Articles tagged with: HIV prevention

Underwear………it’s what you have in them that counts

published: April, 11, 2011 Categories // Guest Authors

Guest blogger Wayne Bristow tips his fedora to another endeavour that raises awareness around safer sex.

Underwear………it’s what you have in them that counts

The passion heats up and the clothes come of. This is it. It’s time. Then he says, "oh, my condoms are in my pants, hang on a sec." You lay there waiting while he checks one pocket, then the other and the moments seem more like minutes and finally he has it and is fumbling to open it. Has this ever happened to you? Then there are the times when you have to stop to dig into a drawer on the night stand and get everything out. What if they had underwear with a secret pocket that would hold your

Vauxhall by Daylight: Sex and Drugs, no Rock 'n Roll

published: April, 08, 2011 Categories // Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

U.K. Guest writer Viral Load Warrior turns the spotlight on London’s alternative gay village, the sex and drugs scene it has become known for – and the consequences.

‘Vauxhall by daylight! A porter-pot without porter! The House of Commons without the Speaker, a gas-lamp without the gas—poo, nonsense, the thing was not to be thought of’ Charles Dickens, Vauxhall Gardens by Day Vauxhall is nestled near the Thames in South London. The area is nothing special to look at, consisting of a transport hub, sprawling roads, disused railway arches, businesses and warehouses. At night, however, Vauxhall becomes an entirely different place. In the above quote, Di

H-I-Vogue - A new track by Jade Elektra

published: April, 07, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Features and Interviews, Brian Finch

"You better tell it!" From the beginning, I had the idea that this track should be more like a public service announcement.

H-I-Vogue - A new track by Jade Elektra

Following the release of H-I-Vogue, I got a chance to have a quick chat with Jade Elektra, aka DJ Relentless about his latest track with a message.  You are a New Yorker transplant in Toronto, how did you find yourself here?  I actually moved to Toronto because I fell in love and married one of the local filmmakers, John Richard Allen. I had been in New York for the past 17 years and I felt I needed a change. For those who don’t know you, you are a man of many talents: DJ, singer/p

From the front lines: an HIV prevention worker speaks

published: March, 22, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Features and Interviews, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks to Kevin Murphy from London, Ontario about his work, his music and how he uses music to educate youth and adults about HIV and sexual health

From the front lines: an HIV prevention worker speaks

Bob: Tell me about your job. Kevin: I’m the Gay Men’s HIV Prevention Worker at the Regional HIV AIDS Connection in London Ontario. My job includes the development of community awareness campaigns, educational and training resources, program and curriculum development for many different target populations, all of which include gay, bi and MSM (Men who have Sex with Men). I also do lot of pounding the pavement, handing out condoms and connecting with people. I do outreach at our local bathho

What's real and what's not; undetectable viral load, condoms and the risk of transmission

published: January, 24, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In which Bob Leahy ruminates on the condoms vs undetactable viral load debate – which is safer? - begun by Mark S. King and Sean Strub on this site last week

What's real and what's not; undetectable viral load, condoms and the risk of transmission

It’s been swirling around inside my head for a few days now, that video, so intriguing are the isssues raised. I’m talking about what Mark S, King and Sean Strub said in last week’s post : Five Things about HIV (They’re Not Telling You).  Here’s an excerpt from their conversation: MSK Fact number one: an undetectable viral load may rival a condom SS A person who is undetectable and has been undetectable for some time, there is very little chance of them transmitting the vir

Five Things About HIV (They’re Not Telling You)

published: January, 20, 2011 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Mark S. King

Mark S. King is no stranger to blogging. In fact this is his 100th post over on his own well known website My Fabulous Disease. PositiveLite extends a huge and warm welcome to Florida-based Mark . .

Five Things About HIV (They’re Not Telling You)

 . . who will be featured regularly on PositiveLite. We will be showcasing some of his newer posts, like today’s, and also some gems – and there are a lot of them - from his back catalogue. Read Mark’s bio here. If you like what you see here, and we have a feeling you will, please head right on over to My Fabulous Disease and enter a world quite like no other. Believe me, you’re in for a treat. Mark is often funny and irreverent, a trait he shares with, but he als

Safer Sex Japanese-style

published: January, 18, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Health, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In which Bob Leahy looks at Little Taiko Boy, a classy, homo-erotic and sex-positive HIV prevention video replete with references to Christmas, Shinto mythology and Japanese gay culture. How’s that for a mash-up?

Safer Sex Japanese-style

This HIV prevention video shown below seems to be getting good reviews, particularly when compared to the NYC Public Health Authority’s scare-tactics video which nobody seems to like, that came out about the same time. This one's extremely clever, extremely well done too. I think it’s a winner. If you're puzzled by the imagery contained in it, though, as I initially was, here’s what the producers, All Out Attack Films have to say about it. "Little Taiko Boy combines Western holiday


published: January, 10, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Health, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In which Bob Leahy cuts to the chase and looks at circumcision and whether it still has any relevance at all to HIV transmission in gay men.


Boy, this is a murky topic, but I’ll do my best to wade through the last four years of facts, fiction, opinion and debate on the impact of circumcision on HIV transmission between men who have sex with men (MSM). Let’s start in 2006. That’s when large scale research studies conducted in Africa were telling us that circumcision is indeed effective in substantially reducing HIV infection rates. BUT the study referred only to heterosexual boinking. Bill Clinton jumps in to the fray at the I

Do scare tactics work? NYC Health PSA “It’s never just HIV…”

published: December, 15, 2010 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Opinion Pieces, Brian Finch

So how do we get the two-fold message, which are really two side of the same coin

Several gay groups in New York are calling for the pulling of this public service announcement. Given that the infection rate keeps rising in the gay population, the makers of this PSA felt they needed to bring out the realities of living with HIV, which are not all pretty. It really is a fine line with these kinds of social marketing campaigns. What is a social marketing campaign? I get asked this quite a bit. It seems like those in the know assume that everyone knows this terminology. These

On line hook-up profiles – what’s behind the quest for DDF guys

published: December, 08, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher

In which Bob Leahy looks at an innovative way to bring home the truth about meeting guys on the internet, understanding DDF, stigma, disclosure and more. INCLUDES VIDEO WITH LANGUAGE NSFW

First, skip to the bottom of this post to view the video, and then read this. Have to admit I think this video is pretty clever, pretty brilliant on a couple of levels. For one, the animation used is something that’s new and refreshing – and what HIV prevention messaging needs now more than ever is something that’s new and refreshing. (I’ll comment on the vid’s technical aspects later). Secondly the message contained in the video is pretty well spot on; it plays out, in fact, many of

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