Sunday 24th September, 1989. That was the first day of the rest of my life! I started on an HIV in-patient service, at St Mary’s Paddington, the very next day. The experience changed my life and set me up for what happened seven months later: April, 1990. Being interviewed for my first teaching post, just after cremating a patient, that one day led to the start of my career in teaching. The first post was as a lecturer-practitioner in “HIV and AIDS”; numerous posts since then, leading now to professor in sexualities and genders: health and well-being. Here’s what happened, from Rome 2018.