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Will Corder: The Face of HIV

Image from "The Face of HIV" (Corder: 2014) Image © Will Corder used with permission.

Image from “The Face of HIV” (Corder: 2014)
Image © Will Corder 2014 used with permission.

Will Corder is a photographer in Bournemouth who produces portraiture, fashion and documentary work as well as working on personal and commercial projects.

His photography journey so far has seen him work with fashion photographers including Cameron Mcnee and Michael Furlonger, and work for Top Model UK.  Will has also exhibited his solo work in Dorset and worked with local charities and organisations on collaborative projects.  Will has also had his work published in national press and magazines.

Of particular note, one of his more interesting projects is “The Face of HIV”, which is an ongoing project to raise awareness about HIV and the people that it affects.  Ignorance, stigma, silence and denial surround HIV and it’s something that needs to be addressed.  Since the ’80’s, HIV has gone from being a ‘gay’ disease which came with a death sentence, to a manageable condition which affects anyone – gay, straight, white, black, young and old.

This project features some remarkable people who have faced HIV and fought it, people who want to tell their story and educate others.

Will’s “The Face of HIV” series are remarkably similar in style to celebrated photographer David Bailey, who often presents black and white thematic photographs of the famous.  In Stardust (Bailey: 2014) David Bailey has captured: actors, writers, musicians, filmmakers, designers, models, artists and people encountered on his travels; many of them are already known to us.

Will has shifted individuals, victims of stigma and abuse simply because of a manageable health condition, into fine art.  We all too often see parades of red ribbons and of communities working together to fight stigma and the visual impact of the individual can sometimes be lost.  Will has brought you the individual, boldly displayed for you to see, not to scrutinise or guess their character but to show their innocence.  You couldn’t possibly judge these people as you have no terms of reference and this a practical demonstration why prejudice and stigma originate in the mind of the perpetrator.

In his YOU series (Hilterman: 2002 – 2013) Hans Hilterman accomplishes the same, stripping people to their very essence, with no makeup, jewellery, or other preference.  Corder presents his noteworthy individuals as a synonymity between the unexceptional characters of Hilterman’s YOU and the mahatma of fame from Bailey’s Stardust.

Despite it’s message and what it it stands for, you cannot see HIV within Corder’s The Face of HIV, no ghost, no trace.  Nor flower, not a seed nor symbols in it’s place.

A remarkable project, from a remarkable photographer.

Visit his portfolio at: http://www.willcorder.co.uk/or follow him on Twitter @will_corder

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Older HIV patients ‘need more support’

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Around a quarter of the 100,000 people with HIV in the UK are over 50

The older generation of people with HIV need better support to keep them well, nurses say.

About a quarter of the 100,000 people with HIV in the UK are aged over 50.

Two-thirds of these are on treatment for other long-term conditions – twice the rate for the general population, Terrence Higgins Trust data shows.

The charity and the Royal College of Nursing said this “silent generation” of older HIV patients need better co-ordinated care to stay healthy.

The issue is set to be debated at the Royal College of Nursing conference which is being held in Liverpool this week.

With people living for longer with HIV thanks to advances in treatment, nurses have reported they are seeing more patients with the condition seek help for conditions associated with old age.

‘Better co-ordinated’

RCN public health forum chairman Jason Warriner said: “For the first time, we have a generation of older people living with HIV and having to cope with the ageing process.

“They have respiratory problems, diabetes and heart disease. That is proving challenging. You have to be careful about drug interactions and other complications.

“Nurses need more training and we need to ensure patients are not getting passed around from health professional to health professional. Their care needs to be better co-ordinated.”

Dr Rosemary Gillespie, chief executive at the Terrence Higgins Trust charity, said: “As the people living with HIV in this country grow older, many of them will face a number of related health issues.

“They will be looking to healthcare staff to treat their condition sensibly and sensitively. Nurses have a central role to play in this, to ensure that people with HIV are not just living longer but living well, and receive the care they deserve.”

Stigma

Maurice Greenham was diagnosed with HIV in 1984.

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Speaking to BBC Breakfast, he said there was still a stigma about having HIV.

“It’s getting better because it’s being talked about,” he said.

“I’m fortunate. I feel comfortable with my diagnosis and I’m out as a gay man living with HIV and very few people of my generation do feel comfortable talking about HIV and indeed going to support groups.”

Dr Mark Lawton, a sexual health consultant at Royal Liverpool Hospital, said there was some data which suggested that some people who worked in care homes had a negative attitude, and also that there was an “overwhelming lack of knowledge and understanding”.

“There are still problems – people not getting tested because they don’t think they’re at risk of getting HIV and HIV doesn’t discriminate and we shouldn’t,” he added.

A Department of Health spokesman said: “It’s unacceptable that people diagnosed with HIV should face any form of stigma, discrimination or prejudice.

“Older people diagnosed with HIV should be able to access any additional health and social care services they need to ensure they can live independent and fulfilled lives.”

Story via BBC

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