Have you 10 minutes spare to help shape emotional health and wellbeing strategy for Belfast?

  The Belfast Strategic Partnership* is planning an emotional health and wellbeing strategy for the city. As many people living with HIV often have poorer mental health it will be vital for those of us living with HIV to have an input to the survey. If you want to help to influence the future of health provision in our city, please spend the five to ten minutes needed to complete the online survey. The deadline has been extended to 21 September 2012. Go on… Have Your Say! http://www.haveyoursaybelfast.com/ * Belfast Strategic Partnership involves Belfast City Council, the Public Health Agency and … Continue reading Have you 10 minutes spare to help shape emotional health and wellbeing strategy for Belfast?

Help USPG help Africans living with HIV/AIDS

HIV is not limited to the Western world. Many of us living with HIV here should never forget how lucky we are. We have access to great healthcare systems and the life-saving anti-retroviral drugs. We have a good chance of a relatively normal existence. In other parts of the world this is not quite as easy. Tomorrow night in Belfast there is an opportunity to help raise money for one organisation that is doing excellent work with the people living with pandemic levels of HIV/AIDS in Swaziland and Zimbabwe. The opportunity is a table quiz being held in the Parish … Continue reading Help USPG help Africans living with HIV/AIDS

An end to the wait for me – but when will appointments catch up on the new Trust name?

Yesterday I got a letter in the post regarding an appointment in the Neurology Clinic at the Royal Victoria Hospital. Hopefully this appointment will be when we will find out the results of the MRI and EEG that I had a few weeks ago. The letter itself, however, causes me to have some concern. It is clear that the letter template has not been updated since the changes to Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland. The letter states, An appointment has been made for you to attend the Royal Group of Hospitals Trust: NEUROLOGY CLINIC AT LEVEL 6B, OUTPATIENTS … Continue reading An end to the wait for me – but when will appointments catch up on the new Trust name?

Live on radio twice – listen again

  It’s something I do nearly every day, but today it was to two much bigger audiences. This morning, I was speaking about living with HIV to the listeners of two of Northern Ireland’s biggest morning chat shows: the Frank Mitchell show on U105 and the Nolan Show on BBC Radio Ulster. The conversation with William Crawley who was subbing for Stephen Nolan can be heard again on AudioBoo.   Continue reading Live on radio twice – listen again

HIV in Northern Ireland – documentary

Despite the large number of cases around the world many people are still unaware how how HIV spreads and its effect on those living with it. This short documentary, written, narrated, directed, and edited by James Angus, looks at how HIV is viewed today in Northern Ireland, and the services that can help those in need. James should be congratulated on his film. Its great for helping to educate people about HIV here in Northern Ireland. The film also supports the work done by The HIV Support Centre and The Rainbow Project. I hope that James did well in his … Continue reading HIV in Northern Ireland – documentary

Living openly with HIV always helps

  Since I was diagnosed back in 2009 as living with HIV, I have tried to live my life openly. This blog started off anonymously but then I realised that this was self-stigmatizing. Not something to be proud of. As part of my commemoration of World AIDS Day in December 2010, I ‘came out‘ on this blog as myself. Over in London, an Olympic trampolinist, Ji Wallace has just come out as positive too. Far too often people living with HIV live their lives, keeping their diagnosis a secret, not telling anyone other than the medical staff at the GUM … Continue reading Living openly with HIV always helps

An email that made me cry…

This evening an email arrived in my inbox. In it, I got told some news that made me cry. Well the crying started when I clicked on a link that was contained in the email. So what was this? It seems that the Editors of Healthline have made a list of their favourite HIV and STD blogs and I am somewhat shocked that this blog made the list. Their words about this blog are: For true insight into the soul of someone living with HIV, just hop onto Michael Carchrie Campbell’s blog, HIV Blogger: Living Positively. Starting after his diagnosis in … Continue reading An email that made me cry…

Belfast Pride Parade Day

It’s the culmination of Belfast Pride Festival 2012, the day of the Parade itself. Watch out for the walking group from Northern Ireland’s HIV support charity: The HIV Support Centre – I’m told they will all be in red. Many of us living with HIV are involved in many different organisations across the city of Belfast – so some of us will be with other groups. But I’m sure we all wish everyone else a great and happy Pride. Continue reading Belfast Pride Parade Day