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Living with HIV: looking after your mental health

Living with HIV: looking after your mental health Dr Keith Kerrigan, Clinical Psychologist with the Belfast HSC Trust and Trustee of Positive Life writes on the importance of looking after your Mental Health following a HIV Diagnosis.  Continue reading Living with HIV: looking after your mental health

Do we get to get your autograph now…?

It has been a goal for many months, indeed it has been a goal since I was diagnosed back in March 2009. Suffice to say the goal posts have moved now… but what happened in the Royal yesterday? Up at the HIV Clinic in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast it was great to see new faces,  a few old ones and ones that have been there most days that I have been up. New social worker With Corinne having retired in June, there was a new social worker who has been in post for some months, he was very pleased … Continue reading Do we get to get your autograph now…?

Standing up to the bully boys – well done @Naomi_Long

Since the playground, many of us have suffered threats and most of us think that that has been put behind us when we get to adulthood. Sadly, for many of us living with HIV in Northern Ireland they still come. It seems that even in the ‘new Northern Ireland’ our political leaders can get them too – for standing up for what is right. In the early hours of this morning, Naomi Long MP got told by the Police Service of Northern Ireland that a threat had been made against her life, both at her home in the constituency of … Continue reading Standing up to the bully boys – well done @Naomi_Long

And I nearly forgot my meds…

Having said on UTV last week about how good I have been about taking my meds, it was rather unfortunate that today I nearly forgot about them. Fortunately, of course, I had my rather wonderful husband Andrew on hand to ensure that I didn’t forget. He’s so good that my consultant at the Royal Victoria Hospital has commented in the past that she would like to prescribe an Andrew for all her patients. Well a big thank you to him and next week I should be able to report to my consultant that I’ve only missed one dose in months… … Continue reading And I nearly forgot my meds…

Originally posted on Andrew McFarland Campbell:
Ryan White in 1989 A few weeks ago, a friend of mine, PA Maglochlainn, died. PA fought to make the world a better place, and while he wasn’t old when he died, he wasn’t a young man either. Today would have been Ryan White’s 41st birthday, but Ryan died in 1990, at the age of 18. Ryan was a haemophiliac, and he became HIV positive as a result of an infected blood treatment. He was diagnosed in December 1984, the same months as his 13th birthday. In the days before effective drug treatment, an… Continue reading

Vast changes in legal research says HIV-inspired barrister.

I remember I received a letter from my mother where she said I could bring about more change by becoming a barrister than taking part in demonstrations.1 Although my mother has never quite said as much to me, it has been suggested to me by many other people that the way to make change is by changing the law. I think that for many years I have seen that as being within the political and legislative sphere, however, as I am now a law student, this is beginning to change. John Beckley‘s interest in the law came from working in … Continue reading Vast changes in legal research says HIV-inspired barrister.

AIDS Warning – Tasteless joke award…

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aids day (Photo credit: max_thinks_sees)

This evening, after a long and tiring week I settled down to chat to a few friends on Facebook, one of the many groups that I am a member flashed up as having a new post… knowing the group to be one where some good jokes are often posted, I hurried across…

AIDS WARNING

To all of you approaching 55 or have REACHED 55 and past, this E-mail is especially for you…

SENIOR CITIZENS ARE THE NATION’S LEADING CARRIERS OF AIDS! Continue reading “AIDS Warning – Tasteless joke award…”

#WorldAIDSDay – a day I’m proud to have been involved with @PositiveLife_NI

As I think you may have noticed there has been a lot of coverage in Northern Ireland’s media leading up today, World AIDS Day. The photo to the right illustrates how one story can have quite different articles produced in four of the local newspapers yesterday. The headlines tell the story for each of the newspapers: The Daily Mirror had “Ulster Facing HIV Timebomb – Most heterosexuals get virus abroad” The Irish News had “Singer Kennedy backs centre for people living with HIV” “Increase in Ulster HIV cases” was the uninspiring one from the News Letter. (it did look like it was … Continue reading #WorldAIDSDay – a day I’m proud to have been involved with @PositiveLife_NI