For #WAD2012 – free #HIV testing kits from @DrEd

This weekend (Friday 30th December 9am – Sunday 2nd December), if you fear you may have been infected with HIV, you can order an easy-to-use home test kit1, free from DrEd.com as part of their support for National HIV Testing Week and World AIDS Day, and test yourself discreetly, without having to visit your GP or local GUM clinic. Continue reading For #WAD2012 – free #HIV testing kits from @DrEd

New Standards of Care for People Living with HIV must apply in Northern Ireland as much as England

With the news that the British HIV Association has published its new Standards of Care for People Living with HIV 2013, which set out to secure high quality care for people with HIV in the UK, at a time when patient numbers are rising and the NHS changes the way HIV treatment and prevention services will be commissioned and provided. I am hoping that this will assist all interested in our care here in Northern Ireland to work for improvement of the service. I notice that The Rainbow Project – I hope that it is TRP in Northern Ireland – replied to the consultation … Continue reading New Standards of Care for People Living with HIV must apply in Northern Ireland as much as England

Durex promises #1share1condom for #worldaidsday to help HIV-prevention charities. Can you help?

As we approach World AIDS Day 2012 there are many ways that you can make a difference to the global campaign against HIV transmission. For anyone who uses social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, leading condom manufacturer, Durex has promised to donate one condom for one share. Watch the video With no cure for AIDS, HIV prevention is a priority. With the #1Share1Condom campaign we’re raising awareness of HIV and AIDS globally. On behalf of every person who gets involved by sharing an HIV message, Durex will donate a condom to an HIV prevention project. These projects are active … Continue reading Durex promises #1share1condom for #worldaidsday to help HIV-prevention charities. Can you help?

A quiet act in Indonesia will help many

The President of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has quietly acted to help tackle his countries HIV crisis. What has he done? The President quietly issued an order to start producing drugs patented by global pharmaceutical companies like GlaxoSmithKline and Gilead in his own country. Indonesia has set an important precedent, not just for the people living with HIV within its country, who have been campaigning for this, but also for other developing countries. This is one of the widest licences issued by a government and rightly reflects the reality that a range of treatment options is needed. — Michelle Childs of Médecins Sans … Continue reading A quiet act in Indonesia will help many

If there is stigma and prejudice in US prisons, what’s happening in Northern Ireland?

If you want to know what it was like to live with HIV/AIDS in the 1980s, state prisons in Alabama or South Carolina in 2012 offer some tragic examples. —Sir Elton John Sir Elton John writes in today’s Washington Post about conditions for HIV-positive prisoners in gaols in Alabama and South Carolina in the United States. Reading this, makes me feel very lucky that I don’t have to wander around with a white armband on, nor am I segregated from the rest of society because I am living with HIV. I wonder how the Northern Ireland Prison Service copes with any prisoners … Continue reading If there is stigma and prejudice in US prisons, what’s happening in Northern Ireland?

More results: more good news

The school children who sat public exams back in May and June only had to wait until August to get their results. Me? I had to wait a little longer for the results from my blood tests at the Royal Victoria Hospital. So how did I do? Well I am pleased to say that the results are good. CD4 = 180 (12%) Viral Load = undetectable The Eviplera seems to be working well so we’re always hopeful that my CD4 count will go above 200 at some stage. It’s never been there yet since diagnosis and I think the lowest … Continue reading More results: more good news