Through yoga I rediscovered the joy of being in my skin, flesh and bones. As I started to go to yoga classes more frequently, something awoke within me. Pure happiness of being alive. Lifting my arms, breathing: I felt all the cells in my body rejoicing…. yoga helped me re-connect to something within me which is strong, happy, stable and compassionate.
Good sex, intimacy and sensual pleasure are an important part of quality of life, but it is very rare that we give ourselves space to think about them. Sex is powerful. It underlies so much of our lives, who we are, and what we do. However, we seldom have opportunities to talk openly about it. Having HIV, and many of us having acquired HIV through sex, complicates things even further. However, I firmly believe that HIV does not have to be a barrier to a pleasurable sex life.
I am very excited that The Women’s Room next week will provide a space for women with HIV to ask all their treatment and health related questions to Dr Verity Sullivan, an HIV physician, who is particularly passionate about the health of women living with HIV.
The group is open to all women living with HIV, we have a crèche, and can reimburse travel expenses to women on a low income. So if you have any questions about HIV, you never dared to ask before…. Come and join us!
Dear Silvia, This is one of the most frightening days of your life. As usual, when filled with anxiety you Continue reading
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.
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