bubble bursts

published: July, 22, 2014 Written by // Michael Yoder Categories // Current Affairs, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Michael Yoder

Michael Yoder asks “do we live in a bubble?” And says "the downing of flight MH17 brought close to home that events in other countries can clearly impact those of us living with HIV."

When the bubble bursts

“I am not resigned to the shutting away of loving hearts in the hard ground. So it is, and so it will be, for so it has been, time out of mind…” Edna St. Vincent Millay  By now everyone has heard about the downing of MH flight 17 and the tragic loss of life. On board the aircraft were a number of people going to the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne. The AIDS movement lost researchers, advocates and others that were dedicated to stopping the spread of HIV and ensuring the l

I want to scream!!!

published: July, 21, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Revolving Door, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

In a story exclusive to PositievLite.com guest writer George from Montreal expresses his frustration for what happens when he discloses he is poz, even in the context of a safe encounter.

I want to scream!!!

I just want to fucking scream!!! I just want to scream at the top of my lungs, but living in a triplex with poor insulation precludes that. It’s really strange to feel angry, sad, frustrated, and diminished all at the same time.  What brought on this complexity of emotions is something that most of us have faced and continue to face in our daily lives as a poz community. I’m talking about the rejection that follows after disclosure. Now, you might ask “Is it your first time disclosing?

In Memoriam: 17-7-2014

published: July, 21, 2014 Categories // Current Affairs, International , Opinion Pieces

Dave R and a personal reflection on the nature of loss, relating to the Malaysian airlines crash in the Ukraine and the effect that has had in the Netherlands. 80 people under 18 and 100 people on their way to an HIV conference: all lost…for what?

In Memoriam: 17-7-2014

Amsterdam 20th July, 2014 I'd just like to take the opportunity here to remember the people who died on the Malaysian airlines crash. With the greatest respect to all other nationalities and from my point of view, living in the Netherlands, (a country of 17 million people on a pocket handkerchief of land edging the North Sea), 193 dead Dutch citizens suddenly seems an awful lot of people to lose in one go. It seems that everybody here knows someone, or knows someone who knows someone who pe

Do clothes make the man?

published: July, 20, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Dating, Gay Men, International , Revolving Door, Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

On who we date. Ever been guilty of judging someone based on the way they dress. FS Magazine reports.

Do clothes make the man?

This article by Chris Groom (@mrchrisgroom) first appeared in FS Magazine, a publication of GMFA, here.  As Ludwig Andreas (and Gillian Mckeith) once said, “you are what you eat.” But are we what we wear, too?  What we wear attracts varying types of attention; some unwanted, and some most definitely wanted. Can the clothes men wear influence whether we approach them on a night out? From men in suits, to men in denim hot pants, we have all at some point been guilty of judging someone ba

An airplane, a missile, and an unfathomable moment in the war against HIV

published: July, 18, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, International AIDS Conference , Current Affairs, Events, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

A tribute to the fallen from TheBody.com

An airplane, a missile, and an unfathomable moment in the war against HIV

This article by TheBody.com's Myles Helfand was originally published in TheBodyPRO.com here.  By now, you've almost certainly heard the news: More than 100 of the people who lost their lives in the destruction of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine were on their way to the same place where I am now: Melbourne, Australia, to be a part of the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014). In a moment -- a still-unfathomable moment, for many of us -- 100 of the estimated 12,000 con

The little jockstrap that could

published: July, 17, 2014 Categories // Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Michael Bouldin

Michael Bouldin and Pride in NYC - an occasion "to see whether or not I can still pull off the being-almost-naked-in-public thing at the ripe age of forty-four."

The little jockstrap that could

June is LGBT Pride Month in America (now even by Presidential decree), and though we in New York City may no longer have acceptable dance clubs, affordable places to live or identifiably, unambiguously gay neighborhoods – all destroyed in the Great Baby Stroller Massacre of recent memory – we do our liquor-sodden, drugged-out best to live up to the challenge.  It is after all a full month. Endless days and nights stretching into the leaden summer heat with no end in sight. Not at all dif

Grandma

published: July, 16, 2014 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Aging, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Brian Finch

Brian Finch confronts the role of loss in his life and that of other long-term survivors

Grandma

When death arrives, I feel the years of sadness that have accumulated over time as if they were bricks building a wall, a wall that I did not want to see the other side of. It doesn’t seem to matter how it is presented it brings back the profound melancholy of having witnessed death so often.  Some talk about PTSD after having survived the AIDS holocaust years. I’m not sure what that looks like. Maybe it has affected me, maybe it hasn’t. It does remind me of the bad car accident I had

Paying tribute to Morgan

published: July, 15, 2014 Categories // Mental Health, Health, Opinion Pieces

Olivia Kijewski, on the anniversary of the death of a family member. says “Now that I work in an ASO, the similarities between HIV/AIDS and mental health sometimes seem uncanny, though certainly not coincidental.”

July 10th marked the ten-year anniversary since my eldest brother committed suicide. In some ways it seems so fresh, yet in others it feels like a lifetime ago. My family marked the anniversary as we usually do, by getting out of town and gathering at the beach, where many of us feel at peace, and I suppose closer to him. Really, in many ways, it is just a day.  My parents’ grief is obviously not confined to just one day, as it has now become just a part of their life, of them as a whole.

Should all gay and bisexual men take PrEP?

published: July, 14, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Health, International , Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Bombshell or not? From the Huffington Post, “Did the World Health Organization (WHO) really declare that all gay men should take Pre-exposure Prophylaxis?”

Should all gay and bisexual men take PrEP?

This is an extract from an article by Jason Cianciotto of GMHC that appeared in HuffPost Gay Voices here.   Around 11:30 a.m. on July 11, my friend Tony tagged me in a Facebook post that shared an article published that day by The Week magazine. The title is alarming: "WHO says all gay men should take antiretroviral medicine to combat 'exploding epidemics' of HIV." Did the World Health Organization (WHO) really declare that all gay men should take Pre-exposure Prophylaxis? Pre-exposure Pr

Is a microbicide the game-changer gay men need?

published: July, 11, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

From TheBody.com comes this article about the promise and hope of rectal microbicides to reduce HIV infection rates in gay men

Is a microbicide the game-changer gay men need?

This article by Mark Milano from ACRIA and GMHC  appeared in TheBody.com here. As other articles in this issue of Achieve point out, the old adage of "Use a Condom Every Time" is not working. Rates of HIV infection are rising among men who have sex with men (MSM), not just in the U.S., but around the world, and especially among young MSM of color and transgender women. As Jim Eigo writes in this issue, Truvada, when taken by HIV-negative people as PrEP, can significantly lower the risk of

Aren’t we all a bit nuts?

published: July, 09, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Mental Health, Research, Health, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

This article from the HIV Disclosure Project looks at the relationship between HIV and mental health and expresses caution about the impact of research on this topic on people living with HIV

Aren’t we all a bit nuts?

According to the World Health Organization “studies have demonstrated a high sero-prevalence of HIV infection in people with serious chronic mental illnesses. Prevalence rates in mentally ill inpatients and outpatients have been reported to be between 5% and 23%, compared with a range of 0.3% to 0.4% in the general population in the United States of America over comparable time periods.” (WHO. 2008)  I am not disputing these findings entirely, but rather am considering what impact these

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