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Jonathan Blake

3rd August 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Jonathan Blake
Jonathan Blake
Jonathan Blake:
Jonathan was diagnosed HTLV3 in October 1982 at James Pringle House part of the Middlesex Hospital under Ian Weller.

He declined the offer to go on to the Concord trial and thinks this saved his life. Jonathan expected to be dead within the year. Feeling very isolated & in December of 1982 he attempted to commit suicide but when it came to it he couldn’t kill himself.

Jonathan met the person with who he was to start a relationship this meeting was to turn his life around and now some 33 years on is still in a strong relationship.

In 1982 Jonathan retrained as a Tailor and went on to work as a costume maker at English National Opera from 1987 till his health gave out in 1996.

In 1996 Jonathan was the face of THT’s first Safer Sex Campaign aimed at gay men.

Jonathan was 33 when he was diagnosed & never imagined he’d make 40 but he will be 67 in July.

The conversation with Jonathan

Jonathan Blake: The full conversation [24 MB]

Intro and reaction to your diagnosis of HTLV3 in 1982[2.2 MB]

Hospitalised opposite a sick patient you already knew[2 MB]

What stopped you from killing yourself in 1982[2.8 MB]

Meeting your long-term partner Nigel and his reaction to your disclosure[694 Kb]

Described as the Bad Boy of HIV-AIDS in the mid-80s[2.3 MB]

A successful career at the ENO but lack of understanding elsewhere in society[2.2 MB]

CD4 counts fell to below 200 in 1990, and caused a breakdown[5.4 MB]

As well as your beloved garden, what else kept you busy[1.6 MB]

What do you think is causing the current epidemic of HIV infections in young gay men[2.9 MB]

How has living with HIV changed your perspective on life[1.4 MB]

Audience questions, comments, and close[4.6 MB]


3rd August 2016
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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3rd Floor, Lift Bank C, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, 369 Fulham Road
London, SW10 9NH United Kingdom
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