Matthew Hall was diagnosed with HIV as a 23-year-old in 1995. Given effective antiretroviral treatment was yet to become available, HIV was considered a death sentence at this time.
In 1996, I obtained a premium seat on the floor in the corridor at the XI International AIDS Conference, held in Vancouver.
The 1980s was a peak time for ‘gay’ and ‘community’. They were also the time that we got to understand the HIV epidemic
Part of the story of Talkabout and its contribution to people living with HIV in NSW.
As a Positive Speakers Bureau speaker of 21 years for Positive Life NSW, I have been privileged to hear stories and see lives transform.
Being a ‘good gay boy', I was tested every six months for HIV and STIs, which in retrospect seemed quite strange as I was almost your quintessential ’40-year-old virgin.’
Sydney in the 70s was a cool place to explore your sexuality.