As long as HIV and AIDS remains a killer across the world we must not detract from our fight against it, but on today's World AIDS Day, I hope that by next year's we will be closer to never needing another.
A long-term condition framework for understanding HIV is not yet fully embedded within the thinking of the general public, the media, politicians - or our NHS. The framing of HIV as a long-term condition has not replaced the dominant image of HIV as a serious, communicable disease, which is ultimately fatal but for the constant innovation of medical science.
In this horrible year, it has been really tempting to despair. From Syria and ISIS to Brexit and Trump, it sometimes feels like we're being tugged together over a cliff. But when I feel that sense of bleakness coming, and I want to give up, I remember something that happened to me, a long time ago now. I want to share it with you, as a small candle in the darkness of 2016.
Surviving that night in November was in many ways the start of my journey. I now want to do everything I can to help those who are too stuck in the mire to seek help themselves. Suicide is not the result of an incurable disease: it is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.
Antimicrobial resistance is, first and foremost, an evolutionary process that reduces the effectiveness of antibiotics as microbes become resistant to the effects of medication previously used to treat them; it is the expected collateral damage caused by their mere use.
Whether you come from a home that sticks tangerines at the bottom of Christmas stockings or you keep a vessel of this orange fruit as an everyday pop of color in the kitchen, this juicy winter citrus is at its peak now.
We need to talk about not only the NHS, but also the language we use about the NHS. Criticising the NHS is too often conflated with criticising the staff who do a marvellous job for the NHS. They are doing fantastic things, but it's often in spite of rather than because of the structure in which they work. Criticising the NHS is not to criticise the doctor who saved your mother's life or the value of modern medicine.
Everyone should get good care as standard, everyone should be treated as a person, not like they are on a treadmill or production line. Whilst there are examples of excellent care and support, for others the system is still letting them down.
Have you ever looked back on your life and realised that you had a Sliding Doors moment - a point where if you had taken a different train, or missed a certain bus, how different your life would have turned out? In my case, it was someone else's life in the balance as well - literally.
Patients are given a special drink before their operation. This lemony-tasting drink contains a chemical called 5-ALA which is absorbed by cancer cells and then basically rearranged into a much larger molecule - one that looks a little bit crystal like.
Suicides are a complicated and personal issue. Every families' experience of it is unique. While there is always more to learn, I will continue to hold the Mayor to account on his campaign pledge to help ensure we tackle this problem and save lives.
If you or a loved one have just received news that breast cancer is now part of your lives, you might find yourself looking for answers while dealing with big emotions. You might also find that breast cancer jargon feels like a foreign language course you didn't sign up for.
We all know that music can affect your mood. The 'Eye of the Tiger' could have you fist pumping for joy one moment and Celine Dion has rendered you to tears the next (obviously the song choices are subject to musical taste...).
In my book, Babyopathy - baby care the natural way, I demonstrate the difference between sensory stimulation which babies need to support brain development and sensory overstimulation which can have a negative impact on:
Before we'd even sat down, the consultant told us all the tumours had shrunk. My friend let out a slow breath, Oh that's wonderful, he beamed - at me, the consultant and the nurse. My bottom had just hit the seat and I was about to place my handbag on the floor when the doctor spoke again, 'So here are your blood test forms, we'll see you in four weeks.'
There is so much to discuss and evaluate. The first of the regular meetings at which the STP will be discussed is next week, and I hope the next stage will be the widest and most open of consultations. I hope many of my Bristol South constituents will take part.