Virginia Cucchi

GM-Virginia-0678I am a Horticulturalist and Garden Designer. I was diagnosed with HIV in 1997. I have a “possible to do” attitude. I am very good at networking. I would like more interaction with other HIV activist networks. I speak five languages. My family had a chemist shop and I grew up in it in Argentina. I moved to the UK to join my husband.

I am a member of the Steering Committee of the Bloomsbury Patient Forum since 2010 and a joint Director in the Committee of Friends of Lloyds Park CIC since 2013. I helped to create Straight Talk. I volunteer for The Food Chain doing gardening classes in the Calthorpe Project. I worked for Brent Mind in a project to help people with mental health issues to recover.

I decided to tell my history as a person living with HIV in order to contribute to reduce the stigma. I am in the film “We are positive” and in the project “Through Positive Eyes”. I have attended the “Taking Part project” and a residential UK-CAB five day treatment activism training course in 2014.

I have recently joined the steering group of UK-CAB. I have recently registered as a Public Reviewer for the Central Commissioning Faculty, Community representative at London Clinical Advisory Group and in a PhD Study about the standard of cancer treatment in people living with HIV.

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