“Positive about HIV” – feature in Sunday Life

At the end of last month, I met with Sara Girvin, a reporter with The Sunday Life — Sunday newspaper of the year — to talk to her about living with HIV. Sara had contacted me earlier in the month via Twitter suggesting an interview in the future. As before, with the Belfast Telegraph, and Ulster Television, and anyone else really, I am happy to talk about living with HIV. Sara suggested it being   ‘at some stage before Christmas’ and I suggested that we have it leading up to 1 December, which is World AIDS Day.

The Sunday Life unlike its sister daily paper, the Belfast Telegraph, does not have a website. This can only be for the reason that they want us to go out and spend the £1.40 on buying the paper. I do have some sympathy for them, but on occasion it is awkward when trying to get people to read the article. So, that afternoon, Andrew went out and got a copy. Below is a photo of the spread — I did not expect to be across two pages!

Photo of “Positive about HIV” article by Sara Girvin in the Sunday Life 24 Nov 2013.
Photo of “Positive about HIV” article by Sara Girvin in the Sunday Life 24 Nov 2013.

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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