Articles tagged with: Toronto

Think Twice: The Toronto gay community speaks out about HIV criminalization

published: November, 20, 2014 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Legal, Living with HIV, Media, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

In a new YouTube campaign, 42 Toronto gay community members and allies say why going to the cops when a sex partner hasn’t disclosed his HIV-positive status won't stop him from getting HIV or stop the spread of the disease

Think Twice: The Toronto gay community speaks out about HIV criminalization

Canada is a world leader in targeting and criminalizing people living with HIV (PLHIV). People are being charged with aggravated sexual assault and thrown in prison for not disclosing their status, even when there was virtually no risk of transmission. Our laws are based on stigma and fear.  “Think Twice” is a campaign by the Toronto-based activist organization AIDS Action Now!  to decrease the number of PLHIV in Ontario facing criminal prosecutions for HIV non-disclosure. 

The evolution of angst

published: October, 28, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Community Events, Activism, Conferences, Events, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

From grass roots activism to professionalism – and government imposed restrictions on advocacy work. Bob Leahy at a conference which examined the changing political context within which our much evolved community-based response to HIV takes place

The evolution of angst

We used to be an angry grassroots movement led by those infected and affected with HIV, bent on giving the authorities hell. Now we are safe, professional, and all-encompassing - and muzzled by the governments who fund and regulate the bureaucracies we have built for ourselves,  That was the short version of our history, presented in the kick-off session of Where Do We Go from Here – AIDS Organizations, Services, Bureaucracy & the State”. Organized by firebrand Alex McClelland, a Con

HIV/AIDS is everyone's business

published: October, 23, 2014 Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, DJ Relentless, Activism, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Fundraisers, Events, Music, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

DJ Relentless on the difficulty in getting people living with HIV to events designed for them and his recent efforts to challenge stigma and make people living with HIV more comfortable about being visible.

HIV/AIDS is everyone's business

It's been an interesting year of fundraising for the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation. This December will be our 2nd Anniversary of the POZ-TO events. My husband and I have worked really hard to keep this event going. The simple idea of an event where HIV-positivepeople can come and socialize with their friends (poz or not) in a safe space without judgement or prejudice seems like it would be a no-brainer. But the stigma of being HIV-positive and the fear of what others will think keeps ma

Webinar - Living with HIV: The first five years

published: October, 08, 2014 Categories // Community Events, Events, Research, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

ACT’s October Community Health Forum will address living with HIV during the first five years following diagnosis with the virus. Attendance is free. The forum will also be available as a webinar.

Webinar - Living with HIV: The first five years

The second workshop in the 2014-2015 series of free open discussion forums for people living with HIV hosted by the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT)  is on HIV and the First Five Years  It will focus on these issues: Lived experiences from the first five years of living positively Considerations of strategies for overall health management Current guidelines and considerations for starting HIV treatment  How to build good relationships with your health care providers  The guest spe

A tale of two Prides

published: July, 01, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Pride, Events, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy lives outside a small rural Ontario Village where World Pride didn’t go entirely unnoticed, or uncelebrated. But he was also in Toronto for the mammoth World Pride celebrations this past weekend. Here’s his report - plus a ton of his photos!

 A tale of two Prides

Camp Ho-Ba-Chee store window, Warkworth, Ontario (pop 700). Arranging a set of Fiestaware dinner plates to correspond with the colours of the rainbow flag may seem a small touch, a very subtle nod to World Pride happening 100 miles or so to the east of this small rural community of 700 souls. But in the window of a littel store deep in farm country, those plates make a statement. The gays are here. It’s a progressive conservative federal riding alright, but its sleepy main street shows sig

Young professionals in action

published: June, 03, 2014 Categories // Community Events, Pride, Events, Health

Amy C. Willis on The Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR), it’s Young Professional Council (YPC) and why you should know them

How do you stay engaged with issues that matter when you’re a bustling, thriving, up-and-coming young professional?  The Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research or CANFAR was founded in the late 1980s by three friends, Dinah Koo, Van Beltrame and Robert Mang, up-and-coming entrepreneurs in the service industry who had a desire to raise funds for HIV and AIDS research, as the epidemic impacted them and their social circles. CANFAR is Canada’s only independent charitable organization dedica

FREE public legal education workshops at HALCO in April and May 2014

published: April, 03, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Events, Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

HALCO is pleased to announce their next series of free Public Legal Education Workshops taking place in person at their office in Toronto in April and May 2014.

FREE public legal education workshops at HALCO in April and May 2014

From HALCO  You can find information about our workshop series by scrolling down  and also on our website (including a printable pdf notice):     Please share this information  - everyone is welcome but space is limited so registration is required.   As always, HALCO provides free legal services for people in Ontario who are living with HIV/AIDS.  Our intake hours for new legal inquires are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (not Wednesdays  HIV & AIDS

The PEP experience — Raj’s story

published: April, 01, 2014 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Gay Men, As Prevention , Features and Interviews, Sexual Health, Health, Treatment, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

In part two of our three-part series on PEP, we hear from Raj Singh, a forty-something Toronto gay guy who was potentially exposed to HIV at a sex party.

The PEP experience — Raj’s story

This week, PositiveLite.com is focusing on Post-exposure Prophylaxis, or PEP — medication that can help prevent HIV after a possible exposure. Yesterday, I sat down with Duncan MacLachlan, the Director of Community Health Programs at the AIDS Committee of Toronto, to talk about PEP, its effectiveness and its availability. Join me today, as I have a conversation with Raj Singh, a Toronto gay man, who took PEP a year ago after a potential exposure to HIV.  John McCullagh: Raj, thank

Group support program for mixed serostatus couples in Toronto

published: March, 28, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Dating, Research, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Lifestyle, Living with HIV

Are you in a relationship, where one partner is HIV-positive and the other partner is HIV-negative? Contact them fpr more information, says ACT.

Group support program for mixed serostatus couples in Toronto

The AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT), David Kelly Services/Family Service Toronto (FST), Mt. Sinai Hospital, the Centre for Spanish Speaking People (CSSP), and the Village Family Health Team are conducting research into group support programs for serodiscordant couples. As part of this research, we are developing a pilot psychoeducational support group for gay and bisexual men in same-sex serodiscordant relationships. We are looking for couples (you and your partner) to participate together in

Webinar - Addressing sexual satisfaction in an HIV-positive world

published: March, 20, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Dating, Community Events, Events, Research, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Sex and Sexuality

ACT’s March Community Health Forum will address sexual satisfaction in an HIV-positive world. Attendance is free. The forum will also be available as a webinar

Webinar - Addressing sexual satisfaction in an HIV-positive world

The seventh workshop in the 2013-2014 series of free open discussion forums for people living with HIV hosted by the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT)  is on addressing sexual satisfaction in an HIV-positive world.  It will focus on these issues:  •           Undetectable? Still need protection? •           Negotiating safer sex •         Causes of erectile dysfunction and available enhancements  The guest speakers are:  •  John Goodhew, HIV prima

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