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This Oscars, let action=life.

This Oscars, let action=life.

*Grateful that this piece was first posted at Positive Lite, Canada’s Online HIV Magazine. This has been adapted from letter for use by HIV advocates to raise awareness in the lead up to the Oscars first written by the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance. The Oscars are once again upon us, drawing our eyes to the compelling films … Continue reading

Rethinking suicide as ‘hate kills’

(trigger warning for suicide and state and institutional violence) While a lot of energy has been invested in determining why some people commit “suicide”, other work (as in, the work I am much more interested in talking about) draws attention to environmental and contextual factors in which suicide takes place. Rates of suicide are often … Continue reading

There’s an app for that: homophobia and HIV

This week, the AIDS Committee of Guelph launched a very cool app, Halt HIV and Homophobia. The app combines information about HIV risk considerations for specific activities around sex and drug use, and witty comebacks to homophobic remarks. You can also take a homophobia quiz and assess your  level of homophobia, and get perspective on … Continue reading

Treatment alone will not solve the HIV epidemic.

The Globe and Mail reported this week that B.C. is leading the way in HIV prevention with its treatment as prevention work. While I certainly support of everyone getting appropriate, self-determined HIV care, framing treatment as prevention diverts attention from structural drivers of the epidemic and focuses on biomedical solutions to issues that are social, medical … Continue reading

who owns the rain?

‘Who owns the rain?’ may seem like a silly question, but it was one of the questions that was raised during Bolivia’s ‘water wars’ in 1999 and early 2000, and documented by the movie Even the Rain (2011). The movie intertwines three different stories of injustice, with the shared themes of oppression and colonization running throughout: Christopher … Continue reading

America’s National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

February 7th is the day every year (for the past 11 years) that seeks to draw attention to HIV/AIDS in the black community in the diaspora, particularly the States in response to the disproportionately high numbers of Black people affected by HIV when looking at number of people newly infected and number of deaths. HIV … Continue reading