HIV positive porn star calls for barebacking to be banned

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that a porn actor who contracted HIV while filming has called for condoms to be made compulsory across the adult film industry. Derrick Burts, 24, tested positive for HIV in October after starring in US gay and straight porn films. http://latimes.vid.trb.com/player/PaperVideoTest.swf Related Articles Derrick Burts: HIV-Positive Porn Actor Calls for Condom Use (cbsnews.com) Porn Actor Derrick Burts Is ‘Patient Zeta’ Who Tested Positive for HIV (VIDEO) (blippitt.com) HIV positive porn star Derrick Burts calls for mandatory use of condoms (dailymail.co.uk) “HIV-positive porn actor was told: ‘You’re not going to make any money if you … Continue reading HIV positive porn star calls for barebacking to be banned

1 day after World AIDS Day – and the clinic winds us up

It is only the day after World AIDS Day, and I am not the only patient that has had issues with the nursing staff in the HIV clinic at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, this afternoon. I cannot go into the specifics of the incident concerning another patient, but the problem that I had was that they didn’t read the notes that the doctor had made in my notes. results CD4 = 90 (6%). VL = 300. More Linezolid prescribed and as a result of the CD4 count being so low, I am back on my old favourite of … Continue reading 1 day after World AIDS Day – and the clinic winds us up

PEP – is Post not Pre!

There seems to be some confusion, PEP = Post Exposure Prophylaxis PEP ≠ Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis One friend got this wrong today. I’m reposting the excellent explanation on PEP from GMFA…. PEP (Post Exposure Prophylaxis) PEP is a course of HIV medication which you can take if you have been at risk of HIV infection. The course of HIV medication lasts 28 days and, if taken within 72 hours of putting yourself at risk, may be able to prevent you from becoming infected with HIV. PEP stands for Post Exposure Prophylaxis – in other words it is a form of protection (against … Continue reading PEP – is Post not Pre!

WAD2010 – another day being unwell

Well, I had hoped to get into town, collect some red ribbons from The HIV Support Centre and get up to another meeting today, but this was not meant to be. I obviously needed my sleep – I slept mostly until 1.30pm. So much so that friends were becoming concerned. I’m intending on going into Queen’s University Belfast Students’ Union to watch Rent. It will be the only time that I will be out and about today. But at least I am still here. Taking my meds – though in the excitement I had forgotten yesterday and had to jump … Continue reading WAD2010 – another day being unwell

ending the stigma: guts needed to tackle it head on

World AIDS Day 2010 It’s World AIDS Day 2010 today, another year has gone past, those of us living with HIV are still here – and still the stigma is being broken by some of us that are courageous enough to tell our friends, our family, and other people that we are here, living with HIV. “Coming Out” That’s right – telling others. So, today, I’m ‘coming out’ publicly on this blog as to who I am. Complete with photo. Unsurprisingly given my job and other interests, I was at a political conference a few weeks ago. I was talking … Continue reading ending the stigma: guts needed to tackle it head on