So, I’m not eating enough fruit…

Last month, I had my first appointment at my new HIV clinic in Dublin. Having continued with the clinic in the Mater Misericordiæ University Hospital since 2015 when we got to the city, I took the opportunity of having moved from the north inner city to Co. Laois of asking for a transfer to St James’s University Hospital, which is located close to Heuston Station, the terminus for the lines from Cork, Limerick, Galway, and Westport (all of which pass through the station for the town in which we now live).   The new consultant gave me a prescription of … Continue reading So, I’m not eating enough fruit…

#WADirl launched by Irish Health Minister

The Irish Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar TD last week launched the first ever five-day national World AIDS Day campaign in Ireland. This campaign is developed by NGOs and statutory bodies across Ireland in partnership with the HSE Sexual Health & Crisis Pregnancy Programme.

The focus of the Irish campaign is Solidarity with all people living with HIV, both those who know they are living with HIV, and those who don’t. The campaign has been running since 27 November 2015 and will run until World AIDS Day on the 1 December 2015, and aims to raise awareness about the many issues that present themselves for people living with HIV and those at risk of contracting HIV.

The key messages of HIV Visibility, HIV Stigma, HIV Support and HIV Knowledge are being promoted through a social media campaign on Facebook and Twitter asking people to show their solidarity with people who are living with HIV. They can do so by wearing a red ribbon, starting a conversation about HIV with friends and family, challenging HIV stigma and discrimination if they encounter it, or learning more about safer sex and getting tested for HIV. The hashtag for the campaign is #WADirl. Continue reading “#WADirl launched by Irish Health Minister”