HIV Conversations @the MediCinema


Wednesday 7th February, 2018


5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Chelsea & Westminster Hospital
369 Fulham Road


HIV Conversations is a new initiative at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, where each month, a different speaker explores different aspects of living with HIV, such as diagnosis, fighting stigma, love, dating and sex. Staged in the hospital’s state-of-the-art MediCinema, which the public are invited to attend. The HIV Conversations take place on first Wednesday of each month.

Simon Collins

Simon is an HIV positive treatment advocate with HIV i-Base which he co-founded in 2000.

He was lucky to be one of the people who was just caught by HIV treatment, starting in 1996 with a CD4 count in single figures. He joined a small group of HIV positive people to tun a new treatment-focused organisation called ATP, and for the next few years increasingly focused on learning about HIV treatment.

He believes that HIV positive people should have the choice to be actively involved and represented at all levels of our care. He manages the i-Base Q&A service and edits a technical publication called HIV Treatment Bulletin and a set of non-technical resources for HIV positive people – all available online.

He has also become involved with HIV research groups including the START, PARTNER and PROUD studies.

Sound recordings of the previous conversations are archived online.

The colourful MediCinema is on the 3rd floor (Lift Bank C) and has capacity for 40 seats, 6 wheelchairs and 4 beds, which as well as providing conference facilities, enables patients to enjoy time away from wards.

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