It is the 30 of November and a journalist has left several urgent messages because she needs a positive person to be interviewed for a prime time TV programme on World AIDS Day. I give her a ring.
– Hello I am Silvia, I am HIV positive. I was told you need somebody to interview tomorrow.
– Yes thank you for calling me back. I need some background information.
– How did you catch HIV?
( long pause)
– If I told you I got HIV from my husband, or if I told you I got HIV from injecting drugs, or that it was a one night stand, or maybe that I became HIV positive because my mum was positive… what difference would it make? I mean… after 30 years…. we all know how HIV is transmitted, right?
The journalist moves on to the next few questions. Before hanging up she tells me she needs to speak to a producer and she will let me know within next 20 minutes if I will be interviewed the following day.
Nobody called me back.