HIV in Northern Ireland – documentary

Despite the large number of cases around the world many people are still unaware how how HIV spreads and its effect on those living with it. This short documentary, written, narrated, directed, and edited by James Angus, looks at how HIV is viewed today in Northern Ireland, and the services that can help those in need. James should be congratulated on his film. Its great for helping to educate people about HIV here in Northern Ireland. The film also supports the work done by The HIV Support Centre and The Rainbow Project. I hope that James did well in his … Continue reading HIV in Northern Ireland – documentary

Living openly with HIV always helps

  Since I was diagnosed back in 2009 as living with HIV, I have tried to live my life openly. This blog started off anonymously but then I realised that this was self-stigmatizing. Not something to be proud of. As part of my commemoration of World AIDS Day in December 2010, I ‘came out‘ on this blog as myself. Over in London, an Olympic trampolinist, Ji Wallace has just come out as positive too. Far too often people living with HIV live their lives, keeping their diagnosis a secret, not telling anyone other than the medical staff at the GUM … Continue reading Living openly with HIV always helps

Justin kept me entertained when I managed to be awake

Today has been a day in which not a lot has been achieved by me. I’ve had a day in bed. Now, Justin has been lying beside me most of the day so that has meant that I have been entertained from time to time when I woke up. But most of the time, I was asleep. I was meant to go to the award ceremony for the PSNI’s Hate Crime poster competition at the Titanic Complex in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter this morning. I didn’t make it. I was woken up by Andrew as he went out to work, but … Continue reading Justin kept me entertained when I managed to be awake

News from The HIV Support Centre

There has been a lot of clearing up and sorting out at The HIV Support Centre in Belfast in recent weeks and months. Through all of this, the services to clients have been maintained. Next week, however, ‘the Centre’ will be closed to the public and to clients as it’s getting a facelift. The painters will be in and I am told that it will be much brighter and airier when it reopens after the Easter break on Wednesday 11 April 2012.   Continue reading News from The HIV Support Centre

Clinic appointment after a few months – it didn’t used to be like this…

Having been up at the RVH, Belfast on Tuesday for an ECG to try to eliminate heart problems from what is causing the fainting/fitting that has been happening in recent months… …the result was an all clear – it is now the day of my next appointment at the HIV clinic. It used to be that I was up at the clinic seeing my consultant at least once a month and at times it was once a week. It is testament to the good care that all around me have been giving that I am now no longer needed up … Continue reading Clinic appointment after a few months – it didn’t used to be like this…

1 day after World AIDS Day – and the clinic winds us up

It is only the day after World AIDS Day, and I am not the only patient that has had issues with the nursing staff in the HIV clinic at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, this afternoon. I cannot go into the specifics of the incident concerning another patient, but the problem that I had was that they didn’t read the notes that the doctor had made in my notes. results CD4 = 90 (6%). VL = 300. More Linezolid prescribed and as a result of the CD4 count being so low, I am back on my old favourite of … Continue reading 1 day after World AIDS Day – and the clinic winds us up

Another week, more treatment, lots of support

It’s another week, and I’ve not had anything put up on this blog for ages, but it’s not because nothing has been happening – quite the opposite in fact. Life has been moving on. I have been working away and getting on with various things. However, last weekend I felt a bump on the back of my neck, and on Thursday I fought through the rain, gale force winds and awful traffic to make it up to the Gay Men’s clinic at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast. I thought it was probably a recurrence of the now dreaded PVL-MRSA … Continue reading Another week, more treatment, lots of support

it wasn’t like it is in the porn films…

It’s about twenty-four hours since I went into hospital as there was blood and pus oozing from an abscess, and the doctor on call told me to head for the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast. So, BelDoc told me to go to Accident and Emergency, so a friend of my boyfriend came over from north Belfast to east Belfast to take us to west Belfast and the RVH, I suspect that we did make it into south Belfast at some point but I’m not quite sure of the constituency boundaries. Once there, I reported on my predicament: having attended the … Continue reading it wasn’t like it is in the porn films…