Jonathan Grimshaw was one of the first men to be infected by HIV in Britain. Here, he talks about survival and the illness that has become his life’s work
By the beginning of 1987, Jonathan Grimshaw had established himself as the UK’s most visible HIV-positive man. He looked striking: he was 32, bald and he often wore a bow-tie. He spoke eloquently about a terrible disease, something he’d been diagnosed with soon after the tests became available in February 1984. With no specific treatments, his prognosis was not good, but he believed his best chances of survival lay within the realms of activism, honesty and education. So he wasn’t at all surprised one day to be seated on a sofa for an explicit live television programme with Claire Rayner.
It was National Aids Week, the first of its kind, and all the channels had given…
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