HIV healthcare workers – response from NI Department

Hearing the news that the UK Department of Health is relaxing the current restrictions on healthcare workers living with HIV working in the NHS, I contacted the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, the DUP’s Edwin Poots MLA, asking what plans he had for introducing this here in Northern Ireland. Whilst I was having my complementary therapy at Positive Life, a response arrived in my inbox. I was informed of the statement made by a DHSSSPS spokesman earlier today, The Department is aware of the position taken by the Department of Health in England in relation to HIV … Continue reading HIV healthcare workers – response from NI Department

Complementary therapies – releasing the tension

Northern Ireland’s only HIV-dedicated support organisation, Positive Life, has recently launched a research report highlighting the positive benefits that complementary therapies can have on the physical, emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing of people living with, or affected by, HIV. The research, carried out by the Institute for Conflict Research shows that complementary therapies can have a clear benefit to mental health, helping people feel better able to challenge the negative thought processes they may have regarding living with HIV. “…in the immediate days after my treatment I feel my thoughts are clearer and it’s only after coming here that I … Continue reading Complementary therapies – releasing the tension

Standing together in solidarity with our Russian LBGT brothers and sisters.

This evening, some twenty to thirty individuals made the journey into Belfast city centre to protest and highlight the human rights abuses that are going on in Russia. Today was chosen because the Russian football team was playing Northern Ireland in a match that had been put off from March when we had rather a lot of snow. Along with my husband, Andrew, friends and colleagues from many LGBT community groups and other individuals, we stood outside City Hall to highlight the cause of our Russian brothers and sisters whose human rights are targeted by the new law that Vladimir … Continue reading Standing together in solidarity with our Russian LBGT brothers and sisters.

Your wee country needs you – to stand up for human rights.

Later this evening, the Northern Ireland football team will play their Russian counterparts at Windsor Park. Nothing particularly strange with this, it is a game that was put off from earlier in the year in March, when we had lots of snow. What is crossing my mind is how many Northern Ireland fans could show their support for tolerance and human rights by going with rainbow flags, or wearing something rainbow coloured to brighten up the home team’s support? Why should we do this? The simple reason is here in Northern Ireland we benefit from basic human rights that are … Continue reading Your wee country needs you – to stand up for human rights.

Award-winning blogger second year running

Little did I think as I wrote the short recent post “HIVBlogger.me.uk – telling my positive life” did I think that there would be another quick post about the blog in such a short period of time. Last year HIVBlogger.me.uk was selected by the editors of Healthline as one of the ‘Best of the Web’. The testimonial said, Michael is a talented, soulful writer with plenty to say. Stop by to leave a word of encouragement or thank him for sharing his story – you will be inspired by his courage, grace, and selflessness.—Healthline Editors As I wrote on HIVBlogger.me.uk last year, Reading [that I had got the award] made me … Continue reading Award-winning blogger second year running

“Does childhood trauma influence sexual risk taking in adulthood?”—appeal for online research participants in university research

Every so often someone emails me having seen my blog on the Healthline list for the top 16 Sexual Health Blogs. Recently Naomi Mwamba, a Master’s student at Northumbria University contacted me. Naomi is looking for participants in a survey that she needs filled in to help with her research project. The research she is conducting is looking at whether the link between childhood trauma and adult sexual risk taking and non-suicidal self harm is moderated by the coping processes a person uses. Another way of saying this is, ‘does the way a person copes with a history of trauma … Continue reading “Does childhood trauma influence sexual risk taking in adulthood?”—appeal for online research participants in university research

Over thirty years of experience and it’s a schoolboy error that delays my day!

With a hospital appointment clashing with the funeral of a friend, today was not the day for further delays to happen during a routine appointment at the Royal Victoria Hospital. Sadly, a simple schoolboy error ended up winding me up. At least I don’t have to return for six months… Continue reading Over thirty years of experience and it’s a schoolboy error that delays my day!