UK Community Advisory Board (UK-CAB)

Harun Tulunay

Born in Turkey, Harun worked as an events manager for over 10 years. He moved to the UK in 2015 to escape anti-LGBT+ hostility and discrimination.
When Harun was diagnosed with HIV in 2016, he chose to use the experience to become an ambassador for good sexual and mental health, volunteering for several London- based charities. In 2020 he decided to devote himself fully to HIV support work and left events and digital marketing. He joined Positively UK, where he currently works as Training and Volunteering Manager. He is also a member of NHS England HIV Clinical Reference Group (CRG) as Patient and Public Voice (PPV) Partner since June 2023 and elected to the UK-CAB Steering Committee, UK Community Advisory Board, in August 2023. He is sitting in the board of many clinical trials and research studies with community representative role as well.

In June 2022 Harun contracted Monkey Pox (Mpox) and was hospitalised for 10 days, becoming one of the most severe cases in the UK. He shared his experience publicly to raise awareness of the condition and to challenge the stigma around it. His story has been shared with the world by WHO and UN and included in many campaigns, podcasts and articles worldwide to raise awareness.

Harun is committed to speaking publicly and sharing his life experiences to tackle stigma and raise awareness of sex positivity, HIV, Mpox and ADHD/mental health, as well as the stigma he faced as a gay man in Turkey. He also works as a peer mentor to support others living with HIV and shares up to date information on sexual health both in Turkish and English through his social media.