Becoming an Healthwatch Trustee and Coming Out in My Neigborhood

Speaking Up!

I have spoken in front of thousands of people about living with HIV, however rarely was I so nervous as last night, when I had to speak in front of quite a number of Lambeth residents explaining why I wanted to seat on the board of my local Healthwatch. Healthwatch are local organizations that champion patients’ rights in the new NHS. The one I have joined is in Lambeth, South London.

Lambeth has the highest HIV prevalence not only in the UK but in the whole of Europe. In our borough there are probably over 3000 people living with HIV, nearly a third still undiagnosed. We have a large population of people of African and Afro Caribbean origin, and also many gay men. Those  populations are particularly vulnerable to HIV.  Lambeth has also very high levels of poverty, or social deprivation – as they like to call it. Lately there…

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About thepositivevoice

We originally set out to advocate and campaign for and on behalf of people living with HIV in Greater Manchester. But we chose to slightly change our name by adding beyond. Therefore our name is Greater Manchester & Beyond of People Living With HIV & AIDS. Cause there are many issues that affects people living with HIV we now look ate other health and social care issues that will affect people living with HIV in their everyday lives. For the purpose of this site we have chosen a strap-line name hence our user name here - this is of course "thepositivevoice". The reason for this is often the issues that affect us can be quite daunting and discriminatory to our very existence. So whatever negative we hear and see - we endeavour to turn that into a positive. There are many examples where a negative has turned into a positive and one of those example is the term "Queer" - well that is also quite interesting as some people in the lesbian and gay community don't like that very word - some have decided to own it. Therefore any person that calls another person (the example here) queer - some gay people will reply yes we are. As time moves on and I as the author of this blog - information will be never-ending. So watch this space.
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