"You were scared to have sex with anybody then. Now that isn't the case. There is no fear. The fear is the stigma and prejudice that's still there from the 1980s.
"It was mind blowing," she said. "I certainly felt a feeling of empowerment, that this is going to be in the city centre, and HIV and Aids is going to become a talking point again.
"As a heterosexual woman, an old fashioned opinion was that I was either a sex worker, or an intravenous drug user. I'm neither, I was unfortunate, but due to becoming HIV positive, I've met so many amazing people and become part of a great community."
"We celebrated right until 2019 when he passed from a different illness. I saw the stigma that he had to go through, so it's important for me to support such a project."
One of the memorial's heart shaped ribbons will be painted red, while the other will be left to rust. The campaign said it still needed to raise £30,000 to complete the project in time for it to be unveiled on World Aids Day on 1 December.
"People are still living in isolation and fear, presuming they're going to be stigmatised. This, in 2022, really should not be the case. So to see this, and that it may change perceptions, and we might not have to live in isolation, is fantastic.