Well the last twenty-four hours have been interesting. Yesterday afternoon I got an email from a producer at ITV’s Daybreak breakfast show asking me to give them a call, it turned out they wanted me on the sofa the next morning to give my opinion on the HIV home testing kits that are due to be legalised come April 2014.
I ended up being booked onto a train only a couple of hours later, a car met me at Euston and took me to my hotel where a camera crew turned up to shoot promos, they left about midnight and I set my alarm for 05:00am. My alarm went off, I got up made myself presentable and a car took me to the studio. After several coffee’s I got plonked on the Daybreak sofa with Dr Hilary Jones and we were interviewed by Matt Barbet and Kate Garraway. I think it went pretty well – but you can check out the interview here: https://www.itv.com/itvplayer/daybreak/15-08-2013 (I’m on at 07:23am).
The car picked me up again and dropped me off at London Euston. Just as I was about to board my train I got a call from SavingLivesUK who wanted me to talk on their behalf on BBC Radio 5 Live’s morning show. So they sent another car for me, whisked me off to BBC Broadcasting House and I was interviewed alongside Sir Nick Partridge of the Terrence Higgins Trust by Phil Williams. It was a much more in-depth piece on HIV, focusing on stigma and the lifting of the ban on HIV+ healthcare professionals. You can catch the interview on BBC iPlayer here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0388b33
After that I headed back to Euston and got a train home to Birmingham. Now I’m sat in my office at my day job struggling to keep my eyes open. I’m going to sleep well tonight!
Let me know what you think of the interviews in the comments section below!