HIV activism is a state of mind

Speaking Up!

What is activism? how does it differ from advocacy? Those were the first two questions we asked ourselves at the HIV Treatment Activism training organized by the UKCAB last week.

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We agreed that advocacy was about acting on behalf of others, to ensure they could access good HIV services and receive the social support they needed and were entitled to. Advocacy includes providing accurate information to people living with HIV and signpost  them to services.

Activism is something greater. Activism is about the ambition of creating wider change in people’s attitudes, in people’s hearts, in people’s way of thinking and in people’s awareness.

Activism is a state of mind.

We decided that we were both advocates and activists. This is why we spent the five days, from Wednesday to Sunday, learning some important skills. There were 15 of us in the room, and I was pleased of seeing a good…

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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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