What do people living with HIV say?
Harun Tulunay (UK)
"I came to the UK from Turkey in June 2015 on a Business Person Visa which meant that I could only work as a self-employed person doing contract work. I was referred to a job in a British/Turkish company and began working as a contractor in the marketing department"
"I moved to London in 2018 to start working as a chef in a trendy East London restaurant. Since my diagnosis in 1999 I had not shared my HIV status with anybody apart from a very small number of hand-picked friends"
Chris McFarlane Baxter (UK)
"I was diagnosed HIV+ in July 2017. After graduating I had gone to live in Spain, working as a teacher. I worked hard and played hard – not always responsibly. I returned to the UK in 2016 and had a short-lived relationship with a woman on my return"
"Eventually I couldn't face my co-workers out of shame/embarrassment and quit. Ended up losing my apartment and became homeless. Filed a complaint, went to mediation, got a very small settlement to keep my mouth shut"
"I had a senior role in a large international healthcare related business with head offices in the UK. I had been working for that organisation when I was diagnosed HIV+ in 2001. I didn’t feel comfortable sharing that diagnosis with my employers but when I was diagnosed with cancer I had to tell them about that."
Aaron McNerlin (UK)
"Soon as I stepped onto the floor, I could feel the tears coming again so I beelined for my team leader who could see that I was upset. We went to a private part of the floor and I explained to him that I need to go to the hospital, that I have HIV and need the afternoon off"
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