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“I was an inconvenience” | Episode 8

“I was an inconvenience” | Episode 8

By Tash Walker, Adam Zmith and Shivani Dave

The early log books open up a world before HIV, showing what it was like for LGBTQ+ people needing healthcare between discos in the 70s. A doctor and a patient are among those who tell Tash and Adam what it was like. Some of the same infections are on the rise again today, as explained by Dr Tristan Barber, a consultant in HIV and sexual health.

Content warning: stories about transitioning and being intersex.

Transcript here.

The Log Books — stories from Britain’s LGBT+ history and conversations about being queer today. Produced by Shivani Dave, Adam Smith and Tash Walker, in partnership with Switchboard - the LGBT+ helpline.

For more information about LGBTQ+ health, take a look at:

Unexpected fluids 

SXT: Sexual health information 

GMFA — the gay men’s health project

Beating about the bush 

Lesbian Sex 101

Mens R Us


Music by Tom Foskett-Barnes

Artwork by Natalie Doto

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