Articles tagged with: poz

Living in two worlds

Megan DePutter reflects on the challenges of working within the HIV movement and how that impacts on her personal life

Living in two worlds

I spend most of my time living in a world where it’s normal to be gay, it’s normal to be living with HIV, it’s normal to talk openly about sex, and certain political, social and philosophical beliefs are taken for granted. This world encompasses my work life, and is shared with my friends and colleagues who also live in this world. But when I step out of this world, go to parties, go to bars, and engage in the standard “so what do you do for a living” chatter, I’m reminded very qui

An HIVer learns the art of speaking to the public about his life with HIV

published: May, 13, 2011 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Wayne Bristow

It isn’t easy, says poz guy around town Wayne Bristow, but he’s learning. Here’s how.

An HIVer learns the art of speaking to the public about his life with HIV

I made the decision to get involved in speaking to groups, to tell my story, put a face to HIV/AIDS and to be an advocate to fight HIV stigma. I took the Speaker’s Bureau training and learned there’s no wrong way to tell my story but there is a right way to present it. To get the message out you have to develop skills that help people hear you and hear the message. I told my story once prior to this training at the University of Guelph. It was a Human Sexuality class with about 100 student

It’s not all doom and gloom

published: May, 11, 2011 Categories // Opinion Pieces

Viral Load Warrior says “I need to remind myself – for my own sanity – that ironically, my diagnosis has also impacted in positive ways upon my life.” Here’s how.

I’ve written a lot about the challenges of living with HIV on my blog.  Pre-existing problems with depression and anxiety worsened, I resigned from my job, and as a result of having no money, had to move out of my flat. It has not, however, been all doom and gloom. Two years down the line, my life is almost back on track, and I’m managing things a lot better. Given the chance to revisit the circumstances in which I contracted the virus, I would of course do things differently. But as

Artist Andrew Gayed Interviewed

published: May, 09, 2011 Categories // Art, Arts and Entertainment, Living with HIV, Sex and Sexuality

Michael Burtch chats with the twenty-one year old Ottawa photographer about his piece ‘4 Pills Once Daily’, getting hate mail, anuses, and why waiting can sometimes help make better art

(This piece is best read in conjunction with Michael’s earlier entry about the work Andrew Gayed featured him in here.)   Can you talk about the process and camera you used to construct ‘4 Pills Once Daily‘?Supplementary research was made to have a better understanding of the issue. I had an idea of what the series would look like, so I took some initial photos with a 'stand-in' model to decide various compositional elements. Then I interviewed my model to gage a personal accou

Treatment as prevention revisited

published: May, 04, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy has a (sort of) change of heart on one of HIV’s most contentious issues. Or maybe not.

Treatment as prevention revisited

People who know me know I’ve been very uncomfortable with treatment as prevention from the get go. When I was on the board at the Canadian AIDS Society I was in the forefront of the charge against it, reacting in part to concerns expressed by HIVers at The CAS HIVers Forum, but also reflecting my own views too. Since then, I’ve been increasingly concerned that treatment as prevention - or test and treat - has become mainstream. Commencing treatment right after testing has become

HIV Drug Research: One pill, two pills and the stock market

published: May, 04, 2011 Categories // Finances, Treatment, Opinion Pieces

Devan Nambiar looks at what drives pharmaceutical companies to develop new HIV drugs – and for treatment experienced patients, it isn’t always pretty

Many years before we had three anti-HIV pills (ARV) in one pill or two anti-HIV pills in one, HIVers were drowning in pill fatigue. HIVers took as many as 15 to 35 ARVs, including prophylaxis, in one day. In 2000, the light bulb went on for the medical community and pharmaceutical companies alike. They realized they could not expect HIVers to take these many drugs forever. Pill fatigue was affecting many HIVers.   Pharmaceuticals and the HIV community came up with creative metho

News from Positive Living BC

published: May, 03, 2011 Categories // Events, Guest Authors

Hikes, Retreats, Dinners and more

Following a recent vote by members, British Columbia Persons With AIDS Society is pleased to announce that it has changed its official name to "Positive Living Society of British Columbia", to be known as Positive Living BC. Here are some upcomiung events . . Hike The Chief 2nd Peak - Sunday May 8th The Stawamus Chief’s three summits offer rewarding views of Howe Sound, Squamish and surrounding mountains.  This hike is approximately 8km with elevation gain of 600m and is rated intermed

The Paul Gallegos Interview, Part Two. Life in Prison with HIV

published: May, 02, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Features and Interviews, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Remember the HIV-positive activist who stands in the hot desert sun with a billboard promoting HIV testing? Paul Gallegos is back talking to Bob Leahy about what it’s like to be locked up with HIV in a California prison..

The Paul Gallegos Interview, Part Two. Life in Prison with HIV

Paul’s first interview with me was one of our most read posts ever. It’s here if you haven’t read it. Clearly his unique dedication to HIV work touched a lot of people, so I contacted him again, to see if he would expand on one of the themes we had touched on earlier. I wanted to explore his prison years, and the realities of living with HIV behind bars.  So I contacted Paul again, and as before he couldn’t have been more cooperative. I gave Paul the option of skipping any questio

HIV and Aging: am I ready for it – and is the healthcare system ready for me?

published: April, 29, 2011 Categories // Health, Wayne Bristow

Fifty-something Wayne Bristow and a personal look at what aging with HIV really means..

The toipc of HIV and aging keeps coming up more often as the HIV community gets older and lives longer. I am now one of the over-50 crowd that should take note of the fact we are going to live to a ripe old age. Now, everytime I hear something about HIV and aging, I pay attention. In workshops I've attended I've met people who have lived 25 to 30 years with HIV/AIDS. They tell stories of how they were told to put their affairs in order, they would die within months, maybe a year. There were ti

Tired of being tired?

published: April, 27, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Health, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy takes a look at one of the most common, under-reported and under-treated conditions out there. We don’t even talk about it much. It’s HIV-related fatigue.

Tired of being tired?

If there is one thing that gets to me about being HIV, a condition which I’ve otherwise learned to accept and adapt to, it’s that I’m tired of being tired. My common sense approaches to it, like taking naps in the afternoon or going to bed earlier, do in fact help, even if they don’t eliminate the condition. It’s a constant in my life, though.  I can’t even remember a time since my diagnosis in 1993 when I haven’t been tired. Of course aging hasn’t helped I had a cold this

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