It was results time last Tuesday morning when I visited the Royal Victoria Hospital’s GUM clinic for possibly the last time. Since diagnosis my CD4 count has been rather on the low side, on diagnosis, it was 100, and has dropped to 80, before climbing up to above 200. Last Tuesday morning I got told that it was over three hundred! As I said on Twitter: #bounce VL <70. CD4 = 330 and 20%. #bestever couldn't have done w/o help from @BelfastTrust @belfastwriter and @PositiveLife_NI — John [HIVBlogger] (@HIVBlogger) March 25, 2014 The Viral Load count was a little bit higher than … Continue reading A bit of a bounce last week…
It has been a wonderful Christmas Day which has been only slightly spoiled by people reading reports on Twitter, fearing the worst, demanding to be told, and forgetting that in the bad old days of the Northern Irish Troubles we heard in the morning. 24 hours a day news has spoilt us. As I have just said on Facebook, if there is anything untoward we will hear about it when we wake tomorrow. For now, let’s enjoy the peace and restfulness of the season. Continue reading When there is trouble, we will hear about it, don’t worry.
Earlier this evening, The Queen’s University Literific Society was debating the motion, This House Believes we will see the end of AIDS I was invited to speak in the debate, which is how they are marking World AIDS Day. It … Continue reading This House Believes we will see the end of AIDS
Some days I eat plenty, and other days I don’t. Today is definitely one of the latter. I’ve got plenty done. We – our cleaner and me – have got quite a lot done. washing up done (cleaner) hoovering done (cleaner) washing put away (both of us) Cloak room started to be sorted (both of us) And I have been trying to sort out Google+ and other apps to make my life easier. All in all, a busy day, but I’ve not even managed to get a cup of coffee! Bad me. So now, I’m going to go downstairs and … Continue reading Three o’clock and no food – not the thing to do.
Community Healthcare Network published a report, Zero Feet Away: Perspective on HIV/AIDS and Unprotected Sex in Men Who Have Sex with Men Utilizing Location-based Mobile Apps, which “found a large sample of gay and bisexual men who are undeniably knowledgeable about HIV/AIDS, possess skills to talk about it, and yet in many cases participate in risk-taking activities.” Although the vast majority of the men surveyed are from the United States of America, it may be a piece of research that should be replicated by charities working in the area in Northern Ireland. The survey on which the report was based has … Continue reading 62.2% of MSM say barebacking “hotter” than protected sex says recent report.
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?