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Bridging the HIV Viral Divide with Friendship

published: July, 31, 2012 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Living with HIV, Mark S. King

Mark S King on mixed status friendships: “Lynne Rhys and I were never supposed to become friends. It was just too unlikely.”

Bridging the HIV Viral Divide with Friendship

She is a divorced woman raising a teenaged daughter, and was barely aware of a “gay community” until she stepped tentatively out of the closet in midlife. She has a quiet and soft-spoken grace. She has manners. She readily burdens the blame if it means saving your feelings. She’s one of those people who apologize when I miss a turn while driving us somewhere, as if it must have been her fault.  When she walked into an audition for a play I was directing a few years ago, she was certain

Home Testing the Home Test

published: July, 16, 2012 Categories // Health, Sexual Health, Opinion Pieces

Consumer report: Ken Monteith takes the new over the counter oral HIV test for a test run.

Home Testing the Home Test

There has been a lot of news lately about the decision of the Food and Drug Administration in the USA to approve the OraQuick Advance ® test for HIV 1 & 2. This is the test that uses a saliva sample gathered with a rather quick and easy swipe of the collector along the gums, top and bottom, rather than the two drops of blood that were required for the E-Z Trust HIV 1 & 2 Rapid Test that you can read about and watch in a previous article here on PositiveLite.com).  Consumer product c

PositiveLite.com’s 2012 Pride Toronto Video - Part Two: The Parade

published: July, 16, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Community Events, Pride, Events, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Were you there? Or maybe with a community organization in the parade itself? PositiveLite.com cameras capture the action.

PositiveLite.com’s 2012 Pride Toronto Video - Part Two: The Parade

I don’t live in Toronto anymore.  I used to for many years until my partner and I moved to the country about sixteen years ago.  It wasn’t that we didn’t like Toronto, we did – and still do.  We moved away in part for the peace and quiet, the lack of crowds.  We live, literally, in the middle of nowhere now, not another sign of civilization in sight.  At night, you can hear a pin drop.  So to come to Toronto on  a day like this is kind of jarring, but in an entirely good way. 

More Homoerotic Ads

published: July, 07, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy with more ads that mine the gay porn theme. But do they turn off straight buyers?

More Homoerotic Ads

There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that ads like the first one below are designed to appeal directly to the gay market.  But straight men wear jeans too, we hear, and one wonders to what extent savvy marketers appeal to their inner homo. Or alternatively, risk their cold shoulder. Does too gay an ad would turn uber-straight buyers off? No way would some buy a product that looks – well – gay.  Metrosexuals on the other hand– and this writer suspects that’s a growing market  - d

Excerpt from MSF's 'Positive Generation: Voices for an AIDS-free future'

published: June, 03, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Revolving Door, International , Music, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

A music video with a difference, featuring support group choirs, largely made up of Zimbabweans who are being treated for HIV.

Excerpt from MSF's 'Positive Generation: Voices for an AIDS-free future'

Music makes life easier, wherever you are. In Zimbabwe as well. HIV/AIDS is widespread in this country: Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is currently treating over 34,000 patients, including many children and teenagers. Zimbabweans use music to educate people about the virus, to explain to patients and their families that they’re not alone, that treatment can stabilise the illness and that the stigma must be broken. Support group choirs, largely made up of Zimbabweans who are already in t

Spotlight on a survivor - Francisco Ibáñez-Carrasco

published: May, 17, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy interviews the dynamic new Director of Education and Training at the OHTN, a long term survivor with a history of succeeding.

Spotlight on a survivor - Francisco Ibáñez-Carrasco

You can’t help but like Francisco Ibáñez-Carrasco.  He is a handsome silvered-haired dynamo, a Latino through and through, who is enthusiastic about everything he touches, even about being alive.  Clearly Francisco loves life and that comes through in the interview which follows. Not that his life has been an easy one.  Born in Chile forty-eight years ago, he was,  according to his 2011 profile in CATIE’s The Positive Side “raised by a poor, single mother who earned her living cl

HIV Self-tests: Control and Choice

published: April, 03, 2012 Categories // Newly Diagnosed, Sexual Health, Health, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Should home testing for HIV be allowed? The pros and cons with Ken Monteith saying "I think we are ready to have this debate".

HIV Self-tests: Control and Choice

It seems these days that one can't read an article about HIV prevention without running into references to the "Test and Treat" approach and its possibilities of ending the HIV pandemic. I'm not going to examine the whole of that issue here, but I hope to open a can of worms at one end of it. That end is the beginning: testing and what we might do to revolutionize the accessibility of testing to those who might have been exposed to a chance of HIV transmission. Our cousins in France (as we li

Dealing with Shame can be a Drag

published: March, 25, 2012 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Performances, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Mark S. King says “Being a drag queen, even for a night, terrified and delighted me. But the performer in me won out, wouldn’t you know, and Anita Mann was born.” The rest is history!

Dealing with Shame can be a Drag

We’re born naked… and the rest is drag.” — RuPaul When I was nine years old, I took my parents’ album of the Broadway musical “Damn Yankees” and memorized every syllable of Gwen Verdon’s show stopper, “Who’s Got the Pain When They Do the Mambo?” Once I was satisfied with my lip-synching and choreography (I decided that a mambo was a dance in which young boys gyrated and flung themselves on and off the living room sofa), the number was ready for public display. The premi

UK lesbian music artists band together to combat homophobic bullying.

published: February, 20, 2012 Categories // Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Youth, Women, Revolving Door, International , Music, Guest Authors, Population Specific

The L-Project has brought together the UK's most talented lesbian artists to record and release a single 'It Does Get Better' which helps raise awareness and money for charities which work to prevent LGBT bullying among young people.

UK lesbian music artists band together to combat homophobic bullying.

The Song 'It Does Get Better', written by Georgey Payne (below right) , is set to be a positive message to anyone who experiences the struggles that can come with being different. Georgey herself was moved to action by the experiences of a young gay friend: "I noticed one night he was worried about going home after working an evening, and when I asked him what was wrong he told me he was being bullied at school. I then listened while he explained everything that had been happening, and just r

Gay Bar Rejection Tutorial

published: February, 17, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

A funny video about gay mating rituals . . .

Gay Bar Rejection Tutorial

I thought people might get a chuckle out of the video below. I actually met my partner in a bar.  It was in San Juan, Puerto Rico of all places, thirty one years ago.  It was a dark and seedy place, with a go-go dancer on a raised stage with red velvet curtains, and a dark backroom off in one corner. I felt totally at home there. Which is probably why I was quite comfortable when my future partner left the friends he was with to chat up little ole me, standing by myself, probably d

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