'HIVIPS' Robbie Lawlor & Enda McGrattan (aka Veda Lady) are changing the world through their tireless HIV advocacy work, ‘ARTivism’ and their enlightening and incredibly entertaining PozVibe Podcast.
Their mission is to smash HIV stigma and create a shame free world for people living with HIV, which we really love!
BGF’s very own Matt Rule, Community Ambassadors David Polson, Terrilee Simpson & Steve Spencer and BGF community members were interviewed for the podcast whilst the dynamic duo were ‘Down Under’ for Sydney WorldPride.
All these episodes are available now. You can also check out other episodes and subscribe by searching for PozVibe wherever you get your podcasts, or by clicking one of the links below:
In addition to being the Emeritus Founding Chair of Qtopia Sydney, David is a passionate HIV advocate and was one of the first 400 people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in Australia.
Over the years, David put his body and his life on the line in 28 HIV drug trials so that people living with HIV today can live long, healthy lives.
A stigma warrior, David works tirelessly towards raising HIV awareness and reducing stigma & discrimination through education. Recently for International Zero HIV Stigma Day, he said:
"There is absolutely NO SHAME in being HIV. HIV is just another medical condition caused by a virus. Today there are treatments that enable people living with HIV to live a fully productive healthy life whilst also preventing them from passing on the virus to anyone else. Help stop this awful HIV stigma and discrimination."
You can listen to his story on Spotify below
Episode 3 of the PozVibe Podcast features BGF’s Matt Rule.
In the episode, he shares his personal experience of living with HIV for 12 years, speaking candidly about the self stigma he experienced and had to overcome to get to where he is today.
He also spoke to Robbie and Enda about Bobby Goldsmith the man, his ongoing legacy through BGF and why after almost 40 years, we’re more needed than ever.
You can listen to his episode below.
Episode 4 of the PozVibe Podcast features BGF Ambassador, the spectacular Steve Spencer!
Steve said: "In this episode we talk all things HIV and bisexuality including my own journey as a positive bi man and what we must do to reach the point where other positive bi+ people can feel safe to be out, where we can access services safe for us, and where we can all thrive as individuals and communities."
It's a truly insightful and enlightening interview so be sure to check it out below!
Episode 6 of the PozVibe Podcast features the amazing Terrilee Simpson - BGF Community Ambassador, proud First Nations Wiradjuri woman and long term survivor of HIV.
Twenty five years ago, Terrilee discovered she was HIV positive after the death of her daughter from an HIV brain infection. Terrilee wasn’t tested during pregnancy because she wasn’t considered a risk – she has been fighting to change this way of thinking ever since.
Listen to Terrilee's story below.
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