HIV, and the stigma surrounding the virus has been brought back to the public’s attention recently, thanks to Russel T Davies and his groundbreaking Channel 4 Drama, ‘It’s A Sin’. If you haven’t already watched it, where have you been? It gives an accurate account of what the AIDS pandemic was like in the 1980’s and early 90’s.
It's been just over a year since I was diagnosed HIV+ and getting on for a year that I have been undetectable. What a rollercoaster it has been.
Since speaking openly about my HIV status, I have taken ownership of it. People can think what they like, but I haven't let it defeat me. And hopefully, by speaking out, it will help chip away at the stigma that is still all too prevalent.
All of a sudden, I was on the dance floor, looking around and thinking I must be the only one in that room who is going through this.
After getting over the initial shock from the diagnosis, I became very aware that I was still a single man approaching 30. The only way I could describe the feeling was damaged.
Until very recently, when it came to telling people I was HIV positive, it felt like I was re-living my 'coming out' years all over again.
Information taken from NHS website. January 2019. HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that damages the cells in your immune system and weakens your ability to fight everyday infections and disease. AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) is the name used to describe a number of potentially life-threatening infections and illnesses that happen when your immune system has been severely damaged by … Continue reading What is HIV
As I walked through the corridors of the hospital, I felt that everyone was looking at me as if they knew what I had and what clinic I was going to…
It was quite scary hearing the doctor talk about numbers in the millions. I'd started treatment and knew I was being looked after in that sense. But I felt like I was at the bottom of a very large mountain, and knew that mentally and physically I had a long way to go.