Slavery in its contemporary guise is not always to recognise: a conference in London today reminds us that we may encounter the phenomenon in daily life without knowing it. The Trust Women conference, attended by campaigners from all over the … Continue reading Slavery in our own time – disturbing phenomenon
With World AIDS Day approaching, Michael asks if there is money in the health department’s kitty for an HIV public information and prevention campaign. “Would that not be a better use than on legal costs?” Continue reading When Poots finishes paying legal costs, can we have money for HIV prevention?
Each year the nation expresses its unequivocal support for The Royal British Legion’s work through the Poppy Appeal, and each year the question arises, “How do you wear your Poppy?” The Royal British Legion, whose appeal it is that sells … Continue reading How do you wear your Poppy?
A new documentary produced by radiobubble about the 2012 arrests called “Ruins: Chronicle of an HIV witch-hunt,” is due for release this September. It features interviews by women who were arrested and their families. The film above is a trailer. … Continue reading Ruins: Chronicle of an HIV witch-hunt
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
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