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Our program is created by and for people living with HIV to explore HIV research in ways that matter. We want to hear and tell stories about what new research means for us – for our health, our sex lives, and our relationships. We’re based in Toronto but global in outlook and we’re produced by Universities Without Walls. We’re pozcast, and we’re bringing HIV research to life.

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Our program is created by and for people living with HIV to explore HIV research in ways that matter. We want to hear and tell stories about what new research means for us – for our health, our sex lives, and our relationships. We’re based in Toronto but global in outlook and we’re produced by Universities Without Walls. We’re pozcast, and we’re bringing HIV research to life.

    Episode 9: Laughing Matters

    Episode 9: Laughing Matters

    Check out our guests on social media:
    James Tison: Actor / Stand Up Page | Monthly Women/LGBTQ+ Stand Up | Open Mic @ Club Cumming | Instagram | Twitter | Website

    David Granirer: Stand Up for Mental Health | Facebook

    Is laughter the best medicine? In this episode we explore the power of stand-up comedy to fight stigma, and its potential as a therapeutic tool? Host James Watson chats first with James Tison a queer, HIV positive, gender non-binary stand-up comic  and actor out of New York City and then reaches out across sectors to speak with David Granirer. David is a stand-up comic, counselor, author, and the founder of Stand Up For Mental Health (SMH), a program for teaching stand-up comedy to people with mental health issues.

    • 36 min
    Episode 8: Gay Men Using Meth (Part 3) – A Harm Reduction Approach

    Episode 8: Gay Men Using Meth (Part 3) – A Harm Reduction Approach

    In this third episode of a three-part series on gay men using methamphetamine host James Watson interviews Nick Boyce and Colin Johnson about harm reduction as an approach to safer drug use. Nick is the Director of the Ontario Harm Reduction Network and has been working in the movement for almost 20 years. Colin is a gay rights activist and harm reduction peer educator. He is also an injection drug user whose drug of choice is crystal meth.

    • 35 min
    Episode 7: Gay Men Using Meth (Part 2) – Crystal Meth Anonymous: A 12-Step Recovery Program

    Episode 7: Gay Men Using Meth (Part 2) – Crystal Meth Anonymous: A 12-Step Recovery Program

    In this second episode of a three-part series on gay men using methamphetamine host James Watson interviews a former crystal meth user who has been free from all substances for over five years. We delve deep into his experiences of hard use and the challenges and triumphs of recovery through the fellowships of the 12-Step Program, specifically Crystal Meth Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous.

    • 19 min
    Episode 6: Gay Men Using Meth (Part 1) – Lust, Men and Meth: A Gay Man’s Guide to Sex and Recovery

    Episode 6: Gay Men Using Meth (Part 1) – Lust, Men and Meth: A Gay Man’s Guide to Sex and Recovery

    In this first episode of a three-part series on gay men using methamphetamine host James Watson interviews Dr. David Fawcett, a psychotherapist, sex therapist and author of the book, Lust, Men and Meth: A Gay Man’s Guide to Sex and Recovery. Mark S. King  the writer, activist, and award winning blogger of My Fabulous Disease joins the conversation and adds his personal reflections as an HIV positive gay man in recovery from meth addiction.   

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    Part 2 – Crystal Meth Anonymous: A 12-Step Recovery Program

    Stay Tuned (June 1st, 2019):

    Part 3 – A Harm Reduction Approach

     

     

    • 21 min
    Episode 5: Stigma Stings!

    Episode 5: Stigma Stings!

    HIV stigma can be more harmful than the disease itself. Is it possible to eradicate this social menace or is it here to stay? Tune in to find out as host James Watson chats with his guests about the impact of HIV stigma and how community-based research is making strides to weaken its grip.

    First up, James chats with Dr. Sean Rourke, a Clinical Neuropsychologist and Scientist at the Centre for Urban Health Solutions of St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, about the Canadian HIV Stigma Index research study. He then sits down with  Brittany Cameron, a powerful champion in the fight against HIV stigma, an HIV Positive mother of three, an LGBTQ ally, and Human Rights Activist.

    • 21 min
    Episode 4 – Poetic Justice: a collaborative retelling

    Episode 4 – Poetic Justice: a collaborative retelling

    In this episode, host James Watson chats with McMaster University researcher and PhD candidate Lori Chambers about her unique research initiative, “Because She Cares.” With this collaborative project, Lori uses poetry to share the experiences of African women employed in the response to HIV. While the experiences described are specific to African women, they will no doubt ring true for a lot of us who work in the HIV sector and live with HIV. Their discussion focuses on the impact of using the arts-based method of poetic narrative inquiry and is highlighted by the retelling of a choral poem by the Because She Cares Collaborative.

    • 20 min

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