Articles tagged with: HIV-positive

Webinar - Navigating HIV adulthood for young people (and those young at heart)

published: October, 15, 2013 Categories // Community Events, Events, Health, Living with HIV, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

ACT’s October Community Health Forum is on navigating HIV adulthood for young people and those young at heart. Attendance is free. The forum will also be available as a webinar

Webinar - Navigating HIV adulthood for young people (and those young at heart)

The second workshop in the 2013-2014 series of free open discussion forums for people living with HIV hosted by the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) is on Navigating HIV adulthood for young people and those young at heart. It will focus on  Finding the right doctor and building a great relationship Strategies for staying on treatment when living a great social life Tips for safer sexual practices and harm reduction The guest speakers are: Megan Acsai, MD, CCFP, HIV physician, M

Webinar - HIV and aging: Empowerment and resilience

published: September, 09, 2013 Categories // Community Events, Events, Health, Living with HIV, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

ACT’s September Community Health Forum focuses on “HIV and aging — Empowerment and resilience”. Attendance is free. The forum will also be available as a webinar.

Webinar - HIV and aging: Empowerment and resilience

The first workshop in the 2013-2014 series of free open discussion forums for people living with HIV hosted by the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) is on a topic requested by many people: HIV and aging — Empowerment and resilience. It will focus on Aging that is medically mindful and healthy Support from within: The changing family structure Making social and mental health choices you can live with  The guest speakers are:  Gordon A. Arbess, MD, CPCFP, Department of Fami

Confronting stigma

published: September, 04, 2013 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Mental Health, Features and Interviews, Health, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

Toronto’s McEwan Housing and Support Services recently produced a set of videos on the effects of stigma with the clear refrain: “It hurts”.

Confronting stigma

McEwan House is a Toronto program of Loft Community Services that is specifically designed to meet the needs of HIV-positive people from a variety of backgrounds who have a number of challenges that can include mental health issues, addictions and being homeless. It provides housing and support services in an effort to help their service users remain independent in the community.  They recently produced a set of videos on the effects of stigma with the clear refrain: “It hurts”. Several

Positive sex

published: July, 11, 2013 Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Sexual Health, Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Amy Willis talks to Rick and Scott, the guys who facilitate GPS (Gay Positive Sex) groups in Toronto, designed to help positive gay men develop strategies for sex that work for each of them.

I recently sat down with my colleagues, Rick Julien and Scott Simpson, the peer facilitators of the Gay Poz Sex (GPS) Study housed jointly at the HIV Prevention Lab at Ryerson University and the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT), to speak to them about the GPS program and how it addresses many of the competing forms of stigma that gay, HIV-positive men often face. Here are their responses: Amy: Looking at the history of HIV & AIDS, it’s clear that people living with HIV &AIDS have f

The immigration and refugee rights of gay men and people living with HIV

published: June, 13, 2013 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Conferences, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Features and Interviews, Health, International , Legal, Living with HIV, Population Specific , John McCullagh

Immigration and refugee rights in Canada are under siege and this is impacting people living with HIV. Toronto lawyer and human rights activist El Farouk Khaki, in a video interview, explains why this is so and what we can do about it.

The immigration and refugee rights of gay men and people living with HIV

The implications of intersectionality on gay men was the topic of one of the plenary sessions at the Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance  (GMSH) summit held in Toronto in May 2013. Intersectionality considers the simultaneous intersections between social difference and identity as well as the different forms of systemic oppression that reflect relationships of power.  One of the panel members at this plenary session was El Farouk Khaki, a Toronto refugee and immigration lawyer and human righ

Putting barebacking into context

published: June, 06, 2013 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Conferences, Gay Men, Events, Features and Interviews, Sexual Health, Health, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

Who barebacks and why? The AIDS Committee of Toronto’s bathhouse counsellor Rahim Thawer provides some answers.

Putting barebacking into context

What are we really taking about when it comes to barebacking? This was the question PositiveLite.com, in a video interview, posed to social worker and ACT TowelTalk bathhouse counsellor Rahim Thawer, following his presentation on this topic at the 9th annual Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance of Ontario  summit, held in Toronto in May 2013.  Putting barebacking into context is important now that we’ve begun to have more open discussions about the reality that gay guys aren’t always usi

Got SPUNK?

published: April, 22, 2013 Categories // Gay Men, Events, Sexual Health, Health, Population Specific , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Being a gay, bi, queer or trans guy who manages his drugs and booze and who navigates the realities of HIV, STIs and stigma requires SPUNK!

Got SPUNK?

What’s SPUNK! ?  SPUNK! is a confidential, non-judgmental group for gay, bi, queer and trans men in Toronto who want to talk about drugs, alcohol, sex and PnP.  Who's Welcome?  Gay/Bi/Trans/Queer/MSM guys aged 19 and over.  What is it?  A free and confidential six week group for guys that use drugs or alcohol and want a safe place to talk about the ways that substances impact our lives. Previous group members have found the skills and tools that they learned in SPUNK! to be very us

30 years of ACT: A conversation with Hazelle Palmer

published: April, 18, 2013 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, Events, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

As the AIDS Committee of Toronto, Canada’s largest AIDS service organization, turns 30-years-old, the agency’s executive director talks with PositiveLite.com about its past, present and future.

30 years of ACT: A conversation with Hazelle Palmer

The AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) was founded thirty years ago, in 1983. In this video interview, the agency’s executive director Hazelle Palmer reflects back on the organization’s beginnings, how it has changed over the years as HIV and AIDS have changed and how ACT will continue to make a difference in people’s lives in 2013 and beyond.

Young gay and bi men — your time to lead is now!

published: April, 04, 2013 Categories // Dating, Community Events, Gay Men, Youth, Events, Sexual Health, Lifestyle, Sex and Sexuality , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Do you have four days to be smarter, healthier and sexier? Totally outRIGHT may be for you or someone you know!

Young gay and bi men — your time to lead is now!

Totally outRIGHT is a free leadership workshop series for young gay and bi guys in the Toronto area interested in sexual health. Sponsored by ACT, these workshops are for a cross-section of young gay and bi guys (ages 18-29). They are open to HIV-negative and HIV-positive guys, trans guys and guys from different ethnic backgrounds.  The workshops consist of 17 modules over four days that build resilience and community. They are based on the success of the Totally outRIGHT program that was pi

HIV in Toronto’s African, Caribbean and Black communities

published: March, 21, 2013 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Features and Interviews, Health, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

John McCullagh talks on video with Shannon Ryan, the executive director of the Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention, about HIV prevention and support among Toronto’s African, Caribbean and Black communities.

HIV in Toronto’s African, Caribbean and Black communities

Canada’s African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) communities are disproportionately affected by HIV. Large and diverse, they comprise both people born in Canada as well as immigrants and refugees from a broad range of countries, often countries where HIV is endemic. It is also a community where, uniquely, HIV predominantly affects those who are heterosexual.  It was to address the specific needs of these communities that Toronto’s Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP) was founded in

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