Positively Charged

Medically speaking, it would be better to be diagnosed with HIV than diabetes. But thanks to continuing ignorance, those living with the virus are subjected to a stigma that is almost unparalleled. With the 30th anniversary of World Aids Day set to take place this Saturday, Caomhán Keane speaks to people living with or fighting the condition, and finds out how Ireland ranks in the global battle to eradicate the virus

25th November, 2018
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Robbie Lawlor and Maurice Leahy with their dogs, Trigger and Moby. Lawlor, who is HIV positive, says: ‘People often don’t go further in their relationships because of their HIV status’ Pic: Fergal Phillips

Ireland hasn’t witnessed a proper national discussion about HIV since the height of the Aids crisis in the 1980s. It’s time we had it.

According to provisional figures released last week by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre, 454 people were newly diagnosed with HIV in Ireland in 2018, an increase of 66 people from the same point last year.

On average, there is a new HIV diagnosis in this country every 18 hours. Our...

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