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Beyond Positive - verticalYes yes, I know it’s Monday and I know you’d all rather be in bed than in the office but such is life. Come on, get a coffee and sit down. Right.

As most of you know by now I’ve been living with HIV for two years at this point and there’s not a single part of that journey I’ve not tweeted, blogged or spoken on TV/radio about. You’ve had front row seats to it all – the ups of getting good blood results, my birthdays, meeting my boyfriend, through to the lows of depression, nasty rumours and attempted suicide.

Over those two years I’ve been privileged enough to be able to not only share my story with you guys on UKPositiveLad.com and Twitter, but also with the general public too – I’m incredibly grateful to Attitude Magazine, FS Magazine, MidlandsZone Magazine, BASELINE Magazine, The Times, Gaydio, BBC Radio 4 & Radio 5 Live, BBC World News, Sky News and ITV Daybreak (I’m sure I’ve missed a few out) for giving me the chance to share my story with a wider audience and help me on my mission to educate and let others benefit from my misfortune.

During that time, however, I’ve noticed something of a vacuum when it comes to lifestyle content aimed at HIV-Positive people in the UK. For the most part HIV content online falls into one of two camps: 1. Prevention information aimed at HIV-negative people or 2. Medical information aimed at keeping HIV-Positive people healthy. Now I don’t know about you, but I think we deserve better…

So, say hello to beyondpositive.

My initial vision for beyondpositive was an online lifestyle magazine written for HIV-Positive people by HIV-Positive people, but after some soul searching I felt that we were unnecessarily limiting ourselves. We often use the phrase “people living with HIV” when talking about HIV-Positive people, but at beyondpositive we’ve extended that definition to not just the person with HIV, but the people in their lives too – their partners, friends, family and co-workers.

HIV touches every facet of our lives, every person we’re close to – and so will beyondpositive. We aim to bring you the latest HIV related news from across the world, columnists from every walk of life, opinion pieces that aren’t afraid to raise a few eyebrows, reviews of products/apps/sites/etc that matter to you, healthy eating recipes and exercise plans.

So please, join us for the journey. You can subscribe on our homepage at beyondpositive.org, you can follow us on twitter and like us on facebook.

Tom Hayes
UKPositiveLad
Editor-in-chief of beyondpositive

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10 COMMENTS

  1. Tho in Tasmania Australia I’m 41 and been pozz 26 yrs willing to share and help on anyway I can I’m also at @jaimieymr on Twitter and on face book as jmr

  2. […] Last Saturday I facilitated a session on Personal Activism at Positively UK conference for people living with HIV. My partner in crime in the session, co-facilitating, was Tom Heyes, the rising star of the HIV blogosphere behind the UK Positive Lad blog and tweeter feed, as well as editor of the new online magazine Beyondpositive. […]

  3. You are so awesome! I don’t think I’ve truly read through anything like this before.
    So wonderful to find somebody with genuine thoughts
    on this issue. Seriously.. many thanks for starting this up.

    This site is something that’s needed on the web, someone with a little originality!

  4. Hey Tom and readers,

    My name is Christian and I have recently started an online dating site specifically for those living with HIV.

    I would love to speak to every one of you and hear your feedback on the site!

    We donate to several charities within the UK and we are looking to donate worldwide when ready.

    Any feedback is welcome x
    http://www.positiveplus1.com

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