Still Standing by Liz Martin

To mark Irish AIDS Day 2007
AIDS West published Still Standing by Liz MartinAn, Irishwoman’s story of HIV and Hope
The book was launched in the Galway City Museum
by Ms.Jackie Redding Associate Director of Service Delivery and Development Terrance Higgins Trust London

Christmas 1986 was a memorable time for me. I got three presents: my beautiful baby girl Rachel, a house in Tallaght and a negative HIV test from Jervis Street Hospital. I was nineteen years old and over the moon…

In the first nineteen years of her life, Anna Mahon has done more than her fair share of living. And it doesn’t end there. Still Standing is the highly courageous and true account of her life that begins in Dublin’s inner city in 1967. The youngest of four children, she has a burning ambition to do her Leaving Cert and become a social worker. Her life follows a very different course however, when she falls in love with Simon and finds herself pregnant and engaged by the time she is 16.

From the outset, Anna’s relationship with Simon is a turbulent one, becoming even more so when she discovers that he is a heroin addict. In clear and honest prose, she starkly portrays how his addiction hurtles them into a dark world of terror and violence. When he is diagnosed as HIV positive, the relentless aggression towards her drives herself and her children to flee the family home and seek refuge in different parts of Ireland. What follows is a testimony to Anna’s bravery and survival instincts as she deals with the discovery that she has also been infected with the HIV virus and the stigma and discrimination attached to such a diagnosis which, is still prevalent today.

The first of it’s kind in Ireland, Anna has written her brave story to tell what it’s like to live with HIV, to educate people about the virus and to give hope to those who are living with the virus or have just been recently diagnosed. She lives in Dublin with her four children.

Still Standing is available in all good bookshops throughout Ireland, priced at €10
or can be ordered from AIDS West, Ozanam House St. Augustine St. Galway for €12.50 to include postage and packaging.

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