Beloved Irish drag queen Panti Bliss took to her official Facebook page to share her latest project ‘HIV GARAGE’, a collaboration with ‘My HIV, My Rules, My Journey’ a campaign focused on helping those living with HIV to plan for their future.
Panti Bliss appears alongside musician John Grant in a video entitled ‘HIV GARAGE part 1 – The garage opens its doors’ uploaded to the campaigns YouTube channel, that highlights the importance of taking care of your health as you age for those who are HIV Positive. John explains that, like getting your car serviced, as you mature with HIV, it is important to know the risks keep up to date with your health as HIV can accelerate the ageing process.
This theme of a ‘journey’ is one the campaign has run with before, again with Panti starring in a ‘HIVAir’ sketch, which explains the importance of taking charge of your health and utilizing the resources provided for a long and healthy life with HIV.
These light-hearted sketches not only spread awareness and provide resources for those living with HIV, but it also helps to destigmatise the disease to a wider community.
The website itself is full of information for those with HIV, including links to medical professionals, support groups and guidance on how to plan ahead. One resource that the organisation are currently driving is the HIV Garage’s ‘Health MOT’.
The ‘Health MOT’ is a personalised checklist anyone can create on the website by checking the boxes and reading the provided information which applies to them and their journey with HIV. The checklist can then be printed off and brought to that persons’ HIV consultant or their annual GP assessment as a reminder for what they wish to discuss.
Though there is no set date for when the second part of the video series will be released, there is plenty of information available on the campaign’s website for those affected by HIV to freely access.
See myhivmyrules.co.uk for more information.
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