Michael Hebington has been living with HIV for 30 years.
He contracted the virus when he was living in New York in 1984 and three decades on he is able to manage the condition well.
But he says people are still ignorant about his condition and treat him like a lepar.
As World Aids Day approaches on 1 December he says attitudes need to change and is urging people to try and better understand how HIV is transmitted and how people can live with it.
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