Articles tagged with: July 2012

Barry On The Road – Part Two

published: July, 26, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Long time survivor Barry Haarde is riding his bike across North America. Bob Leahy is tracking his progress. We talked to him first before he started, and later from Boise, Idaho. We catch up with him again as he approaches the Canadian border.

Barry On The Road – Part Two

Bob Leahy:  Hi Barry.  Where are you now? Barry Haarde: We’re in Birch Run, Michigan today (the 25th) and are heading to Port Huron on the 26th. From there, we enter Ontario and will be in London on Friday and Brantford by Saturday. Which means you’ve covered how many miles – and how many to go? We’ve ridden just over 2,800 miles so far, which leaves about 900 remaining to get to our final destination in Portsmouth, New Hampshire by August 6th. Now you will shortly be entering Ca

Help Found

published: July, 25, 2012 Categories // Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Legal, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

The impact of criminalization of non-disclosure on gay men. Robert Birch with Part Two of his dramatized interview with one of the casualties of war, who finds love in the most unlikely of circumstances..

Help Found

In my last post, Help Wanted, I transcribed a dramatized interview about a sexual ‘slip’ and the trauma induced by the criminalization of poz people who do not share their medical status. Below is the follow up to Davis’ turbulent story and his desire for personal and societal reclamation of sexual inter-dependence. Robert: So your over-night lover went to the hospital to get his post exposure prophylaxis (PEP). Davis*: I had already phoned the hospital; they assured me they had the dr

Elton John speaks at AIDS 2012

published: July, 24, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // International AIDS Conference , Conferences, Arts and Entertainment, Current Affairs, Music, Bob Leahy - Publisher

We have the video link . . . .

Elton John speaks at AIDS 2012

“Everyone deserves compassion. Everyone deserves dignity. Everyone, everyone, everyone deserves love. Why am I telling you this? Because the AIDS disease is caused by a virus, but the AIDS epidemic is not. The AIDS epidemic is fuelled by stigma, violence and indifference.” Here is the link to the video.  

Mountain Monkeys

published: July, 24, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Features and Interviews, International , Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

London poz guy Trey McCrary and his husband Cllr Philip Glanville are climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa at 19,341 feet. It’s for a very good cause But they’ve never climbed a mountain before!

Mountain Monkeys

Bob Leahy: Trey, thank you for telling your story to PositiveLite.com.  Now you're climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.  That’s Africa tallest peak at 5,895 metres (or 19,341 feet). That’s an impressive feat, but more so for someone living with HIV. I’ve been reading your blog and I don’t see any mention of any previous climbing experience, am I right? Trey McCrary: Oh god yes. The biggest mountain I have ever climbed would be the hills in between port wine houses in Portugal earlier this ye

#HIV – Why social media?

published: July, 24, 2012 Written by // Michael Bouldin Categories // Social Media, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Michael Bouldin

Michael Bouldin on how best to tell our stories on social media, and the ways we can use it to change hearts and minds.

#HIV – Why social media?

Welcome to Part III of my series on HIV, Aids and Social Media. It occurs to me that I haven’t really discussed why this should be of any importance to anyone, unapologetic nerds aside. So let’s look at that. I start with the assumption that AIDS is a political issue and a human catastrophe. These two aspects of the epidemic are interwoven like vines on a wall. To be effective politically, however, requires several things: one, a clear message, two, the channels to distribute that message

What do people living with HIV think about the prospect of a cure?

published: July, 24, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // International AIDS Conference , Conferences, Research, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

From NAM/aidsmap, researchers examine the attitudes of people living with HIV to the prospect of a cure for HIV/AIDS – and some appear wary!

What do people living with HIV think about the prospect of a cure?

Fred Verdult. Photo © IAS/Ryan Rayburn - Commercialimage.net This article by  Keith Alcorn first appeared on NAM/aidsmap here.  Republished with permission. The views of people living with HIV and medical researchers about what makes an HIV cure desirable may be very different, and need to be taken into account as the field of HIV cure research moves forward, Fred Verdult warned the Towards an HIV Cure symposium prior to the 19th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) in Washington DC.

What’s up with the Bareback Brotherhood?

published: July, 23, 2012 Categories // Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Christopher Banks looks at the online social club devoted to men who self identify as barebackers – and doesn’t like what he sees.

This entry first appeared in Christopher Banks’ other blog, Bipolar Bear here.  In the horror film series “Hostel”, men and women pay sums of money for the exclusive pleasure of sadistically torturing, maiming and ultimately killing other human beings, sometimes with graphically sexual overtones. To become a member of this brotherhood, one must sign a contract, which includes having a logo tattooed on your body to show that you are, to follow the company’s name at the heart of this

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network Faces Major Funding Cuts

published: July, 21, 2012 Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

We share an important message from our friends at the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network about a cut in their government funding that “significantly undermines our ability to continue our work in defending and promoting human rights in the response to HIV.”

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network Faces Major Funding Cuts

I am writing to share some very important news and to appeal for your solidarity and support. As the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network marks its 20th anniversary, we face an unprecedented challenge with recent news of a drastic cut in funding under Canada’s federal AIDS strategy — a cut that significantly undermines our ability to continue our work in defending and promoting human rights in the response to HIV. For most of its history, the Legal Network has been seen by the federal governm

Tips on Speaking about HIV

published: July, 20, 2012 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow with some of the things he has learned from his public speaking assignments, and the key messages he has used.

Public speaking isn't for everyone. It used to scared the shit out of me.  By getting involved in public speaking I’ve seen many people struggle with it just like I did. We all have a story, and you would think that telling our story would be easy but it really isn’t. It’s our story; how could we get it wrong? I’ve learned there is a right way and a not so effective way to do it. You can ramble on and on and bore the hell out of the audience or you can leave the audience with some in

HIV in Canada in 2012 – a Report Card

published: July, 19, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // International AIDS Conference , Activism, As Prevention , Conferences, Sexual Health, Health, International , Legal, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Worth crowing about – or cringe-worthy? On the eve of the much awaited International AIDS Conference in Washington, Bob Leahy files a personal report card on the state of our response to HIV in Canada in 2012.

HIV in Canada in 2012 – a Report Card

Since the last International AIDS Conference in Vienna in 2010, the landscape has changed significantly.  Two years ago, for instance, HPTN 052 was not even in our collective vocabulary.  Now it’s ubiquitous, and the issues it raised – the promise of a 96% reduction in transmission rates for those on treatment (although it’s not quite that simple) are a principal focus of AIDS 2012, as they should be. But where is Canada on this and other recent advances – and are we slipping from ou

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