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Next Tuesday, 1 December, is World AIDS Day. It’s estimated that across the world, 34 million people are currently living with HIV and more than that have died from AIDS and associated conditions since the first cases were reported in the early 1980’s.

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Today is my last day at home after three weeks off work to recuperate after having my troublesome gallbladder removed. I really thought that I’d use my enforced sick leave far more productively than I have and I had such grand plans. It turns out though that I totally underestimated the effect that losing part of my anatomy would have on my body and it’s only been in the last few days that I’ve started to feel like anything approaching normal. Which isn’t a moment too soon given that it’s now just two weeks (and a crucial day) until we get married.

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Apart from the six months that I spent semi-living in the Westin Jersey City last year and my three years at university, I’ve only ever lived in London. Even when I was at university, I was only a 45 minute train journey away and our terms were so short that I spent less than half the year away from home.

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