The Positive Side

Fall/Winter 2005 

Editor’s Letter

By RonniLyn Pustil


DIM THE LIGHTS and let your hair down. It’s time to get up close and personal and tell the truth about sex — what we do and what we don’t, what we want to do and what we can’t. With its holistic look at life with HIV, The Positive Side touches on all the aspects of our health that need nurturing: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual — and sexual.

CATIE’s own Darien Taylor ignites the sex talk with an essay about sexual trials and tribulations among people living with HIV/AIDS (PHAs). Also part of the package, four brave PHAs — two of whom are on the cover — speak openly about their pre- and post-diagnosis sex lives. “Brave” because though many PHAs have experienced sexual problems, most are reluctant to talk about it. Finally, experts from a variety of fields reveal their knowledge about sexual dysfunction and offer some terrific tips for a good, healthy sex life.

Also in this issue: Carol Major delves into drug resistance testing to explain this rather complicated business. Read this “pièce de resistance” and find out when it’s important to be tested and what the results can — and can’t — tell you. Diane Peters gives a nod to naturopathic medicine and describes how this complementary therapy can help you manage your health. And Maggie Atkinson shares what she learned about kidney health after starting a new antiretroviral with potential kidney side effects. She did the research so you don’t have to! Also, poet and activist River Huston teaches us all a thing or 10 about her positive posse.

It sure was a challenge to find women to interview for this issue (Chatty CATIE features five men!). So here is a shout-out to the positive women… We want to hear from you!

All of us here at The Positive Side are excited to announce that we now exist in a whole new dimension — online! This means that we can give you more ways to enjoy the magazine. Forwarding a copy of a favourite article just got a whole lot easier, too. So did sending a letter to the editor. What do you think about this issue? What would you like to read about in upcoming issues? We look forward to your comments.