A very important topic…
Trans activist Juno Roche writes for The Queerness on the myriad issues associated with being a trans woman and HIV-positive.
It’s all about the numbers.
It’s quite lonely being a campaigner (if that’s what I am) who focuses on what it means to be trans and HIV-positive. It’s lonely because not many people want to engage with me or other trans women who are HIV-positive.
When my focus was on ‘education and trans identities’, people were queuing up to talk and work with me.
People sometimes say, ‘It’s great what you’re doing’, but by private message, I know the stigma of HIV is alive and kicking.
I’m currently trying to carry out some simple research about trans sex lives and safe sex provision and it’s almost like if people agree to talk to me then they have an association with HIV.
It reminds me of people worrying, in years gone…
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