My name is George Rodgers, I'm 54 years old and I've been living with HIV since 1994 and I've been living with both HIV and diabetes type 2 since 2000.
My diabetes was triggered of by antivirals and after having serious problems with those involved in my care because various consultants wouldn't except the fact that the antivirals were making my diabetes worse and nearly killed me. I started a campaign to get better support for those living with HIV and diabetes.
Last year all that hard work paid of with the help of Diabetes UK I was able to launch the first HIV and Diabetes Support Group (H.A.D for short) which I'm the founder and Chief Executive of.
The support group was launched in October of last year (2014) and we meet once a month at a location in London the purpose of the group and the website is to provide better support and to better educate those in our care that living with HIV and diabetes is a totally different then to living with diabetes and that there is more to living with both conditions than just taking a tablet.
Not only do we have to live with the stigma of being HIV but we have to live with the stigma of living with diabetes as well especially as diabetes is seen by many as "the fat persons disease".
Early this year we launched a website hadsupport.uk/ and on 25 April I won a Diabetes UK Supporting Others Award 2015 for my work with supporting others living with HIV and diabetes.