Articles tagged with: June 2012

The New Frontier

published: June, 09, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, As Prevention , Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

The case for new solutions. “HIV prevention, like most American entities, has failed to adopt tactics that are sustainable in the long term to keep people uninfected” says this PrEP user

The New Frontier

This article was first published in My PrEP Experience, formerly a project of Chicago’s LifeLube.  My PrEP Experience  is a site featuring real stories submitted by people who have chosen to use PrEP as one way to protect themselves from HIV. Republished with permission. by anon, San Franciso [name withheld for now] "Prevention, PrEP, the whole damn thing — it all boils down to the human impulse to have sex without condoms. Thirty years into an epidemic, that’s still hard to talk ab

Antiretroviral therapy may be stabilising HIV epidemic in Danish gay men

published: June, 08, 2012 Categories // As Prevention , Research, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors

New Danish research, aidsdmap reports, suggests stabilising of the epidemic in that country is due to antiretroviral therapy rather than changes in sexual behaviour

Antiretroviral therapy may be stabilising HIV epidemic in Danish gay men

This article by Michael Carter originally published by NAM/www.aidsmap.com is republished with permission. The use of antiretroviral treatment appears to have stabilised the HIV epidemic in Danish gay men, even though rates of risky sex have increased, research published in the online edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes suggests. “While unsafe sex among MSM [men who have sex with men] has increased substantially and the number of HIV-positive MSM living in Denma

Fife House: A place to call home

published: June, 08, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Aging, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

Access to secure and affordable housing is a key determinant for the health and well-being of people living with HIV. Keith Hambly, executive director of Fife House in Toronto, talks on video about how his agency is responding to this need.

Fife House: A place to call home

More people are living with HIV today than ever before. In Toronto, it’s estimated that one in 120 people are HIV-positive, with two people being newly diagnosed every day. Alarmingly, these numbers are likely an underestimate as it’s thought that up to one-third of all people living with HIV are unaware of the fact, as they haven’t been diagnosed.  While antiretroviral drugs mean people with HIV are living longer, they aren’t necessarily living better. Indeed many, including men, wo

Photo Op.

published: June, 07, 2012 Categories // Hobbies, Lifestyle, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow on preparing for an art show and other photographic opportunities

Photo Op.

Recently I received an email from one of the ASOs that I'm involved with. It was forwarded from the Waterloo Region Rainbow Coalition, who are looking for artists from the LGBTQ community to display their work at their "Dialogue on Diversity" event to be held June 14, 2012. I read it and re-read it and pondered. Should I?   I am a hobby photographer, I do it for fun. It gets me out for some exercise and I get to test my creative abilities. I’ve also met several other photographers from th

Finding a Voice

published: June, 07, 2012 Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

New writer MT O’Shaugnessy from Vancouver, BC on finding our own voices “We used to say each story was important, each voice valuable. I wonder when I stopped paying attention to that, originally. And I have to wonder when I started to believe again.

Finding a Voice

I was recently asked if I’d like to sit on a panel and discuss my experiences with HIV here in Vancouver.  The panel is part of an interdisciplinary course that is giving a broad overview of HIV and that class would specifically be an historical perspective.  I was told I’d be sitting next to an RN that I used to work with, and incidentally the woman who started this course years ago.  Then a doc who’d been practicing medicine in the community since the early eighties.  And finally

The First

published: June, 07, 2012 Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Positively Dating remembers. “You know, the boy that broke your heart so bad and no matter how many evil things he might have done, you still remember him fondly.”

The First

Ah, the First. No, I am not referring to the final foe of Ms. Buffy Summers. Even though this particular First can cause as much carnage and mayhem as The First Evil, I am referring to the First Love.  You know, the boy that broke your heart so bad and no matter how many evil things he might have done, you still remember him fondly. And even though I wasn’t meant to spend the rest of my life with, I am somehow cosmically connected to. Yes. That First.  He wasn’t the first guy I dated. T

The Advantages of Once Daily Dosing

published: June, 06, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Research, Features and Interviews, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

When it comes to adherence (taking medications as prescribed and not missing doses) do HIVers do better on regimes requiring only one dose a day? The Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) Cohort Study (OCS) has the answers.

The Advantages of Once Daily Dosing

Photo © Joyb0218 | Dreamstime.com   Bob Leahy writes: I’ll try not to salivate at the prospect of one dose a day.  But I was diagnosed in 1993. In 1995-96 I took part in the clinical trial of  the first of the protease inhibitors, saquinavir, quickly becoming resistant to that class of drugs because of suboptimal doses that were prescribed back then. Like it or not, past resistance issues, even in the most adherent of us, tend to lead to multiple drug cocktails. Until recently I was o

Loving Me: Mind, Body and Soul

published: June, 06, 2012 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // Food, Nutrition and Recipes, Fitness and Exercise, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Louis "Kengi" Carr

Kengi says “I will never have the body that I used to have, nor will I be able to sprint or swim as fast as I used to, but I will live a long healthy life, surrounded by well, healthy and emotionally stable friends who love me. “

Loving Me: Mind, Body and Soul

I'm nowhere near the fit athlete I was in high school, college or most of my adult life. In fact the past 15 years I've really packed on lots of pounds.  100% of this has to do with my diet and not being as active as I used to be.  Even though I'm over weight, my health is great. My cholesterol is normal, no sign of heart disease, diabetes, blood pressure problems or anything. However my doctor said that in order for me to remain in good health and most importantly, keeping my body strong a

Staycation & The City

published: June, 05, 2012 Categories // Travel, Lifestyle

Daniel Uy on vacationing in his home town: doing up Toronto (that is, Tronno) the way it should be!

Staycation & The City

Toronto skyline from the view of my powerboat in the Toronto Harbour. Toronto.  I love my city.  I’m not just one of those people who came here and found this wonderful place.  I was born here.  When I want to get away from work and not travel too far, where else would I go but out into my beloved home? There’s a reason I chose the name "Urban Yogi" originally when I started writing for PositiveLite.com – and it’s not just because the acronym of these two words makes my last name

TowelTalk: Inside Toronto’s Bathhouses

published: June, 05, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Gay Men, Mental Health, Features and Interviews, Sexual Health, Health, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

John McCullagh talks with Marco Posadas about TowelTalk, a bathhouse counselling program that seeks to address the psychosocial issues that have an impact on HIV risk for gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men.

TowelTalk: Inside Toronto’s Bathhouses

For many years, outreach workers and volunteers from community-based organizations have worked with bathhouses to provide HIV and STI awareness, prevention and education services to bathhouse patrons. ACT, a Toronto ASO, has augmented these sexual health promotion activities through TowelTalk. This innovative program offers brief, walk-in counselling sessions in the bathhouse by professionally trained counsellors. The objective is to address the psychosocial issues that can have an i

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