My Digital Debut in Attitude Magazine
Well hello there!
Don’t you look fine in your best Summer shorts? It’s such a beautiful day today, seems a shame that I’m writing to you from deep inside an air-conditioned building with little to no natural light.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with me, I’m Sam. I’m a 25 year old gay guy from the UK who ended up being diagnosed with HIV last Summer. Ever since I’ve made it my mission to raise awareness of the disease, fight the stigma surrounding it and raise money for the charities who are on the ground helping out.
When I was diagnosed I found it nearly impossible to relate to any of the literature I was given, and when I searched online I couldn’t find anyone with HIV around my own age to talk to either. So I set up this blog and my twitter account to share my experiences, with the aim to both educate and show the world that it’s not all doom and gloom, but nor is it a walk in the park.
A couple of months back I was contacted by Matthew Todd at Attitude Magazine, Europe’s No.1 Gay Lifestyle magazine, he asked if I would become a regular contributor and share my message. I was, what I call, thrilled.
My first double length column (ahem) is out today in the Attitude iPad edition, which can be downloaded from the iTunes store. The physical magazine will be in stores next Friday (1st June). It’s also the ‘Naked Issue’ this month, so you’ll be treated to more hot flesh than you can (or probably should) shake a stick at! You’ll learn all about my life to date, my past, how I found out I had HIV, what’s happened since, and my plans for the future.
I hope you take the time to download the iPad edition, or pop to the shops next week and pick up a copy.
I’d also be really interested to hear what you think of my first piece, so please please please write/email/tweet into Attitude Magazine to let them know, and feel free to leave comments here as well as tweeting/emailing me.
Sunny Smiles all round,