Just as I think I have my head around living with HIV along comes another feeling or situation.
After 7 years it still upsets me to think I'm different because of this virus.
Being a Terrence Higgins Trust volunteer has helped me a lot - I've been a part of positive voices for 5 years now. Educating others in colleges etc about HIV and talking about my experience is the least I can do to try and encourage them to look after their sexual health.
World AIDS day this year was a non starter for me because I had to work - my work mates (and most of my out of work friends) do not know my status so it was a difficult day.
Stigma is such a tough concept because however much I feel that I should speak out and make a difference by disclosing my status to everyone, my mind says don't because of the effect it would have on my life.
Disappointingly there didn't seem to be a major news story around HIV/AIDS this year... I hope the topic is not becoming a forgotten one. This means I will have to shout louder, with more volunteering!!
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Various people talk about their experiences of living with HIV.
CAB - Citizens Advice Bureau
HIV Drug Interactions
George House Trust
Equality and Human Rights Commission
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