Meet our authors

MEET OUR AUTHORS

MEET THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE STORIES

Living with HIV can be difficult, but you're not alone – the HIV community is here to support you every step of the way.
 

We have created this site with people living with HIV for people living with HIV. We know that hearing about other people’s experiences can help you feel more confident in your own HIV journey, empowering you in your care and giving you the support you need.
 

Each community contributor brings a unique perspective, helping us to build a clearer understanding of what living well with HIV means for different people.
From Brad’s insights on long-term thriving, to Tom’s self-advocacy tips, and much more. Learn more about the team in their bios below.

Tom Hayes
Tom Hayes

Activist. Role model. Change maker.

After almost a decade of living with HIV, today, Tom is the editor of Beyond Positive and a fierce self-advocate. Learn more about his HIV journey and be inspired to take an active role in your care – after all, life doesn’t stop at HIV.

Brad Hepburn
Brad Hepburn

Self-advocate. Mentor. Trailblazing.

Brad has been living with HIV and involved in the community for 30 years. He helped write the script for care, government policies and everything in between. Now in his 60s, he finds himself playing an important role again – helping others age well with HIV.

Robert Fieldhouse
Robert Fieldhouse

Specialist. Advisor. Empowered.

Diagnosed 15 years ago, Robert has now spent over 2 decades as a treatment educator and HIV writer. In this time, he developed an in-depth understanding of how HIV care has evolved. Today, he’s on a mission to help other people take charge of their care and their life.

Angelina Namiba
Angelina Namiba

Empowered. Collaborative. Path finder.

Being diagnosed with HIV was a shock to Angelina but she now feels comfortable with her status. For her, joining support groups and speaking openly made all the difference. Feel inspired by her confidence and see how HIV can’t hold you back – from a career or a family.

Samantha Dawson
Samantha Dawson

Educator. Motivator. Partner.

Samantha has lived with HIV for 13 years and is the manager of HIV charity, Body Positive. She has gone from self-stigma to self-advocacy and is helping others do the same. Explore her experiences as a woman living with HIV and discover how community support could help you thrive.

Dr. Laura Waters
Dr. Laura Waters

HIV Specialist. Pioneering. Ally.

Working as an HIV consultant and the current Chair of the British HIV Association, Laura has a wealth of experience. Looking beyond treatment, she promotes a holistic approach to care. Explore her medical insights for tips on getting more out of your care.

Xiana Albor
Xiana Albor

Activist. Speaker. Go-getter.

Inspired by the brave women she met while volunteering at George House Trust, Xiana is now using her voice to empower others. She isn’t afraid to tackle tricky topics and shares unique insights into her life as a woman living with HIV.

Adela Mugabo
Adela Mugabo

Innovator. Campaigner. Role model.

Adela works for George House Trust and is excited about the innovation that’s still possible within HIV care. She sees a bright future in which HIV is an even smaller part of her life. Learn how Adela’s aspirations inspired more open conversations about her care.

George Montague
George Montague

Thriver. Enthusiast. Aspirational.

George is 93-years-young and has been living with HIV for over 20 years. With the support of his loving husband Somchai, George has changed treatments and overcome long-term side effects. Discover how he continues to stay as fit and healthy as possible. 

Romy Mathys
Romy Mathys

Supportive. Advocate. Leader.

Romy has been living with HIV for over 3 decades and, after feeling empowered by sharing her status, she now refuses to hide it. Today, she empowers others on their HIV journey in her role as counsellor and peer mentor with Aids Hilfe Bern.

Roman Krakovsky
Roman Krakovsky

Collaborator. Go-getter. Carer.

Roman has tackled self-stigma to find himself in a position where he can look to the future with confidence and excitement. Today, he uses his voice to promote open conversations and support people throughout their journey with HIV.

Christian Vincent
Christian Vincent

Ally. Leader. Hopeful.

Learning how to ask for help transformed Christian’s experience with HIV. He now advocates for others, helping to show them that they can and should live happy and healthy lives with HIV. Hear his story to discover ways you can continue to thrive.

Raymond Timmer
Raymond Timmer

Supportive. Empowered. Self-advocate.

Raymond’s journey with HIV hasn’t always been easy but today he uses it as a source of strength and inspiration. Feel empowered by his story of self-advocacy and discover the importance of being your own biggest fan.

Hans Nijs
Hans Nijs

Activist. Carer. Mentor.

Hans was diagnosed with HIV at just 18 years old and has been living with HIV for 10 years. He is focused on understanding the long-term effects of medication on people living with HIV and ways of improving side effects of HIV medication.

Marvelous Muchenje
Marvelous Muchenje

Supporter. Enthusiast. Pioneering.

Marvelous is a professional activist who has made it her mission to improve the lives of others through collective action using her experience as an HIV-positive woman. Discover how she sees inclusivity being key to improving quality of life for all.

Bratislav Prokic
Bratislav Prokic

Specialist. Campaigner. Partner.

After being diagnosed with HIV in 2006, Bratislav made it his mission to educate people like himself that their diagnosis doesn’t have to define their future. Learn more about his optimistic outlook and how it can help those living with HIV.

Bryan

Change maker. Speaker. Educator.

Bryan has been living with HIV for 27 years and works for CHIVA, the Children’s HIV Association. Find out how being diagnosed at 11 helped shape Bryan’s outlook on life and to understand his place in the HIV community.

Guillermo
Guillermo

Collaborator. Trailblazer. Thriving.

Guillermo learnt the importance of understanding and education when he didn’t receive support from his family when he discovered he had HIV. Discover how acceptance from others helped improve his emotional outlook on life.

Bruce Richman
Bruce Richman

Determined. Activist. Change maker.

Bruce is a renowned activist and founder of the Prevention Access Campaign, the organisation that created the U=U message that is now known around the globe today. Discover how the U=U message still drives Bruce to educate others to this today.

Moritz Krehl
Moritz Krehl

Champion. Ambassador. Thriving.

Moritz journey with HIV started in 2011 when he was diagnosed with HIV. Discover how an open conversation with his health care professional helped him overcome his fear of his diagnosis and allowed him to move forward in his life.

Sarah Bisholo
Sarah Bisholo

Advocate. Motivator. Speaker.

After receiving an unexpected diagnosis of HIV, in 2001 Sarah found strength in overcoming her fears with the help of her friend Arjun. See how she overcame her diagnosis and gained a better understanding of HIV and her treatment options.

Susan Cole
Susan Cole

Confident, Bold, Driven

Susan is a HIV activist, broadcaster, writer and public speaker, advocating for people living with HIV for two decades. Be inspired by the incredible work she does leading community engagement for HIV information charity, NAM aidsmap.

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