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This Weeks Guest on Positive Life - Glass and Video Sculptor, Tim Tate [14 Aug 2009|01:27am]

This week’s guest, Tim Tate. Glass and Video Sculptor, Tim Tate found out he was HIV-positive in the early 1980's. Tim creates Video Reliquaries which are composed of hand cast and blown glass, electronic components, and original video.

One of his pieces sold at an auction for $82,000. He also has a permanent collection in many museums like The Smithsonian, American Art Museum & The Mint Museum.

Join Tim and myself as we take you phone calls, tweets, and live chat Sunday, August 16th at 8pm EST.

Watch the Promo for the show

We are always seeking guests, email positivelife@whospositive.org
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Seeking HIV+ Guests [11 Aug 2009|03:39pm]


Positive Life, the newest addition to the Who’s Positive website is not only a live video weekly broadcasting feature on our website it’s an additional resource to continue to humanize HIV through first hand accounts of people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. Visit Positive Life and its features at http://www.whospositive.org/positivelife

Each Sunday night at 8:00pm EST, Founding Director of Who’s Positive, Tom Donohue sits down to interview someone infected or affected by HIV, live from Charlottesville, VA. His guests who could be from anywhere in the world could range from a family member sharing personal stories and struggles of how they are dealing with Tom’s infection to authors, celebrities, doctors – anyone that can either humanize HIV or educate on the topic.

This is a live show. You can call in, chat, or twitter (@whospositive) throughout the show. Positive Life is just the newest addition to the vast amount of resources on Who’s Positive.

To express interest in being a guest all you need is a webcam and computer! Just email positivelife@whospositive.org.

Watch Positive Life at www.whospositive.org/live

Who's Positive - a group who is infected, affected, sharing real stories about real people - a five year commitment to humanizing HIV through first hand accounts of young adults living with HIV. Visit Who's Positive at http://www.whospositive.org

Know Your Status! Get Tested For HIV Facebook Cause
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Noodles and Company Helps out UILC!! [14 Nov 2008|12:09pm]

Noodles and Company on Fort Union Blvd is hosting a benefit night for the Utah Independent Living Center. On Friday, November 14, 2008, they will be donating 25% of sales from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Come in at any time between the hours of 5-10 pm and order from Noodles and Company’s incredible menu of dishes that range from Asian to American cuisine. Please let the Noodles crew know you’re there to support UILC. Afterward, come by the UILC table to talk to a staff member about what’s happening at the Center.

UILC needs your help. With your support, we can continue to serve the community of people with disabilities—increasing independence one day at a time.

Noodles and Company Fort Union
6901 S. 1300 E.
Midvale, UT

Friday, November 14, 2008
5-10 PM

For More information on the Utah Independent Living Center:
3445 S. Main St.
SLC, UT 84115
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Boston Event: One Mile Walk for AIDS Awareness! [13 Nov 2008|10:36pm]

On December 1st we celebrate World Aids Day, but the reality is, AIDS affects lives everyday. The current situation of poverty and AIDS in Africa is unlike any other and WE have the power to DO something.

We believe in the power of a FEW people who can take SMALL steps to make a BIG impact.

Please join us on a ONE mile wintery walk through Boston Common, December 6, 2008 at 2pm to raise money and awareness for AIDS in Africa.

$1 will be donated by Take The Walk.net for every person who walks a mile with us!!!

*Note: This is a free event. You walk a mile and a dollar is donated in your name.*

*Hot chocolate will be provided*

This is a Snow or Shine event!

Add our event on myspace at http://www.myspace.com/thewalkboston


Facebook http://www.facebook.com/inbox/?ref=mb#/event.php?eid=45463774988


Visit www.takethewalk.net for more information on this cause or to set up your own walk!
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Very suspicious 'cure' [13 Nov 2008|04:36pm]

What do you all make of this:

I have a feeling this doctor that found a 'cure for AIDS' just doesn't understand what an undetectable viral load is. However, I have been seeing this news item in a lot of places and am wondering what people think about it.
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Walking Names Project In The News! [19 Oct 2008|05:27pm]

[ mood | chipper ]

This was from a couple of days ago, I didn't get a chance to share it but wanted to!

Walking Names Project

The walk was today, and it went off great! We raised $600 from one event the week before, and Walking Names Project was able to sponsor 18 people!!!

Thank you everyone who supported the Project!

It isn't completed, and if you haven't heard about it yet you can find it here!



Jai Smith
Walking Names Project

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HIV-Positive? Agency seeking individuals [17 Oct 2008|05:01pm]


Agency looking for HIV-Positive individuals

Who's Positive has been requested to forward this message through to our network of HIV+ individuals. We will forward your information onto the casting company as soon as it is recieved for consideration. Who's Positive encourages you to forward this email onward to others you know who are HIV+.

We are a healthcare ad agency producing a Video and Photo Shoot for a pharmaceutical company, to be shot first week of November. We are looking for HIV+ Men and Women willing to tell their story and talk about their experiences. There will be compensation for your time. If you are HIV+ and are interested in working with us on this project please email Who's Positive at hivcasting@whospositive.org.

Send me a portrait of yourself as well as your contact information. We will be contacting you shortly to see if you qualify. There are a series of questions we will need to ask about the medication you're on as well as your

CD4 count and viral load.

Compensation ranges from $500 to $1000.

HIV+ Adults 25yrs and up. All ethnic backgrounds are welcome.

Photo/Video Shoot will take place in Manhattan (we will pay for travel.)

Contact Who's Positive on behalf of the agency: hivcasting@whospositive.org

Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you.

Sign up to get emails such as this. Who's Positive maintains listings of HIV+ individuals to provide information to them such as this. Who's Positive does not in anyway sell, trade or compromise the integrity of our list-serve. All information provided is strictly confidential.

If this form does not work, visit http://www.whospositive.org to Join!

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Africa needs our help [16 Aug 2008|01:05pm]

Hi! If you intrested in fighting HIV/AIDS in Africa, you are very welcome to join international movement Humana People To People where we are making the difference in all over the World! Our programm is devided to periods - 6 month special education for volunteers in DRH Holsted School in Denmark to get all necessary skills for development work, 6 month volunteer job in Africa and 2 month evaluation period for sharing your experience with others. For more information visit
www.drh-holsted.org or contact us: phone +45 24 42 41 52
e-mail :andrea@drh-holsted.org
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Jeweler joins the fight [12 Jul 2008|04:31pm]

bangle 46664

Montblanc, makers of fine writing instruments, leather goods, watches and jewelery, has recently partnered with the Nelson Mandela Foundation to pledge a portion of sales of their upcoming signature bangle aptly named the 46664 Mandela Bangle. Montblanc, whose philosophy “Helping others gives success true meaning”, has taken  African craftsmanship into the limelight by branding the bangles with the prestigious Montblanc label and distributing them to upscale fashion boutiques and jewelry stores in the country.

The bangles are made with South African precious metals and hand finished by skilled craftsmen infected or affected by HIV or Aids. The 46664 bangle will be available at selected Montblanc boutiques worldwide beginning June 27th. The first edition 46664 bangles will be available in Platinum, 18ct Gold and Silver and come in both men’s and women’s sizes. All bangles are individually numbered and will also be engraved with Nelson Mandela’s historic prison number whilst he was imprisoned on Robben Island.

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Pledge Monika in Scotiabank AIDS WALK for LIFE 2008 [26 Jun 2008|11:18pm]

Please join me and support the Scotiabank AIDS WALK for LIFE, Sunday September 21st, 2008.

Over 12,000 people in BC are living with HIV or AIDS, and the kinds of support they need - from counseling and treatment information to clean water and health treatments - are made possible by people just like you and me.

You can make a secure online donation today with your credit card. Simply click on this link to go to my secure fundraising webpage: http://my.e2rm.com/personalPage.aspx?SID=1871092

When you make an online donation you will immediately receive an electronic tax receipt, recognized by Revenue Canada, by email!

On behalf of all the people whose lives will be touched by your generosity, thank you. I look forward to receiving your donation.

With sincere thanks for your generous support,


PS: For more information about the Scotiabank AIDS WALK for LIFE, or to join us please visit http://my.e2rm.com/personalPage.aspx?SID=1871092.
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The Ride for AIDs movie [24 Jun 2008|01:43pm]

[ mood | impressed ]

 The people who do the Ride for AIDs are so amazing!  Through Logo, you can rent a documentary about people who undertake this challenge to help an incredible cause.  You should really rent The Ride:  Seven Days to End AIDs to learn more about the cyclists who dedicate their time and energy to helping find a cure for AIDs.  http://www.logoonline.com/netflix

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[11 May 2008|09:19am]

[ mood | impressed ]

AIDS in Africa Exhibit
I went to the most amazing and accurate AIDS exhibit last night put on by World Vision. It brought me right back to Swaziland and made my heart ache.

If it comes to your area it's really worth every minute (although, keep in mind that World Vision is a religious organization that is not only trying to raise awareness, but also money to keep their programs going).


When I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Swaziland I was most impressed by World Vision because they hired local people that did good work without fancy offices with air conditioning and big SUVs. Their offices had no water or electricity and their employees rode local transportion or bicycles in some areas. The money raised for the children paid for things like school fees, uniforms and goats.

Cross posted...

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More from AIDS Awareness Project 2008 [11 Feb 2008|11:18am]

[ mood | accomplished ]

Now being called The Walking Names Project, has a website www.walkingnamesproject.org
And a video

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HIV/AIDS work in Africa [09 Feb 2008|01:38am]

 Hello All

I will be going to South Africa to do HIV/AIDS related work and am trying to raise money for the cause while I am there and programs in South Africa.

Please visit this site if you can donate anything. This is a  secure site and an email confirmation of your donation would be sent to you immedietly following.  Even $5.00 helps, it's potentially a meal for a child


If you know of anyone, please pass this link around

I have recorded a voice post over on my journal if that helps any. Thanks alot
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AIDS Awareness Project 2008 [07 Feb 2008|06:01pm]

[ mood | hopeful ]

I am living in Tucson, AZ in the United States, and I have put together a project for the AIDSWalk event that will be going on in October of 2008. Please help if you would like someone affiliated with this project. If you do not agree with the project I am more than willing to listen to your concerns, but please remember that this is to raise awareness of the disease and I am doing this to honor someone whom I loved that passed away. I have never done anything this involved with the community, and I want this to be the beginning of many awareness projects I create.

I am making an AIDSWalk ribbon dress which I will wear in the AIDSWalk. I am going in drag in honor of my fairy godfather Jimmy, who passed away two years ago from AIDS. I need everyone's help in order to get names. If you have any names of individuals who are currently living with HIV/AIDS, or anyone who has passed away from HIV/AIDS please post their name to this blog and I will write their name on a ribbon for the dress. I hope to have it covered in order to make the statement that much stronger. When the walk is done I will be cutting the dress up the back and turning it into a quilt square from the AIDS quilt.

Please help me by stating any names you would like to be part of this project and by passing this message on to friends and family, give a voice to those who didn't have one.

And please help me by participating in or sponsoring someone for the AIDSWalk 2008. I will continue to walk, until there is a cure.

Thank you for taking the time to read this message.

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World AIDS Day. [01 Dec 2007|05:07pm]

Today is World AIDS Day.


However, to have a single day devoted to one of the greatest tragedies this planet has seen is merely not enough. I am an AIDS activists, so this day to me is merely a grim reminder of how little our world cares about HIV and AIDS. This entire week I spent organizing events and going to conferences on HIV/AIDS and yes it becomes tedious and tiring work, but for me it has always been one of those issues that we can't choose to ignore. On Thursday we held a "Hugs for AIDS day" the concept being that free Hugs were given out while we wore shirts that read "HIV positive," thus, the goal being to eliminate stigma and discrimination from HIV/AIDS. It's amazing to see how many people actually think you can contract HIV/AIDS from hugging, kissing and just plain touching. For the educated individual, this is just merely ridiculous.

I won't bore you with my rant on something I am so passion about, but I want everyone today to sit back and think about an issue (not necessarily HIV/AIDS) that needs addressing. It could be human rights, the environment, anything that needs attention. Think about what you can do. Because we can all do something, whether small or big, well that's up to you.

Some facts about HIV/AIDS:

In Canada Approximately 54, 000 people are living with HIV/AIDS

In Sub-Saharan Africa alone there is approximately 22.5 million people living with HIV AIDS

HIV stands for - Human immunodeficiency Virus
AIDS stands for - Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome

You CANNOT get HIV/AIDS from:
- Kissing
-Mosquito bites
-Sharing cups/drinks/food

You CAN get HIV/AIDS from:
- Sharing needles
-Unprotected Anal, Vaginal and Oral Sex
- Sharing crack pipes

The list goes on but I thought I would provide some quick facts.
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Watch my speech at the PA State Capitol today about National HIV Testing Day...

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Toms Remarks on National HIV Awareness Day at State Capitol Press Conference [27 Jun 2007|12:52am]


Press Release about NHTD:

 National HIV Testing Day Should Remind Youth to Be Tested for HIV Too
STATE COLLEGE, PA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 25, 2007 -- 20,000 young people are infected every year in the United States each year and half of all new HIV infections occur in those under the age of 25. Who's Positive, a national HIV awareness organization, reminds everyone especially young adults across the United States, to join their peers to empower themselves to know their HIV status and to get tested, on Wednesday, June 27th -- National HIV Testing Day (NHTD).

"Young adults think they are invincible, that HIV can't happen to them. They need to understand that just because there is so much stigma still surrounding HIV, giving reason for people who are infected not to talk about it, doesn't mean its not in their community. The more HIV positive youth can humanize HIV among their peers they more it becomes a prevention tool," says the 28-year old, HIV positive Founder and Executive Director of Who's Positive.

It's time for society to wake up and understand that HIV is something that is affecting and infecting today's youth unlike 30 years ago. It's time for parents to talk to their children about safe sex practices, the government to offer comprehensive HIV education and schools to distribute free condoms. This is necessary to help reduce and prevent HIV infections among today's youth -- our country's future.

Donohue will spend the day at the State Capitol in Pennsylvania helping to bring awareness and supporting State Senator, Sen. Vincent J. Hughes (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery) as he sets the example by self-administrating a quick and bloodless "OraQuick Advance" HIV antibody test at 3pm. "Pennsylvania ranks too high in infections for our states' leaders not to set the example and encourage testing." Donohue says, "We must continue to work harder to make rapid HIV testing more accessible throughout the state and country, especially in rural communities."

Who's Positive is a national non-profit organization which foregrounds the reality of living with HIV through first-hand accounts of young adults coping with the disease. In telling the stories of people living with HIV, Who's Positive hopes to reduce the transmission of HIV among teens and young adults -- a population with one of the fastest growing infection rates.

For more information about Who's Positive visit us at http://www.whospositive.org

My remarks at the Capitol:

 Thank you Senator Hughes.

 My mom and my dad are grateful.  Grateful that I know.  Grateful that I have the knowledge I need to keep myself healthy.  Grateful because I now know I need tools to keep myself healthy and vibrant for years to come. The United States has over 45,000 new infections each year and 50% are among young people under the age of 25. One forth of youth under the age of 21. 

Good afternoon and welcome to National HIV Testing Day. My name is Tom Donohue, from State College, PA.  I am the founder & executive director of Who’s Positive, a national non-profit organization which foregrounds the reality of living with HIV through first-hand accounts of young adults coping with the disease. In sharing our stories living with HIV, we hope to humanize HIV to the point it becomes a prevention tool; reducing the transmission of HIV among teens and young adults—a population with one of the fastest growing infection rates. 

Nearly four years ago, after a routine test, I tested positive for HIV. For me, my test was routine, I knew that my actions and behaviors were reason to be tested,  I never thought it could happen to me – growing up in Williamsport, a fairly rural community where I never knowingly knew anyone my age who was HIV-positive. 

If it was not for practicing routine testing, my behaviors at the time could certainly have put many at risk.  I could have been walking around you all today infected and never know it; just as many in Pennsylvania and around the country are today.  I could have gone these last four years without being tested; if I had, other people could have been unknowingly at risk.

Today is your opportunity to get tested; a swab of the mouth and your screening results back in 20 minutes. Today is your opportunity to know your status and get the support you need.  The stigma of testing for HIV is over!  National HIV Testing Day is only one day of an entire year to bring to the forefront an epidemic I know can be ended; an epidemic we all can end… together.  By knowing your status, and making responsible decisions we can determine our individual fate in this fight against HIV/AIDS.  I applaud Senator Hughes and his leadership in brining HIV to the forefront and setting the example that its ok, simple and painless to get tested for HIV.   It’s time for society to remove the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS and move towards talking about it within your relationships, families, churches, schools and communities.  I challenge my peers from across the Commonwealth to empower themselves to get tested, I challenge you to engage in conversation with your partners and I challenge parents and mentors of young adults to break through the taboo of discussing sexual behaviors with your children and understand that HIV can not only infect you and them but affect everyone in your family.  Yesterday was not soon enough to start this conversation – but tomorrow may be too late, right now, right now is the time that we must make to have this conversation, this is something that can not wait.

Two years ago I remember my mom standing up at a program I was speaking at, no one in the room knew she was my mom… and she stood in front of all and said she was fearful.  When I asked her why she was fearful she said, I am afraid I may have to bury someone I love. – I can assure you I’ll never forget those words, words that I could have prevented from being said, but now, my friends and family are grateful I know my status,  I now know I have the tools to keep me healthy, I have the tools to enjoy my life; my niece and nephews life, and most importantly to me the tools to continue awareness of HIV/AIDS among my peers.  You too have the tools, to protect yourselves, to keep yourselves healthy and to know your status. 

One moment of passion, of intimacy, of irresponsibility not only infected me but changed my life and the lives of so many around me forever.  It's time for society to wake up and understand that HIV is something that is affecting and infecting today's youth unlike 30 years ago. Let today become a wake up-call, an opportunity to begin a new routine – a commitment to getting tested or renewing a pledge to being responsible and doing what you can to help stop this epidemic in your own community or rural town.

 Thank you.

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My story in my own words... [28 May 2007|10:24pm]



feel free to let me know what you think.

My story of being HIV positive.  myself and six others speak at schools/universities all over the country, http://www.whospositive.org
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Facebook mee! [28 May 2007|03:19pm]


Tom Donohue, 28 HIV+, State College, PA
Who's Positive, Founder & Executive Director
North Central District AIDS Coalition, Board of Directors
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