Articles tagged with: HIV-positive

Toronto PWA: 25 years of service

published: November, 26, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Community Events, Activism, Events, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

In a video interview with PositiveLite.com, Toronto PWA executive director Murray Jose reflects on his agency’s 25 years of serving people living with HIV.

Toronto PWA: 25 years of service

In 1987, a support group of people living with HIV formed the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation (Toronto PWA).   Although a great deal has changed over the past two-and-a-half decades, Toronto PWA has adapted as different needs have emerged. At its heart though, the agency is all about serving the community, struggling against HIV/AIDS and creating possibilities for people living with the virus.  In his video interview with me below, executive director Murray Jose reflects on the growth

The 2012 Ontario AIDS Network Honour Roll Awards

published: November, 23, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, Events, Health, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

The annual OAN Honour Roll Awards acknowledge the long-term and consistent contributions of individuals or organizations that use their experiences, skills, resources and voices to champion the cause of HIV/AIDS in Ontario.

The 2012 Ontario AIDS Network Honour Roll Awards

Each year since 1996, the Ontario AIDS Network (OAN)  has recognized outstanding leadership and achievement within the HIV/AIDS movement in Ontario through its Honour Roll awards. The Honour Roll acknowledges the long-term and consistent contributions of individuals or organizations that use their experiences, skills, resources and voices to champion the cause of HIV/AIDS in Ontario.  The OAN is a coalition of people living with HIV and AIDS, AIDS service organizations and AIDS service prog

Webinar: HIV and mental health: New thinking, new strategies

published: November, 05, 2012 Categories // Community Events, Mental Health, Events, Research, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Events, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

ACT’s third Community Health Forum in the current series is on new thinking and strategies with regard to HIV and mental health. Attendance is free. The forum will also be available as a webinar.

Webinar: HIV and mental health: New thinking, new strategies

The third workshop in the current series of free open discussion forums for people living with HIV hosted by the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) will be held on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 7:00 pm at the Ramada Plaza Hotel, 300 Jarvis Street in Toronto.  The topic this month is HIV and mental health: New thinking, new strategies. Topics to be discussed at this forum include:  Mental illness is common in HIV, whether present before infection or as a complication of living with HIV Op

Movie review: How to Survive a Plague

published: November, 02, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Health, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

John McCullagh reviews the documentary movie that tells the story of how AIDS was turned from a death sentence into a chronic, manageable condition.

Movie review: How to Survive a Plague

As PositiveLite.com founder Brian Finch recently pointed out,  it’s difficult for anyone who didn’t live through the first decade of AIDS to truly grasp the horror of those dark times, when the gay community, so quickly following on the heady days of “gay liberation”, was decimated by HIV.   But by remarkable good fortune, those early “plague years” also saw the emergence of the video camcorder. So it was that the mobilization of the gay community in the face of death was recor

Coming up: Totally outRIGHT in Toronto: Register by November 4

published: October, 22, 2012 Categories // Community Events, Dating, Gay Men, Youth, Events, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, Events, Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Totally outRIGHT is a sexual health leadership program for young gay/bi/trans/queer guys who are 18-29 years old.

Coming up: Totally outRIGHT in Toronto: Register by November 4

Another session of Totally outRIGHT is starting soon in Toronto. It’s a sexual health leadership program for young men aged 18-29. Sponsored by ACT, it’s for guys who are HIV-negative and HIV-positive, trans guys and guys from different ethnic backgrounds who like guys. Its purpose is to prepare men to be leaders in their communities by providing them with information about love, life, sexuality and sexual health.  Totally outRIGHT consists of 17 modules over four days that build resilie

Medal Winner Denise Becker

published: October, 17, 2012 Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Women, Living with HIV, Population Specific

PositiveLite..com writer Denise Becker with her thoughts on what it means to be honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Medal Winner Denise Becker

This year has been full of festivities marking the 60th year of the Queen’s succession to the throne. One of the ways that the Government of Canada decided to honour the Queen for her years of service was to mint 60,000 Diamond Jubilee Medals that honoured significant contributions and achievements by Canadians. I was honoured and extremely surprised to be named a recipient.  When you live in England, the value of the monarchy is instilled in you at an early age. I remember sitting on a st

Medal Winner Bob Leahy

published: October, 17, 2012 Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

PositiveLite.com editor Bob Leahy with his thoughts on what it means to be honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Medal Winner Bob Leahy

Awards like this  - trust me - inevitably cause us to think back and wonder how we got to this point . My life has been an odd one.  Pre-HIV it was mostly boring, lacking in direction, meaning  or reward.  These were the banking years, stuck in a high-flying job that I disliked immensely, one whose only merit was that it paid well. But, as I’ve often remarked, all seemed to change for the better once I was diagnosed.  True, it didn’t happen right away, but after a few months of

New insights in HIV management and strategies for a cure

published: October, 01, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, Events, Health, Revolving Door, Events, Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

ACT’s second Community Health Forum in the current series is on new insights in HIV management and strategies for a cure. Attendance is free. The forum will also be available via webcast.

New insights in HIV management and strategies for a cure

The second workshop in the current series of free open discussion forums for people living with HIV hosted by the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) will be held on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 7:00pm at the Ramada Plaza Hotel, 300 Jarvis Street in Toronto.  The topic this month is New insights in HIV Management and Strategies for a Cure. The forum will address questions such as:  What is the current problem with curing HIV infection? Reservoirs and immune containment. What shou

Be seen. Be heard. Be remembered

published: September, 24, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Art, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Features and Interviews, Health, Living with HIV, Media, Population Specific , John McCullagh

Toronto artist Raymond Helkio, in a video interview with publisher John McCullagh, talks about his graphic design work for PositiveLite.com and about living with HIV.

Be seen. Be heard. Be remembered

Since its inception in 2009, PositiveLite.com has relied on social media and word of mouth to let potential readers know of our existence. And we have been very successful in that regard. However, not everyone uses social media and our experience tells us that there are many Canadians living with HIV who are not familiar with our online HIV magazine.  To remedy this, we decided that we needed to undertake some promotion of the magazine in more traditional ways, such as displaying posters

Sex and party drugs - revisited

published: September, 06, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Population Specific , John McCullagh

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

Sex and party drugs - revisited

SPUNK! [spuhngk] - noun a. Courage, spirit, boldness, resilience: Show some spunk. b. A slang word for semen                     Being a gay or bi guy requires courage and boldness of spirit - period. Being a gay or bi guy who manages his drugs and booze and who navigates the realities of HIV, STIs and stigma requires spunk! How can we be healthy if we use drugs and alcohol, but are afraid or ashamed to reach out about these t

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