The ABC’s ‘You Can’t Ask That’ this week invited eight Australians living with HIV to discuss the stigma surrounding it and their experiences of a trans woman, gay men, and straight women.

Educator and speaker on HIV, David Polson, revealed his 1984 diagnosis and how his determination to help medical science propelled him to enlist in 28 medical trials to learn about HIV.

“The side effects of all these drug trials in the beginning, they were so toxic, so nasty, so horrible. I was constantly sick” he said.

The episode explores the reactions of the guests from the day of diagnosis, community stigma and perceptions of “reckless” behaviour, the language they still experience today, and inspiring stories to educate others on being undetectable.

You can watch the full episode on ABC iview:

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