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Robert James

6th July 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Robert James
Robert James
Robert James:
Robert teaches law at the School of Law, Birkbeck College, is a patient rep at the Lawson Unit in Brighton and inadvertently collects medical conditions beginning with the letter ‘H’. He has been involved in treatment advocacy in haemophilia, hepatitis C and HIV for many years. He has injected, swallowed and inhaled medicines since he was a child but has not yet managed to get rid of any of his conditions yet. Maybe with the new HCV drugs this will be the year.

He was part of a group that collected the life stories of haemophiliacs with HIV and the families of haemophiliacs with HIV that is held in the British Library. He also looked at the history of AIDS activists’ involvement in medical regulation in England for his PhD. He has done research on the criminalisation of HIV transmission in the UK.

Robert was involved in the original campaign for recompense for people infected with HIV from NHS treatments for haemophilia in the late 1980s and thereafter with many HIV organisations including Body Positive, Mainliners and NAT. He is currently a member of the UKCAB, European AIDS Treatment Group and the Haemophilia Society.

The conversation with Robert

Robert James: The full conversation [41.2 MB]

Intro and the Robert’s journey from haemophilia to HIV[5.6 MB]

Diagnosed with HIV at a very early age[2.3 MB]

Disclosing at university was both terrible and alright[4.5 MB]

Often incorrectly assumed to be gay[3.0 MB]

Using HIV as a good filter to get rid of ‘the wrong’ people’[1.7 MB]

Intense stigma at the dentist’s[4.0 MB]

Using knowledge to combat stigma[2.6 MB]

Has HIV shaped your identity[1.8 MB]

Dealing with mortality before treatment[5.3 MB]

Did haemophilia help with dealing with an HIV diagnosis[2.3 MB]

The experience of disclosure in heterosexual dating[5.9 MB]

What drives you to continue working within the HIV sphere[4.7 MB]


6th July 2016
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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