Welcome to my blog, I’ve now been living with HIV for more than seven 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.

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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.

Alex x

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20 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. John Rice says:

    Hi Alex, I re-Tweet @THTorguk & @EJAF Tweets to my 324,000 + Twitter followers & noticed yours with THT tonight.

    I did this feature on Justin Washington the other day & am now organising him a modelling shoot in the USA. He’s going to be sharing his video blogs with me & my followers.
    http://www.minimalhome.com/article/show/525#.U598shYorRo

    If you would like to donate a feature about you & your activism & honesty I will also promote it to my followers.

    This is a big issue that affects creatives & some say we were targeted for our high physic abilities that circumnavigate the fluoride & the water etc etc etc.

    🙂

      1. John Rice says:

        HI Alex, maybe something that you have already written. It’s just the message that we want to get across, firstly safe sex, then should they become HIV + it is not the end of the world. So all the plus aspects of being in a gay or straight world living with HIV.

        Somehow i’ve managed to miss becoming HIV, though it could happen to me next week. But I just want people to know the good & bad sides to being young and living with HIV. I have many friends that are HIV + but coming from a younger persons perspective is very important. Justins story hopefully jolted a few people with his honesty & bravery.

        John R

      2. John Rice says:

        Dear Alex

        RE – http://www.minimalhome.com/article/show/525#.U81Zb1YorRp

        I hope that you are well today.

        We exchanged a brief message on your blog the other day & would like to run your piece that the Metro published in our ŒOur World¹ section on minimalhome.com. Although we are an online store, we are also a blog magazine tackling difficult social issues through our social media channels. On Twitter we have a total of 337,500 direct Twitter followers of the five Twitter profiles that promote minimalhome.com.

        We did a two page feature on Justin Washington the other day which you can see on the link above, plus we auto re-Tweet all THT & EJAF tweets to our followers, plus promote the great works of THT on our site too.

        It¹s really great that you are vocal on this issue, as this is so important for the younger generation to take on board the risks from HIV still.

        All the very best

        John Rice founder & editor Minimal Home Ltd Tel: +44(0)20 3286 9705 Mob: +44(0)7738 358 736

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        From: “Alex Sparrowhawk: HIV & Me” Reply-To: “Alex Sparrowhawk: HIV & Me” Date: Tuesday, 17 June 2014 18:38 To: John Rice Subject: [New comment] Welcome

        WordPress.com Alex commented: “Hi, I’d be happy to, let me know what sort of thing you would like?”

  2. Lil' says:

    Hello Alex,
    I was very delighted to follow you up on twitter please keep up the good work for your information you are representing many of us out here.
    Cheers, Lillian.

  3. Raymond says:

    Hi Alex ,I not sure if I’m an activist, but diagnosed in 1984, Actor, worked alot in television theatre etc, my status came out in public in 1999, how we need to concur stigma, lots of changes happening, not all for the best. A blog on HIV maybe there’s movement in this.
    Salford being the new television centre of BBC itv etc, ask them their views on HIV employment issues,

    1. Face squarely towards HIV/aids and HIV/aids patients says:

      I am grateful for all the contributions to the recent blogs and videos and i am also particularly grateful to Alex for putting himself out there and having the courage to publicly disclose his HIV status. I will continue to campaign for the approval of PrEP in Australia as a highly effective HIV prevention tool to be added to the suite of those currently available.

  4. Face squarely towards HIV/aids and HIV/aids patients says:

    I am grateful for all the contributions to the recent blogs and videos and i am also particularly grateful to Alex for putting himself out there and having the courage to publicly disclose his HIV status. I will continue to campaign for the approval of PrEP in Australia as a highly effective HIV prevention tool to be added to the suite of those currently available.Good luck—-we will all be rooting for you.

  5. jaiy james bond says:

    I have been a survivor of hiv, i got it in 1993 join me in Facebook jaiy j bond, i would very much like to talk to you and you possibly me, most of my friends know and some of my family, but i havent been able to get it all out to everyone and dont care. So i would like to know how your going and everyone else thinks of it, so so xxx

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