HIV, Hope & Charity is a podcast series that gives people living with HIV a voice, along with discussing wider HIV related topics, such as PrEP, issues facing small charities and a bit more of an insight into who we are.
HIV Heroes – UK Positive Lad
In this episode we learn about Tom Hayes and Jess makes her case as to why he is an HIV hero. Tom is an absolute force to be reckoned with and works tirelessly to advocate, support, educate and create change in the world of HIV.
Tom Hayes, Author at beyondpositive
Tom Hayes – PositiveLad (ukpositivelad.com)
Home – Saving Lives (savinglivesuk.com)
HIV-positive campaigner Tom Hayes on the horrific moment he was wrongly accused of ‘deliberately infecting’ others – Birmingham Live (birminghammail.co.uk)
Positively Thriving | LiVLife
HIV Heroes – Princess Diana
Today we feature a true icon and dig a little deeper into her involvement in the field of HIV and we learn why she’s Sarah’s HIV Hero.
Princess Diana’s very real role in fighting the stigma of Aids | Letters | The Guardian
How Diana, Princess of Wales was instrumental in trying to stop the stigma against HIV/AIDs | Tatler
The Crown: True Story of Princess Diana’s Visits to AIDS Wards (elle.com)The day I met Princess Diana when she visited a London HIV center (gaystarnews.com)
Gallup Vault: Fear and Anxiety During the 1980s AIDS Crisis
HIV Heroes – Be More Jide
This week Jess’ HIV Hero is an openly gay, openly HIV positive, British-Nigerian Priest of the Anglican Church of England. Some call him The Happy Holy Homosexual, but you might have heard of him as the, phenomenal, Reverend Jide Macaulay. #bemorejide
HIV positive gay priest Jide Macaulay: ‘I thought I’m going to die’ (pinknews.co.uk)
Ministry and Me, with Rev. Jide Macaulay by Black Boy Joy Podcast • A podcast on Anchor
Nigerian Gay Pastor Jide Macaulay Shares His Story ▷ Legit.ng
Jide Macaulay – NBJC Ubuntu (beenhere.org)
House of Rainbow
Home – Saving Lives (savinglivesuk.com)
Mildmay – Transforming the Lives of People living with HIV
Poetry Inspired – Rebirth with Jide Macaulay – Poetry Inspired – Rebirth; is a poetry blog to share my inspired poems, the greatest strength and source of my writing is my faith and spirituality. I also write about my pains, challenges, joys and hope, seek healing from the emerging words. It is my hope that there will be opportunities to share other peoples work. I also want to share this space with writings that connects with sexuality and sexual orientation. (wordpress.com)
HIV Heroes – Lord Fowler
It’s back to the 80’s again this week where Sarah delves into the history of the ‘Don’t Die of Ignorance’ adverts and we learn what Lord Fowler was up against when trying to get launch this public health campaign.
AIDS: Monolith (1987) – YouTube
HIV Heroes – Be More Jill
In this episode of ‘HIV Heroes’ Sarah and Jess talk all things Jill Nalder. This incredible woman has had a huge impact on the lives of so many people living with HIV. Her experiences also helped inspire the smash hit series ‘It’s a Sin’. #bemorejill
HIV Heroes – Positively UK
This week we feature not just one HIV Hero, not two, but a whole bunch! Sarah tells us the story of the wonderful women who founded Positively UK. Learning the history of such a fantastic organisation is fascinating, so go and have a listen now and learn about some more HIV Heroes!
Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; and USAID announce innovative collaboration to support health supply chain leaders in low- and middle-income countries | Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance
Positively Woman: Living with AIDS: Amazon.co.uk: O’Sullivan, Sue, Thomson, Kate: 9780044409434: Books
Sean – It’s a Sin Special
Sean talks with us about his experiences of being a young gay man during the 80s and 90s and also his experiences of volunteering as a ‘buddy’ with TVPS for those who were dying of AIDS during that time. He’s our very own Jill!
Below you can find the links we mentioned, and more…
aidsmap | aidsmap
Avert | Global information and education on HIV and AIDS
Home | Safe Sex Berkshire
Home | Terrence Higgins Trust (tht.org.uk)
HIV Heroes – Reclaim Dugas!
In this ‘HIV Heroes’ episode of our podcast, Sarah and Jess talk about the fascinating story of how Gaëtan Dugas, a Canadian flight attendant, became known as the infamous ‘Patient Zero’, those who debunked this myth and how they did it.
HIV Patient Zero cleared by science – BBC News
Killing Patient Zero | Fadoo Productions
Patient Zero and the Making of the AIDS Epidemic Book
The Origins of AIDS Book
Cluster of Cases of the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome: Patients linked by sexual contact (nih.gov)
1970s and ‘Patient 0’ HIV-1 genomes illuminate early HIV/AIDS history in North America
“Patient Zero”: The Absence of a Patient’s View of the Early North American AIDS Epidemic
And the Band Played On – Wikipedia
Mark – It’s a Sin Special
After moving to London in the early 90’s Mark was diagnosed with HIV. He shares his experience of being diagnosed at the height of the AIDS epidemic.
Rich – It’s a Sin Special
Rich shares his experience of his wife being diagnosed with HIV in the early 90’s when she was pregnant with their son.
We also give a shout-out to some other great HIV related podcasts
Podcast | Positively UK
Positively Thriving | LiVLife
HIV Hour – RadioReverb
Tell Me About It on acast
Talking Stigma with Gareth Thomas (podbean.com)
Episode 7 – National HIV Testing Week
Sarah and Jess talk all things National HIV Testing Week, including all the different ways you can test for HIV.
TVPS – 1 minute HIV test at discreet venues (free)
Time to Test – Postal HIV test for West Berkshire residents (free)
HIV Test – Postal HIV tests (free)
Fettle – Postal STI testing kits (paid)
Superdrug – Home HIV Test (paid)
Safe Sex Berkshire – sexual health clinic information
It Starts With Me – NHTW campaign website
Mother of all Lists – Being a Positive Mother
Episode 5 – Allan
Allan opens up about what happened and how he felt, when he was newly diagnosed, 4 years ago and the journey he has been on since then. We talk family, disclosure, recovery and everything in-between.
Episode 6 – Sean
Sean talks with us about 26 years of volunteering with TVPS, from starting out as a ‘buddy’ to becoming the Chair of our organisation. He also gives us his views on the changing face of HIV, funding cuts and the challenges that small charities encounter.
Episode 3 – Andy
Andy shares his experience of taking PrEP, from initially buying it himself to later becoming part of the PrEP Impact Trial. He takes us through why he takes PrEP, how he doses, what happens on when you become part of the trial as well as how it’s improved his sex life.
Episode 4 – Jack D
Jack talks with Sarah and Jess about being diagnosed with HIV at 15 years old following his first sexual encounter. He shares with us how he handles HIV disclosure and how this had changed for him over the 16 years of his diagnosis.
Episode 1 – Sarah & Jess
Sarah and Jess have worked at Thames Valley Positive Support (TVPS), an HIV support charity in Berkshire, for a combined 26 years and in this episode, they share some of their experiences of working within the HIV/charity sector along with why they feel there’s a need for an HIV podcast.
Episode 2 – Sheila
Sheila talks with Sarah and Jess about living with HIV as a woman, juggling relationships, motherhood, work and all the usual stresses and strains of life. She explains why she feels her HIV diagnosis helped her achieve her goals and how she learned to accept her diagnosis and love herself again.