Stigma experiences, well-being and medication adherence in gay men living with HIV If you live in England, Northern Ireland, or the Republic or Ireland and are over 18 years of age, been living with HIV for over a year, and … Continue reading QUB research into stigma in gay men living with HIV
It is the beginning of our third week in Gibraltar. It does not seem possible that the time has passed so quickly. We left on the fourth Sunday of Lent, and now we are at the beginning of Holy Week, … Continue reading Two weeks here, and already seeing a GP.
On Facebook this morning, I came across a campaign for a National HIV Testing Week. This seems like a very sensible move to me. After all with the NHS reckoning that 1 in 4 people living with HIV in the … Continue reading ‘National’ HIV testing week: where ‘national’ = England
Following a complaint about non-inclusion of a link to Northern Ireland sexual health services, Michael tells why Channel 4 has nearly got it right but not quite yet. Continue reading Embarrassing Bodies Risk Checker still not got a link to services in Northern Ireland
I have just been watching the Channel 4 programme Embarrassing Bodies: Live from the Clinic which has Dr Christian Jessen as one of its presenters. Having been told about a new STI Risk checker which they have developed, I went and … Continue reading Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies has an embarrassing problem
The theft of two fifteenth-century panels which had survived the puritanical zeal of the English Reformation from a Devon church prompts a family response in memory of a loved one. Continue reading A family response to a theft of national treasures
Hearing the news that the UK Department of Health is relaxing the current restrictions on healthcare workers living with HIV working in the NHS, I contacted the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, the DUP’s Edwin Poots MLA, asking what plans he had for introducing this here in Northern Ireland. Whilst I was having my complementary therapy at Positive Life, a response arrived in my inbox. I was informed of the statement made by a DHSSSPS spokesman earlier today, The Department is aware of the position taken by the Department of Health in England in relation to HIV … Continue reading HIV healthcare workers – response from NI Department
Readers may have begun to wonder if I was ever going to post something more to this blog. It has been a bit far down my priorities in recent weeks. I’ve had a lot to do other than blog on here. Some friends will know that I volunteer with The Scout Association. Since December, I have been working principally with the local Scouts in Bedford, England. Although I live in Belfast, my local role is in based in England. However, thanks to the flexible volunteering policy of The Scout Association, it is perfectly possible for me to carry out the … Continue reading Volunteering with the Scout Association – if I can do it, so can you!
Imagine that you have been convicted of having sex with your partner. Not of rape, just of having normal, loving sexual intercourse. That couldn’t happen in today’s UK could it? And you would be correct that it would be difficult for a charge on that basis to be made against you. But, up until 2003 it was possible, for it was only then that the former offence of ‘gross indecency’ was repealed. Now under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 it will be possible for men (in England and Wales) convicted of or cautioned for that offence, to have it … Continue reading Is the PSNI involved in a gay witch-hunt alongside colleagues in Manchester and Northumbria?