Joan Shenton on London Live

IRF’s Joan Shenton was interviewed by the TV channel London Live today concerning the censorship and rescheduling of Positive Hell. Watch here.

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HIV testing campaign at Notting Hill Carnival 2015

In recognising that AIDS is often diagnosed late in the black community of Britain, the Do It London campaign will, for the first time, have a presence at the Notting Hill Carnival, which is an annual event that celebrates Caribbean culture and was originally started nearly 50yrs ago.

AIDS being diagnosed late in black people of all origin is due to a reticence to test. Hence when an AIDS-defining illness is found in a black person and they unfortunately then test positive for HIV, they are said to have AIDS and could’ve avoided illness by earlier testing and treatment. Yet if one is monogamous and not using injected drugs it’s understandable as to why one would ignore HIV testing.

The Do It London campaign appearing exclusively at an event that promotes Caribbean culture insinuates that black people are not only ignorant of testing but are the most likely to carry and spread HIV and AIDS.

Read the updated edition of Positively False on your Kindle now

The Kindle version of the 16th Anniversary Edition of Positively False is on sale from today – search your local Amazon site. The paperback version is, unfortunately, not available in some territories (e.g. Canada), so you will have to use the next nearest site.

The launch event for the book and the UK premiere of Positive Hell is tomorrow (5 Feb) at London’s Frontline Club (13 Norfolk Place, London W2 1QJ). [Google Street View] It is a short walk from Paddington rail/tube station, and opposite the main arch entrance of St. Mary’s Hospital (there may be a bus strike on this day, otherwise the bus stops for St. Mary’s Hospital land you almost directly at the venue).
There is still time to register for the event by contacting Joan Shenton via the contact button on this site.

The schedule for the evening is:
6:30pm: Drinks and canapés
7:00pm: Screening of Positive Hell (30 mins)
7:30pm: Panel discussion and book signing (although previously announced, DVD copies of Positive Hell will not be available to purchase but it will be available for download at a later date) [cash and card accepted]

The panel discussion will feature:
Joan Shenton – author and narrator
Dr. Christian Fiala – specialist in obstetrics and gynaecology
David Crowe – President of Rethinking AIDS
Dr Claus Koehnlein – specialist in internal medicine

Moderators are journalists Celia Farber and Neville Hodgkinson

Positively False + Positive Hell, paperback and London screening details

The paperback of the 16th Anniversary Edition of Positively False will be available from 14 January 2015. Search your local Amazon site or stay tuned to the dedicated site for links.

The dual launch event for the Kindle edition (out 4 February 2015, available for pre-order now) and the UK premiere of the short film Positive Hell will be at London’s Frontline Club on 5 February at 7pm. Refreshments will be available at 6.30pm.

The limited-capacity venue is in Paddington (a short walk from the tube station), opposite the main arch entrance of St. Mary’s Hospital.

After the screening signed copies of the paperback and film will be available. There will also be a discussion featuring veteran AIDS dissidents which will be moderated by journalists Celia Farber and Neville Hodgkinson. Positive Hell director Andi Reiss will also be at the event.

For admission please contact Joan Shenton via the button above on this site.

‘I Won’t Go Quietly’, London premiere @ SOAS

I won’t go quietly

6 women, one diagnosis – HIV-positive, yet healthy

A film by Anne Sono

Followed by a panel discussion with Anne Sono, Joan Shenton (award-winning journalist) and Mike Hersee, co-founder of HEAL London

Friday April 25th, 2014 at 6 pm SOAS, School for Oriental and African Studies, Khalili Lecture Theatre, lower ground floor of Main College Building Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG Entrance: £5, press free

Information and booking details here.