Articles tagged with: June 2012

The Crystal Meth Connection of the Gay Porn Killer

published: June, 14, 2012 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Gay Men, Current Affairs, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Mark S. King

A shockingly honest post from Mark S. King who draws the dots between Canadian accused killer Luka Magnotta, Mark’s own struggle with crystal meth addiction and the very dark places it can take you to.

The Crystal Meth Connection of the Gay Porn Killer

I knew it. I felt it. It was as clear as the incessant call of crystal meth itself, on those nights when a seductive phantom of the drug cozies up to me in bed and brings its knitting. In a Huffington Post news article on accused killer Luka Rocco Magnotta, buried in the story pages deep, a former lover says that the alleged murderer used methamphetamine, the drug popular among gay men that has claimed years of my life and left countless men in utter wreckage. The story of the Canadian “lo

Interview with an extraordinary man: Barry Haarde

published: June, 13, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Hep B and C, Fitness and Exercise, Features and Interviews, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

On the verge of an incredible feat, Bob Leahy talks to HIV, HepC and hemophilia long-term survivor Barry Haarde from Houston, Texas, who is about to ride his bike 3,667 miles coast to coast across North America.

Interview with an extraordinary man: Barry Haarde

Bob Leahy: Hello Barry, It’s a pleasure to talk to you.  PositiveLite.com readers will recall we featured your story here and now you have something new to talk about.  You're about to start cycling across North America, from west to east, right? I want to talk about that in a minute, and I’m excited your tour includes a little piece of Canada, but first I want to delve in to your story, if that’s OK with you. Now your story has similarities with Vaughn Ripley's, whom  we interviewe

Belt AND Suspenders?

published: June, 12, 2012 Categories // As Prevention , Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Sex and Sexuality

Treatment as prevention inevitably raises the issue of how much protection is enough. Ken Monteith says “there are governments in this country who would like the rule to be disclosure, undetectable viral load AND condom.”

Belt AND Suspenders?

In 2008, the Swiss Federal Commission for HIV/AIDS issued a statement, distilled from an extensive literature review and much discussion, that can be summarized as follows: "An HIV-infected person on antiretroviral therapy with completely suppressed viraemia (“effective ART”) is not sexually infectious, i.e. cannot transmit HIV through sexual contact." This, as long as the person continues to follow effective anti-retroviral therapy, regularly evaluated by a physician, has maintained a s

Fragile, Handle With Care

published: June, 12, 2012 Categories // Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Dave R. asks "In a world where you are more and more defined by the image you project and the profile you promote; how long is it before your true self becomes buried under a mountain of labels?"

Fragile, Handle With Care

"I’m not an object, or an idea or an abstract lifestyle, or visible proof of a disease; or any other dehumanizing concept, yet that’s how everyone is summed up and evaluated." I think I need to put this post in some sort of context, or else you’re going to get the wrong idea about me (more of that in a minute). I’m sitting here in front of the laptop, with my back aching, feet pulsing, calves tingling, muscles full of lactic acid and neck hurting. I haven’t mentioned that the soles

Terrified of AIDS

published: June, 12, 2012 Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Christopher Banks on the early days: “Death was out there waiting to claim me, and it terrified me more than any of the fictional boogeymen in the slasher films I lapped up as a teenager with an underdeveloped taste in cinema . .”

 Terrified of AIDS

 “ I look back now, at 34, and still can remember the overpowering fear that gripped me, even though my rational brain was screaming for attention that there was no possible way I could be HIV positive.  I knew I was in a monogamous relationship, my partner had recently been tested, and – the most pertinent piece of information – we hadn’t even had anal sex at that point.” In the closing moments of John Carpenter’s seminal horror film “Halloween”, having been terrorised by t

The Berlin Patient: Man or Superman?

published: June, 11, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Guest piece from TheBody.com on the man cured of AIDS. “By realizing that Tim Brown wasn't going to come flying in on a cape, I realized that the Berlin Patient lives in all of us.”

The Berlin Patient: Man or Superman?

By Thomas DeLorenzo. Reposted with permission from  www.thebody.com Sometime in the beginning of the year, I was consumed by a legal writing project. It was only fifteen pages but was going to be 80 percent of my grade. The sweats it brought on had not occurred on my body since my T cells were under 100. I couldn't sleep. I could, however, eat -- and eat and eat. In the middle of this hell, I learned about a conference to be held at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California

Tribulations on a Trial

published: June, 11, 2012 Categories // General Health, Health, Living with HIV

Denis Robinson with news of a recent heath scare.

A few weeks back I developed a strange numbness and tingling sensation, located mid-back. It wrapped itself around my torso and caused a little discomfort. Although there were no topical signs of inflammation I at first thought I might be developing shingles, but having witnessed this on other people, after a while of waiting for a rash to appear, I realized that it wasn’t.  This sensation went on with various levels of discomfort for about two weeks. T he best way I have to describe it is

PositiveLite.com writer Denise Becker on CBC’s The Current

published: June, 11, 2012 Categories // Activism, Women, Legal, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Does everyone who is HIV positive have an obligation to disclose that fact to a potential lover, if the risk of transmission is miniscule? Plus Bonus documentary!

What the CBC said:  Here's the challenge ... Does everyone who is HIV positive have an obligation to disclose that fact to a potential lover, if the risk of transmission is miniscule? CBC Intro: Canadian law says failing to disclose may be nothing short of aggravated sexual assault. With yesterday's arrest of an HIV-positive woman on that very charge, the debate over moral obligation and criminal culpability begins once again. Today we speak with two women living with HIV who want their sex

In the Swim of Things

published: June, 10, 2012 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Lifestyle, Philip Minaker

Thinking about Speedos? Our style guy Philp Minaker says maybe, but there are a lot of other flattering options this summer.

In the Swim of Things

When it comes to swimwear there are plenty of options to chose from this season. Ideally, you want to find the style, fit and fabrication that best suits your needs. It is a great idea to have a few trunks on hand for the various occasions you may want to wear them. Whether it is for sport, pleasure or just to catch some rays there are styles that suit each purpose.  First, there is the Long Board swimming short popularized by the surfing dudes. Usually they are knee length and tend to hav

Einstein on The Beach

published: June, 09, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Performances, Bob Leahy - Publisher

A thoroughly engrossing ride. Bob Leahy reviews the Philip Glass four-act opera, a Luminato showpiece in Toronto this June.

Einstein on The Beach

Let’s face it, some shows will never please everybody. Some shows can be downright divisive, in fact, and Einstein on the Beach, currently playing at Toronto`s Sony Centre as part of the Luminato Festival’s always stellar line-up of both challenging and highly accessible  work, is a prime example.  Look at the reviews this same production garnered in previous stops on this world tour – from The Barbican  in London, for instance, where it touched down last month – and you`ll see crit

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