Those of us who live with HIV face prejudice from the world around us in many ways. Sometimes this prejudice is very blatant, other times it is in the background, but still there. Examples include: believing that only certain groups … Continue reading A few recurring prejudices about living with HIV
Every year since 2012, my husband and I have laughed at the HIV Hop. One or other of us has shared it on Facebook, and sometimes I have here. It is certainly worth sharing once again. Please think about wearing … Continue reading World AIDS Day – time for the HIV Hop
We are coming up on European HIV Hepatitis Testing Week from 23rd to 30th November. And then, on 1st December, it will be World Aids Day. When I was in Gibraltar, I was interviewed by GBC News while friends from the Gibraltar Health Authority’s Infection Control and Health Promotion Unit were handing out red ribbons to raise awareness. Raising awareness is something I try to do by simply being open about living with HIV. There have been a few updates since that interview. Due to the advances in medication, there are now more choices in what I take. Medication can … Continue reading Looking forward to World Aids Day 2018
Tim Farron MP tells of his first World AIDS Day back in 1988. Today he’s wearing a ribbon and working in Parliament for all living with HIV. Thank you Tim. (The video was filmed before new stats about undiagnosed HIV … Continue reading Tim Farron MP, Lib Dem Leader’s message for #WAD2015
On World AIDS Day the Liberal Democrat spokesman for Health, Norman Lamb called for the HIV-preventative drug Truvada or Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis to be made available via the UK’s National Health Service. With more than 6,000 more people becoming infected with … Continue reading LibDem calls for PrEP via UK NHS on #WAD2015
All around the world people are using World AIDS Day (1 December)as a time to raise funds for HIV charities and to raise awareness of HIV in their communities. However this is not going to happen on the Channel Island … Continue reading Updated: Response from Bailiff of Jersey over #WAD collection
The Irish Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar TD last week launched the first ever five-day national World AIDS Day campaign in Ireland. This campaign is developed by NGOs and statutory bodies across Ireland in partnership with the HSE Sexual Health & Crisis Pregnancy Programme.
The focus of the Irish campaign is Solidarity with all people living with HIV, both those who know they are living with HIV, and those who don’t. The campaign has been running since 27 November 2015 and will run until World AIDS Day on the 1 December 2015, and aims to raise awareness about the many issues that present themselves for people living with HIV and those at risk of contracting HIV.
The key messages of HIV Visibility, HIV Stigma, HIV Support and HIV Knowledge are being promoted through a social media campaign on Facebook and Twitter asking people to show their solidarity with people who are living with HIV. They can do so by wearing a red ribbon, starting a conversation about HIV with friends and family, challenging HIV stigma and discrimination if they encounter it, or learning more about safer sex and getting tested for HIV. The hashtag for the campaign is #WADirl. Continue reading “#WADirl launched by Irish Health Minister”
The stigma that people with HIV routinely face discourages many from testing and others from being open about their HIV status.— Matthew Hodson | @matthew_hodson This is a major problem in fighting HIV. I still maintain that until more people living with HIV stand up and come out, tell their friends and family, colleagues and acquaintances, that they are living with HIV, it is going to be difficult to reduce the stigma. There is a concentration of stories about HIV at the moment because of World AIDS Day (WAD) on 1st December. WAD concentrates the coverage, but we in my … Continue reading World AIDS Day everyday to reduce stigma
Once again, on World AIDS Day, I end up talking to the local media on camera to raise awareness of living with HIV. This time it is in Gibraltar! Continue reading Another day, another media outlet… raising awareness on World AIDS Day 2014.
At the end of last month, I met with Sara Girvin, a reporter with The Sunday Life — Sunday newspaper of the year — to talk to her about living with HIV. Sara had contacted me earlier in the month via Twitter suggesting an interview in the future. As before, with the Belfast Telegraph, and Ulster Television, and anyone else really, I am happy to talk about living with HIV. Sara suggested it being ‘at some stage before Christmas’ and I suggested that we have it leading up to 1 December, which is World AIDS Day.
The Sunday Life unlike its sister daily paper, the Belfast Telegraph, does not have a website. This can only be for the reason that they want us to go out and spend the £1.40 on buying the paper. I do have some sympathy for them, but on occasion it is awkward when trying to get people to read the article. So, that afternoon, Andrew went out and got a copy. Below is a photo of the spread — I did not expect to be across two pages!