U=U You've seen it, but what does it mean?

U=U. Maybe you’ve seen this posted on someone’s dating profile but weren’t sure what it meant. Well you’ve landed in the right spot because we’re excited to share what U=U means and hope you’ll share the good news with your friends! When someone says or writes U=U it means undetectable=untransmittable. Cool, now let’s break that down further with the science.

The science is clear. When a person living with HIV is effectively on treatment and has an undetectable viral load, there is zero risk of HIV being transmitted through sex. Times have changed. And this is great news! The Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance presents a cute and campy glimpse into how advances in treatments for HIV are changing how we have the sex we want.

This video portrays the message of U=U, or undetectable equals untransmittable, and how it is transforming the relationship gay and bisexual men have to HIV, and to each other. The message of U=U, developed by the Prevention Access Campaign, gives an opportunity for gay and bisexual men to embrace a new era in the HIV epidemic.

U=U provides the gay community with the opportunity to reflect upon, and celebrate the successes in, the fight to end HIV, and to focus on the tools we have available to end this epidemic. Key to ending the epidemic is ending HIV stigma. An important way to address stigma is to be informed about the current realities of HIV and HIV related science.

And the science is clear, when a person living with HIV is effectively on treatment and has an undetectable viral load, there is zero risk of HIV being transmitted through sex.

Actor Addie Batson enjoys his bubble bath while talking on the phone. https://youtu.be/-1EQH5t9t-U

For more information on U=U, check out

https://thesexyouwant.ca/undetectable…

https://www.preventionaccess.org/reso…

https://www.catie.ca/en/pif/spring-20…

See how the U=U Bathtub video was created with interviews from cast and crew.

This video series for Gay Men’s Sexual Health was written, directed and produced by Charlie David and Nico Stagias of Border2Border Entertainment. https://Border2Border.ca

Millionaire mindset – how to get it

millionaire mindset - Charlie David

What is a millionaire mindset and how do you become a millionaire?  Same way you eat an elephant, one small bite at a time. If this is one of your goals (It was one of mine since I was a teenager – attaining a millionaire mindset, not the elephant eating!) then it’s time to stop wishing and start making it YOUR reality. Consider this your invitation.

In about 15 minutes you can start investing – smart, super low fee, and put it on autopilot. If you’d prefer a secure financial future to eating cat food out of tins or living in a van down by the river… here’s a simple way to start.
 
You can begin investing in YOU now starting with just $25/month and watch your money grow. And how about this sweet little bonus, use this link and get your first 10k managed for free – no matter if it takes you a day or years to invest that amount. 
 
Part of having a millionaire mindset is recognizing a deal.  You need to be a bargain hunter in all aspects of your life.  Buy low, sell high isn’t just for the stock market – it’s for jeans, groceries, 2 for 1 movie tickets, cars, houses – you get the picture. 
 
So if you’re currently investing in mutual funds with your bank – they are probably charging you 2-3% on your money. Yikes. Those fees eat away at your potential portfolio growth. 
 
Financial analysts used to say that 6-8% earnings on an investment portfolio was good and would protect you for the future.  Over the past few years things have changed – a lot.
 
Analysts now state we will be happy to see 4-5% earnings.  So if we’re paying 2-3% in fees that actually leaves us making… 1-2%.  Hmmmm not so great. 
 
I’m gonna stop talking now and just encourage you – take 15 minutes and get your finances on track. Your future you will be super thankful. Your future you may even take you out for dinner! And it won’t be cat food. Unless that’s your thing. Then you can have all the cat food you want!
 
 
millionaire mindset - Charlie David & elephant

Don’t worry, we will not eat each other.  We enjoy our hang time too much.  We have agreed referencing each other for the purpose of illustrating a financial idea like adopting a millionaire mindset is totally cool though.  

Having a millionaire mindset is actually a lot of work – at least at the beginning.  Your road to become a millionaire will involve a lot of planning and a lot of patience.  Unless you win the lottery.  It takes time, effort and diligence – day after day until one day – you arrive.  Then you maintain, keep practicing, keep learning and keep investing. 
 
Putting at least some of your investing on autopilot with super low fees is a great way to start.  Think of it as a commitment to the well being of future you. 
 
It’s the first bite out of a big dream.  Are you hungry enough to start? 
 
** This is not a paid endorsement – I’m not cool enough to be a social influencer or whatever those Instagram models are called.**
 
This is me concerned for my friends and their future. There’s lots of great ways to invest.  Wealthsimple is just one of the investment vehicles that I use and have had good experiences with so far.  As always – do your research, find a place to save that makes sense for you. Whatever route you go – start now.**
 

 

 

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HIV+ Youth doc talk with Charlie David

“When the subject of doing a documentary on HIV+ youth surfaced it scared me.  That’s also how I knew it was a good idea.”

What inspired you to make a documentary on HIV+ youth?

I was in New York meeting with LOGO TV network and we were throwing around ideas – when the subject of doing a documentary on HIV+ youth surfaced it scared me.  That’s also how I knew it was a good idea.  I knew it would not be an easy film to make in terms of finding subjects willing to share their life and struggles living with a chronic illness that holds so much stigma in our society.  The most dramatic rise in new transmissions is in our youth – why?  It’s time we re-examine the illness and our ideas surrounding it.

 

HIV+ youth - Charlie David photo by Ronald Tan

Charlie David photo by Ronald Tan

What was your process for choosing HIV+ youth to follow in the documentary?

The face of HIV is the human face.  It does not discriminate.  It was important to me that I show subjects from different socio-economic backgrounds, a mix of ethnicities and sexuality.  It was not easy to find my subjects – I had a lot of people say no which is understandable.  Often HIV positive people face so much stigma within their workplace, families, friends, potential relationships and society at large that the thought of then opening their lives to be in forty-five million television sets in homes across the USA is scary to say the least.  Slowly and surely I found brave young people willing to share and the stories are very powerful.

What separates your film from other HIV related documentaries?

We’ve seen a lot of important retrospective films on HIV/AIDS.  I wanted to do something different and so focusing on the population that is most at risk today and yet facing a very different disease than the epidemic of the last thirty years made sense.  HIV is now a chronic illness meaning that it is manageable with treatment and the likelihood is that a positive person will live a long and healthy life comparable to a negative person aside from the burden of meds and facing the emotional and psychological stress of discrimination.

Do you think it’s harder for people to deal with HIV today than before?

I think overall it’s easier for HIV+  youth and people of all ages now because of the amazing advances in science, medicine and our understanding of how HIV works within our bodies.  We’ve had a shift in the first world from a fear of dying to fear of segregation and potential to find love.  In the end that’s the greatest sadness I witnessed in making the film – the fear these young people had of never finding someone who would accept and love them regardless of their HIV positive status.

 WATCH POSITIVE YOUTH on your favorite platform.

    

Do you think this film will help others better understand the HIV+ youth of today?

In the film we discuss what it felt like to get the HIV positive diagnosis, the fear of disclosure, trying to make sense of all the information, building support systems, advocacy, and hope for the future.  Similar to the movement for racial, gender or sexuality equality – the first step is removing fear and that most often comes in the form of education.  The four stars in the film bare their hearts and souls.  They offer themselves as accessible and relatable and I hope that audiences will be able to empathize, to gain a greater understanding and to start seeing the human faces and not just the illness.

What can people do to help and support HIV+ youth?

I think the most important thing we can do right now is get ourselves up to date with sex education and the current state of HIV as individuals.  Then the individual can begin to marshal and politely correct her/his peers when a stigmatizing comment comes up.  That’s really step one.  We need to embrace positive people in our society and stop seeing them as fearful or the other.  That’s where the healing really begins for everyone.  I think we also need to listen to our youth and find out where we have failed them in terms of safe sex education.  How do we ‘speak’ to them through education more effectively?

Watch Director Charlie David interviewed by NeverApart Creative Director Michael Venus.

FIND OUT MORE WITH THIS IN-DEPTH ARTICLE ABOUT MAKING THE DOCUMENTARY, POSITIVE YOUTH.

 WATCH POSITIVE YOUTH on your favorite platform.

     


 

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