London’s gay scene has become host to a new HIV-Positive pub crawl, an event to help positive gay and bi men make friends and help fight stigma at the same time.

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On Thursday 16th January 2014, nearly 40 HIV-Positive gay and bisexual men met up on the London gay scene for HIV-Positive pub crawl. Our Editor-in-Chief, Tom Hayes, went along to the first one to see what was happening.

The crawl, dubbed #PozPubCrawl, organised by the charity GMFA started at 19:00 at the Kings Arms on Poland Street. Attendees were invited to wear red clothing so that they were easy to pick out – when I walked into the bar all I could see was red tops. It was an amazing sight to behold.

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We then went on to Comptons, on Compton Street, for the next round. We lost a few people en route, but gained a few more at Comptons. After a few more drinks we headed to Man Bar, on Charing Cross Road. I’d not been in Man Bar since it used to be 79CXR – I was pleasantly surprised with the changes.

Over the course of the evening we plenty of people come up and ask us why we were all wearing red and what we were doing. It was a great opportunity to open some minds and answer a few questions people had.

A lovely evening was had, I saw old faces, met new ones and did plenty of networking – over the obligatory gin & tonics.  The next event is on February 20th 2014 – link here.


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