'I started working in the HIV field in the 1980s and things have come on a long way.
I didn't think I'd be working long in HIV. Research into a vaccine was under way and we didn't expect it to take longer than a couple of years.
But there have been some promising changes when it comes to treating HIV. Some very effective treatments mean it is possible to live a long, healthy life with HIV.
We don't yet have a cure but prevention is key. Take precautions and get tested if you're at risk. Treatment is more effective the sooner you start.
I'm hopeful we will find a cure one day but, at the moment, we all need to be aware of HIV.'
If you're worried you are HIV positive, book an appointment with your doctor for an HIV test. It's a simple blood test. Finger prick tests are also available.
So what are you waiting for? Even professionals believe that prevention or at least an early diagnosis are crucial, so take your life in your own hands and take those tests. The sooner the better.