Articles tagged with: Brian Finch

OHTN Research Conference 2011: Tim Brown and Matt Sharp's Quest for an HIV Cure

published: November, 30, 2011 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research, Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Conferences, Events, Features and Interviews, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher, Ontario HIV Treatment Network

Brian Finch interviews Timothy Brown, who has been cured of HIV and Matt Sharp, who is an Independent HIV Educator and Advocacy Consultant

OHTN Research Conference 2011: Tim Brown and Matt Sharp's Quest for an HIV Cure

The OHTN and Positive Lite present Interviews from the OHTN's Annual Research Conference, Toronto 2011Brian Finch interviews Timothy Brown, who has been cured of HIV and Matt Sharp, who is an Independent HIV Educator and Advocacy Consultant.

Acid Reflux: An irreverent walk down memory lane.

published: November, 21, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Activism, Living with HIV, Brian Finch

My inspiration was the dark humour of a bunch of guys in AIDS in the 1980s and early 90s who created their own Zine called, Diseased Pariah News. These were dark times and they required dark humour.

Acid Reflux: An irreverent walk down memory lane.

While trying to find an old photo I came across some of my old graphics for my blog, Acid Reflux, that I began in 2005. Way back then I wanted to start writing, but I wasn't quite sure how to go about it. I just knew that I wanted to write. Blogs were becoming more popular at that point and they were quite easy to set up. These were the days before Twitter and Facebook, and a blog was one of the principle ways to communicate via the new "social media." My inspiration was the dark humour

Celebrating PositiveLite.com's 2-year anniversary early.

published: November, 07, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Social Media, Events, Brian Finch

Only a few weeks before our second anniversary I'm happy to launch the new and improved PositiveLite.com

Celebrating PositiveLite.com's 2-year anniversary early.

Welcome, everyone, to the new site redesign. For those who may have been following us since the very beginning, PositiveLite.com started off as a little blogging site that was scraped together by someone who didn’t know a thing about working with this particular content management system. It was amazing he could figure out what he did, but nonetheless, it was a bit of a crack house. Soon thereafter I got a new design up, and the story continues to today where we are now on our fourth de

Reliving our victories

published: September, 29, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Research, Health, Bob Leahy - Publisher

PositiveLite’s Brian Finch and Bob Leahy were both involved in the delivery of Ontario’s HIV Stigma.com campaign of 2008-9. Now the HIV prevention campaign’s findings have received international attention.

Reliving our victories

September 15, 2008 found me feeling rather lost and out of place in a dull-looking buidling, at least from the exterior, but which housed an impressively professional looking movie studio.  We were in an industrial area of East York (Toronto). I was there to film an interview for Top Drawer Creative, the ad agency GMSH (Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance) had engaged to produce the campaign for us. It was an intimidating set-up. Real lights, drapes, BIG cameras, sound

Toronto AIDS Walk for Life 2011

published: September, 25, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // AIDS Walk for Life, Contributors, Events, Features and Interviews, Brian Finch

Once again it was time for the AIDS Walk for Life, a Toronto annual fundraising event for HIV/AIDS programming and services. Congratulations on having a great and successful day!

Toronto AIDS Walk for Life 2011

Once again it was time for the AIDS Walk for Life, a Toronto annual fundraising event for HIV/AIDS programming and services. Congratulations on having a great and successful day! 

Successful AIDS Action Now Die-In at Toronto City Hall

published: September, 23, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Activism, Contributors, Events, Brian Finch

A pictorial of todays protest of Toronto's Rob Ford cuts and threats to HIV programs and service funding

Successful AIDS Action Now Die-In at Toronto City Hall

Today I attended the Die-In protest at Toronto City Hall organized by AIDS Action Now at noon against the potential cuts to HIV programs and services by the city. Admittedly I was wondering how this was going to turn out as it was raining quite heavily. The original plan was to have the die-in outside, however the rain actually made it better. The alternate plan was to slightly walking to city hall in pairs, headed by with the larger than life grim reaper and trumpet player as if we were in a

Watch me get naked for Kathy Griffin: I did win a free pair of tickets with my video

published: September, 22, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Contributors, Performances, Brian Finch

Since I'm off to see Kathy Griffin's show this Sunday, I thought I'd dust off my ticket-winning video for everyone.

Watch me get naked for Kathy Griffin: I did win a free pair of tickets with my video

This September 25th, I will be heading out for my third pilgrimage to see Kathy Griffin who is my comedic hero. A couple years ago I had made a video to win a DVD contest, but then after I got it done I realized I missed the deadline. A few months later they had an even better contest, tickets to her show at Pride in Milwaukee, and a meet and greet. I decided to rework the video I had made and over dub the part about the DVD with “Win a meet and greet with Kathy Griffin” I posted it on the

Taking the next step: My first visit to my Naturopath.

published: September, 19, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Food, Nutrition and Recipes, General Health, Contributors, Mental Health, Health, Vitamins - Supplements, Brian Finch

Going to this Naturopath was the best decision I've made in a long time

Taking the next step: My first visit to my Naturopath.

When it was recently suggested that I go see a naturopath a couple months ago, I shrugged it off. I’ve gone this route before and It’s been helpful and I’ve learned a lot from those visits. But in the end I’d slide back into my old ways and some of the underlying issues didn’t seem to get dealt with  - such as my lack of energy. When I picked up this nasty bug from Italy and had to take Flagyl, a drug with warnings that it is possibly carcinogenic, at it’s maximum dosage, it f

Sometimes you gotta butt out: ten days later

published: September, 13, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // General Health, Contributors, Mental Health, Health, Smoking Cessation , Brian Finch

I did like the Italian “Glamour” cigarettes I was smoking. The same as the nelly little ones I smoked in Canada, but with a pretty flower on the filter.

Sometimes you gotta butt out: ten days later

Ten days later: still not smoking. It’s funny, no later than a few hours into quitting smoking did I have my first smoking dream. The antibiotics I was taking were knocking me out that Saturday, so I slept all morning. It’s easy to start the day off not smoking when you’re asleep.  But alas, as I drifted in and out of sleep, I dozed off again and  - bang  - I was right in to a dream having a cigarette. My thoughts were, “What? I’m not supposed to be smoking. Why am I s

The Flagyl Blues & my recipe for success

published: September, 01, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // General Health, Contributors, Mental Health, Health, Brian Finch

At least they say I look good!

The Flagyl Blues & my recipe for success

Flagyl Blues: A traveller's guide to weight loss. In my last post I shared some of the challenges I face. One message I wanted to get out is that those of us who work on Positivelite.com are just like those who come to the site. We are you and you are us. Today I wanted to focus on some of the solutions that I'm focusing on and not just the problem. Before I get to that I wanted to thank everyone forthe very kind messages I received after letting everyone know where I was at. A perfect storm h

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