Decades on from the intial HIV epidemic, and with an ageing population, there’s as much need for a buddy scheme as there ever was…
I believe PrEP to be one of the most significant moves forward in HIV prevention, and having lived with HIV since 1980, that’s saying something!
We’ve got several HIV epidemics going on, and one group is being brushed under the carpet – we’re the inconvenient past: the people damaged by early HIV drugs
‘Body Counts’ is memoir, but with one hell of a slice of history. The history of HIV in America seen through eyes of the author. Details aren’t spared.
Older people with HIV and people who are long term diagnosed are being increasingly marginalised. I’ve been asked in no uncertain terms not to go on about the “old days” for fear of scaring the newbies.
It’s now a cliché to compare HIV disease to diabetes, but I’ve never heard a diabetologist say “It’s nothing to worry about: it’s just like having HIV really.”
It’s way past time that a history of HIV were compiled from the memories of those who know it best: the long term survivors. Unfortunately this book is not it.
For 30 years now gay men have been living artificial sex lives: The advice in “How to Have Sex in an Epidemic”, published in 1982, was right then, but now?
Whilst some of us may experience side effects with our treatment it’s worth remembering that many don’t. Side effects are not compulsory.
The whole informal system of mentoring broke down in eighties when the epidemic started, like everyone else I knew I was too damn busy looking after brothers and lovers while worrying like crazy for myself.