Thursday, 14 April 2011

Latest developments on HIV

While I work in the disability field and am often involved in disability policy (responding on behalf of the Green Party to government consultations etc) as well as having several disabled activist friends, I hardly ever talk nowadays about my own disability or have contact with others who are also HIV+. That was certainly not the case in the 90s when I was active in running a support group for people living with the virus, nor in the years from 1998 to 2001, when I was a trustee and Vice Chair of the Positive Place in South London, a centre for people living with HIV, which unfortunately closed over a year ago. My problem is that, unlike some others involved in politics, I am not a single issue person, and see health, economics, foreign affairs, social policy, equality etc as all intrinsically linked and so often get drawn into aspects of all of these.

This has been one of my busiest weeks, having chaired the London Ambulance Service Patients Forum on Monday night, travelled to Birmingham and back on Tuesday night to debate the cuts (representing Coalition of Resistance) and taken minutes last night at the Green Left committee meeting. Tomorrow night I get a night off for good behaviour:)

However, tonight I am attending a meeting on HIV - details below -which will be on the latest reseach in the field.

This week... THE FUTURE OF LIVING WITH HIV - Thursday 14th April 6.00 - 7.30

A medical up-date - with feed-back from last week's British HIV Association (BHIVA) conference.

We will have up to date news on all the latest thinking, medical advancements, developments and future research.

Dr Ian Williams (who is stepping down this year as Chair of BHIVA), Dr Gary Whitlock and Dr John Thornhill will lead the discussion

The venue will be Lecture Theatre 2 in University College London's Cruciform Building at the top end of Gower Street between Uiversity Street and Grafton Way. Nearest tubes Warren Street and Euston Square.

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