Christian Dolan

Christian Dolan

Christian Dolan is a London, England based Digital Marketer with a passion for all things Content and Social. When not sitting at his desk working, he is an avid HIV activist who volunteers regularly for HIV charities by fundraising and offering his time and support in helping to break down HIV stigma. Christian is an active committee member for The National AIDS Trust (NAT) World AIDS Day campaign and has been HIV Positive since 2009. For enjoyment Christian is an avid TV marathon watcher as well a regular runner, cyclist and gym junkie which he regularly tweets an about under @Dolantalks

Support people with HIV: stop the cuts!

published: March, 09, 2017 Written by // Christian Dolan Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Upcoming Events, Health, International , Treatment, Opinion Pieces, Christian Dolan

The U. K.'s Christian Dolan: "There will always be those who will try to shut you down, but when you are fighting for what is right, when you are fighting for love, you do not give up."

Support people with HIV: stop the cuts!

After a lot of hard work and protesting by various organisations and individuals, with particular reference to that of the National AIDS Trust (NAT), the end of last year saw NHS England announced plans to fund PrEP for at least 10,000 people through a new trial. This of course is amazing news and worth all the hard work undertaken to get here by those involved. That was not all, there was more amazing work happening. The work of Greg Owen, someone I have had the pleasure to meet personally,

The positive side of being HIV positive

published: October, 17, 2016 Written by // Christian Dolan Categories // Social Media, Mental Health, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Christian Dolan

In a bad situation, it's important to recognize and embrace the good, as Christian Dolan explains.

The positive side of being HIV positive

Having completed my CAM Diploma in Digital Marketing earlier this year, it was time for me to find a role which is more marketing focused and kick start my new career path. Six months in and I am still looking. Despite interview after interview I am still on the hunt. To give some perspective, there has been an increase in the frequency of interviews as well as the stages I am getting down to – on two occasions I got down to the final two but lost out due to either lack of marketing experie

My guilty pleasures

published: September, 13, 2016 Written by // Christian Dolan Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Food, Nutrition and Recipes, Mental Health, International , Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Christian Dolan

Let's dance - and eat,. "We are all just as guilty of knowing we shouldn’t do things… and doing them anyway. This is where moderation comes into play," says UK guy, Christian Dolan.

My guilty pleasures

All of us, whether or not we care to admit them, have guilty pleasures. According to a quick Google search, a guilty pleasure is described as “Something, such as a film, television program of piece of music, that one enjoys despite feeling that it is not held in high regard.” I would add that in some cases a guilty pleasure can be something which we may find embarrassing. Just as I have in many previous pieces, I am going to lay it all bare and really embarrass myself here, as some of my

When a friend tells you what they think about you and your HIV

published: August, 22, 2016 Written by // Christian Dolan Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Fitness and Exercise, International , Living with HIV, Christian Dolan

Christian Dolan's friend Katie describes the early days following his diagnosis and how the experience challenged her assumptions about HIV.

When a friend tells you what they think about you and your HIV

Christian says: I was diagnosed back in August 2009; we are coming up to my seventh anniversary. Each year it gets me thinking about the things that went on at that time and I know I have spoken about some of these in the past. Now for those of you who have read my previous pieces and keep up with my musings will know of the friend I mention who asked “So Christian, do you need your own cutlery drawer now?” Well not long after my last article went live, I caught up with her at a mutual

HIV has been good to me…here’s how…

published: July, 12, 2016 Written by // Christian Dolan Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, General Health, Mental Health, International , Living with HIV, Christian Dolan

From London, England, Christian Dolan counts the blessings of living with HIV.

HIV has been good to me…here’s how…

Recently I was at a house party where I met a bunch of new people for the first time. I realized I hadn’t taken my meds that evening yet, so proceeded to do so. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t stand on a chair in the middle of the room and make a point of what I was doing but at the same time I didn’t go hide in a room alone to take them either. During the course of taking them I had a guy stop me and ask if I had any more and could he buy some off me. I then realised he thought I was ta

LGBT people unite with a sense of solidarity

published: June, 21, 2016 Categories // Social Media, Pride, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Christian Dolan

More reaction to the Orlando massacre. The UK’s Christian Dolan weighs in and says that fear cannot and will not weaken us as a community.

LGBT people unite with a sense of solidarity

Last Sunday I woke up at 8am to a BBC news alert on my phone informing me that 20 people had been shot dead in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. A couple of hours later and it was confirmed that a total of 49 members of the gay community were shot dead by a lone gunman, leaving another 53 injured.  The more I read throughout the day as the story unfolded, the more upset I became. It got to a point where I couldn’t read anything without choking up, tears streaming down my face with the h

A writer returns – with a hi after a hiatus

published: April, 25, 2016 Written by // Christian Dolan Categories // Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Christian Dolan

The UK’s Christian Dolan survives a serodiscordant relationship breakup, a broken ankle and a very public naked photo shoot to return to writing for PositiveLite.com

A writer returns – with a hi after a hiatus

It has been a while since I wrote my last article. For those who like precision, it has been exactly 593 days since I last put ‘finger to keyboard’ and thrashed out my thoughts and feelings.  Where was I at this time?  After what felt like the longest 6-8 weeks of my life, I was at the end stages of wearing my protective boot after breaking my ankle at a musical festival being an idiot roller skating to 70’s disco music. This confined me to being indoors a lot for the duration of tha

If music be the food of love, play on . . .

published: October, 09, 2014 Written by // Christian Dolan Categories // Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Music, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Christian Dolan

Christian Dolan asks “Have you ever listened to a song and it reminds you of a time or place, perhaps of a holiday or a special occasion?” And what's HIV got to do with it?

I listen to music daily - when I get up in the morning, when I go for a run, at the gym, on my way to work (when I'm not cycling that is). It constitutes full-time background noise for me and is on whenever the TV is not.  I am a big lover of music. When I listen to a song, artist or album it takes me back to a certain place. For example, when I hear the Red Hot Chili Peppers "Californication" album it brings me back to camp as a 10 year-old boy along the south coast of England. I could go

Winter is coming

published: September, 08, 2014 Written by // Christian Dolan Categories // Health, Living with HIV, Christian Dolan

Christian Dolan “For most of us winter means seasonal bout of flu, colds and generally having our immune systems challenged by the forces of nature. For those of us who are HIV+ the battle is even greater.”

So, I was shopping the other day and I saw Christmas cards and decor in my local supermarket. August was just a couple of weeks ago and here we are alread;, the Christmas marketers are hot on it again. I am sure it's earlier every year!. Anyway, Christmas for this side of the world means one thing  -  WINTER. That dreaded season where the mornings are dark, the evenings are just as dark and that means summer has gone for another year and winter is here. Pro's to this....seasonal shopping

Are we selfish?

published: July, 31, 2014 Written by // Christian Dolan Categories // Gay Men, Health, Sexual Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Christian Dolan

Is it selfish to ask a negative partner to "put up" with a positive one? Christian Dolan says “no” and goes on to talk about what makes a mixed status relationship work.

When I go out to meet friends I am usually early so I don't have a problem sitting in a bar and ordering a pint whilst I wait. I overheard a conversation whilst waiting in a pub the last time I was early for an event involving two men who were discussing the goings on in one of their lives.  From what I could establish (yes, I listened in, I can be pretty nosey at times!) one of them was discussing his partner who was HIV+ and it seemed that he was struggling with dealing with it. What I cou

Having a poz boyfriend

published: July, 03, 2014 Written by // Christian Dolan Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Christian Dolan

The HIV-negative boyfriend of regular poz writer Christian Dolan, Myron Bartlett chips in with what it’s like to be in love with an HIV-positive guy like Christian.

I have been in a relationship with fellow contributor Christian Dolan for almost five months and I've never been happier. Christian isn't like anyone I've ever dated; he's super honest, never holds back on his opinions and can talk for the whole continent of Europe.  I love his drive and ambition to succeed in his career in digital marketing. I love the random fun we have. When we go out, he tells me he loves me at least 15 times (yes I've counted), we share treats like Haribo.We love Harib

Undetectable me!

published: June, 12, 2014 Written by // Christian Dolan Categories // Gay Men, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Christian Dolan

Christian Dolan says “Now I know this is the situation which every person with HIV is aiming to eventually get to, it has taken me four and a half years and I am finally here and it feels pretty awesome.”

So today I had my latest hospital appointment since starting my medication back in January and I was told my CD4 shot up (to 456) and my viral load is now officially undetectable. Now I know this is the situation which every person with HIV is aiming to eventually get to, it has taken me four and a half years and I am finally here and it feels pretty awesome. As most people know, four months ago I met my partner (who is not HIV+) and one of the biggest fears I have always had shadowing me is

Real life case of middle aged woman who caught HIV

published: April, 10, 2014 Written by // Christian Dolan Categories // Current Affairs, Women, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Christian Dolan

Christian Dolan reacts to the news story of the English woman who said “I thought only people in Africa got HIV”.

Recently in the UK on ITV’s This Morning, Rachel Dilley, 48, who naïvely once believed that HIV was a disease that white people couldn’t get, discussed her HIV diagnosis. Now the first thing which is probably sitting at the forefront of your mind is to ridicule her for her lack of knowledge, extreme naivety and for her ignorance in believing that only people in Africa caught HIV. However, first I ask you to take a step back and think about it for a second; how much do YOU know about HIV

“Hubby gave our kids HIV” and other popular misconceptions

published: March, 13, 2014 Written by // Christian Dolan Categories // Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Christian Dolan

There is a lot of misinformation in the popular media. Christian Dolan on the stigma it creates, the damage that does and what he would like to see done.

A UK Magazine recently published a story with the headline "Hubby Gave Our Kids HIV".  The story, told from the perspective of the wife, involved a man who cheated on her. He unfortunately caught HIV from another woman he slept with and put his wife at risk by having unprotected sex with her. He fell ill, contracting meningitis, which is unusual for a man in his forties. Further tests revealed his HIV+ status. His wife and chidren remained negative. but the accusations flew. The article s

App-solutely up for it!

published: February, 19, 2014 Written by // Christian Dolan Categories // Dating, Social Media, Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Sexual Health, Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Christian Dolan

Christian Dolan asks what role do gay dating apps/hook-up sites and crystal meth use play in the recent increase in new HIV infections in gay men in England and elsewhere?

Whatever happened to old fashioned dating? Where you arrange to meet up, have a coffee and talk to someone and get to know them over a coffee or a light lunch? Nowadays it seems many people on the gay scene are going the route of downloading one of the many readily available gay dating apps and looking for the nearest hook up. My personal opinion to all this could touch many a nerve, shock some of my readers and not surprise others; however I feel it is important to discuss. I am not tryi

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