Welcome to my blog, I’ve now been living with HIV for eight years and openly writing about my own experiences since November 2012. This space allows me to talk about my personal journey, my opinions and thoughts regarding matters relating to HIV and sexual health and a place to use my voice and fight for what is right and fair for all people with HIV.
I am not ashamed to call myself an activist and I am not afraid to use my voice. Throughout the 20th century different groups of people around the world fought for their rights and for acceptance in the communities they lived in, and many are still fighting – but they have always done so by being visible.
I believe the only way we can break the fear and ignorance which still surrounds HIV is through visibility. We live in exciting times, we now know that people with HIV who take their medication as prescribed and have an undetectable viral load for six months or more will not transmit HIV to their sexual partners. We know that starting treatment early has long-term advantages for the health of people with HIV. And we know that people with HIV can improve their own wellbeing from speaking to others living with the virus.
But to access these benefits people must know their status, and the fear and misconceptions of HIV stop people from getting tested. The fight against prejudice and discrimination doesn’t only protect those with HIV today, it will help those diagnosed tomorrow too.
I hope you enjoy my site and please contact me with any questions you have.