HIV Conversations @the MediCinema
Wednesday 2nd August, 2017
6:00 pm - 7:00 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.
An activist, mentor, ‘man-about-town’ and film buff, Marc Thompson has worked in Public Health and been a fierce advocate for social justice for 25 years, with a focus on Black minority and ethnic communities, sexual health and HIV. He is particularly interested in the intersection of race, sexuality and HIV and the impact it has on individuals and society.
Marc has worked and volunteered with various community based organisations including GMFA, Big Up, Living Well and Terrence Higgins Trust.
Marc is currently a coordinator of Project 100, the national peer mentor programme being managed by Positively UK. His role is to manage the national roll out of the programme, which aims to recruit and train people living with HIV to become peer mentors, across the country and to work with providers of services to develop and implement peer mentoring programmes locally.
Marc is also a co-founder of Prepster, a community based intervention that aims to educate and agitate for PrEP access in England and beyond and a co-founder and editor of Black Out, a website dedicated to providing a safe space for black gay men to share their narratives and build community.
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.