Emma Cole has been diagnosed HIV positive since 1991 and has chosen to speak publicly about living with HIV for over 25 years. She launched her 'Positive Voice' HIV talks to schools in 2002 after surviving her original prognosis of 8-10 years to live and now speaks annually at over 100 schools across the UK and Europe. Emma was one of 3 women featured in the critically acclaimed 2001 BBC documentary ‘Positive Women’. In 2010 she was photographed by Rankin for an international campaign run by the UNAIDS and Body Shop to highlight HIV activists.
Over 27 years have now passed since that fateful day when life changed irrevocably. In that time many advances have been made with respect to HIV and AIDS but what has changed little in that time is the fear, ignorance and stigma that surround this particular disease.
Emma made a decision after her diagnosis to speak out publicly as an HIV positive woman in an attempt to breakdown the misconceptions that many had, and still have about HIV. In delivering her Positive Voice talks she continues that commitment but also now bring the perspective of a long-term survivor