Articles tagged with: September 2012

I just want to feel ‘normal’!

published: October, 06, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Women, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Guest writer Julie Musonda “It’s not that I want to go out roaming the streets and having unprotected sex with the whole of the local rugby club.”

I just want to feel ‘normal’!

This article by Julie Musonda was originally published in Baseline (Life with HIV and Hepatitis) here.  The debate about the infectiousness of people living with HIV has been raging for a few years now. The first to put their heads above the parapet were the Swiss National AIDS Commission (EKAF) who published The Swiss Statement back in 2008. This highlighted that the risk of HIV infection between sero-discordant, monogamous heterosexuals is negligible if HAART is taken consistently, viral l

Smoking cessation counselling and treatment during routine HIV care helps patients to quit

published: October, 02, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Research, Health, Revolving Door, Smoking Cessation , Guest Authors, Living with HIV

Research recommends that smoking cessation for people with HIV should be a topic of discussion in any physician-patient contact.

Smoking cessation counselling and treatment during routine HIV care helps patients to quit

This article by Michael Carter was first published in aidsmap.com here.  The provision of smoking cessation counselling and therapy during routine HIV care increases the chances that patients will stop smoking and stay stopped, according to Swiss research published in HIV Medicine. Physicians at the Zurich HIV clinic received training about smoking cessation counselling and the use of medication to help those wanting to quit. Compared to other patients in the Swiss HIV Cohort, people who r

RELENTLESS REWIND (A Sunday Affair)

published: September, 30, 2012 Categories // DJ Relentless, Arts and Entertainment, Music

Another blog from DJ Relentless

 RELENTLESS REWIND (A Sunday Affair)

I just started a new night over at WAYLA Bar on Queen Street East on August 23rd. After an absence from the Eastside, the new management decided to bring me back. I started there with a retro night and I wanted to do another one. So, I am spinning all the hits from the 90’s.  Hey...remember when Madonna's "Sex Book" was a scandal? Do you remember when Biggie and 2Pac were still alive? Do you remember when Michael Jackson and Prince were the same color? This was the decade that brought us

The return of Furry Friends Friday

published: September, 28, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Pets, Television, Lifestyle, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Olate Dogs win over national audience – and me, says Bob Leahy.

The return of Furry Friends Friday

If you’ve been with us since the VERY early days of PositiveLite.com (anyone have bragging rights to that much stamina/tolerance/patience?) you may remember we had a regular feature called Furry Friends Friday This reflected that a) we  - or at least your editor – like(s) dogs.  b) by the end of the week we had absolutely nothing to say, so we turned to posting cute animal pics. Some things never change. But seriously,  I’d hate to see our long standing tradition of regularly hon

Not just about seeing red.

published: September, 27, 2012 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Lifestyle, Philip Minaker

Fashion guy Philip Minaker on the economics behind colours, trends and how the fashion industry responds to them.

Not just about seeing red.

For most of us, September not only heralds the start of a new season but a new year. All those formative years of attending school have left an indelible impression in our mindsets. Remember the commotion and anxiety we experienced every September as we embarked on starting a new grade, school or even university? Regardless of our advanced age, fall still resonates as a time of new beginnings. The fashion industry also follows this mantra as it launches two primary collections a year, that bei

HIV in Canadian Prisons

published: September, 27, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Health, Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST GOVERNMENT OF CANADA FOR FAILING TO PROTECT THE HEALTH OF FEDERAL PRISONERS. Former prisoner needlessly infected with hepatitis C while behind bars

HIV in Canadian Prisons

September 25, 2012 – The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, Prisoners with HIV/AIDS Support Action Network (PASAN), CATIE, the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) and Steven Simons, a former federal prisoner, launched a lawsuit against the Government of Canada over its failure to protect the health of people in prison through its ongoing refusal to implement clean needle and syringe programs to prevent the spread of HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) in federal institutions.  Steven Simons

Walking for AIDS in LA

published: September, 26, 2012 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // Community Events, Events, Living with HIV, Louis "Kengi" Carr

Of last year’s AIDS Walk Kengi says “My team was made up of formerly homeless people from Los Angeles and New York. People still very much struggling to deal with life and the fact they are HIV positive.”

Walking for AIDS in LA

Last year was the very first time I participated in AIDS WALK LA. Until then I had no desire to want to do it. The simple fact that I'm HIV positive has never and will never be a reason for me to support HIV organizations or fundraisers. I can say the very same thing being a cancer survivor and someone living with Sickle Cell Disease. These things alone will never be the sole reason I choose to lend my voice or support to something.  So why did I walk? What made me want to be part of AIDS WA

Show Me The Love – Part One

published: September, 25, 2012 Categories // Research, Sexual Health, Health, Living with HIV, Sex and Sexuality

What are the barriers to intimacy, sex and relationships that people living with HIV can face? The AIDS Committee of Guelph and Wellington County set out to answer that question. Here’s Megan DePutter’s report.

Show Me The Love – Part One

In the interview with Bob Leahy, Editor, PositiveLite.com that you can watch below, I share some of the findings from the community-based research project we recently completed at the AIDS Committee of Guelph & Wellington County (ACG). It’s called Show Me the Love:  Understanding the Barriers to Sexual Intimacy among People Living with HIV & AIDS. You may have read my earlier post describing the project, or Wayne Bristow’s account of being an interview participant in the project.

Down the rabbit hole

published: September, 25, 2012 Categories // Gay Men, Lifestyle, Population Specific

Christopher Banks on life changes: “I feel a bit like I’ve fallen down the rabbit hole – but I’m here in Melbourne, my new home city.”

I’m starting a new job this morning, after touching down just yesterday afternoon. The bits of my life that could fit into two suitcases and a backpack are sitting quietly in the corner of the spare bedroom that my friends Nick and George have generously let me stay in.  I won’t lie: the last couple of days have been rough. The realisation that a phase of life was coming to an end brought with it more than a fair share of tears, recriminations and if-onlys. This has been a very quick

Shame

published: September, 24, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Sex and Sexuality

An anonymous writer reveals his secret, saying "this post is part of my conviction that the only way I will survive and thrive is if I pull things out into the shadows, shine the light and share them with others."

Shame

“Shame is a soul eating emotion” – C.G. Jung “The difference between guilt and shame is very clear – in theory. We feel guilty for what we do. We feel shame for what we are.” – Lewis B. Smedes, Shame and Grace.  I have a secret. More specifically, I have a new secret. One that feels so deep and dark that I can‘t bring myself to discuss it openly. I can’t even bring myself to publish this post under my own name; there is just that much shame around it. I’m sure some of my

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