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November 30, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


40 Years of HIV

40 years on since the first HIV diagnosis, look how far we have come.

From the hopeless life-threatening disease of the early 80s to successful treatment and a manageable long-term health condition.

Thanks to advancements in HIV treatment, we can now keep HIV suppressed by taking daily medication, which allows us to live healthy lives without the worry of passing HIV on to others.

It is often forgotten that activism, direct action, and lobbying by our community of people living with HIV and their allies that forced governments and pharmaceutical companies into action. It was also our community who fought for us to be treated with dignity and in doing so changed forever the relationship between Dr and patients, amongst other radical changes in healthcare provision.

The Bloomsbury Patient Network and the Peer Support Team would like to invite you to this event, where some of those activists and community leaders will recall their contribution to the fight against HIV and the impact that has had on HIV care over the last 40 years.

The Bloomsbury Network and Mortimer Market Peer Support Team jointly welcome:

  1. Silvia Petretti who will talk about the work and journey of Positively UK
  2. Sophie Strachan from Sophia Forum which promotes and advocates for the rights, health, welfare, and dignity of women living with HIV through research, raising awareness and influencing.
  3. Dan Glass is an  Aids Coalition to Unleash Power’ (ACT UP London) healthcare and human rights activist, performer, presenter, and writer.
  4. Simon Collins is an HIV-positive treatment advocate who co-founded i-Base in 2000. He started ART in 1996 with a CD4 count in single figures.
  5. Garry Brough, one of the founders of the Bloomsbury Network, will talk to us about how the BN came into being and look at future developments.
  6. Angelina Namiba – Angelina has been living with HIV since the early 90s and has over 24 years of experience working in the HIV sector. Her special areas of interest include the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women living with HIV, especially regarding pregnancy, and enabling good quality of life for young people living with HIV.

Please join us as we hear from and ask questions and discuss with these inspirational people and how we can learn and develop our own empowerment of living with HIV


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November 30, 2021
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Bloomsbury Network


Bloomsbury Network

Empathy Education Empowerment

The Bloomsbury Network, Mortimer Market Centre, Off Tottenham Court Road, London WC1E 6JB