Articles tagged with: HIV

Blood is thicker than HIV

published: May, 03, 2013 Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Population Specific

DJ Relentless reconnects with a divided family – and discovers his father died in 2006. “Would he have embraced me if I had told him that I was HIV+?” he wonders.

Blood is thicker than HIV

Every now and then I catch myself speaking or laughing and I will hear my father’s voice. And as much as I hate it, I can’t deny that I am my father’s son. From the shape of my eyes and nose to the bad varicose veins on my legs….I was definitely made of his genes. And for the past few years I have been thinking about him. Wondering where he is and what he has been doing. Because my father is 17 years older than me, he would be of the generation that would find computers and facebook a

Targeted testing initiative

published: May, 03, 2013 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, Sexual Health, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

CATIE profiles Vancouver, British Columbia’s STOP Project, a targeted testing initiative designed to promote the early diagnosis of HIV.

Targeted testing initiative

This article first appeared on the CATIE website here. Une version française est disponible ici.  What is the STOP HIV AIDS Project? “We can prevent the late diagnosis of HIV/AIDS.” One of the key markers of success for the Vancouver STOP Project is the expansion of opportunities for HIV testing and early diagnosis for all people in Vancouver. To reach specific populations disproportionately affected by HIV, including gay men, people who use injection drugs, sex workers, refugees, i

Researchers stop the only current HIV vaccine efficacy trial

published: May, 03, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Research, Health, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Aidsmap.com reports vaccine did not prevent HIV infection: non-significant increase in infections in vaccine recipients

Researchers stop the only current HIV vaccine efficacy trial

This report by Gus Cairns first appeared on aidsmap.com here.  The US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has announced that it is discontinuing the HVTN 505 HIV vaccine trial. This trial, which started in July 2009, has involved 2,504 gay and transgender volunteers in 19 US cities. Since the successful conclusion of the RV144 vaccine trial in September 2009, HVTN 505, as a randomised, placebo-controlled phase IIb trial, has been the only ongoing HIV vaccine trial l

Letter from Berlin, Part one

published: May, 02, 2013 Written by // Michael Bouldin Categories // Travel, Michael Bouldin

Michael Bouldin with a history of the German city, a forward to the tale of how Berlin preserves the memory of the lost

Letter from Berlin, Part one

I just spent a few days in Berlin, capital of the Federal Republic of Germany and according to the brochure, the largest city between Moscow and Paris, working on an HIV-related project; of which, as it is big enough to literally affect all of us, much more detail later. But meanwhile, I’d warrant that Berlin itself deserves a story. Start with the obvious: if you enjoy urban beauty or the elegance of a perfect cityscape, book a flight to Paris. Berlin is, to be blunt, ugly. It doesn’t ha

Confessions of an HIV+, sexually active man under 30

published: May, 01, 2013 Categories // Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Josh Kruger on different times, different sexual tactics: “our experience as HIV+ people born post-AIDS outbreak is entirely different than that of those who lived during this time as sexual adults.”

“Some people are going to think, ‘Oh god, why did he not take steps to prevent HIV? Why did he act recklessly, and who the hell does he think he is, I saw people die from AIDS!’” A friend and colleague whose candor is always helpful said this to me over lunch recently, and his words have stuck with me over the past day Most interestingly, I’ve noticed that those most receptive to my messages are under 30, those 30-50 are generally receptive but ask more poignant questions, and those

PrEP – Is this just a phase I’m going through? [Part One]

published: May, 01, 2013 Categories // As Prevention , Gay Men, Health, Treatment, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Guest Marc-André LeBlanc is a negative gay man who is taking an antiretroviral drug, Truvada, as pre exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). In the first of three episodes he recounts his sexual history and why the decision to take the drug was right for him..

PrEP – Is this just a phase I’m going through? [Part One]

On April 5, 2013 I took my first dose of Truvada as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).  So many questions were swirling in my head at that point, and had been for weeks and months. As I was about to swallow my first pill, I gazed outside the window and wondered… • How did I end up in this situation where I feel like I need PrEP? • How is it possible that it was this easy for me to access PrEP when so many people don’t have access to ARVs to stay alive? • How did I go from being a

Six months of POZ-TO

published: May, 01, 2013 Categories // DJ Relentless, Community Events, Arts and Entertainment, Events, Music, Living with HIV

DJ Relentless announces the next dance party in Toronto for poz folks and their allies. It’s May 5. AND there’s a free megamix download here to boot.

Six months of POZ-TO

On May 5th, we will be celebrating six months of the POZ-TO Monthly Dance Parties. We are proud to say that each month has been getting better and better. It is so great to see everyone enjoying themselves and socializing. This is exactly what I was going for - a safe space where the HIV+ community can come and just let their hair down. No worries about having to disclose, because the conversation has already been started. And although we open the doors for the POZ Community, we also welcome

Tick, tick, tick…

published: April, 30, 2013 Written by // Michael Yoder Categories // Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Michael Yoder

Michael Yoder says “now, the medications are marvellous and we live a lot longer, but the timer is ticking away. But let’s not focus on it.”

Tick, tick, tick…

"You are old, Father William," the young man said, "And your hair has become very white; And yet you incessantly stand on your head— Do you think, at your age, it is right?" "In my youth," Father William replied to his son, "I feared it might injure the brain; But now that I'm perfectly sure I have none, Why, I do it again and again."  Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland  I play a computer game called “Fishdom”. It’s a matching game with fish tanks, various things you can purchase

Be careful what you ask for

published: April, 30, 2013 Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Our Positively Dating goes sporty – and meets the incredibly handsome Brad. But does he drop the ball?

Be careful what you ask for

Recently I was invited to my friend Mike’s birthday celebration. He decided that he wanted to relive his childhood. For him that meant renting a soccer field at the local sports complex. For Soccer? No, for dodge ball. That’s right, dodge ball.  Imagine, if you will, a soccer field filled with roughly fifteen gay men reliving their junior high gym class nightmares. We rocked out to Taylor Dayne, Michael Jackson, and Madonna and to top it off, some of us took the 80s reference to the

Community centred

published: April, 30, 2013 Categories // General Health, Women, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Drawing together. Denise Becker draws on lessons from the past to talk about how we react to common health concerns

It’s always heartwarming to watch communities rally together when they have a common health concern.  In the early days, the gay HIV community was a great example of how people were able to join forces in the face of a terrible stigma and even death to ensure strong networks were able to provide support.  It is a model that has been emulated in the breast cancer community, MS, liver and heart disease and many others.  I was reminded of this recently at the Gathering for people living wit

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