"The only thing that stopped me committing suicide was that I couldn’t bear the thought of someone clearing up my mess. It was 1982 and I’d been to my GP with the kind of swollen glands that hurt when you shook hands with someone. Tests showed I had HTLV3, the original name for HIV. At the time there was all this news filtering in from the US about a mystery illness – that it was terrifying -and terminal. If I can’t kill myself, I thought, I’d better just get on with it."
Not long after his diagnosis, he met his partner Nigel, then got involved with LGSM: Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners. "I thought we’d take the story of what we did, raising money for the mining families of a town in Wales, to the grave. But a film about it -Pride- came out last year. I like the way my character [played by Dominic West] is portrayed: he’s neither a victim or tragic – HIV is just part of who he is," said Jonathan. "I managed without medication until 1996 and then tried different combinations until I found the one I’m on now. My health is not perfect, but I’m here 30 years later. I don’t know how I survived. The funny thing is, this life I’ve had with HIV, I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. It’s taken me on some amazing adventures."