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

Stand tall: get snapped – photographic exhibition in Glasgow

Looks like there is going to be a great exhibition in Glasgow from 14 June 2013 until 13 July. Photographer Edo Zollo presents a photographic portrait exhibition of 30 HIV+ people. Inspired by his own experience of taking PEP (Post Exposure Prophylaxis) after potential exposure to the HIV virus, the intense feelings aroused and the unpleasant side effects of this medication, Edo was prompted to explore what it must be like to actually have a positive HIV diagnosis. Determined to expose the still widely held misconceptions about the virus, and to offer affected individuals the opportunity to share their experiences, … Continue reading Stand tall: get snapped – photographic exhibition in Glasgow

Irish figures reveal sharp increase in HIV among young gay men

Today is Irish AIDS Day and the news is not good. The largest ever levels of new HIV cases in gay and bisexual men have been revealed. The Irish Health & Safety Executive’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre show that there were 166 newly diagnosed cases of HIV for gay and bisexual men in 2012 in Ireland. These figures are the highest diagnosis rates recorded to date in the State. The figures show that HIV diagnosis rates amongst gay and bisexual men have increased by 160% between 2005 and 2012 and that they now represent just under half (48%) of all new … Continue reading Irish figures reveal sharp increase in HIV among young gay men

Reversing roles can bring you closer together

This evening I am off up to the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald, to visit my husband Andrew who today had an operation. Hopefully, it has done what was needed and he will no longer have a gall bladder. It has been causing him no end of pain since August 2012. It’s quite the role reversal for the two of us: me visiting him in hospital and not the other way about. For nearly all of our life together it has been me that has been the one who has needed much care and attention. Now, I get to give back some … Continue reading Reversing roles can bring you closer together

There’s an App for That (via Healthline.com)

My friends over at Healthline.com have come up with a list of their top ten HIV Apps. I know that I use some of them on my iPhone, tell me in the comments box what you think of the ones you use, and maybe i you know of others. It seems that no matter your health condition or medical need, there truly is “an app for that.” If you’re one of the tens of millions of people around the world with HIV or AIDS, you can rest assured that the computer whizzes haven’t left you out. Check out the top … Continue reading There’s an App for That (via Healthline.com)

Engagement and involvement: personal, political, and clinical

Positively UK co-ordinated a conference of people living with HIV ‘No Decision About Me Without Me’. This year they are convening another conference focusing on ‘Engagement and involvement: personal, political, and clinical’. The content of the conference is yet to be finalised and they would like the assistance of people living with HIV in the UK. They came up with a survey to help them plan the conference. Although the survey is now closed, I hope that many of us living with HIV in the UK will make it to their conference. Being both engaged and informed in your care, … Continue reading Engagement and involvement: personal, political, and clinical

Getting the message to schools…

The message of safer sex is always an important one and to no group of society more so than to our young people. I was fortunate to go talk to the senior school assembly in Shimna Integrated College, in Newcastle just after World Aids Day last year about living with HIV. But the fifteen short minutes was not enough time to go into the whole safer sex information discussion. Sometimes it seems that it is very difficult in Northern Ireland to get HIV mentioned in school. This is not the case all round the UK though. In Bedfordshire there is … Continue reading Getting the message to schools…

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…?

#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