Opinion Pieces

As the paradigm crumbles

published: May, 14, 2014 Written by // Michael Bouldin Categories // Gay Men, As Prevention , Health, Sexual Health, Treatment, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Michael Bouldin

Michael Bouldin says if PreP was around back then he wouldn’t be positive. And, he says, If there is a moral choice other than to give the younger generation of gay men a tool to prevent infection, and by extension to love without fear, he doesn’t see it.

As the paradigm crumbles

New York City, May 2014  It wasn’t all that long ago, a bit over a decade or so, that I acted on an impulse long in the making. To this day, it horrifies people.  The setting was New York City’s hottest gay after hours sex party. In a space the size of a Manhattan apartment filled with shadowy mazes, leather platforms, some couches and a sling or two, a cast of maybe a hundred or so men in varying states of arousal and undress, all encased in walls of dull black, such was the undergrou

Remembrance of things past

published: May, 14, 2014 Written by // Michael Yoder Categories // Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Michael Yoder

Michael Yoder says "This coming weekend is the Annual AIDS Memorial and I’ve been asked to speak – mostly on the historical part of HIV in Victoria (the bad old days).Quite frankly, I have not a clue what to say… “

Remembrance of things past

“Voici mon secret. Il est très simple: on ne voit bien qu'avec le cœur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.”  “I will tell you my secret. It is very simple: it is only with the heart that one sees well. The essential is invisible to the eye.” Antoine de St.Exupery, The Little Prince  This coming weekend is the Annual AIDS Memorial and I’ve been asked to speak – mostly on the historical part of HIV in Victoria (the bad old days).  Quite frankly, I have not a clue what

Five years after my HIV diagnosis

published: May, 13, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

From TheBody.com activist David Duran says “The only way that more people will feel comfortable talking about HIV is to make HIV a nonissue.”

Five years after my HIV diagnosis

This article by David Duran first appeared on TheBody.com here.  My roommate at the time was having doubts about whether he should be tested for HIV. He said it had been a year or so since the last time he took an HIV test. I had been volunteering for the local AIDS Walk and was just starting to get more heavily involved with the organization. I offered to take him to get tested and volunteered to have one as well, to help ease his fear. I was in full-on support mode for my friend, fearing

Brian Finch is finding weed hard to kick. But he’s doing it.

published: May, 13, 2014 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Brian Finch

Brian Finch is finding weed hard to kick. But he’s doing it.

Brian Finch is finding weed hard to kick. But he’s doing it.

I’ve successfully stopped doing meth. It’s been about ten years since I’ve last done any.  Then a year or so later I quit alcohol, then pot. Since then I’ve not had continuous years without slipping back into some old ways or another. In 2007 I got back into drinking, smoking pot and coke while in Puerto Vallarta - big surprise when spending six weeks there with nothing to do. I’d also had a couple glasses of wine, the  last one being August 2011.   Being part of a twelve-ste

Dear AIDS Service Organizations, your condom campaign isn’t working.

published: May, 13, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Women, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Condom Monologues' “Virginia”, an ASO worker who says condom messaging isn’t working and asks “Are AIDS Service Organizations, the Supreme Court of Canada and the general public in denial about the latest development in research and medical evidence?”

Dear AIDS Service Organizations, your condom campaign isn’t working.

This article previously appeared on the website of The Condom Monologues here.  We need to question the efficacy of pushing condoms as the only safe sex choice. The condom campaign does not seem to be working anymore and people are not getting the message. Yet AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs) continue with this message. Granted, with PrEP there is a shift in responsibility that goes beyond those already infected with HIV to everyone engaging in sex. Yet this shift brings a lot of discomfor

Christian & HIV-positive: not an oxymoron

published: May, 08, 2014 Written by // Joshua Middleton Categories // Spirituality, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Joshua Middleton

Joshua Middletion is proud of his faith. But he says sin needs to be taken out of the equation and that the Christian church needs much more education when it comes to HIV/AIDS

Christian & HIV-positive: not an oxymoron

This article originally appeared on Joshua’s own blog here.   For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16 (NIV)  Faith plays a major role in the lives of many however it holds a special importance to many who are fighting the battle against HIV/AIDS in their personal lives on a daily basis.  My focus will be on Christianity as I am an HIV-positive born again Christian. This virus h

Can we stop racism or is it here to stay?

published: May, 08, 2014 Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, DJ Relentless, Current Affairs, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

DJ Relentless says that from as far back as he can remember there has been stigma directed towards darker skinned people (even amongst people of colour).

Can we stop racism or is it here to stay?

There's a trend that seems to be spreading like a wildfire. No…..it's not a style of dancing or a fashion trend. It's a behavior that has grown over the past couple of decades. I'm speaking about race relations and the effect it has on our culture. Many would like to believe that this is a United States thing, but it is actually happening all over the world.  From as far back as I can remember there has been stigma towards darker skin (even amongst the people of colour). I have written abo

Promising new drugs, progressive doctors speaking out, “necessary fictions” and the warm and fuzzies

published: May, 07, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Conferences, Research, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Such were the highlights of CAHR 2014 as seen through the eyes of Editor Bob Leahy who was in St Johns Newfoundland for the big national research conference last week.

Promising new drugs, progressive doctors speaking out, “necessary fictions” and the warm and fuzzies

Richard Elliott from the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network on the opening day of CAHR 2014 Pity that the weather was so cold – Newfoundland juts north and east into the Atlantic and St. Johns is on its tip. So it bears the brunt of winds fresh off the Atlantic. There were icebergs visible out to sea and onshore chills for those who didn't bring cold weather clothing. But the natives are warm – in fact the legendary Newfoundland hospitality was much in evidence throughout the host city and

Doctors take a progressive stand on transmission risk and the laws on criminalization

published: May, 06, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Current Affairs, Features and Interviews, Sexual Health, Health, Legal, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks to Dr. Mark Tyndall about the consensus statement issued by 70 doctors/scientists outlining the likelihood of HIV transmission in an attempt to influence the status of Canadian law surrounding the criminalization of HIV nondisclosure.

Doctors take a progressive stand on transmission risk and the laws on criminalization

Dr. Mark Tyndall speaking at CAHR 2014 last week. Last week at CAHR 2014 in St Johns, Newfoundland the most easterly city in North America was buzzing with breaking news of a promising development in the community response to the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure. For here at CAHR was released a consensus statement from seventy doctors saying that “current Canadian law is going too far and ignoring the science.  . . speaking out against the many unjust prosecutions against HIV-positive

Dear Husband, when will the condom come off?

published: May, 06, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality

From the Condom Monologue website comes a letter which well illustrates how serodiscordant couples are grappling with the evolving science of HIV transmission and how their conclusions are reflected in their day to day lives and the use of condoms in part

Dear Husband, when will the condom come off?

This article originally appeared on The Condom Monologue webiste here.   The reality of TasP (treatment as prevention) is having a profound effect on serodiscordant couples today. Scientific evidence shows that under certain conditions, the risk of HIV transmission is so low that doctors now recommend some serodiscordant couple have condomless sex if they want to get pregnant. But for many, updated evidence cannot match the deep-seeded fear of contracting HIV. Armed with sources and facts,

Newfoundland networking: my experience at CAHR

published: May, 06, 2014 Categories // Activism, Conferences, Research, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

First timer Rodney Rousseau was at the big national HIV/AIDS research conference CAHR 2014 that just wound up in St Johns, Newfoundland. Here’s his report.

Newfoundland networking: my experience at CAHR

I’m writing this piece while on my way home to Toronto from the Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR) Conference in St. John’s Newfoundland. First off: wow! I was fortunate to spend five days in St. John’s and had an absolutely amazing time. Without regurgitating too much of the amazing research that’s going on, I just want to share a few of my favourite memories from the event, and reflect on some of the internal dialogue that I’ve had with myself over the course of the week.

AIDS-a-Palooza is coming! AIDS-a-Palooza is coming!

published: May, 05, 2014 Categories // International AIDS Conference , Conferences, Opinion Pieces

Marc-André LeBlanc asks if the big internationL AIDS conferences are worth the money

AIDS-a-Palooza is coming! AIDS-a-Palooza is coming!

It’s that time again. Everyone’s asking everyone else if they’re going to Melbourne for AIDS2014. The International AIDS Conference—or as I prefer to call it, AIDS-a-Palooza—feels like such an easy target, I’m not even sure why I’m bothering to criticize it. I wish someone would start a campaign to end these conferences. Or at least to give them a serious overhaul. I wonder if RuPaul would be interested is hosting a competition. RuPaul’s Dragalicious AIDS-a-Palooza Make-Over.

Chemsex

published: May, 05, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Guest author Joe Lethbridge from Ontario sent us this piece about how concerned he is about drug use fuelling the epidemic in gay and bisexual men

Chemsex

I read a disturbing story today.  It was about chemsex, a slang term but becoming, sadly, more commonplace, most notably in its use amongst gay an bisexual men and questioning teens.   Chemsex is just that. Having sex while high on drugs.   Research relating to attendees at one clinic showed 19% were high on ghb, 10% on crystal meth and 21% on ephedrine while having sex in the past six months. HIV-positive men ranged higher.   Some say chemsex makes for "a better experience and l

How dare you be fat!

published: May, 02, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Food, Nutrition and Recipes, General Health, Fitness and Exercise, Health, Revolving Door, Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

From FS Magazine “It can be good for your self-esteem to get compliments on your body, but if all you’ve got to talk about is how much you lifted at the gym and what you can’t eat, then it doesn’t make you very good dating material”

How dare you be fat!

This article by Gareth Johnson @GTVlondon first appeared in FS Magazine here.  I have a confession to make. I am gay-fat. I’m not overweight or obese by medical standards, but I don’t have any ‘abbage’ (clearly visible and defined abdominal muscles) and I don’t have any ‘cum-gutters’ (the v-shaped definition in your lower abdomen, pointing to your crotch). I am gay-fat.  This isn’t a plea for sympathy or a friend-tervention. I’m just re-aligning my self-perception and acc

Dead porn stars society: HIV heroes of the arts: (6)

published: May, 01, 2014 Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Movies, Sexual Health, Health, International , Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Dave R: Underestimated social workers or salacious sexual deviants? Gay porn stars are subject to huge pressures to stay on top of their game. What happens when their looks fade, or worse, they fall foul of HIV?

Dead porn stars society: HIV heroes of the arts:  (6)

You know how it is. You’re eyes are glazed over from watching the box all evening but you’re not quite tired enough to go to bed, so you decide to sit behind the computer a while and do a bit of mindless surfing, checking mails etc. If you’re also in a ‘feeling sorry for yourself’ kind of mood, you check out the gay sites in search of a bit of affirmation or distraction and gradually depress the hell out of yourself as the same old, same old, flashes in front of your eyes. So it was

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