RadioReverb, Brighton’s community radio station, to broadcast special edition of their HIV Happy Hour radio show to support World Aids Day on Thursday December 1.
HIV Happy Hour is a magazine style show which launched as a world first on RadioReverb just over one year ago.
Since launching it has become one of RadioReverb’s most listened to shows with the podcast being downloaded from here in the UK to as far as the United States, The Philippines, Australia and Zimbabwe.
Guests have included a cross-section of people who have been affected by HIV, including heterosexual males, females and gay men. The show also interviews professionals who give advice, such as Duncan Churchill, a Brighton HIV consultant from The Lawson Unit at the Royal Sussex County Hospital.
The main aim of the show has always been to challenge the negative thinking and image that many people living with HIV hold about themselves, and to inform and educate listeners in a light hearted and fun way about HIV.
The show openly discusses how guests have coped living with the virus, and promotes positive steps to finding help, advice and comfort.
Over the last fourteen months, HIV Happy Hour has developed it’s “soundtrack of my life” format which asks weekly guests to talk about the songs which mean so much to them since learning they were HIV positive.
In line with activities around the globe, World Aids Day will be celebrated on HIV Happy Hour with a recorded interview with the team at Lunch Positive, the HIV lunch club, there will be a specially recorded vignette about World Aids day and why it’s important to raise awareness each year, and this week’s feature “sound track of my life” will come from local resident John Russell, who is a long time survivor of HIV (over 30 years) who was also an old friend of Freddie Mercury.
Martin Chatfield who hosts the live show every week, said: “I feel really proud of the show as it’s the only one of its kind in the world. I’ve learnt so much about living with HIV and as everyone’s journey is different it means we can give out a lot of advice to people listening whether they are HIV or not.
To listen to the HIV Happy Hour World Aids Day special, tune into RadioReverb 97.2 FM on Thursday December 1, between 7-8pm and for regular shows every Thursday at the same time, with repeats on Tuesday’s at 12 Noon and each Wednesday at 9am.
HIV Happy Hour is made possible with a grant from the Rainbow Fund, who give grants to LGBT/HIV organisations providing effective services to LGBT people in Brighton and Hove.
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