Over 400 signatories asking Nigel Farage for HIV apology.

ACT UP is a diverse, non-partisan group of individuals, united in anger and committed to direct action to end the HIV pandemic.

Along with 375 other people and 44 organisations, I signed the letter composed by ACT UP London, an HIV activist group, which corrects inaccuracies in Nigel Farage’s claims during the televised leaders’ debate in the run up to the UK Parliamentary General Election.

During the leaders’ debate on 2 April, Mr Farage claimed: “Here’s a fact… there are 7,000 diagnoses in this country every year for people that are HIV positive… 60% of them are not British nationals.” He further stated treatment costs up to £25,000 per year per patient. Each of these claims is inaccurate, addressed by the letter with reference to the accurate statistics.

Mr Farage’s claims are wild, and scaremongering. They will divide our communities and further create stigma to people who are living with HIV. Continue reading “Over 400 signatories asking Nigel Farage for HIV apology.”

Standing up to the bully boys – well done @Naomi_Long

Since the playground, many of us have suffered threats and most of us think that that has been put behind us when we get to adulthood. Sadly, for many of us living with HIV in Northern Ireland they still come. It seems that even in the ‘new Northern Ireland’ our political leaders can get them too – for standing up for what is right. In the early hours of this morning, Naomi Long MP got told by the Police Service of Northern Ireland that a threat had been made against her life, both at her home in the constituency of … Continue reading Standing up to the bully boys – well done @Naomi_Long