All posts filed under: Positivity

“My HIV. Our Problem.”

Andrew Keates has made this documentary about living with HIV. I don’t know him personally, but a friend does. He asks himself questions that he has been asked before and then answers them. Who gave you HIV? Don’t you just pop a pill a day and everything’s fine? How’s your love life? He tells the story of living with HIV, being undetectable, and falling in love. Much of the story that he tells is similar to my own. I am so glad that he has made the video. Now, please go and watch it, and share it with your friends. But, most importantly of all, if you do not know your HIV status, go and get a test. It is the only way of knowing. And when you know you can get treatment. Advertisements

“a beautiful international family of brothers, sisters, and sister-brothers.”

“I need to tell it now because we are not an ugly picture. We are a beautiful international family of brothers, sisters, and sister-brothers. I am honored to be part of that acronym, to be a man who has sex with men, and to wear that little plus sign next to my name on official documents, filed away in medical offices across the country. I am a poz guy. I have survived many Thursdays since that day at the clinic. Each one is a victory to me.” — Alexander Cheves, I saw that paragraph on an article on, today and thought that it was quite a good description of life for many of us living with HIV. I wish that everyone living with HIV could feel part of that family. It does not matter how we became HIV-positive… we are still part of the family. Thank you Alexander for your words.

Thanks to @imstilljosh for last year’s nomination…

This evening I have been doing a bit of research into where is linking to this blog from the Internet around the world. I was a bit surprised to find some of the places. However, amongst them I found that I was among those nominated for the Top HIV Voices 2014. These “Top HIV Voices for 2014″ embody the passion that it requires to build a community from a fundamentally limited beginning— sharing a personal story or contributing in a small but grand way to the global conversation surrounding the HIV community, HIV activism and the reduction of new HIV infections; advocating for increased awareness, decreased stigma, and the chance eventually to an AIDS-free generation.—Josh Robbins The website on which it is found is a Belgian one, so I was even more surprised. It might be a bit late to say thanks… but I am. So Thanks Josh for nominating me.

“Positive about HIV” – feature in Sunday Life

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 …

Addis Beza: Guest post for #WAD2013 #LinkUp

This article is written by The International HIV/AIDS Alliance in support of their new campaign Link Up. I hope that you enjoy reading it as much as I did, when I was sent it. It makes for inspiring reading. As we all know, HIV does affects all countries across the globe, would that we all could have such stimulating methods of educating everyone about the issues around HIV.”—Michael Carchrie Campbell, Editor, HIV Blogger: Living Positively. Addis Beza: Helping prevent HIV through dance Today’s young people are the first generation that has never known a world without HIV and AIDS. In Ethiopia, where more than half of the population is under the age of 24, cultural attitudes among the older generation towards sexual health issues are making it difficult for young people to arm themselves with the knowledge they need to keep themselves alive. But one enterprising group of youngsters in Addis Ababa, the BEZA Anti-AIDS youth group, are determined to use their combined talents for music and dance to get messages about HIV prevention across …

HIV in the restaurant—what would you do?

Picture the scene, you are sitting in a restaurant, enjoying a meal either on your own or with friends. You are wearing a ribbon supporting some charity or another, it is noticed by your waiter, it is not one he recognises and he asks about it. You tell him what it is, and why it is important to you. It is as simple as that. The scene above is one that I have experienced on many occasions. The ribbons or pins in question have been wide and varied: from a purple Scout badge to a red ribbon for HIV–AIDS awareness. It is unsurprising that it is with the latter that I want you to think a bit more. Picture another scene, you are sitting in a restaurant or in another social setting, enjoying your evening, either on your own or with friends. You overhear a conversation between two customers and a waiter. The waiter has just asked about the red ribbon that one of the customers is wearing, he has just said that it is …

Instonians on both sides: the Academy boy fights back!

Today has been an uplifting day. I ended up over in the Lisburn Road area of the city of Belfast which is not somewhere I have been for quite some time. I can’t remember when I was last over there. But I was over there, spending time with Andrew and one of his contemporaries from Royal Belfast Academical Institution. First time that I have knowingly spent time with two Instonians! The Ballymena Academy boy in me wanted to excel in what we were doing. I think I got some way to managing that. It is amazing how one day can change your outlook. I know that I have been getting down about life recently, but today has helped to turn it around. So a great big thanks to Barry! I wonder who from my Academy days reads this blog, and even from the days beyond those at Cambridge House and even from Carniny! If you are reading, do say hello.