Middlesex University LGBT+ Network co-chair Ant Babajee has been living with HIV since 2007 — and never faced the virus when no treatment was available. He reflects on how Queer as Folk and now It’s a Sin tell unforgettable gay stories from a uniquely British perspective, but that so much of our LGBT+ history stills begs to be unashamedly told.

Mark Ashton is being celebrated as one of the heroes of LGBT+ History Month 2021

Saturday 2 January 2021 is my 14th annHIVersary — the day in 2007 I received my HIV-positive diagnosis.

Former BBC journalist Ant Babajee has been living with HIV since 2007. Now working in digital marketing and studying for a master’s in public health at Middlesex University, he calls for a national framework and funding for peer support and empowerment for people with the virus to tackle the epidemic of loneliness and isolation.

On 2 January 2020, I celebrated my 13th annHIVersary — the day I received my HIV-positive diagnosis 13 years ago. For World AIDS Day 2019, I gave the following interview to GMFA to accompany my photos in The Undetectables issue of FS magazine. I reflect on how living with the virus has changed and how everyone can be an HIV activist.

How long have you been living with HIV?

How long have you been undetectable?

Ant Babajee and friends at Eurovision 2018 in Lisbon
I’m missing my Eurovision friends — but we’re keeping in touch with the weekly #EurovisionAgain watch parties

Wednesday 2 January 2019 marks the 12th anniversary of my HIV diagnosis. In this interview to accompany the latest HIV Stripped Bare photo shoot, I reflect on what’s changed — and what hasn’t — in my first dozen years living with the virus.

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Photos © Chris Jepson

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Unashamedly undetectable: ex-BBC journo, uni marketer by day, HIV campaigner and public health graduate by night

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