The Positive Side

Winter 2011 

Editor’s Letter

By David McLay

LET’S BEGIN at the end this time — the end of the issue, that is. On the last page you’ll find highlights from the readership survey we conducted this past summer. First off, a sincere thanks to all of you Positive Side readers who took the time to share your thoughts about the magazine. We strive to represent all people living with HIV in Canada and your feedback guides us.

Perhaps the most consistent message was that you love the mix of personal stories from people living with HIV and useful information on all aspects of holistic health. In this issue, we keep it coming. We share the personal stories of a diverse group of people with HIV: academic Francisco Ibáñez-Carrasco, Montreal artist Shayo, and Doug Foreman and Mavis Daniels, who have both spent time in prison. Ron Rosenes writes about his experience getting dental care and we look at a variety of things you can do to keep your heart healthy and protect yourself from food-borne infections.

You also told us that the magazine often helps you feel more connected to other people living with HIV. Knowing that we can help break down isolation and promote empowerment is deeply satisfying for the team here. It motivates us to keep exploring issues and writing articles that interest you — and, of course, to continue creating the professional and positive visuals you so enjoy.

With all the information from the survey, we’re fired up to make The Positive Side an even better magazine. Watch for changes in the coming issues. In the meantime, you don’t need to wait for the next survey to tell us what you think. Send your stars and cherry bombs to