Articles tagged with: AIDS

The journey begins

published: December, 03, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

New guest writer newlypositive was diagnosed in September 2013. Here he recounts in a post written one month later the day he found out he was HIV-positive.

The journey begins

“There’s been a problem with one of the tests……….the HIV one…………It’s positive!”  I heard those words at 13:10 on 23rd September 2013. A complete shock, I had tested negative only in August. It was found as a result of tests for ongoing health issues.  A few weeks prior to this I had been quite unwell one weekend. A visit to an emergency GP and A&E and everything was blamed on my ongoing health issues worsening. Despite my protestations that I hadn’t felt this un

The non-story

published: December, 02, 2013 Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific

A noon-time tryst where there is an apparent connection – his name is Brian -- leaves our Positively Dating wanting for more. And so, it seems, does Brian . . .

The non-story

I’ve lied to you. Ok, not really lied, but I’ve been keeping things from you. I swear it wasn’t my intention to be deceptive; it’s just that there are some things that aren’t story worthy. If I told you everything, you would hear stories much like: “I went to meet a mildly attractive guy, who had one extremely long nose hair that kept peaking out. After the date was over I went home and plucked and preened and made sure I was perfectly manscaped.” These non- stories are the by

The heroes in our midst

published: December, 02, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Community Events, African, Caribbean and Black, Events, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy reports on The Ontario AIDS Network’s latest Honour Roll inductees, presented at a gala function In Toronto last week.

The heroes in our midst

(left to right Fanta Ongoiba, Anne Marie DiCenso, Executive Director at PASAN and Henry Luyomba) There are many heroes in our movement - some paid, some unpaid - who toil away with little recognition. Others choose to beat their own drum, still others are recognized by their peers for the work they do. And a special few, only two individuals this year, make it to the Ontario AIDS Network (OAN)'s prestigious Honour Roll, which over the years has become a who’s who of those who have made a

World AIDS Day, 2013: What’s the prescription for an ‘AIDS-free’ Canada?

published: November, 30, 2013 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, As Prevention , CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Treatment, Opinion Pieces

On December 1, World AIDS Day, let’s take a measure of our progress in achieving an ‘AIDS-free’ world says CATIE

World AIDS Day, 2013: What’s the prescription for an ‘AIDS-free’ Canada?

This article previously appeared on the CATIE website here. Une version française est disponible ici.  Globally, there is good news. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that in 2012, 13 countries, many in the African continent, showed an annual growth in the number of people on anti-retroviral therapy outpacing the number of new HIV infections. This ‘tipping point’ is a welcome development and an important step toward the ultimate goal of ‘getting to zero’: zero new infecti

Treatment as prevention: more gains for B.C.

published: November, 29, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors

The government of B.C. has signed a memorandum of understanding between China and the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS to support Treatment as Prevention expansion

Treatment as prevention: more gains for B.C.

From the CBC website:  The British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS is taking its successful "treatment as prevention" program to China to help stem the spread of the disease. The head of the program is hoping the expansion of the treatment plan worldwide will embarrass the Canadian government into adopting the same plan across our country. Dr. Julio Montaner says China, Brazil, France, the United States and several countries in Africa are in the process of emulating the program

In praise of the unconventional life

published: November, 29, 2013 Written by // Michael Yoder Categories // Activism, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Michael Yoder

Michael Yoder says “The AIDS world (or industry) is bereft of non-conformists. We have ceased to be unconventional and that saddens me.”

In praise of the unconventional life

“Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.” Oscar Wilde I was talking with my best friend Catherine this evening and at the end of the conversation I realized that we are odd. Odd (in my world) is good. My friend and I live unconventional lives. I think that many people living with HIV live unconventional lives, but we live them in tiny enclaves, hidden away from the world. Convention means conformity and “normalness”: hunting for pic

How do you talk about It? Two guys take on “undetectable

published: November, 28, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, As Prevention , Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

So how do we talk about it? And what does it mean to different people in different contexts? BETA put these questions to Zachary Barnett and Derek Brocklehurst, two gay men with different experiences of “undetectable.”

How do you talk about It? Two guys take on “undetectable

This article from San Francisco AIDS Foundation appeared on their website Beta here.  “Undetectable” is a medical term—but its meaning goes beyond lab reports and doctor’s offices. It refers to suppressed viral load, which is both a key goal of treatment to protect the health of people living with HIV and an exciting new tool for reducing risk of HIV transmission to negative sex partners. (Want to know more? Watch our animated video for an easy-to-follow explanation of undetectable v

Stop bludgeoning young gay men with our AIDS tragedy

published: November, 28, 2013 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Mark S. King says let's not drag up the past in an attempt to stop new infections. “The 1980′s are history. They are not a prevention strategy” he says.

Stop bludgeoning young gay men with our AIDS tragedy

Lesley was my closest friend to become sick in the 1980′s, and he fought bravely until his death from AIDS. Today, there are little rituals I have to honor his memory, and I often write about him, the first of many friends lost to the epidemic.  But there’s something I will not do. I will not dig up Lesley’s body and beat young gay men with his corpse. Lesley didn’t perish so I could use him as a scare tactic. He wasn’t a cautionary tale. He wasn’t a martyr. He was a man with the

Magnetic dating: I’m HIV positive… but it’s OK if you’re not.

published: November, 28, 2013 Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Tom Latte on serosorting and the thorny question of whether only dating people of your own status is discrimination.

“Don’t discriminate against me but, please, allow me to do so.”  Magnetism rocks, opposites attract It’s something I’ve seen for a while now. On and off. This week, I’ve seen it twice. People saying: "I am HIV positive so I would prefer dating someone who is positive too." One was gay, the other straight. "It’s easier and a nice (person) will show up." Want to know something easy? A child jigsaw. (Ok, granted, maybe not so easy if you’re the child in question.) The Easy S

Safer sex works in different ways

published: November, 27, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Women, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Married serodiscordant couple Michèle and Mic don’t use condoms anymore. They trust HIV medications to prevent HIV transmission. Here is their story.

Safer sex works in different ways

This article originally appeared on the website of Deutsche AIDS-Hilfe here. It was translated into English for the European Day of Multilingual Blogging  Michèle and Mic enjoy their little disagreements. This is often the case with couples who have been happy together for a long time. There are one or two issues that always lead to a debate. When exactly they decided to stop using condoms is one question on which they don’t exactly see eye to eye, for example. “We talked about it in b

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