- July 19, 2017
I have learned something today. What I have learned does not sit well with me. I have learned that the bigotry and ignorance surrounding the HIV infection is still as enormously outdated as it ever was. Sad times.
Back in the late 80s, when I was a teenager, the HIV and AIDS crisis was a hot topic. Nobody seemed to know very much at all about the origins of this ‘killer virus’, and fear spread amongst everybody. I remember at around 14 or 15 years old, going out for the day with a friend of mine....
- May 26, 2017
I am one of those women. One of those women of a certain age, and it’s only quite recently that I realised it. I’ve just been for my 3 yearly smear test. Ugh. Men don’t know they’re bloody born! Smear tests are one of those things that we women categorise along with the likes of going to the dentist; you know you have to do it, you just don’t want to do it. Although given the choice, I’d take the dentist any day of the week!
12 years ago, having a smear test probably saved my life. Ooh, dramatic I hear you say. I say, not at all. The first I realised that the results from that test had come back as abnormal, was when a letter arrived on my doormat one morning informing me that an appointment had been made for me at the hospital, where I would meet with a Consultant, and a biopsy would be performed if he thought it necessary.
I immediately phoned my Surgery to see if they could shed any light for me, as by now I was at DEFCON 5! I was transferred between the receptionist and the practice nurse for what seemed like an age before one of the doctors came onto...