I so wish I could have met Mark. I would have given him a big hug and thanked him for all he did for our community.
The story of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) was joyously told in Pride (2014) — one of my favourite films. The final two scenes never fail to make me cry — solidarity in action is amazing to see.
As Mark and his friends in LGSM march in Pride across Westminster Bridge, we read that Mark Ashton died…
It is certainly not a day for personal sadness. I think of it as a bittersweet anniversary: I’ve learned so much since that day — about the virus and treatment, as well as about myself and others.
I’ve met so many amazing and brilliant people who have helped me to believe that anything is possible, if you are organised and try hard enough.
It’s a day to remind myself of how the support of my peers and volunteering in the HIV sector helped me to cope with the emotional burden the virus brings.
No one of sound mind would choose…
Living with HIV can be lonely. But I’ve been on a journey over the past decade. When I received my HIV-positive diagnosis back in 2007, I was working as a journalist for the BBC in rural Somerset where I grew up. Back then I knew just one other person living with HIV but he lived a considerable distance away. I was struggling with a number of challenges in my life: for one thing, I was in a long-distance relationship and we were starting to grow apart. I had symptoms I suspected might be the virus in October 2006, but it…
Name: Ant Babajee
Occupation: CRM Manager and MSc Applied Public Health student
More than 12 years — I was diagnosed at the beginning of 2007.
Nearly a decade — I started medication in April 2010 and became undetectable soon after. I keep taking my medication every day and so I have been undetectable ever since.
I have proudly participated in quite a few photo shoots and videos for GMFA over the years, including The Undetectables campaign two years ago. I am passionate about changing perceptions of people living with HIV.
I did the #10YearChallenge the other day and…
Coronavirus is having an impact on every facet of our lives. For those of us who sit under the LGBT+ [Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans] rainbow umbrella and who are working from home, we are suddenly inviting colleagues into our homes every time we go online for a meeting.
Even for those of us who are out and proud in the workplace, this can still have its challenges: it’s one thing for my colleagues to know I am a euphoric Eurovision fan — forever to ’til the end of time — but quite another for them to see the life-size…
Name: Ant Babajee
Occupation: CRM Manager and student of MSc Applied Public Health
Years living with HIV: About 12 — I was diagnosed in January 2007
Are you undetectable? Yes — and unashamedly so! I’ve been undetectable since 2010.
I feel a bit like protagonist Toby Darling in writing this — writing is not something that comes easily to me. But I had to write about this play.
I am pretty sure I’m not the latter, so maybe I am the former! Inspired by EM Forster’s novel Howards End and directed by Olivier and Tony award-winning Stephen Daldry, The Inheritance is a two-part epic that dives head first into the heady and hedonistic world of the New York gay scene.
What does it mean to be a gay man a generation after the Aids crisis? How do we memorialise…
I have been living with HIV for more than 10 years — you might say I am a bit of an HIV old-timer.
As I have just celebrated another year living with HIV, I thought it was a good time to put together some pointers for people who have recently got their news.
What would I tell my newly diagnosed self if I knew on 2 January 2007 what I know now?
The first thing I want to say is:
World Aids Day is a time for reflection. 1 December 2017 will be my 10th living with HIV, a virus that without treatment can damage the immune system and lead to Aids.
I received my fateful phone call on 2 January 2007. It was a life-changing moment for me, but I was fortunate: effective combination therapy for HIV had been first introduced more than a decade earlier. I would have to find a way to live with this virus. …
Visibility. If I had to sum up why I walk in Pride in just one word, visibility would be the one.
I first walked in a Pride march during my Erasmus exchange year in Cologne back in 1998. Not long before I had come out as gay in my first year at university at Oxford Brookes. It was an experience I will never forget — an exhilarating feeling of freedom.
Further Pride marches followed in Oxford and in London, where I walked with Stonewall to protest for the equalising the age of consent and against the infamous Section 28.