Articles tagged with: 2012

“Doing pretty well for your age.”

published: March, 05, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // General Health, Health, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy has been going to the same HIV Positive Care clinic in a downtown Toronto hospital since 1993. On a recent visit, he stops to take the temperature of the place, and the routine health care he’s getting there.

“Doing pretty well for your age.”

Nineteen years.  My god!  I know this place well.  St Michael’s hospital in downtown Toronto is a bit of a labyrinth – a rather decrepit building comprised of four wings and numerous tunnels. Having visited almost every department but maternity in my time, I know this place like the back of my hand. I feel almost at home here. This Wednesday morning I have a ten o’clock appointment, but I’m early so I sit in the fourth floor Positive Care waiting room looking around.  Beige walls

War Horse is No One-Trick Pony

published: March, 01, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Theatre, Bob Leahy - Publisher

We’ve never seen anything on stage quite like this before, says Bob Leahy, reviewing the equine stagecraft in War Horse which opened at the Princess of Wales Theatre this week

War Horse is No One-Trick Pony

Jaw dropping. That’s the word that springs to mind at what happens on the stage of Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre when the horses come out in War Horse. It’s a story of how horses – and one horse in particular  - were used in the battlefields of World War I At first we a see an awkward young foal - Joey, but he quickly transforms before our eyes in to a full grown horse. It’s a huge coup de theatre, which drew gasps from the audience, but it’s followed by one coup after anot

Healthcare Reform & HIV: Who can you trust?

published: February, 29, 2012 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // Activism, Health, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Louis "Kengi" Carr

Our LA guy Kengi writes “People with HIV have enough to deal with, enough to worry about. We should not have to worry about anyone else taking advantage of us, pressuring or threatening us.”

Healthcare Reform & HIV: Who can you trust?

Recently I had the opportunity of hearing Herb Schultz from the United States Department of Health speak at a medical update about healthcare reform and what it means for people with HIV. The one thing that stands out for me is when he said “you are entitled to your own opinions, but you are not entitled to your own facts” when it comes to healthcare reform. He was referring to all the noise we've been hearing about healthcare reform here in the United States. He was on a panel with other

RELENTLESSLY SPEAKING ABOUT MUSIC....with DJ Relentless

published: February, 29, 2012 Categories // DJ Relentless, Arts and Entertainment, Music

Right at the beginning of December 2011 I got a promo download of a track called “Whitney Houston” by Marcus Maison & Will Dragen. . .

RELENTLESSLY SPEAKING ABOUT MUSIC....with DJ Relentless

I chuckled because it was this kinda cheesy track tailored after Duck Sauce’s “Barbra Streisand”. I bet they had no idea that a couple months later she would no longer be with us. Ironically, just as when the announcement came that Michael Jackson had died, I was in the studio working on music. It sorta knocked the wind out of me. I mean....I know it’s all over the news and the internet, but it just didn’t seem real. Jon Stewart of The Daily Show ripped CNN a new one for sending a r

No need to hide.

published: February, 26, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy looks at Black Family and Friends, a Canadian project designed to shine the light on providing love, acceptance and support to Black GBTQ youth in an effort to combat homophobia.

No need to hide.

Everybody knows PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), and PFLAG Canada’s appearance in Toronto’s Pride parade is always one of the emotionally charged highlights for me.  Kids march with parents in tow – or vice versa – and that always strikes me both as a reminder of something I didn’t have and  just how far we have come. PLAG Canada has a Sharing our Stories campaign on right now.  You can find it here.  We featured one of those stories, that of National Ballet St

A strength-based approach to gay men’s health

published: February, 26, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Sexual Health, Health, Population Specific , John McCullagh

John McCullagh talks to Duncan MacLachlan of the AIDS Committee of Toronto about risk and resilience in gay men’s lives.

A strength-based approach to gay men’s health

There’s a new approach that’s taking place in HIV prevention and support programs, particularly those focused on gay men, that’s based on supporting us in maintaining good health, particularly good sexual health, by emphasizing our strengths and resilience rather than focusing on risk behaviours and pathologizing our weaknesses and vulnerabilities. Here on PositiveLite.Com, we’ve featured several programs that utilize this new approach: It’s Hottest at the Start; The Sex You Want;

Do It For Me Baby! You Know You Wanna!

published: February, 25, 2012 Categories // Yoga, Fitness and Exercise, Lifestyle, Living with HIV

A shaggy dog story. Daniel Uy on his pet hound Brenton and why dedicating himself to the service of others, animal and human, works for him.

Do It For Me Baby! You Know You Wanna!

“Give up the battle of fighting and find freedom in the shackles of service.” Lately I have been practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga in a Mysore-style setting six days a week, working out three times a week and teaching about 10-15 yoga classes a week, some in a heated environment and some not.  I love my life and my job, and the joy of being strong and active at this point in my life, HIV+ or otherwise.  It’s a real blessing.  But it’s physically challenging.  Work, love, joys all f

Should I stay or should I go?

published: February, 22, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Post earthquake. Part 10 of Brian the Shochusuckers’ account of living with HIV in Japan.

Should I stay or should I go?

You can read part 9 here. The morning of March 12 rolled around fasterer than I hoped for. Even though we all just went through an earthquake that changed the GPS of Japan, caused the Earth to shift on its axis and left tens of thousands missing and feared dead, the show must go on. I had recently started working for a wedding outfit in Tokyo  The wedding was still on. Flowers, food, gifts, and guests were ready for the big day and cancelling was not an option. With three hours of sleep I w

Undetectable – Big Deal or No Deal? Take two.

published: February, 21, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , John McCullagh

“The status of being ‘undetectable’ ”, writes John McCullagh, “gives me a sense of positive self-esteem and emotional well-being. I’m not diseased. What I have is a well-managed, chronic illness. It’s unfortunate, but it’s nothing to be ashamed of."

Undetectable – Big Deal or No Deal?  Take two.

This is the second of three articles by PositiveLite.com writers on “what undetectable means to me.” Read Bob Leahy’s earlier take on this topic here.  Wayne Bristow will follow later this week. Three months after I started anti-retroviral therapy (ART), I got a call from my doctor. Even though my next appointment with him was still a week away, he phoned me because he wanted to give me the good news right away. My lab results had just come back showing that my HIV viral load had reach

A little more magic

published: February, 20, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Living with HIV, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

In September 2011, Editor Bob Leahy interviewed HIV-positive magician Daniel Bauer. Today Daniel, gives us an update on the impact that interview had, what he’s been doing since and his public speaking AIDS awareness vehicle, Blunt Talk.

A little more magic

You can read Bob Leahy’s interview with Daniel Bauer here. Wowsa!!! Time has seriously flown by since Bob Leahy of PositiveLite.com did a story on me back in September 2011.  I can’t even begin to express how liberating and free my soul feels since that interview. I am truly indebted to PositiveLite.com for helping me kick-start my journey back into the public’s eye as a renewed face and voice in the fight against HIV/AIDS.  I am also grateful to all of the other publications who cam

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