Monthly Archive: December 2021

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Colin Stewart: I was given 3 months to live in 1996 – now I’m fighting to stop the transmission of HIV by 2030

When I was 29, back in 1996 I was diagnosed with HIV. It was a different world back then compared to what it is like now. My CD4 (white blood cell count) was down to 30 – in a healthy person it can be around 1,000. I was told I had two to three months to live. That was an awful time for me, dealing with that knowledge and being so very ill, yet not really able to tell anyone because of the stigma associated with HIV. However, more than 25 years after diagnosis, I am still here, living a full and healthy life and comfortable talking about my status. In that time, a lot of advances have been made around HIV. I used to have to take over 150 tablets per week, nowadays I only need to take one tablet a day. I, along with a couple of friends and...

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Be part of the generation that stops the transmission of HIV in Aberdeen

In partnership with OPVG December 1, 2021, 9:00 am Stopping the transmission of HIV in Aberdeen and beyond – is it possible? The answer is yes! Here’s how the reality of living with HIV has changed and how you can help stop the transmission of HIV. Today is World Aids Day, which takes place annually on December 1. It’s a day to reflect and focus, to show support for those living with HIV and commemorate those who are no longer with us. And that makes it the perfect time to take a closer look at what it means to be HIV positive today, and how we can all help stop the transmission of HIV. What to know about HIV today With HIV tests, treatment, prevention and care we could be the generation that helps stop the transmission of HIV. But there are still a lot of myths and misinformation about what...

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