Articles tagged with: AIDS

The loss of a good friend

published: October, 22, 2013 Categories // DJ Relentless, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Music, Living with HIV, Population Specific

DJ Relentless on his late friend DJ Rick West. “What I do know is that Rick West was a very loving person and a really good friend to me in some of my formative years. His patience and guidance help develop me into the DJ that I am today

The loss of a good friend

On September 29th, while reading some posts on Facebook I learned  that my best friend from 1986 was no longer with us. I am still trying to wrap my head around the death of my friend, Rick West. It's funny how life moves you in different directions. And try as we may, you cannot escape your origins. I grew up in Tampa, Florida. All my life I dreamed of living in a big city. I knew that one day I would find my way to New York City. As an art student at Hillsborough Community College, I would

Anal cancer: a gay man’s nightmare. Part two: one blow after another

published: October, 21, 2013 Categories // Gay Men, General Health, Health, Living with HIV

Dave R: Having survived bladder cancer, part two of John’s fight against cancer sees him fighting against medical incompetence and being confronted with a new cancer. It’s a shock when a lump turns out to be something much worse: cancer of the rectum

Anal cancer: a gay man’s nightmare. Part two: one blow after another

  “Cancer is a curious thing...nobody knows what the cause is, though some pretend they do. It’s like some hidden assassin, waiting to strike at you.” W.H.Auden  2011 Bureaucratic injustice It had taken the best part of 2010 to finally ascertain what sort of cancer John had. There we reasons for that: they’d called it bladder cancer but in fact it turned out to be a cancer found somewhere between the bladder and the prostate. The communication ran along the lines of, ‘Hey, if w

HIV as the norm

published: October, 21, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

From an important exploration of what living with HIV feels like in 2013 and whether its seeming normalcy is good, bad or just something we have to live with

HIV as the norm

This article  by Enrique Franco first appeared in here.  So yet another anniversary of my HIV infection has come to pass. Another year of living poz. Another year successfully containing my HIV to a deep and dormant slumber. The day came. And, like most simple things in my life, nothing happened. I heard no fireworks go off outside far in the distance. I didn't hear any women and small babies weeping for me out on the streets. I didn't hear a single bang. And that's just it. I

I won’t have bareback sex with you, so quit asking

published: October, 21, 2013 Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Tom Latte on the requests he’s got from “bugchasers” and other thoughts about why he won’t do the dirty without a condom.

And no, it’s not just about you.  Misconceptions are interesting, once you notice them. The hardest part, however, is to do so. No, really, no no. Here is (a common?) one. That HIV-positive people have done something “wrong” to become HIV positive. And, maybe, that once they become HIV-positive, said behaviour does not end, therefore continuing to pass on the virus. Of course, this is erroneous simply for the fact that there are several ways to become infected in the first place. Fo

Free Public Legal Education Workshops at HALCO in November and December 2013

published: October, 18, 2013 Categories // Events, Revolving Door, Legal, Events, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

HALCO says “Our free workshops are held in person in our HALCO Boardroom at 65 Wellesley Street East, 4th Floor, Toronto, Ontario (one block east of Yonge Street/Wellesley subway station)."

Free Public Legal Education Workshops at HALCO in November and December 2013

Workshops Canada's Medical Marihuana/Cannabis Laws Are Changing - Wednesday November 6, 2013, from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. (presenter: Renée Lang, HALCO Staff Lawyer). Immigration Update: Sponsorships, Humanitarian Applications, Refugee Claims, and Citizenship Laws - Thursday November 14, 2013, from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. (presenters: John Norquay and Meagan Johnston, HALCO Staff Lawyers). Criminalization of HIV Non-Disclosure - Tuesday November 19, 2013, from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. (presenter: Ryan

HIV Heroes of the Arts: (3) Derek Jarman: defiantly queer

published: October, 17, 2013 Categories // Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Dave R: Derek Jarman was a key figure in the fight for gay rights and HIV education. Irrepressibly queer and proud of it; through film, art and writing, he rejected any attempts to quieten his voice.

HIV Heroes of the Arts:  (3) Derek Jarman: defiantly queer

 “Understand that sexuality is as wide as the sea. Understand that your morality is not law. Understand that we are you. Understand that if we decide to have sex whether safe, safer, or unsafe, it is our decision and you have no rights in our lovemaking.” Derek Jarman In 1976, Derek Jarman’s Sebastiane opened my eyes to how male sensuality could be portrayed on film. Friends had raved about it but nothing could prepare me for that feast of homo-erotic male flesh on display in a mainst

Finding ACT UP: a journey – part one

published: October, 16, 2013 Written by // Michael Bouldin Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Michael Bouldin

Michael Bouldin decided to connect up with ACT UP to write a piece about them. In the first of a two-part story he tells what he found.

Finding ACT UP: a journey – part one

 “I don’t get it”, I thought. “Why are these people so angry and distrustful? Is that little dog as mean as it looks? What have I done?”  These were some random thoughts going through my head the evening I first attended a meeting of ACT UP, the AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power; the setting a warm, dusty room in the West Village, harsh lighting, folding chairs, worlds away from the glittering canyons of Midtown or my familiar hipster haunts of Williamsburg. The same room you may kn

See SPOT Run

published: October, 16, 2013 Categories // Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Population Specific

Ken Monteith with another view of SPOT, the Montreal-based HIV testing facility for gay men that is also contributing to research on how gay men approach risk

By now, you may have read elsewhere on about the classifications of risk profiles of men who have sex with men (MSM) drawn from an analysis of data from the SPOT study in Montréal. I propose to give you a different look at SPOT, put together from my own observations (I’ve been in the space) and from information that SPOT shares freely on its web site. The first thing you will notice when you approach SPOT is that if you don’t know where you’re going, you might walk r

Barney’s Guide to Training Humans: an owner’s manual for cats

published: October, 15, 2013 Written by // Michael Yoder Categories // Pets, Lifestyle, Michael Yoder

Michael Yoder with an excerpt from his new book about cats’ view of their human owners and how a cat should care for them

Barney’s Guide to Training Humans: an owner’s manual for cats

Introduction We’ve tolerated humans for thousands of years and will likely have to continue this unpleasant practice for another several thousand years; until that day when we evolve opposable thumbs and can annihilate them as a species.  This manual will assist any cat to learn the basics on how to properly care for and train your human. From Siamese to those patchwork things with long hair, any cat with half a brain can completely subjugate a human making napping easier and life more ca

POZ-TO keeps dancing right in to 2014

published: October, 14, 2013 Categories // DJ Relentless, Events, Music, Living with HIV

Here’s the schedule of POZ-TO dance parties to be held at Crews and Tangos in Toronto in the coming months. Mark your calendars!

POZ-TO keeps dancing right in to 2014
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