POSITIVE VOICE Providing HIV Education since 1991
POSITIVE VOICEProviding HIV Educationsince 1991 

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A Positive Voice Talk

The drama "It's a Sin" gave a whole new generation of young people an insight into the early years of HIV/AIDS in the UK and has proved to be a catalyst for many discussions about those living with HIV and those affected by the virus.


While the focus of the drama was a group of young gay men the reality of HIV in the 1980s and early 1990s was that other groups of people were also grappling with the illness including young heterosexual women like myself.


As part of your Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) curriculum, Emma can provide an honest, straightforward and sometimes even amusing account of 33 years of living with HIV.


Topics covered in a 'Positive Voice' talk include


  • The Basics - What is HIV? How is it transmitted? What is AIDS?
  • Being diagnosed HIV positive
  • Disclosure to friends and family
  • Sexual Health and Relationships including up to date information such as U=U and the availability of PREP/PEP
  • HIV Treatment (the past to the present)
  • The early years and the progress today
  • UK and global statistics 
  • HIV and COVID-19 (living through 2 pandemics)


International research has shown that positive speakers decrease fear and prejudice about HIV, change perceptions and break down stereotypes.

If you are interested in having me visit your school or organisation to deliver a 'Positive Voice' talk then please use the Contact page



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© Emma Cole Living with HIV since 1991