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Philip Baldwin

Human Rights Activist

Campaigner/activist/author (www.philipchristopherbaldwin.com). Gay Times columnist. Stonewall Role Model. Instagram: @philipcbaldwin

Hep C: Speak Up

I was diagnosed with both HIV and Hep C in 2010. In November 2016, I sat down in my HIV and Hep C specialist's consultation room. I thought this was a routine consultation, but my specialist had some great news for me. A turning point had been reached in terms of access to the new direct acting antiviral (DAA) treatments for Hep C.
15/08/2017 17:02 BST

Full Trans Inclusion

The LGBT community is more empowered than ever before, but we still have considerable work to do for trans people. The report shows that we must empower individuals and change institutions, whilst also seeking legislative reform of, amongst others, the Gender Recognition Act and the Equality Act.
28/04/2017 16:00 BST

LGBT History Month

For me, Michelangelo is one of the most fascinating LGBT historical figures. The greatest artist of all time, his sculptures, paintings and architecture continue to shape the world we live in today. Michelangelo's sexual identity is played out in his art.
07/02/2017 11:07 GMT

I'm Happy, Healthy And HIV Positive

Testing for HIV is the responsible thing to do and is easy and confidential. The sooner you know your status the better. There are approximately 17,000 people in the UK who do not know their HIV status. If you are HIV positive and do not know, your health could be compromised.
24/11/2016 17:43 GMT

Positive East

Daylight penetrates from either side of the drawn down blind. Everything is submerged in a monotonous gloom. After a long struggle, I find the energy to get up and go to work. The previous day, I had been told that I was HIV positive.
13/09/2016 09:50 BST

Women and HIV

It is clear that more must be done to support and empower women living with HIV. As a gay man living with HIV, I am proud to show solidarity with women living with HIV.
08/06/2016 14:54 BST

Same-Sex Marriage in Northern Ireland

Whilst the UK has progressed on LGBT issues, in lots of ways Northern Ireland has been left behind. Northern Ireland's politicians are letting down the Northern Irish people. Politicians are failing to reflect their views on same-sex marriage and uphold the rights of LGBT people. As LGBT people we don't want to be treated as special, we want to be treated as equal. Northern Ireland has the right to have same-sex marriage.
13/05/2016 11:30 BST

Women and HIV

Stigma underpins the violence women living with HIV face. HIV and the stigma associated with it can destroy confidence and erode lives. Stigma operates in a number of ways. Women are often the first to be tested for HIV in a family.
22/04/2016 10:31 BST

Hep C Treatment

It's now only four months until I commence the new Hep C treatment. After five years of living with Hep C, I will soon be cured. The new treatment, using a medication called sofosbuvir, lasts 12 weeks and is almost 100 per cent effective. Hep C is the first virus that doctors have been able to cure. It is possible that Hep C may be eliminated in the UK within the next decade.
29/03/2016 14:59 BST

Ten Years Ago...

If, ten years ago, someone had told me that I would be the person I am today, I would not have believed them. I've developed in completely unexpected ways. I've tried to take advantage of every opportunity. I've successfully faced challenges.
05/02/2016 14:22 GMT

Angel

On 28 August 2014 I sponsored a puppy called Angel. Angel is a gorgeous golden retriever. She is yellow, furry and confident. Angel is being trained as a guide dog. I'm sent regular "pupdates" by the Guide Dogs, a charity which does important and massively empowering work.
12/01/2016 11:36 GMT

My Advice Is to Get Testing!

It was a traumatic experience when I was diagnosed with HIV in January 2010. I had visited Birmingham that morning for a business meeting and rushed back to London. I was in a hurry as I had to return to the office.
18/06/2015 11:05 BST

My Confirmation

There is a candle there which continually burns in remembrance of them. I like to think my candle is symbolic of the everlasting flame of Christianity which burns inside me illuminating my soul. I am now ready to move onto the next chapter in my life.
27/05/2015 14:53 BST

St John's

I am looking forward to my Christianity growing. My church is welcoming, fun and friendly. I would encourage anyone who is curious about Christianity to pay a visit to St John's.
21/05/2015 11:10 BST