Panti Bliss looks after her liver in the series finale of HIV GARAGE
As we face coronavirus together, one message is clear: it is crucial that people take control and look after their long-term health.
Now more than ever, it’s important to stay positive and find reasons to smile, and today drag queen Panti Bliss has helped us do just that – in the series finale of HIV GARAGE.
As part of the My HIV, My Rules, My Journey campaign, Gilead launched HIV GARAGE – a video series which aims to raise awareness about the important health assessments available to people as they age with HIV.
The new episode of HIV GARAGE showcases iconic drag queen Panti Bliss visiting a group of “mechanics”, who are all members of the LGBT+ and HIV community.
In this episode, Panti and mechanics Calum McSwiggan, Taofique Folarin and Kristian Johns celebrate the end of Panti’s Health MOT, while highlighting the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and looking after your liver as you age with HIV.
Watch the new HIV GARAGE episode below:
You can make small lifestyle changes to maintain a healthy liver, such as avoiding fatty foods and restricting excessive alcohol consumption, which is even more important now as people are staying at home under the government restrictions.
To support people living with HIV to look after their long-term health, the My HIV, My Rules, My Journey campaign has developed a Health MOT, which helps people to understand their own health journeys and the small steps they can take to stay healthy as they age with HIV.
The Health MOT even includes a calculator where you can work out how many units of alcohol you drink and how many calories they contain.
“Now that I know of all the different tests that are available for HIV, I promise I’ll be back for my regular MOT much more often,” Panti tells the mechanics. The campaign, launched by Gilead Sciences Ltd, emphasises that: “This is your life, your HIV and your journey.
“That means you make the rules, you choose where you’re going, and you decide how you’re going to get there. Think of yourself as the driver, not the passenger.”
The My HIV, My Rules, My Journey website also has a Plan Ahead page, which contains a range of advice to help you navigate your lifelong journey with HIV.