Award-winning blogger second year running

Little did I think as I wrote the short recent post “HIVBlogger.me.uk – telling my positive life” did I think that there would be another quick post about the blog in such a short period of time. Last year HIVBlogger.me.uk was selected by the editors of Healthline as one of the ‘Best of the Web’. The testimonial said, Michael is a talented, soulful writer with plenty to say. Stop by to leave a word of encouragement or thank him for sharing his story – you will be inspired by his courage, grace, and selflessness.—Healthline Editors As I wrote on HIVBlogger.me.uk last year, Reading [that I had got the award] made me … Continue reading Award-winning blogger second year running

Is this true: “Circumcision prevents HIV/AIDS”?

David Ferguson writes on Raw Story that Circumcision reduces HIV risk by changing penis ‘biome’, says study. 

Before I even read this story I was not convinced, I would be interested if anyone has any further information. Another article I found online, written by Darcia Narvaez, Ph.D. – More Circumcision Myths You May Believe: Hygiene and STDs – says:

Three studies in Africa several years ago that claimed that circumcision prevented AIDS and that circumcision was as effective as a 60% effective vaccine (Auvert 2005, 2006). These studies had many flaws, including that they were stopped before all the results came in.  There have also been several studies that show that circumcision does not prevent HIV (Connolly 2008). There are many issues at play in the spread of STDs which make it very hard to generalize results from one population to another. Continue reading “Is this true: “Circumcision prevents HIV/AIDS”?”

Getting the message to schools…

The message of safer sex is always an important one and to no group of society more so than to our young people. I was fortunate to go talk to the senior school assembly in Shimna Integrated College, in Newcastle just after World Aids Day last year about living with HIV. But the fifteen short minutes was not enough time to go into the whole safer sex information discussion. Sometimes it seems that it is very difficult in Northern Ireland to get HIV mentioned in school. This is not the case all round the UK though. In Bedfordshire there is … Continue reading Getting the message to schools…

Durex promises #1share1condom for #worldaidsday to help HIV-prevention charities. Can you help?

As we approach World AIDS Day 2012 there are many ways that you can make a difference to the global campaign against HIV transmission. For anyone who uses social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, leading condom manufacturer, Durex has promised to donate one condom for one share. Watch the video With no cure for AIDS, HIV prevention is a priority. With the #1Share1Condom campaign we’re raising awareness of HIV and AIDS globally. On behalf of every person who gets involved by sharing an HIV message, Durex will donate a condom to an HIV prevention project. These projects are active … Continue reading Durex promises #1share1condom for #worldaidsday to help HIV-prevention charities. Can you help?

Back and looking forward to WAD2012

It’s been a while… I’ve been bad and not blogged on here for a while. I’ve not been neglecting this blog specifically, but other blogs that I have have been quiet too. Something happened recently that made me go quiet on them. But I know that people use this to keep up with how I am doing… so back I come… Of course, it is also coming up to World Aids Day 2012 – we’re just over a month away. It’s on 1 December if you don’t know… So it is time to think about what can be done to … Continue reading Back and looking forward to WAD2012

An email that made me cry…

This evening an email arrived in my inbox. In it, I got told some news that made me cry. Well the crying started when I clicked on a link that was contained in the email. So what was this? It seems that the Editors of Healthline have made a list of their favourite HIV and STD blogs and I am somewhat shocked that this blog made the list. Their words about this blog are: For true insight into the soul of someone living with HIV, just hop onto Michael Carchrie Campbell’s blog, HIV Blogger: Living Positively. Starting after his diagnosis in … Continue reading An email that made me cry…

PEP – is Post not Pre!

There seems to be some confusion, PEP = Post Exposure Prophylaxis PEP ≠ Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis One friend got this wrong today. I’m reposting the excellent explanation on PEP from GMFA…. PEP (Post Exposure Prophylaxis) PEP is a course of HIV medication which you can take if you have been at risk of HIV infection. The course of HIV medication lasts 28 days and, if taken within 72 hours of putting yourself at risk, may be able to prevent you from becoming infected with HIV. PEP stands for Post Exposure Prophylaxis – in other words it is a form of protection (against … Continue reading PEP – is Post not Pre!