Articles tagged with: May 2012

The Edwin Bernard Interview

published: June, 04, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Features and Interviews, International , Legal, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Filmed in Toronto last week, Bob Leahy in a frank discussion with famed HIV criminalisation expert Edwin Bernard on why the law isn’t working, what’s being done about it and how it impacts us all.

The Edwin Bernard Interview

Anyone who takes an interest in HIV disclosure issues and the law, wherever they are around the world, will likely know the name Edwin Bernard. The world’s leading expert on criminalisation – and I should make it clear, a strong advocate against it – Edwin is known for his comprehensive knowledge of disclosure issues around the globe.  Edwin's bio is an impressive one and reads as follows: Edwin J Bernard is the co-ordinator of the HIV Justice Network, an international network of adv

Views from the front lines: Pre-exposure prophylaxis

published: June, 01, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // CATIE, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality

CATIE asked four people who work within the HIV community to give their pesrpectuves on Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP).

Views from the front lines: Pre-exposure prophylaxis

This article first appeared in Prevention in Focus , Spring 2011 edition, a publication of CATIE.  Une version française est disponible ici.  We spoke to four people with very different perspectives on PrEP. Dr. Mark Tyndall—Professor of Medicine, University of Ottawa Dr. Peter A. Newman—Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto Canada Research Chair in Health and Social Justice Jody Jollimore—Program Manager, Health Initiative for Men, Vancouver, Brit

More from the UK AIDS Service Organization that had its funding withdrawn

published: May, 31, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

We continue to follow the story of the Crescent, the Hertfordshire UK agency whose funding was cut in favour of another agency, but which continues to provide services to clients. The Crescent’s Ian Murtagh provides an update.

More from the UK AIDS Service Organization that had its funding withdrawn

For our previous, coverage please refer to the "related stories" links below. Despite numerous appeals, and providing many examples of the disparity in service provision between the east and west of the county, Hertfordshire County Council are still seemingly reluctant to address this. We have repeatedly drawn attention to the plight of PLWHIV in Hertfordshire and have gained fantastic levels of support from some of the most influential people in the land. However it seems that Hertfordshire

Reality vs. “Maximalist Precautions”

published: May, 31, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Health, Sexual Health, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

The big disconnect. Bob Leahy on how HIV prevention messaging, doctors and researchers interpret risk for us – and why their messages don’t always match the way we deal with risk in our everyday lives.

Reality vs. “Maximalist Precautions”

A lot has been written about how we process risk lately – how we take risks all the time based on a calculation of what we know, what might happen, and what are the likely chances of that happening.  It’s being increasingly pointed out that we make risk calculations every time we cross the road or board an airplane.  So do people who cross Niagara Falls on a tightrope.  So do people who have sex, with or without condoms. The HIV landscape is changing around us, so that tal

The Amazing Amazin Lethi

published: May, 29, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Features and Interviews, International , Bob Leahy - Publisher

From bodybuilding to HIV Activism. Bob Leahy interviews the multi-faceted activist Amazin Lethi, whose foundation addresses HIV in the Asian community.

The Amazing Amazin Lethi

Viietnam-born Amazin Lethi is a fitness expert, boxing coach & NLP/Life Coach, former natural competitive bodybuilder, philanthropist, actress, TV and film producer/director, author, entertainment personality, entrepreneur and global campaigner in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the Asian community. Bob Leahy: Hi Amazin. Thank you for talking to PositiveLite.com You have an unusual name.  May I call you Amazin? Amazin Lethi: Yes that is fine you can call me Amazin or Lethi, my name is Vi

The First Word

published: May, 28, 2012 Categories // Activism, Research, Health, Living with HIV

J from Singapore did some research on this: “If I asked you for the first word that comes to mind when I say HIV, what would it be?"

Over the past week or so I embarked on my own little experiment. I wanted to know, what does the everyday young person really think about HIV? There are many ways that this can be done, and I’m sure many have tried before, but I was interested in knowing the first thing from the top of their heads.. the image they would most associate with the virus. To achieve this, I couldn’t be posing anything too thought-provoking, because time to think is really time to audit our response and eventua

Being Gay and Same Sex Equality

published: May, 28, 2012 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Gay Men, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow on homophobia, religious bigots, same-sex marriage and gay duck behaviour

Being Gay and Same Sex Equality

Chances are if you are like me, involved in social media, following information about the LGBTQ community, same sex marriage and adoption and HIV issues then you’ve been up to your eyeballs in stupid quotes, claims and religious beliefs in outright myths. Just recently there was Pastor Charles L. Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church, North Carolina, a guy who can’t seem to pronounce the word “against”, wants to see “lesbians and homosexuals” put in a field surrounded by an elec

Our Series on Neuropathy – Part Three

published: May, 26, 2012 Categories // Health, Treatment, Living with HIV

Guest writer and neuropathy expert Dave R. on “How Neuropathy Is Currently Treated.”

Our Series on Neuropathy – Part Three

It is probably best to be brutally honest here: neuropathy is essentially nerve damage and as of writing, there is no cure for nerve damage and nerves where the cells are dead cannot be repaired. Anyone who claims to be able to "cure" your neuropathy is exaggerating at best! That said, many of the worst aspects of neuropathy, and that means the symptoms, can be helped or alleviated, so that life becomes more bearable. Doctors may also tell you that some forms of neuropathy can be cured but th

Million-Dollar Smile

published: May, 25, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // CATIE, General Health, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

Ron Rosenes knows that good dental care is critical for people with HIV, but the cost has him grimacing.

Million-Dollar Smile

This article first appeared in The Positive Side, a publication of CATIE.   Une version française est disponible ici.  AS IF TRYING to age gracefully with HIV — at 63, I have lived with the virus for 29 years now — weren’t a sufficient challenge, I find myself facing a growing effort and cost to maintain the health of my teeth and gums. And there is good reason to put my money where my mouth is: Good oral health is integral to our overall health and well-being. A case in point: At

PHA Diary

published: May, 25, 2012 Categories // Pets, Lifestyle, Living with HIV

A full life. John Henry Rombough-Davie with excerpts from his recent daily diary

May 07, 2012 CAT BITE FOLLOW-UP Well, I got a good bill of health from the hospital this morning, my wound is healing quite quickly…………but I’m being put on one more bout of oral antibiotics just to be safe, because of me being HIV+.  It was an extremely long week waiting in emergency four hours per day for the first three days.  I was then given home care for the rest of the week.  While I was there this morning to be reassessed, our lovely Karaoke Host sat beside me.  She was

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