UK Community Advisory Board (UK-CAB)

Paul Clift

I was diagnosed in 1988 while living in Brighton; within a year I had also become carer for my HIV-positive partner. After his death I became Chair of Brighton Body Positive, and became increasingly involved across the HIV sector in Brighton.

I became the Patients Representative at the Lawson Unit in Brighton in 2000 where, with full support of Dr Martin Fisher and Nurse Eileen Nixon, I developed a model for involving patients in the management of their clinics. This model was the subject of poster presentations at IAS Conferences in 2002 and 2004.

I returned to my native London in 2005, with a view to coming off benefits and returning to paid work. I gained a degree BA Politics and Society at Birkbeck College, University of London, and followed that with an MSc Medical Anthropology for which my dissertation was on racial categories in clinical studies.

In 2008 I became Patients Rep at King’s College Hospital, where I provide peer support around new diagnosis in the out-patients clinic, on the ward and in Brixton Prison.

I was a community rep on the CRG for HIV from its inception and was a member of the NHS England Policy Writing Group for PrEP.

I am currently community rep on BHIVA Executive Committee and on the Conferences and the Guidelines Sub-committees.

I am a past member of UKCAB Steering Committee and a past Co-chair of the European CAB (ECAB) which is the scientific committee of the European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG).

My spare-time interests are walking, camping, gym, and reading (mainly Western literature, politics and sociology).