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World AIDS Day - fear, community and hope

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START DATE 1 December 2017
START TIME 01:00pm

H116 Hatchcroft Building, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, London, NW4 4BT

END DATE 1 December 2017
END TIME 02:00pm

We stand on the cusp of a medical and scientific miracle – the end of new HIV cases in the UK in the next decade. What's stopping us getting there: stigma, shame and apathy.

This World AIDS Day, Middlesex University hosts a groundbreaking panel of people living with the virus, all experts of what it means to be HIV positive in 2017.

Confirmed panellists include:

Silvia Petretti - Deputy CEO, Positively UK. Living with HIV for 20 years.

Marc Thompson - Activist, mentor and health promotion specialist. Living with HIV for over 30 years.

Alex Sparrowhawk - Membership and Involvement Officer at Terrence Higgins Trust. Living with HIV for eight years.

Krishen Samuel - South African HIV activist, and MSc Global Public Health and Policy graduate from Queen Mary, University of London. Living with HIV for eight years .

The panel will be chaired by Ant Babajee, an HIV campaigner and former trustee of Terrence Higgins Trust, who studies MSc Applied Public Health and works here at Middlesex University. This will be his 10th World Aids Day living with the virus.

Since the 1980s, more than 35 million people worldwide have died from HIV-related illnesses. We will reflect on the lives lost and heartache at the hands of the virus that, if untreated, can lead to Aids. We will remember the community, hope and activism forged in the heat of battle against a global epidemic.

We will discuss where we are today after more than 20 years with effective antiretroviral medication against HIV. Are we harnessing new biomedical tools such as PrEP readily enough, and are all of the most affected groups reaping the benefits? Are the public health and prevention benefits of HIV treatment – termed U=U [undetectable equals untransmittable] – widely known? Why is there still so much resistance, even among healthcare professionals, to adopt new ways of thinking around HIV? How can we help social attitudes to move on?

As people with HIV grow older, will their care needs be met effectively? With recent news about a dramatic drop in new cases across the UK, could we see an end to the HIV epidemic here in the next decade?

Please join us for what promises to be a heartwarming, informative and engaging discussion.

Book your place here –

Read the accompanying MDX Minds blog post


Date: Friday 1st December 2017
Time: 13:00 – 14:00
Location: Room H116, Hatchcroft, Hendon Campus

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