We are coming up on European HIV Hepatitis Testing Week from 23rd to 30th November. And then, on 1st December, it will be World Aids Day. When I was in Gibraltar, I was interviewed by GBC News​ while friends from the Gibraltar Health Authority’s Infection Control and Health Promotion Unit were handing out red ribbons to raise awareness. Raising awareness is something I try to do by simply being open about living with HIV.

There have been a few updates since that interview. Due to the advances in medication, there are now more choices in what I take. Medication can be chosen to reduce the side-effects as well as its effect on the HIV. 

If you have not been tested for HIV, please do go and get tested. You can arrange this via your family doctor, your local GUM clinic, or other sexual health clinic. 

I’ll be looking out my red ribbon to put on my jacket. If you want to get a red ribbon, I am sure that HIV Ireland will have some that you can get. Please get in touch with them.