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WONDERFUL NEW THREE PART SERIES ON HIV / AIDS FROM SKY.

EVERYONE should be interested in the history and development of the HIV / AIDS story – especially in the context of Covid – which can be managed and helped by the sane type of drugs that have turned HIV from being a terminal condition into a life long manageable condition.

HIV treatments have a role to play in addressing COVID and other viruses that will probably develop in the near and far future.

The new 3 part SKY series is called POSITIVE.

I have watched 2 of the 3 episodes and have been deeply touched by the film.

  • Positive will premiere on Sky Documentaries and streaming service NOW on World AIDS Day, 1st December at 9pm.
  • The Sky Original docu-series uses intimate testimony from some of the earliest HIV patients and real-life heroes to tell the tragedies and triumphs of Britain’s 40-year battle with HIV.  
  • Positive tracks the recent social history of our country, from a nation mired in prejudice, intolerance and homophobia to a society that’s increasingly accepting of individuals’ sexual and gender choices. Through Positive, audiences will witness the making of modern Britain.
  • Across the three-episode run, the series takes us from the first recorded UK case in 1981 right through to the present day where prevention methods such as PrEP, and treatment methods leading to an undetectable status, are widely available and accessible to all, helping to create a world with less stigma and fewer new HIV cases.
  • The Sky Original documentary has been commissioned by Zai Bennett, Sky’s Managing Director of Content and Poppy Dixon, Director of Documentaries and Factual. The series is produced by the award-winning team at Arrow Pictures, where its Creative Director is John Smithson, the Executive Producer Lucie Ridout and the director Grace Chapman.

This is a very tragic and gripping story of 40 years of human suffering and great heroism on the part of many.

In the early 1980s I worked with a few young men dying of AIDS.

At that time there was a special ward for the condition in Belvoir Park Hospital in Belfast.

We all had to enter patients rooms in outfits like spacesuits. It was so scary and tragic.

I saw some lovely young people die very tragic deaths.

Thankfully there has been a total revolution in the treatment of HIV and now most patients with the condition live so long they die of things others die of – heart attacks, strokes, cancer etc.

DERMOT FARRELL’S RECENT LETTER TO DUBLIN PRIESTS.

91 replies on “WONDERFUL NEW THREE PART SERIES ON HIV / AIDS FROM SKY.”

Contributers to this blog and also readers as well, I wish you all a very happy and merry Christmas 🎉🎅.
Safe travels and take care, I won’t be back until after New year.

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Anon 9.36pm

Thanks.

Dublin. Might drop in one of Latin Mass for Christmas day just out of curiosity cos i never attend one, all was NO mass. 😉.

Leonie at 9.44am.

Thanks. LOLOL🤣

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Scientific progress allows people to live where previously they were doomed or, almost worse, had to endure quack treatments. I will look when it gets released outside the Sky infrastructure.

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12.15
Your avatar is closely reminiscent of the Grim Reaper’s – appropriately so in view of your contributions.

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People living due to scientific advance seems the opposite of the Grim Reaper, but hey put any construction on my words you like if it makes you feel good.

Obviously, given what this blog is, we should pray for them too.

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Thank God for advances in medication for those diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. People were treated horrendously and considered a danger to all. We pray for all who suffered and died and for those who presently suffer. No life threatening illness is ever nice nor wanted and no illness that isolates us from others through ignorance or stigma is ever pleasant. We need to be kind to all. I have met some men whose lives were impacted by this illness and I am full of pity for them. God bless them. The letter from Archbishop Farrell is sensible, practical and strikes a balance. Incidentally the Archbishop personally sent cards to all priests with our names handwritten and signed personally by him with an ordinary “bic” biro. I am very grateful for his personal touch. This never happened before and it’s a beautiful card.

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HIV is more manageable than diabetes and yet still has a stigma attached to it, whereas all these greedy priests still shovel endless cakes, buns, chocolates and fizzy juice down their gubs

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3.55: Hmmmm….at this hour of the night/morning, your gob seemed like you had your share of cupcakes or maybe something a little stiffer!! A late night caller!! Your comment is sickly like your brain. You saddo.

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Pat will we ever see any more celebrities as brave as you to announce they are positive and help reduce the stigma of this illness?

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7.36: Letter was sent by email. The card sent by Archbishop is personally hand written – Christian name and his own name…all personalised. Your comment is inane.

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Judge me if you want, I was a bug chaser when I was younger and caught the virus from a gangbang that a priest was also at, he is out of the game altogether but claims to have slept with a further 3 priests unprotected before he quit and they are all still active priests, know your status

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Howdy Bishop Pat from Winnipeg, CA we wish you all the love and best for the forthcoming holidays and 2022

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This is a subject very close to my heart and I am glad you have raised further awareness of it, you truly are inspirational and national treasure.

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I was thirty in 1981 and, although I had read about AIDS three years before in Time magazine, while I was working in the middle-east, but I never gave it much thought or did not understand what ‘Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome’ really was. However, by 1991 many gay people I knew or knew of, including close friends who should now be retired, had passed away. Despite it all going on around me, I was still looking for someone, going to gay bars, visiting gay holiday destinations, etc. but that gradually stopped as well as I grew older and by forty-five, all that was in the past too, more or less.

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Morning Pat, thanks for highlighting and for your work in this area. I’m not a subscriber to the Sky Network but will watch when more widely released. Thank God for advancements
in treatment as well as the reduction in societal stigma.

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I know a wee man from the neighbourhood who is a pinnacle of his peers and generation. He found out too late he was dying from an Aids related illness, and he eventually passed. But they’re in the British personnel

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Dear Father, Deacon,

What about the pastoral workers? They do all the work while your priests are in Yumbo Centre in Gran Canaria Dermot!

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Matthew, why employ pastoral workers? What are the contractual terms conditions duties and obligations of pastoral workers?

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Pope Francis has urged Vatican cardinals, bishops and bureaucrats to embrace humility this Christmas, saying their pride, self-interest and the “glitter of our armour” was perverting their spiritual lives and corrupting the church’s mission.
“The humble are those who are concerned not simply with the past but also with the future, since they know how to look ahead, to spread their branches, remembering the past with gratitude,” Francis told them.
“The proud, on the other hand, simply repeat, grow rigid and enclose themselves in that repetition, feeling certain about what they know and fearful of anything new because they cannot control it.”
“As a consequence, they neither learn from their sins nor are they genuinely open to forgiveness. This is a tremendous corruption disguised as a good. We need to avoid it,” he added.
Pax.

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5.40: Like many…Really? How do you know? Have you too been to the gay sex haunts of the Canaries where anything goes I understand? Bet you’ve had more than your lips kissed!!!! Get a grip. Your comment is typical of the closeted gays who goes all queer about other gays!

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Leave the man alone, he is entitled to holidays and a break like the rest of us. I’m a sex tourist and while most would judge me, God is my judge

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Cardinal Turkson’s interim successor has been appointed – Cardinal Michael Czerny S.J. (The next pope, Pope Michael).

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Hark the herald angels ping,
Robin Swann won’t let us do a thing. No more parties, work at home. In the streets you cannot roam.
Omni is far worse than the delta curse. Stay at home. Or they’ll be far worse to come.
For once I agree with Sammy!

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1.26: If you had a good brain you’d have understood that often we forget to correct misspellings before pressing “send”. Seems you are not smartly intelligent!! I was going to write in Irish and Latin! Guess you’d have great difficulty then. Revertere ad scholam. Conatur intelligences!! Or, essaie d’etre intelligent….Or, dean iarracht a bheit cliste!!

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11.31: Of course priests are “pastoral workers” but time has m8ved in Pat. Lay people have been trained to act as pastoral workers whereby they wirk alongside parish councils and teams. They generally act as coordinators of parish/school sacramental preparation programmes. They sometimes are part of lityrgy/faith/prayer formation programmes in parishes. If you are a priest on your own the presence of such people is a blessing, mostly. I just wish we had many, many more such people in parishes. They are a bonus in parishes.

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I rejoice that HIV medication has been a game changer in the treatment and transmission of HIV. However, I sense that in some communities it is treated as something that has effectively neutralised and eradicated HIV. Which, of course, it has not. Some youngsters appear blithely ignorant and careless about being on medication for the rest of their lives, and so take fewer precautions that they should. Taking any medication has side effects in varying degrees, and HIV medication are powerful drugs, which while having been immensely improved over the last couple of decades, will still have some negative side effects on those who take them. Yes, they will keep you alive, but they will also do other things to you. For example, observers will be aware that there is a distinctive look to some HIV people who are on medication, particularly facial changes in the fat and muscles distribution, as well as other physical changes in fat and muscles distribution throughout the body. Also, some changes in liver function and other things. These are powerful drugs bringing great benefits, but inevitably some side effects. So, while they are hugely to be welcomed, my appeal is that people are still very aware that HIV is something that will still have an effect on you, your health and your life even with medication. It’s much better not to get it at all in the first place. So, caution and prudence and good sense still need to be part of the picture. Again, though, I repeat that I rejoice in the achievement of science and medicine to help HIV people, so many of whom in previous generations were lost to me, to us……..

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Your call to care and caution is vital and I hope people listen to you.

I’d be interested to hear more detail from you on the side effects you mention.

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You’re way behind the times. I have been on anti-retrovirals for 10+ years and have never had any side effects. I do t even know I’m taking them. Same goes for everyone else I know.

Loss of fat and muscle is a symptom of untreated HIV. . Maybe it is also associated with the original medications like AZT but I wouldn’t know about that.

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Loss of sleep @2.10pm so don’t come across as the expert. What doesn’t affect you and Pat affects someone else.

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Is he vanished? Last report, which was admittedly awhile ago, is that he was welcomed back to the Priory. Bishop Pat mentioned on this blog that there appear in photos to be two prior’s chairs in the refectory, which would be indication that Pervy Kirby not only there but that he’s being honoured as emeritus and founder, presumably with the knowledge of Bishop Deenihan.

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4.03: MYOB…that’s his business alone. Would you appreciate if your medical history was publicly announced? You are an idiot.

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5.14
Don’t you think his congregations would like to know so that they can better appreciate the sermons he preaches or, as may be, critique them?

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6.46: Do you, sir, tell all your colleagues and neighbours about your personal struggles and medical history or sexual odysseys? I doubt it. Get real…

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8.28
That cover-up mentality is only one small step away from the cover-up mentality which enables the sexual abuse of children go unreported and continue.

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8:28 Thank you for admitting Pat’s contention that there are priests leading double lives.

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A well known priest who hops from lay by toilet from trucker to trucker is hiv positive but he pays private and does not use nhs services

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@5.43pm To pay private for hiv drugs is astronomical. Anyone in the gay cruising community will tell you that laybys are basically closed down over a year. The police visit too often. Get your facts correct in future..

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Where is our priest? Always on holiday, lives off site with a male ‘friend’, never on duty and is always out running.

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Me and my ex bf had an open relationship which was entirely his suggesting but he refused to pay £18 a month to buy Prep (before it was available for free) and as a result he contracted HIV the tight (monetary wise) git but he is still leading a happy healthy life and we have since split up

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We aRe all so lucky in the third world to have these advances I hope one day in Africa they can also, and then all of them come and live over here with us

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6.12: Alan – another lie. A sweeping statement that is most unjust, untruthful and frim one who probably hasn’t a clue about a priest’s daily life, particularly those who are on their own. I’m not interested in your lies. But do try to be an honest person who speaks out 9f real experience. I know some teachers, civil servants, gardai etc…who are selfish but i woukdn’t brand entire professions as you do. Plonker. Off you go now to visit the elderly or homeless people close by…Off you go with your goodies!!

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This is why Daisy chain NI was created amongst clergy in belfast, to stop the need for them having sex outside the circle and risking the potential of sti related issues that would have highlighted their homosexual lifestyle. However, one priest has broke away from the chain and found love with a non clergy man and the rest of the chain are in a panic he may expose them to sti and/or exposure itself. The next few months will be crucial for the existence of this secret club.

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I know that situation and in fact it’s different now. The poor priest is about to land on his arse for his boyfriend has returned to his ex-partner…….they were out for dinner the other night and word is that they are getting back together. There’s definitely something “fishy” about that situation. But the priest is a decent sort- he will be hurt but he won’t expose anybody.

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It’s strange how tides turn, for years the homosexual priests were more at risk of HIV, now it is the turn of the heterosexual ones like Dallat who are at risk, or was he just experimenting?

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6.32: If your comment is meant as a curious, sarcastic observation, it’s a very unkind, homophobic slur, on Pat and on all gay men who contracted this dreaded and crippling, life changing illness. The throwaway phrase “homosexual priests” as against heterosexual men is a slur. Ate you one of those closet gays who sees all others through your bigoted lens?

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Breaking
Hi Bishop Pat. I have it on good authority that the Papal Nuncio to
GB has now offered the See of Glasgow to two men now (one not an existing Bishop) and both have declined. Not sure what happens now – does the 3rd and final man on the list be contacted now, or does the whole process start again?

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I see the Glasgow and Paisley branch of Daisy chain have all been on holiday last week but not one of them posted on Facebook! They know that Bishop P is on to them!

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The 23rd day of December. The penultimate day of our advent reading of the 24 chapters of the Gospel of Luke. There was a noticeable glimmer of a stretch in the evening, 10 days on from the earliest sunset of the year.
23:34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

23:42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

23:47 The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.”
Pax.

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I think Dermot Farrell gets it ( empathy on a sliding scale ). Any outreach of a personal nature is so human among a bunch who have not cared for decades , The blessings and radiance of a Harry Clarke window or a Wicklow sunrise or a Galway sunset…..or the smile of a newborn child on anyone open to receiving such. Wherever good is found, there is God. A bientot……

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…… and leave any priest with empathy for his fellow travelers in his parish….. alone….ahead of the churches history.

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