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Deanna Blegg

Deanna Blegg

  It can be difficult describing me as a person without including HIV, or having it define who I am. I like to think I live life independently of it and it doesn’t affect me. However, daily there are constants, little reminders, like the pills I take, the...
Patrick Coville

Patrick Coville

  My name is Patrick and I would like to share my story with you. I am not very good with dates, maybe because it brings back memories and souvenirs of time and events I would sometimes rather forget. So why not start with the more happy memories: I have been...
Sandra Porter

Sandra Porter

  My name is Sandy Porter and I am a proud woman living with HIV. I grew up in a large, loving family in a small country town. I moved to Melbourne in 1985 following the man of my dreams and along with that a fairytale life that most girls have when in love. I...
Glenn Filbin

Glenn Filbin

  My name is Glenn Filbin and I was diagnosed HIV Positive in 1997. I am about to turn 52 and I am one of the lucky ones. I was admitted to the Alfred Hospital Emergency Department very unwell. I had Toxic Shock Syndrome. Three days later I was told I was HIV...
Jeffrey Robertson

Jeffrey Robertson

  I am an AIDS activist, facilitator, trainer and community-based volunteer  coordinator of an HIV and Hepatitis C support and education group based in Warrnambool .I have been living with HIV for over twelve years. I first started speaking out about HIV/AIDS...
Dr Eric M Glare PhD

Dr Eric M Glare PhD

  As a biomedical scientist, Eric worked on HIV brain research before he contracted HIV. Now his own brain bares the consequences of HIV. Anti-HIV medications no doubt saved his life but did not prevent him from becoming infected with viral meningitis where he...
Max Niggl

Max Niggl

  Max has worked as Living Positive Victoria’s Positive Speakers Bureau Coordinator since 1999. He is constantly inspired by the HIV speakers he work with and believes there must be an ongoing community discussion about HIV. Max has presented at local, national...
Peter Davis

Peter Davis

  Peter caught HIV in 1985 at the age of 18 in Melbourne after just two sexual risk exposures: unprotected sex once with a man and also once with a woman. Is his 30th anniversary since that infection something that he will celebrate? Peter works as a documentary...
Sebastian Aristos

Sebastian Aristos

  My name is Sebastian Aristos. I am a 48 year old HIV positive gay man. I am working part-time for Telstra and studying a Graduate Diploma of Counselling part-time too. I live with my partner in St Kilda. I have had some experience of public speaking as I have...