Yes yes, 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.
Editor-in-chief of beyondpositive
As a side note: My blog will continue to be published here, but will also be replicated over on beyondpositive.org