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.
This week the results of the PROUD study were presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Seattle. This Continue reading
The key messages on this World AIDS day is: we are not going to medicalise ourselves out of the HIV epidemic; unless we address stigma, HIV will continue to grow in our communities. HIV stigma continues being a barrier to people accessing services, including prevention, testing treatment and care.
September Taking Part Workshop was lead by Winnie Ssseruma: a leading activist for the rights of people leaving with HIV in the UK and globally.
My strongest piece of advice to somebody who has just been diagnosed with HIV would be: meet other people with Continue reading
This was a pretty eventful week. At a very short notice had to go to Turin, on behalf of the Continue reading