Today is 19 years we are together. This is also the year I turn fifty. My life has been defined by you, there is no denying it. You have pushed me in so many directions. The highest and the lowest. I never felt so lonely and damaged like today 19 years ago. But today you connect me to an amazing community of people that in spite of fear, suffering, illness and stigma, have risen, resisted and flourished.
However for many of us who work supporting people with HIV, what has been in sight in past few years has been the destitution, and abject poverty so many people we support are facing. Working at Positively UK, day in and day out we see so many more homeless people, people with no recourse to public funds, people who struggle to access basic public benefits.
I would like to share this presentation that I have made Sunday 8th of November 2015 at a meeting with Eucoord researchers Continue reading
We are now in the fourth decade of the HIV epidemic: giant advancements in medical treatment mean that people living with the virus, like myself, can expect to live to old age if we have access to treatment, support and care, and we are treated with dignity and respect. I would have never imagined this to be possible when I was diagnosed in the late 90’s, a few days before my 30th birthday. As much as I rejoice that I will soon be turning 50, I still cannot say that the future is bright for myself and the other 107,000 people estimated to be living with HIV in the UK.
HIV is easily treatable with pills. But there are no pills for stigma. Stigma grows on the ignorance behind the statement by Ukip’s leader Nigel Farage. There is no substance behind his words.
Taking Part is a group of people living with HIV, supported by Positively UK, who are interested in activism and want Continue reading
This week the results of the PROUD study were presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Seattle. This Continue reading
I started practicing yoga 15 years ago . When I started I was not fit. I was not flexible. I Continue reading