Articles tagged with: disclosure

Mistake

published: March, 24, 2015 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Alex Sparrowhawk

How I got it. Alex Sparrowhawk says ”I will never be 100% sure but I’m pretty certain that I acquired HIV in June 2009"

Mistake

I’ve probably written and been questioned/interviewed more about my HIV diagnosis than any other topic related to my life with the virus. It’s that time of year where you look at the calendar and think “how the **** is it June already?” – But the past couple of days I’ve also been thinking about something else, not my diagnosis but my ‘infection’.  I will never be 100% sure but I’m pretty certain that I acquired HIV in June 2009, five years ago this month. At the time I wa

Full circle

published: March, 17, 2015 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Gay Men, Youth, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Alex Sparrowhawk

Alex Sparrowhaw’s activism streak, two years after he came out, is stronger than ever. “I feel I’m now at the point where I can help others not just from afar but face to face, becoming directly involved in helping other people who were once like me.”

Full circle

Last Saturday I had the chance to attend another of THT’s Activism and Involvement workshops, lucky for me this one was hosted at George House Trust in Manchester. It was a great day and I still surprise myself how I can still learn new things after all this time living with HIV.  It was attending the same themed workshop in Birmingham 2012 that led me to deciding I definitely wanted to be open about my status – hearing and seeing positive speakers talking about visibility and living wit

Things are a little cluttered and messy - but in a beautiful way.

published: March, 16, 2015 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // DJ Relentless

Wayne Bristow on the common problem of spreading oneself thin by taking on too much.

Things are a little cluttered and messy - but in a beautiful way.

My life has begun to resemble my living space: cluttered and messy - but in a beautiful way. I think I may have way too many things going on at the same time again. If you’ve been following me, I wrote something a while ago about wearing too many hats so I haven’t broke character….yet! For now, I’ll write about why this might be  happening. I’d say it was around five years ago I began going to HIV-related workshops and training sessions. I didn’t have a plan for getting involve

Home testing

published: March, 09, 2015 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Health, International , Sexual Health, Opinion Pieces, Alex Sparrowhawk

Alex Sparrowhawk says “In the UK we’re now legally allowed to purchase kits to test for HIV in our own homes. Aside from the drawback that no approved testing kits currently exist in the UK I have more worrying concerns about the change in the law.”

Home testing

There are three main reasons why I don’t agree with the changes:  Ignoring stigma General sexual health Willingness to access post diagnosis care following a positive result  I can completely understand the logic of needing to increase testing in the country. Too few people have regular sexual health checks and many people are worried about attending clinics, presumed to be due to the stigma attached to doing so. And that’s my first issue with home testing. Rather than investing

Doctor doctor

published: February, 24, 2015 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // General Health, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Alex Sparrowhawk

Alex Sparrowhawk on the role of GPs in HIV testing and care, calls for all health care workers to keep current on their knowledge of HIV

Doctor doctor

The topic of GPs and their role in HIV care is often discussed within the HIV community. A number of people won’t have an issue in their GP knowing their status, citing benefits such as being able to spot or consider referrals for certain ailments that you might not necessary consider with the population as a whole. I include myself in this group. I have no issue with my GP being aware of my status, I trust them with keeping my medical notes confidential (even though I share most of what’

Stigma is alive and well in spite of what we may think

published: February, 23, 2015 Written by // Samantha Categories // Women, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Samantha

Samantha says "I really want to believe that stigma related to HIV is improving and the general public and institutions are beginning to be more accepting of us and less afraid": But are they?

Stigma is alive and well in spite of what we may think

I really want to believe that stigma related to HIV is improving and the general public and institutions are beginning to be more accepting of us and less afraid. Every tine I get myself into this frame of mind, though, something happens to give me a reality check.  In 2001 I was hired for a position overseas and had a short period of time to sublet my apartment, put my belongings in storage and prepare to leave. A couple of days before my departure date I got a call from the organization a

HIV stripped bare: time to expose the stigma

published: February, 05, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Health, Sexual Health, Lifestyle, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

From FS Magazine comes an in-depth report on HIV stigma amongst UK gay men – why it exists, how it exists and what we can all do about it. Says FS “a simple change in attitudes within our community can go a long way to overcoming stigma.”

HIV stripped bare: time to expose the stigma

This article by Stuart Haggas @GetStuart first appeared in FS Magazine, a publication of GMFA, here. Republished with permission.  Photography by Chris Jepson: www.chrisjepson.com @chrisjepson | Venue: G-A-Y at Heaven nightclub IMMIGRANTS! EUROPEAN BUREAUCRATS! BENEFIT CHEATS! Narrow-minded opinions may make attention-grabbing headlines, but they rarely tell the whole story or tackle the real issue. They can in fact make a situation worse by polarising public opinion and fuelling fear, hate

The stigma: it’s coming from INSIDE the house!

published: February, 03, 2015 Categories // Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Ken Monteith with a personal view on HIV stigma: “how much of it is real and how much is anticipated and built up in our heads?”

The stigma: it’s coming from INSIDE the house!

My headline probably isn’t going to win me any friends. It’s conventional wisdom that stigma is one of the biggest problems we face in the fight against HIV — stigma related to HIV itself, and stigma related to the ways that HIV is commonly transmitted (we still can’t talk openly about sex and drugs after all this time and all these ruined lives). Stigma is the thing that keeps us from being able to communicate prevention messages to those who need to hear them, and stigma is the thing

Storytelling: the act of subversion

published: January, 15, 2015 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Events, Performances, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Brian Finch

Brian Finch says “micro” interventions like personal story telling to small audiences are what are going to advance us more than articles in newspapers and glossy social media campaigns.

Storytelling: the act of subversion

What is old is new again.  In Toronto only a few years ago there was only a handful of storytelling shows in the city, including the one I started with a friend. Today there are so many I am no longer able to keep track.  What is great about storytelling and its community is that it is very humanizing. The stage is a great equalizer when we are each taking turns being vulnerable. The act of sharing our stories breaks down barriers and brings people together. I love the storytelling com

Dating irony: more than meets the I

published: June, 04, 2014 Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Tom Latte disclosed on date number three. Did the guy freak out? Was there a happy ending? Read on.

Hello darkness, my old friend.  Recently, I was dating. Should Pope Francis take credit for it, that’s one out of three divine interventions sorted for his canonization. Anyway, the man was, by all accounts, not very aware when it comes to sexual health, having been in a straight monogamous relationships for years and only coming out of the closet in the last year or so. Add to that being only 25 and coming from a place where being gay is more on the Alienate People than How to Make Frie

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