International Carnival of Pozitivities - edition 2.11
I love hosting ICP. It's a fun art project with the added bonus of learning more about my world & myself. This edition is teeming with diverse (colors of) experiences, challenges, questions & answers, memories, means of expression, lessons learned (for all to share) and (at least) one happy ending. The best part is being one in a global community of brothers and sisters who are making a difference. I wouldn't trade this experience for anything in the world. I look forward to the next time I get to do this again (& again & again).
Could you (or someone you know) try something new and
host ICP? Maybe playing again might fit into your schedule?
As it happens, next months edition has yet to find a host.
You could have (at least) as much fun as I had.
Trust me, you'll be glad you did.
If not (now) - no worries.
I had to ask :)
let's get started...
Arin Vahanian presents How to Get Rid of Excuses NOW and Start Living the Kind of Life You’ve Always Wanted posted at Super State.
"A three-step method in dealing with excuse-making and making sure that it becomes a thing of the past."
"Gum disease is likely to strike anyone who neglects oral hygiene or eats a poor diet. Particularly at risk are people with alcoholism, malnutrition, or AIDS/HIV infection or who are being treated with steroid drugs or certain cancer chemotherapies."
"Your emotions are quite simply the best way to make accurate decisions."
in the news...
James presents HIV And AIDS News: HIV Infections Down 20% Since 2001 In Infants posted at HIV And AIDS News.
"HIV testing may soon become part of routine prenatal care and be required for some newborns in New Jersey as part of a bill that supporters contend will put the state in the forefront of the national fight against HIV transmission to babies."
Sean Strub presents POZ - News : POZ Founder Sean Strub Responds to Swiss Statement on Condomless Sex posted at Poz Magazine.
“Interpreting the Swiss statement as ‘permission’ to stop using condoms would be a mistake,” he wrote. “So too would dismissing it altogether or denying its powerful message of hope.”
Brian Diggs presents Black AIDS Institute - Adhering to HAART Does Not Remove Risk of Passinig on Disease posted at BlackAIDS.org.
Another response to the Swiss report stating that"HIV-positive individuals on effective antiretroviral therapy are not at risk for transmitting HIV to their sexual partners under certain circumstances."
Andrés Duque presents Pope-fest downer: Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo has died posted at Blabbeando.
"I can't help but hope that his death signifies a passing of the guard and a more enligthened future."
Edwin presents Fiji: Moral, legal panic after one man linked to two women's HIV infections posted at Criminal HIV Transmission.
"There have been only 28 HIV diagnoses in Fiji since 1995, so it must come as something of a shock for Fijians to have to come to terms with the fact that an HIV-positive man is not disclosing his status before having unprotected sex."
"Myths and misconceptions about HIV and AIDS have been around since the very beginning of the pandemic...There are present efforts in place to dispel these myths and most of the initiatives take the form of websites. However, more efforts are required before all of these myths and misconceptions are finally put to rest."
to meditate on (& think over)...
Paige Gray presents AIDS: Can the Internet Help Combat the Global Epidemic? - Vox posted at A Crystal Globe: Paige's Worldly Musings.
"Finding a post here or there on a newspaper or publication’s blog doesn’t prove that difficult a task, but finding sites that look at AIDS’ ripple effect…its devastation—medically, emotionally, financially—is no cakewalk."
"Jeremiah Johnson joined the Peace Corps because he wanted to help people, but was forced to quit after giving nearly a year and a half of service because he is HIV-positive....The Peace Corps says it cannot send people with potentially serious medical conditions to remote parts of the world where medical treatment may not be immediately available."
*check out the comments for more thoughts on this issue
"But if we view AIDS simply through the glamour of stigma, we miss essential parts of the story."
"the HIV virus does not cause AIDS. This disputed notion is the primary tenet of a controversial group of activists who seek to overturn much of what is widely accepted about HIV and AIDS... I will examine the dissident movement’s tactics and its relation to the global AIDS pandemic."
"A few weeks ago, I received an email from a long time survivor friend, Stephen. He thought I'd be interested in learning about AMBUSH, a product he was trying out that claimed to be the cure for AIDS."
(from the) heart...
Richard Kearns and Sonya Renee Taylor presents aids-write.org » Blog Archive » sonya renee taylor, black AIDS institute: a poem for women & girls (826) posted at aids-write.org.
"We Have Been Waiting"
Willie J. Phillips presents Godfist Legend: Zero7 Chapter 2 from Guest Writer Willie J. Phillips posted at 2sides2ron.
"This work is not HIV related, but it seemed to me that I could promote Willie’s work as a ally of the HIV community and as my friend. This work should offer a bit of a diversion from the usual HIV related posts for our readers. Please let us know what you think. Subsequent chapters will be posted in future months."
"You may question my sanity but the plain fact is that stress is a fact of life and if you deny that then we have to deal with a new problem (called denial)."
"This piece is one of a series of 10 artworks in his Fala series, from the Portuguese verb "to speak"."
"god- its so hard to find a place to start. The beginning i guess is traditional. he was just a boy when i first saw him...a beautiful, sandy haired, blue-eyed skater boy."
"Looking back on ‘then’, now nearly 24 years ago, I wonder where that life and that person went. Did he evolve and/or reinvent himself, maybe both? One thing I know for sure, he survived."
"For G - Let’s just say for a friend. You will understand."
"I am one of many people who live in Peru and who live a calm and simple life, only that I am gay and HIV+. These last details are minor in the part that they play in my life, which little by little I will go on telling, because society here is closed and machista, and anecdotes and experiences are extensive."
"More than 10 years after his death, Robb can live again and continue to fulfill his goal of educating people....in part 36 Robb's pain worsens. He knows he doesn't have much time so he calls in Father Levitt and his mom to make funeral plans. Home health nurses install a morphine pump."
*have kleenex handy (& someone to hug nearby)
(a little) good news...
"Remember that skinny sick baby we showed you a while back?...We think its awesome that Osego means "lucky" in English. This baby really was lucky to live in a village that had a website and trustees and donors willing to help....Just look at those fat cheeks!!!!"
The next edition of ICP is hostless. If you (or someone you know) cannot be of service in June, please consider hosting in the future. Have no fear, ICP 2.12 will otherwise be hosted by our founder & fearless leader Ron Hudson @ 2sides2ron.