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Rich Watkins

March 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Richard Watkins
Richard Watkins
Richard Watkins:
Richard is a professional actor and singer. He was diagnosed HIV positive in July 2016.

As an actor, Richard has performed across the UK, Europe and Australia. He is trained in musical theatre, has performed as a singer and cabaret artist in London and abroad, and has West End and prime-time television credits to his name.

Since his diagnosis, Richard has been actively involved in prevention campaigns and in supporting newly diagnosed groups. After quickly embracing his HIV status, he began volunteering in both his clinic and within HIV charities. He now works as a Health Promotion Officer for Terrence Higgins Trust and as Patient Representative for Bloomsbury Clinic.

Richard strongly believes in the importance engaging with those newly diagnosed. His recent diagnosis provides him with insight into the experience of those who get a positive result today, in a climate of constant medical advances and with the recent game changer of Undetectable Viral Loads. As such, Richard willingly and openly shares his story with newly diagnosed patients at his clinic, to provide community and support. He finds the power of communication and the sharing of stories to be of great value in creating a strong and supportive community for those living with HIV. Richard has also been involved in clinical trials and actively participates in discussions surrounding the medical side of HIV.

Richard appeared in a BBC Documentary “The Monkey Lab” in which he discussed living with HIV (nothing to do with monkeys whatsoever!) He will also appear in an upcoming short film about the lives of people within the HIV community.

The conversation with Richard

The full conversationĀ (47 minutes 28 second)

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Date:
March 7
Time:
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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