“People with HIV are still stigmatized. The infection rates are going up and people are still dying . It doesn’t have to be this way.”

“With early testing & the drugs now available, there’s no reason why babies should be born with HIV.”

Karen is an English international football winger. She is signed to Birmingham City of the FA WSL and is a member of the England women’s national football team. Since making her senior debut in 2005, Carney has made 100 appearances for England, including at the 2005 and 2009 European Championships and the World Cup in 2007 and 2011. She competed with the Great Britain team in the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Twice named FA Young Player of the Year, Carney emerged at Birmingham City under the management of Marcus Bignot. After staying with the club for a further season following their financial collapse in 2005, she signed for Arsenal and experienced great success in 2006–07 – winning the UEFA Women’s Cup and all three domestic trophies. Following two seasons in the American Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) with Chicago Red Stars, Carney rejoined Birmingham ahead of the 2011 FA WSL.

Carney was born in Hall Green and attended St. Ambrose Barlow Catholic Primary School and St. Peter’s RC Secondary School, Solihull. She graduated with a Sports Science Degree from Loughborough University. You can read our Q&A with Karen here.

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