Why I’m taking part: Yvette
‘I feel confident about testing and I go to the sexual health clinic regularly, every three months or so.’
Yvette started supporting the It Starts With Me campaign a few years ago after seeing some of the campaign adverts. She was particularly inspired by the campaign’s use of real people and their stories to address HIV. Yvette is now one of the people featuring in the campaign and here she speaks about why it matters so much to her:
‘I made the decision get involved in this campaign because I am from Rwanda where a lot of people are living with HIV, and I also know people here in the UK who are affected by it.
‘Unfortunately HIV is always linked to stigma, it has always been a taboo. If you talk about HIV around some people they think you are sleeping around. However, it shouldn’t have this stigma – I feel confident about testing and I go to the sexual health clinic regularly, every three months or so.
‘I work for the TV channel VoxAfrica and so when I heard about the campaign, I approached Terrence Higgins Trust to see if we could help promote it to our viewers and I’ve been involved ever since. I love the posts by regular people all over the UK talking about testing. Sometimes, you see people you know – last year my colleague had her picture taken wearing the It Starts With Me T-shirt. The real people and real voices are my favourite part of the campaign as it helps people realise we all have a role to play.’