Articles tagged with: Toronto

Turning 50

published: August, 13, 2015 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Brian Finch

Brian Finch recounts the pros and cons of reaching the half century mark in life and says he’s happy to live with the trade-offs

Turning 50

A senior moment I reply to a cute very young cashier at Varsity Theatre who asks me what movie I want to see, “I’ll have the same as my friend.”  My expectation wasn’t a senior's ticket! it’s not completely the cashier's fault. My friend had just asked for a senior ticket. I just meant the same movie. 

It probably didn’t help that I came off as a complete technological neophyte. I didn’t have my glasses on, and I had just switched from an Android to iPhone that day. Not b

Social isolation solutions - getting out

published: July, 21, 2015 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow asks himself “so what do you do when you find yourself in a rut and what you need you haven’t found”. You climb out and move beyond your current surroundings, that’s what.

Social isolation solutions - getting out

I read somewhere that you can count your real friends on one hand and have a few fingers left over. I started to think, who then are all these people around me? I wanted to be around people who were HIV-positive like myself, I didn’t want my doctor to be my only source for support. I admit I spend far too much time online and only communicating with others that way. I don’t get out much, mostly for financial reasons and a lack of transportation. I have incarcerated myself into ‘social

Relentlessly speaking about music – July 2015 edition

published: July, 09, 2015 Categories // DJ Relentless, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Music, Population Specific

Our DJ Relentless aka jade Elektra with the latest hits and misses from the club scene.

Relentlessly speaking about music – July 2015 edition

In the words of Maroon 5's latest single"This Summer Is Gonna Hurt Like A Motherf#%ker!"  . . .With all the horrible news stories of Black Churches burning in the U.S., Caitlyn Jenner's every move becomes daily headlines, Jon Stewart's last days on "The Daily Show" are quickly approaching and idiots like Robin Thicke and Donald Trump not knowing when to keep their pie holes shut….it's only July and I'm frightened for August.  There's plenty of new music and remixes being dropped every wee

Resilient

published: June, 30, 2015 Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Toronto's Josh with more fall-out from his broken relationship that saw him write the powerful three-part series here “Abuse has Many Forms”.

Resilient

Earlier this week I had a call from a phone number that I didn’t recognize; the phone number was coming from the United States, and given that I know only one person who lives there (and not from the state that was coming up in the caller ID), I ignored it. After all, I’ve had unknown callers before and regretted answering the phone.  A few minutes after the call was ignored, I had a notification for a voicemail. Figuring I needed to clear out a spam voicemail from “Mariott Hotels”,

Legal issues front and centre in Toronto last week

published: June, 25, 2015 Categories // Conferences, Legal

Our Philip J. H. Dawson reports from the 6th Symposium on HIV, Law and Human Rights from the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network in Toronto last week

Legal issues front and centre in Toronto last week

A day full of new information from Canada and afar. This was a well attended and extremely successful Symposium from The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network. Friday, June 19th saw a room full of essential people playing a part in today's HIV Community during a symposium on HIV and the law  at the 519 Community Centre in Toronto.  Rising Again To The Challenge: Lessons From The HIV Response For Hepatitis C Prevention And Treatment.  Guest Speakers: Jeff Potts, Canadian AIDS Society; Cheryl

Poz Women Share their Stories: “What doesn’t kill you”

published: June, 15, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Women, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

A week of women’s stories. The fifth is by Aditi from an anthology of stories of South Asian positive women, all members of a Toronto-based support group run by the Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAAP)

Poz Women Share their Stories:  “What doesn’t kill you”

This story first appeared in More than Fiction, a publication of ASAAP  which you can read online here.  I was the youngest child of a very big family, and was raised by my grandma whom I loved with all my heart. When I was in high school, I met a guy and we started dating. We eloped. I got pregnant and he left me back home with his mother. I gave birth, and got very sick and lost a lot of blood. I needed a blood transfusion, so one of my family members said that if he couldn’t save my li

Poz Women Share their Stories: “From HIV to Acceptance”

A week of women’s stories. The fourth is by Layla from an anthology of stories of South Asian positive women, all members of a Toronto-based support group run by the Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAAP)

Poz Women Share their Stories:  “From HIV to Acceptance”

This story first appeared in More than Fiction, a publication of ASAAP which you can read online here.  I was diagnosed HIV positive a few years ago. I don’t really remember how I felt when the doctor told me that I had HIV. I’ve heard people say that HIV-positive people shouldn’t even be on this earth but I was never bothered by their ignorance. I’m a human being and I deserve to be loved, valued, and heard.  After I found out about my status, I reached out to the HIV community an

Poz Women Share their Stories: “Channeling Fear into Support and Education”

published: June, 11, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Women, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

A week of women’s stories. The third is by Janyana from an anthology of stories of South Asian positive women, all members of a Toronto-based support group run by the Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAAP)

Poz Women Share their Stories: “Channeling Fear into Support and  Education”

This story first appeared in More than Fiction, a publication of ASAAP which you can read online here. I wanted to contribute a story that would stress the importance of community support and education for people living with HIV. That support saved my life. I was living in Canada with my husband, and we had a baby. It was a hard time for me because my husband was cheating on me and he would beat me just so the fight would give him an excuse to leave me alone in the house with the baby.  I

Poz Women Share their Stories: “To whom it may concern”

published: June, 10, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Aging, Women, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

A week of women’s stories. The second is by Savitri from an anthology of stories of South Asian positive women, all members of a Toronto-based support group run by the Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAAP)

Poz Women Share their Stories:  “To whom it may concern”

This story first appeared in More than Fiction, a publication of ASAAP which you can read online here. My name is Savitri. I was born, and brought up outside of Canada. I am a mother, a grand-mother, and a greatgrand-mother. My husband and I had separated long before. I came to Canada like so many others, with the hope of a better life. My immigration status was uncertain, so I went through some hard times. I decided to talk to a trusted friend I met in Canada, and he told me not to worry,

Listening carefully

published: May, 11, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Conferences, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Last week Bob Leahy was in Toronto for CAHR 2015. For this Canadian HIV research conference he was a CATIE Learning Institute “rapporteur”. Find out what this means, what the experience was like - and what he learned there.

Listening carefully

“rap·por·teur  noun: rapporteur; plural noun: rapporteurs a person appointed by an organization to report on the proceedings of its meetings.” I’ve been to many an HIV conference in my time – I need to, in fact, to keep up to date on what’s going on – but  I don’t think I’ve paid so much attention to the proceedings as at CAHR 2015. (CAHR by the way stands  for Canadian Association for HIV Research.) First let me say that the life of a rapporteur is not an easy one, bu

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