Articles tagged with: AIDS Committee of Toronto

Totally Outright

published: January, 31, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, Youth, Sexual Health, Health, Population Specific , John McCullagh

John McCullagh learns about Totally Outright, a sexual health leadership course that empowers young gay guys to become effective leaders in their own communities.

Totally Outright

Totally Outright is a thought-provoking, leadership and community-building program for young gay men. It’s designed to introduce them to community leaders, mentors and experts in gay men’s health. It’s about building a community of well informed, sexually-savvy young men who can communicate with a wide range of people to enhance gay community health. The program was created by the Community Based Research Centre (CBRC) in British Columbia and then further developed and delivered by Heal

Sex and party drugs

published: December, 23, 2011 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Population Specific , John McCullagh

John McCullagh reports on a new sex-positive, drug user-positive harm reduction-based peer support group for gay and bisexual guys who use drugs and alcohol and who want to explore in depth their drug use and sexual health

Sex and party drugs

PositiveLite.com’s editor Bob Leahy recently talked with Duncan MacLaughlin, the manager of community health programs at the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT), about the evolution in promoting gay men’s health that’s moving away from focusing on our weaknesses and vulnerabilities and more towards emphasizing our resilience and strengths. This interview, which you can read here, was specifically about a new ACT initiative TheSexYouWant.ca, which goes beyond the basics to tackle mo

Managing risk,sex and undetectable viral load.

published: December, 08, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Sexual Health, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Viral load is a measure of poz health but it is increasingly become a measure of risk. But Bob Leahy says competing arguments, opinions and agendas aren’t helping people living with HIV figure out what’s safe, what isn’t and what’s in between.

Managing risk,sex and undetectable viral load.

Being a person living with HIV isn’t always easy but one thing that makes it easier is having information  - clear, precise and understandable information  - that we can live our lives around.  That’s sometimes problematic because HIV is a complex disease with complicated repercussions.  Take the criminalization aspect, for instance.  The laws governing disclosure of one’s HIV status are becoming so convoluted, so less black and white by the month, that confusion

ACT Community Health Forum: HIV & Healthy Relationships

published: September, 22, 2011 Categories // Community Events, Contributors, Upcoming Events, Events, Events

Even available online if you can't make it, October 12.

ACT Community Health Forum: HIV & Healthy Relationships

Featured in this dicussion will be advice for sero-discordant couples, challanges for youth, discloure to children and more. All the information is below in the flyler.

Scotiabank AIDS Walk For Life Interview: Village Pharmacy

published: September, 21, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // AIDS Walk for Life, Contributors, Events, Brian Finch, Guest Authors

Brian Finch chats with Village Pharmacy owner about his suppot of the AIDS Walk For Life 2011.

Scotiabank AIDS Walk For Life Interview: Village Pharmacy

If you would like to sponsor Zahid, and the Village Pharmacy to reach their goal of $550 (only fifty dollars away) you can do so by following this link. To find out more information on the Scotiabank AIDS Walk For Life and where and when it will be held in your region then check out their website. 

BRIDGING the GAP: Barriers to HIV TREATMENT.

published: September, 06, 2011 Categories // Contributors, Upcoming Events, Events, Health, Treatment, Events

Wednesday September 14th. Presentation 7 - 9 pm, Ramada Plaza Hotel.

BRIDGING the GAP: Barriers to HIV TREATMENT.

Wednesday September 14th. Presentation 7 - 9 pm. Light buffet 6:00pm.BRIDGING the GAP: Barriers to HIV TREATMENT.Ramada Plaza Hotel. 300 Jarvis Str.Toronto No registration required

GPS: Charting new directions for gay men’s sexual health

published: September, 03, 2011 Categories // Contributors, Features and Interviews, Sexual Health, Health, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

GPS stands for Gay Poz Sex. In this interview with Bob Leahy, Rick Julien explains what GPS is, and why it’s looking for a few good men to help them find their own way to improving their sex lives.

GPS: Charting new directions for gay men’s sexual health

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OHTN/PositiveLite Video features Bob Leahy talking Social Media to AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT)’s Andrew Brett

published: July, 19, 2011 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // Features and Interviews, Ontario HIV Treatment Network

The interview asks "How does a large AIDS Service Organization like ACT utilize social media, how best to get started and what are the pitfalls?""

OHTN/PositiveLite Video features Bob Leahy talking Social Media to AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT)’s Andrew Brett

OHTN/PositiveLite Video features Bob Leahy talking to ACT (AIDS Committee of Toronto)’s Andrew Brett PositiveLIte’s Bob Leahy says this about the interview below . . Andrew Brett is the communications coordinator for the AIDS Committee of Toronto. I’ve told this story about ACT before but I’ll tell it again. ACT and I go back a long way. ACT was the first place I turned to when I was diagnosed in 1993. Six months later when I went on disability, for something to do I, vo

Harm reduction, idealist outrage, an Xtra article & my two cents: barebacking galore.

published: June, 01, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Contributors, Health, Opinion Pieces, Brian Finch

The article is now published on Xtra.ca and most likely in the next print issue. At first I thought, “Oh lord, what mine field am I going to be walking into now?”

Harm reduction, idealist outrage, an Xtra article & my two cents: barebacking galore.

The other day I got an unexpected message to comment on the AIDS Committee of Toronto’s (ACT) harm reduction insert with their condom packages called the “Pig Pac” Here is what it said: It’s your choice! We believe that sex is a spectrum of possibilities. From pig sex to vanilla sex. Bareback to wrapped. We’ve got information and sex positive tips to make your choices safer and more rewarding. The article is now published on Xtra.ca and most likely in the next print issue.  At f

Working in the AIDS Movement: Getting satisfaction out of doing it for free!

published: May, 11, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy looks at what makes for rewarding volunteer work in the HIV/AIDS community, and finds that putting one’s own needs first often works best for everybody.

Working in the AIDS Movement: Getting satisfaction out of doing it for free!

I've been around for quite a long time. I started volunteering in 1994, six months after I was diagnosed, about the same time as going on disability with a falling CD4 count, an uncertain future and few options. Seventeen years later I’m still at it. I’ve actually tried to “retire” once or twice but it hasn’t worked out, and right now I’m probably busier than ever. I sometimes think about why do people volunteer? You’ll hear a variety of explanations centred on themes which ult

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