Sex and Sexuality

Bob Leahy talks to Bruce Richman, the man behind Undetectable = Uninfectious

published: August, 10, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Features and Interviews, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Two (undetectable) poz guys, one from Canada and one from New York, talk about condomless sex, STI’s, sex negativity, HIV stigma, bad information - and the strategies behind the high profile Prevention Access Campaign

Bob Leahy talks to Bruce Richman, the man behind Undetectable = Uninfectious

(left) Bruce Richman, co-founder of Prevention Access Campaign, with longtime HIV/AIDS activist Professor Carrie Foote, Indiana University-Purdue University; Head of HIV Modernization Movement   Bob Leahy: Bruce thank you for talking to PositiveLite.com. Tell me first of all why you are driven to do this work. Bruce Richman: Well I was diagnosed with HIV in 2003 and I’ve experienced the impact of stigma and discrimination for many years and in many different ways, but not as much as othe

Mark S. King from #AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa: gay HIV advocates speak out

published: July, 19, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, Social Media, International AIDS Conference , African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Conferences, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Sexual Health, International , Legal, Living with HIV, Sex and Sexuality , Mark S. King

Mark S. King chats with gay HIV advocates from around the world about criminalization, chem sex and PrEP

Mark S. King from #AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa: gay HIV advocates speak out

Mark S. King is in Durban, South Africa for #AIDS2016 and his video coverage begins today. In this first installment it seems remarkable, with such draconian laws in place in their home countries that so many gay men have the courage to even show up. Mark speaks with gay HIV advocates from around the world about what life is like for them back home and the ongoing criminalization of homosexuality in 75 countries. He also chats with them about PrEP, the difficulty of obtaining PrEP in some cou

The gay dating (sex) app Grindr is surveying some users about offering a filter to help stigmatize and serosort HIV positive identifying users. Wha?

published: July, 18, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality

"Should Grindr allow users to filter out those that admit to living with HIV?" asks Josh Robbins

The gay dating (sex) app Grindr is surveying some users about offering a filter to help stigmatize and serosort HIV positive identifying users. Wha?

This article previously appeared on Josh's own blog, I'm Still Josh, here. This morning after I woke up and finished reading through my morning newsfeed on Facebook and read the “what you missed” best Tweets, I tapped the orange and white skull icon on my phone. It was time to read my missed messages on Grindr from overnight. As soon as the (miracle) screen loaded, Grindr asked me to complete a survey. I hate surveys but I tapped ‘ok.’ The questions that were asked all primarily rev

Durban Diary – Day five

published: July, 18, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Conferences, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Feeling it. Our editor Bob Leahy is in Durban, South Africa this week, filing daily reports from the International AIDS Conference. Day five finds him speaking out about the role of long terms survivors - and starting to have fun

Durban Diary – Day five

Today was a good day. The Positive Living Summit wound up with some fascinating dialogue between people with differing agendas. I met some incredible people from around the world. The Global Village opened. And we started to feel that international conference glow that comes with rubbing shoulders with 17,000 people. all wanting to change to world for the better.  Now I remember why I wanted to come. And I wore my Rise Up to HIV T-shirt to work today, a liberating experience in itself. Given

Why is tackling stigma so difficult?

published: July, 08, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, Youth, Mental Health, Newly Diagnosed, Women, International , Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors, Media, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality

From the U. K., the National Aids Trust details the multiple challenges we face in ending stigma.

Why is tackling stigma so difficult?

This article previously appeared on the National AIDS Trust website here. For many in HIV advocacy addressing stigma is the Holy Grail. Many, if not all, of the factors that drive the HIV epidemic are embroiled with stigma.  The impact it has on the lives of people living with HIV is well documented.  In a recent survey of over half of people living with HIV reported feelings of shame, guilt, low self-esteem and self-blame; one in five had experienced verbal harassment or threats.1 Stigma

From safer sex condom advocate to condomless sex guy... vive la revolution!

published: June, 30, 2016 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Sexual Health, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality , Brian Finch

Brian Finch explains how he became "that guy who everyone wants to wag their fingers at."

From safer sex condom advocate to condomless sex guy... vive la revolution!

Condoms R Us Remember when you first used a debit card and it was great? So convenient, no more cash to carry around. Then came the ability to simply tap my debit card on a reader and presto,  my groceries had been paid for. Not one button did I have to press.  Today, if a store doesn’t have the tap feature it’s really annoying. Now I have to punch in 'ok' for the amount, what account I’m going to pay for it and then my pin number. It feels like so much work. Once a new technology is

Learning about serodiscordant relationships through the Positive Plus One study

published: June, 28, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Research, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Sex and Sexuality

Over 17,000 people in Canada are in an HIV serodiscordant relationship but we know little about their needs and success stories," says guest author Liviana Calzavara

Learning about serodiscordant relationships through the Positive Plus One study

Introducing the first national Canadian study of people in serodiscordant relationships. Marcus and David have been dating for three years. Marcus is HIV-positive and David is HIV-negative. David was worried when he told his parents that his new partner was HIV-positive but after they saw how happy Marcus makes him they have welcomed Marcus into their lives. At the same time, they still worry that their son may become infected. Faith is living with HIV and her partner, Scott, is HIV-negative

Borrowing from our neighbours: Developing an annual HIV testing day

published: June, 27, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, CATIE, Gay Men, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Sexual Health, International , Sex and Sexuality

CATIE reports on the success of the Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent regions of Ontario in getting more people to test for HIV.

Borrowing from our neighbours: Developing an annual HIV testing day

This article previously appeared in Prevention in Focus, a publication of CATIE, here. Une version française est disponible ici.  Over the last three years, the AIDS Committee of Windsor (ACW) has held an annual HIV Testing Day in the Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent regions of Ontario. The idea was ignited by National HIV Testing Day in the United States, which occurs annually on June 27. Each year ACW’s testing campaign consists of a testing day, followed by ongoing promotion of HIV

Why can’t we see beyond the latex?

published: June, 20, 2016 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Health, Sexual Health, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality , Alex Sparrowhawk

The UK's Alex Sparrowhawk says, "There is a alternative and it works" and makes a case for the National Health Service to comission PrEP

Why can’t we see beyond the latex?

"Condoms are extremely effective at stopping the transmission of a variety of STIs, including HIV – but there are plenty of transferrable infections that condoms offer little or no protection against."  NHS England announced this afternoon that it is maintaining the stance that it has no legal power to commission PrEP. As you would expect outrage from HIV organisations and activists followed but so too did the inevitable slut shaming that has shadowed the PrEP debate from the outset. C

Republishing "Fuck poz guys!" Has the message sunk in yet? We think not.

published: June, 16, 2016 Categories // Activism, Dating, Gay Men, Health, Sexual Health, Lifestyle, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Marc-André LeBlanc asks if you’re a neg guy is it safer to have sex with poz guys or neg guys? Limit your condomless sex to poz guys with undetectable viral loads and avoid condomless sex with casual negative partners he suggests.

Republishing

PositiveLite.com Editor's note: This article, now over three years old, has been read by more people in PositiveLite.com's six-year history than any other. When Marc-André LeBlanc wrote it, the view expressed - that undetectable poz guys were a much safer bet than neg guys realized - was groundbreaking. It's since become mainstream - and yet not. Anybody who is undetectable who has been rejected by a "neg" guy seeking a "safe" partner knows it. Many neg guys still think that going with anot

How to have sex in a new epidemic of sexually transmitted infections

published: June, 02, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Sex and Sexuality

Sexually transmitted infections are spiking among gay men. From The Body.com Dr. Howard A. Grossman explores the reasons.

How to have sex in a new epidemic of sexually transmitted infections

This article by Howard A. Grossman, M.D. first appeared in The Body.com here. I am a gay doctor with large medical practice in New York who's been involved in caring for LGBT people and in fighting the HIV epidemic for over three decades. And I am beginning to get freaked out about the tidal wave of STIs I'm seeing in my practice. Let me make one thing clear right up front. I am a proud, out, gay man, devoted to HIV treatment and a staunch advocate for sexual freedom and for PrEP. I've wr

Be proud to be you

published: May, 31, 2016 Categories // Gay Men, Living with HIV, Jason Cole, Sex and Sexuality

"...being pansexual, poz and genderqueer made me feel not only multilayered but also a whole and content individual," says Jason R. Cole

Be proud to be you

Since I was a small child, I have had a deep fascination with superheroes - in particular Batman. I believe what drew me to his character was the dualistic nature of his identity, his perseverance and adaptability. While dualistic in nature, there are many layers to Batman’s identity and characterization that inform his emotional responses to the obstacles he would need to overcome. The same can be said for my coming out process. I had to draw upon on an inherent strength I did not even kno

Conference reporting: From Winnipeg with love (Part Two)

published: May, 25, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Aging, As Prevention , Gay Men, Conferences, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Sexual Health, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy continues his report on what went down at two recent conferences he attended in Winnipeg, Manitoba - CAHR and CAS.

Conference reporting: From Winnipeg with love (Part Two)

(Not acronym friendly? CAHR stands for Canadian Association for HIV Research. CAS stands for the Canadian AIDS Society.) In part one of this story I provided a user-friendly guide to what goes on at HIV conferences, why biding advocates should consider going and how to get to them. In this part, I’ll take last week’s two conferences and break their highlights down for you, again in user-friendly terms. First let’s deal with Winnipeg itself. This was my second visit and I remain not qu

An HIV-negative guy asks why he hears "Do you bareback?" so often

published: May, 06, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

From FS Magazine, our neg guy says “I feel cautious opening up a discussion about this preference for condomless sex amongst HIV-positive men because I am not HIV-positive and do not want to contribute to the stigma people with HIV face.”

An HIV-negative guy asks why he hears

This article by Wilson Shaw @WilsonShawBeats first appeared in FS Magazine, a publication of GMFA, here.   “Do you bareback?” is a phrase I have heard so many times now I reckon it’s up there with how many times Adele’s album is being played round the world this second.  I’m a HIV-negative guy (as far as I know from my last test!) who really wants to get to the bottom of why I have noticed a pattern in my own sex life: I have encountered several men who tell me they are positive

The sound of stigma

published: April, 18, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Mark S. King

On treatiing each other badly, Mark S. King says "Today, our attitudes about HIV and other gay men range from self-righteousness to outright contempt." Powerful stuff!.

 The sound of stigma

Stigma is insidiously quiet. It is conjured in the mind, born of discomfort and fear, and then it is projected at “the other” among us. It judges them and isolates them. And it happens without a sound.  Stigma lets us take comfort in seeing things in others about which, we believe, they must be ashamed. It is a lazy way to feel better about ourselves—and therefore a popular human activity—and gay men are remarkably good at it. So many of us survive childhood taunts that by the time w

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