The Aberdeen Lord Provost Dr David Cameron and Colin Stewart, Chairman and Co-founder of Positive Voice Grampian signed the Paris Declaration that meant Cities and Municipalities Achieving Zero HIV-Related Stigma and the 95-95-95 Targets on a Trajectory towards Getting to Zero New HIV Infections and Zero AIDS-Related Deaths
Category: World Aids Day
Stigma persists around HIV because of outdated perceptions of the virus and what it means to be HIV positive today, writes Sinclair Laing. December 1 is World AIDS Day. Or World HIV Day, as we prefer. Stop: that’s not your cue to click away! It’s an important day of recognition, but it’s far from your preconceived story of doom and gloom. If I may indulge for a moment, I’ll tell you a little about me, a person living a long, healthy, fun, open, professional, loving, and very fulfilling life here in the Granite City – with HIV. Before being diagnosed a decade ago, I had those ideas of HIV misery that perpetuated. Most of us did, except the few better informed. When I was diagnosed, I went through all the emotions: swore (loudly), cried (a fair bit), feared, blamed and shamed myself. I thought I’d die young and never be loved. But,...
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...
Netflix show Sex Education, now in it’s third season has a scene where a nurse is giving advice to a gay teen about HIV. In that 30 second clip it gives the right information and is worth watching. It was also reported on the BBC News website, see the following:-https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/newsbeat-58726081
Wednesday 1st Dec at 6pm – Four Unity, Regent Quay