Articles tagged with: July 2012

Star Gazing Blues

published: August, 03, 2012 Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Living with HIV

Dave R writes...Celebrity is everything in media-obsessed 2012 but is celebrity and HIV a match made in heaven? The stars certainly don’t seem to be out tonight!

Star Gazing Blues

I know we’re supposed to be obsessed with the private lives of A to D-list entertainment icons but I’m not sure HIV-positive, celebrity role models were ever really on my wish list. If it has any value at all, celebrity is all about escapism and briefly taking you out of your own reality but then again, like everybody else; a tasty morsel of bitchy gossip now and then can add spice to my breakfast cereal. The fact that you really have to search for celebs who have come out with HIV and ar

Rolling the Dice.

published: August, 01, 2012 Categories // Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy risks asking if there is something inhernetly different about we people living with HIV that makes us more likely to be risk takers than most – and perhaps even accounts for why we became HIV-positive in the first place?

Rolling the Dice.

I've never really heard people ask this question – strange in itself when it looks like every question about HIV has been asked, and written about, often – but it's whether people living with HIV are inherently different?  I’m talking about more prone to taking risks and thus more susceptible to becoming infected. Sure, we know all about vulnerable populations, social determinants of health and all that, which are often fingered as the culprits in HIV infections. But let’s face it;

Bridging the HIV Viral Divide with Friendship

published: July, 31, 2012 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Living with HIV, Mark S. King

Mark S King on mixed status friendships: “Lynne Rhys and I were never supposed to become friends. It was just too unlikely.”

Bridging the HIV Viral Divide with Friendship

She is a divorced woman raising a teenaged daughter, and was barely aware of a “gay community” until she stepped tentatively out of the closet in midlife. She has a quiet and soft-spoken grace. She has manners. She readily burdens the blame if it means saving your feelings. She’s one of those people who apologize when I miss a turn while driving us somewhere, as if it must have been her fault.  When she walked into an audition for a play I was directing a few years ago, she was certain

Looking back at IAS 2012

published: July, 31, 2012 Categories // International AIDS Conference , Conferences, Events, Opinion Pieces

What is was like. Megan DePutter files her final post on the experience of being there in Washington, with a few of her personal highlights thrown in.

Looking back at IAS 2012

The conference is over. It’s been an amazing experience and I am so grateful to have been part of it. A few highlights. Show Me the Love: Poster Presentation. One of the reasons I went to the conference was to present the findings of Show Me the Love. Getting the opportunity to present our research in the Poster Exhibition and discuss the results with delegates from around the world was a great opportunity!  But, AIDS 2012 has a strict embargo policy that forbade any dissemination of th

Stealth – not just for fighter jets

published: July, 30, 2012 Categories // Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality

Wes Austin on his trans journey: “I believe there comes a point in nearly every trans person’s life where they must decide what to do with their personal, pre-transition history.”

History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again Maya Angelou I believe there comes a point in nearly every trans person’s life where they must decide what to do with their personal, pre-transition history. I have wrestled with this choice in the past and I continue to wrestle with every time I meet someone new. I need to decide if I am going to own my past or shun it. The choice before me is daunting. On one hand, owning my past c

World Hepatitis Day is July 28

published: July, 28, 2012 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Treatment

CATIE weighs in with different takes on access to hepatitis C treatment .

World Hepatitis Day is July 28

This article first appeared on the CATIE website. Une version française est disponible ici.  If healing to a large extent means making people feel whole again, then looking at the whole person may be the most effective way to heal. That is the idea behind some innovative Canadian programs that are addressing the needs of people living with or at risk of contracting hepatitis C. Toronto’s South Riverdale Community Health Centre (SRCHC) is one such place where caring for a client means at

On Being in Washington

published: July, 27, 2012 Categories // Activism, International AIDS Conference , Conferences, International , Opinion Pieces

Megan DePutter is in Washington for IAS 2012, and files a report on what it feels like to be there – and Obama’s absence.

On Being in Washington

When I arrived in Washington, the presence of AIDS 2012 was everywhere. Volunteers were at the airport to greet us and even the immigration security knew why were there. “You here for the conference? Go ahead.” Advertising covers the walls of the airport and subway system; posters addressing AIDS are everywhere. There are Condom and HIV testing Campaigns. Pharmaceutical companies advertising HIV medications. The Ford Foundation practically papered the walls of the major metro stations. And

Chatty CATIE: Best In Show

published: July, 27, 2012 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, Pets, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Lifestyle, Living with HIV

From CATIE’s The Positive Side, five people with HIV tell the truth about cats and dogs.

Chatty CATIE: Best In Show

This article first appeared in The Positive Side, a publication of CATIE. Une version française est disponible ici.  Interviews by RonniLyn Pustil Mark Lipton, 43, Toronto, HIV+: 17 years Dog: Bingo Falafel Lipton, 14 Breed: Rat terrier Nicknames: Bingus, Bakalaka, Mr. Handsome. What made you decide to get a pet? I didn’t. My ex-boyfriend came home one day in 1998 and said: “I got you a present. This will save your life.” And he presented me with this crazy puppy he had resc

Workshopping HIV & Stand-Up.

published: July, 27, 2012 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Performances, Living with HIV, Brian Finch

Brian Finch on introducing the tricky topic of HIV in to his standup comedy routines..

Workshopping HIV & Stand-Up.

There is a certain irony in that I left the world of HIV to go into comedy, and yet I’m starting to talk about it in my stand-up. This is no easy feat for a novice comedian. Folks it’s only been since January. I can’t seem to get away from this hacky pun, but I have been dying to do it for a long time. It takes time to work up the guts to do very personal comedy; especially when tackling the topic of HIV. It’s so original that people are blown away by anyone who can go on a stage and

Crime And Punishment.: An International Disclosure Dilemma

published: July, 26, 2012 Categories // International , Legal, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Dave R writes...Is the current argument over the fairness of HIV disclosure laws a worldwide issue? Is the law then an ass...or just the lawmakers?

Crime And Punishment.: An International Disclosure Dilemma

There are times when many people outside the United States and Canada, experience National Enquirer levels of disbelief at what’s goes on in parts of North America in the field of sexual behaviour and politics. The current criminalisation of people with HIV who fail to tell their partners of their status is just such a moment in time. The sex may be safe and the viral load may be undetectable but you can still be charged with using your body and your virus as a murder, or assault weapon, if

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