All of us living with HIV have to ‘come out’ time and again, telling another person about that we are positive as and when this information is needed. Today, I had to come out again, this time to the optometrist who was carrying out my eye test. It was a simple answer to his question about any medication I was taking. I named the drugs I was taking: Mirtazapine (for depression); Sumatriptan Succinate (for migraines as and when required); Pizotifen (to prevent migraines when they are happening regularly); and Eviplera (my anti-HIV drug). I am glad to say that there was no reaction at the mention … Continue reading HIV: a coming out time and again
I have just heard the news (via Facebook) that Derek Wheeler, Group Scout Leader of 1st Carryduff, former County Commissioner of Belfast, former District Commissioner of South Belfast passed away earlier this morning. Whilst I didn’t always agree with everything … Continue reading Gone home: Derek Wheeler
All of us who are taking medicine which ensures that we can live with HIV know what it is like to have to take at least one pill a day – every day. I am fortunate that Eviplera® has been … Continue reading Another single-tablet anti-HIV drug may be on its way thanks to ViiV Healthcare
Each year the nation expresses its unequivocal support for The Royal British Legion’s work through the Poppy Appeal, and each year the question arises, “How do you wear your Poppy?” The Royal British Legion, whose appeal it is that sells … Continue reading How do you wear your Poppy?
I remember reading my copy of Gay Times about the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard. At the time I ended up in tears, and this evening re-reading about the murder, looking at photographs of those responsible as well as of that infamous … Continue reading 15 years after Matthew Shepard: so much achieved for gay rights, but so much more to do
Michael wonders if he will see spaghetti trees – as broadcast on the BBC – on his forthcoming trip to the Italian Republic. Continue reading Will I see the spaghetti trees when I am in Italy?