Articles tagged with: poz

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

One Pill A Day

published: April, 27, 2011 Categories // Health

Viral Load Warrior reports on the Psychiatric Side-effects of Efavirenz

A short time after my diagnosis, I was sold on the idea of Atripla, the one-pill-a-day treatment for HIV. Atripla contains efavirenz, which is associated with neuropsychiatric side-effects, i.e. side-effects concerning our moods and thoughts. The most common side-effects are decreased concentration, dizziness, insomnia and vivid dreams. Less common side-effects are listed in the package insert as follows: “A small number of patients may experience severe depression, strange thoughts, or angr

Six Tips for Choosing your HIV Doctor

published: April, 25, 2011 Categories // Health, Living with HIV, Mark S. King

We get to meet Mark S King’s doctor, who walks us through what to look for in finding HIV and primary care

Six Tips for Choosing your HIV Doctor

I had to say goodbye to my doctor recently. I was moving out of state, and Dr. David Morris of Pride Medical Group in Atlanta had been nothing but a patient, supportive teacher to me. Over the years he’s seen me through Hepatitis C, a few crystal meth drug relapses and three boyfriends. I love him and what he’s done for me, and I hated the prospect of finding a replacement in Florida. Fortunately, Dr. Morris agreed to give me some tips to make the process easier, and in this video episode

My bumpy ride through internet dating

published: April, 25, 2011 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Wayne Bristow

Single guy Wayne Bristow documents the trials and tribulations of looking for love in all the wrong places

I recently started my twenty-first year being out of the closet. Yaaaay! It was a new start to my life, back on the dating scene, but where to look? Twenty-one years later, why am I still single?. Friends and family tell me I'm a really nice guy and many other positive things that I should feel great about. Always the friend, never the boyfriend, it seems. Before there were all these internet chat-rooms and dating sites, we had a telephone line that we could place an ad on and then wait for re


published: April, 24, 2011 Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Movies

Louise Binder aka Dame Velveeta Peron brings you capsule reviews of what shows she's seen lately

More Fine Girls - Not Fine Enough   This play at the Tarragon is one of the unfunniest slpastick comedies I have ever seen. What was Anne-Marie MacDonald thinking of ? Avoid unless masochist.   Zero Hour - Felt more like Zero Week   This is a one man show at the Al Green Theatre. It is a monologue by an actor playing Zero Mostel. He was excellent. The show felt so dated. I know the McCarthy era was terrible but I must admit that it all pales in comparison to today's events

Assimilation in the Land of Cows - Part Two

published: April, 20, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Bob Leahy - Publisher

Drawn from life: a photo-essay in which Bob Leahy continues his exploration of the role of minorities, including gay men and people with HIV in particular, in his and other rural communities

Assimilation in the Land of Cows - Part Two

(Part One appears here) The notion that rural Canada is unwelcoming of minorities may in fact be true in some places, I don’t know. It certainly prevents some queer rural folks proclaiming they’re gay. It certainly inhibits HIV positive folks from disclosing their status more often than not. When I first moved to the country thirteen years ago, I met another guy who was out as a gay man, but not ready to announce his positive status to the world. “People will burn your house down if you

Putting “people” first

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

Megan DePutter continues her exploration of terminolgy and how best to call each other

Putting “people” first

In my last post , I discussed the term participant versus client. The other thing you may have heard discussed lately, if you’re an avid conference goer, is the issue of using “PHA” in workshops and presentations. On multiple occasions I have heard people who are living with HIV & AIDS argue that the term PHA should not be tossed around as often as it is. And I agree. Acronyms can make sense in certain context, like in a clinical sense, or in research, or grant proposals, but can be

Assimilation in the Land of Cows - Part One

published: April, 07, 2011 Categories // Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy and a photo-essay on being out as a gay and poz man in the country and the role of HIV/AIDS activism in rural settings

Assimilation in the Land of Cows - Part One

There are many defining moments that occur when one first moves to the country. The first and perhaps most defining of all is when the empty moving van pulls out of your gravelly rural driveway. It has just deposited all your worldly possessions in to what smells, looks and feels like a distant outpost in another world. It is a moment of second guessing (was this idea really so smart?), self doubt and above all, finality. The second defining moment comes next day when you realize that your new

Why are we here AGAIN – Part 2 - Updated March 19, 2011

published: March, 19, 2011 Categories // Opinion Pieces

Rob Newman follows up on that case of non-disclosure he highlighted here two weeks ago and asks “what makes for a happy ending?”

I was talking with a colleague with regard to my last story that I wrote for (it’s here).  I wanted to know if good news at the end of that story would mean it was a happy ending. My query was simply: can a happy ending come after a person endures discrimination, stigmatization and humiliation. When a person is put through the ringer to that extent and then just let go, where is the justice, how does one feel and how does one heal? When my friend made that first step an

Treatment as Prevention: Pulling the Wool?

published: September, 16, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

The debate over treatment as prevention is heating up. To quote last week’s news story in AIDSmap “Canadian researchers have published a large cohort study indicating that higher uptake of antiretroviral therapy might reduce HIV transmission

 . .  .  considerably  in some populations."  You can read the full article here.  Note that the headline is ”HIV Diagnoses fall as treatment expands in British Columbia”. Sounds like a cause-and-effect thing, doesn’t it? Sounds like that over on the west coast they’ve found the answer to halting the epidemic.  Or have they?   First I need to be upfront with my biases. I’m someone who finds the "treatment as prevention" issue problematic.

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