Anthony Babajee

HIV-positive activist

Ant Babajee tested HIV positive in 2007. After he came to terms with his positive diagnosis, in greatest part because of the support he received from Terrence Higgins Trust (THT), he started on his journey as an HIV advocate and campaigner. Ant now describes himself as being ‘unashamedly positive’. He became a trustee of THT in 2013 and continues to volunteer with the charity in a variety of roles.

Ant currently works in marketing for a London university, but his background is in broadcast journalism, including five years at the BBC. He has sought to use his media skills to raise awareness about HIV and has been interviewed on numerous occasions for national channels and publications about his experiences of living with HIV, including ITV News, Sky News and BBC Radio 2. He was also invited to speak at the European Parliament in Brussels in 2014.

Ant is a member of the UK-CAB HIV treatment advocates’ network and recently became a member of the British HIV Association (BHIVA). He is passionate about reducing HIV stigma and is currently campaigning around access to PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis). Ant believes that a key message of empowerment for HIV-positive people is #UequalsU – the hashtag spawned to spread the word that having an undetectable viral load makes an HIV-positive person uninfectious. He is hopeful that - with a concerted effort around increasing access to regular testing, same-day treatment for people testing positive, along with PrEP - the UK can exceed the UN's 90-90-90 target and stop new HIV infections here within a decade.

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