Archive for the ‘living with HIV’ Category

Everyone Loves Cooking with Coral

Thursday, February 26, 2015

A number of years ago I was chatting with clients at a Friday lunch and the topic of cooking skills came up. I was surprised by the number of clients who stated that they didn’t know how to cook and what to cook to stay healthy. Shortly after this the birth of an interactive coffee connections now known as Cooking with Coral was born.

Is a person who does not know their HIV status or who has never been tested pose a higher risk for HIV transmission due to their unknown or assumed HIV negative status than a person on TasP with controlled virus or on PreP and known HIV status? These are some of the questions being raised as a result of these new and emerging technologies.

Dating and HIV

Monday, December 1, 2014

Hopefully we can evolve enough as a society to see HIV positive dating as one more thing in the long list of things a dater must consider, from “what am I going to wear” all the way to “could they be my knight in shining armor” and your knight just may be someone living with HIV.

We live in an increasingly global world and with that comes lots of travel, new experiences and health questions for those living with HIV and/or other chronic health conditions.

PrEP

Monday, August 18, 2014

PrEP

Learn this word. It’s going to be a game changer. Keeee—POW!!!!! Outta the park.

Coral’s Guide to Food Safety!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Food safety is important, especially for people living with HIV. Every year, over 4 million Canadians get food poisoning also known as foodborne illness.

This is probably the most often asked question I get while doing my community and outreach work with gay and MSM next to “where can I get tested?” It is a word that a number of gay men are using and hearing more often when speaking with potential sexual partners as it relates to their own […]

It never ceases to amaze me the things that will trigger a response to past experiences, even when we think they have been worked through and thought to be buried and packed away neatly into our brains historical archives never to bother us again. For some it can be the smell of apples and cinnamon […]

Women, HIV and stigma

Thursday, August 8, 2013

The stigma associated with HIV has existed since the epidemic’s beginning. Stigma is a mark of disgrace, a characteristic of shame or dishonour. HIV stigma comes from a fear of the illness, becoming HIV positive, the risk activities connected with transmission and/or from the lack of information around HIV. Stigma can be found in the […]

Alberta Positive Voices Conference

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Alberta Positive Voices Conference (APVC) is a bi-annual event that brings together people living with HIV/AIDS from across the province to learn about better health management and new advances in the pandemic while providing opportunities to form networks of friendship and support. Current estimates show that over 71,000 Canadians have HIV/AIDS, including more than […]