HIV & Testing

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Myths and facts

There's a lot of misunderstanding and HIV and AIDS. Not everything you hear about HIV and AIDS is true. Some of the myths are about how HIV is passed on, where HIV came from and HIV treatment.

Testing

HIV testing in the UK is free, voluntary and confidential. You can be tested at an NHS sexual health clinic, a GP surgery or a community testing project. When all the tests have been done, the result will be HIV negative (you don't have HIV) or HIV positive (you have HIV).

Better off knowing

The sooner you know you have HIV, the sooner you can get the right medical care. If you know you have HIV, you can take steps to get it under control.

Transmission and the law

Some people have gone to prison because they have pased HIV on to another person. They were found guilty of recklessly transmitting HIV. In England and Wales, a person can be found guilty of recklessly transmitting HIV if they know they have HIV, they understand how HIV is transmitted, the person they have sex with does not know they have HIV, they have sex without a condom and they pass HIV on to the person they had sex with. The law is only broken if all five of these things are true.

How hepatitis C is passed on during sex

Hepatitis C can be passed on during sex that could lead to contact with small traces of blood. Many gay men with HIV have picked up hepatitis C during sex. Some gay men have caught both HIV and hepatitis C around the same time. During sex, you may have contact with drops or traces of blood without noticing. Heterosexual people rarely pick up hepatitis C during sex.

How hepatitis C is passed on

When the blood of a person who has hepatitis C enters the bloodstream of another person, that person could get hepatitis C. Tiny and unseen traces of blood can lead to hepatitis C infection. To avoid infection, don’t share or re-use objects which could have been in contact with another person’s blood.

Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a serious infection caused by a virus. It damages the liver, which performs essential functions in the body. Some people have hepatitis C for many years without feeling unwell or having any symptoms. If hepatitis C treatment works, it will cure you of hepatitis C.

Health checks

Staff at your HIV clinic use various tests to keep an eye on your HIV. Many of these tests are done on samples of your blood or urine. Some will be done at every check-up, others less often.

HIV and the immune system

The immune system is the body’s natural defence system. It’s a network of cells, tissues and organs inside the body. The immune system recognises and fights off pathogens (germs). HIV weakens the immune system, which means that common pathogens can cause infections and illnesses. HIV treatment strengthens the immune system.

HIV Podcasts

  • What is HIV?
  • How is HIV transmitted?
  • Getting tested for HIV
  • Being Positive and visiting the clinic
  • HIV & Medication
  • Qu'est-ce que le VIH?
  • Comment se transmet le VIH?
  • Etre séropositif et visite à la clinique
  • Se faire dépister pour le VIH
  • VIH et les médicaments
  • Kini arun t'an pe ne HIV?
  • Bawo la senko arun HIV?
  • Ayewo fun arun HIV
  • Ti eniyan ba ni aru HIV, ati ki eniyan ma lo si ile ewosan
  • Arun HIV ati ogun lilo
  • Silimu kye ki?
  • Silimu afunibwa atya oba assigibwa atya?
  • O'kukebella obulwade bwa mukenenya
  • Okubella ne'silimu no kugenda mu dwalillo
  • Silimu ne'ddagala
  • Chii chinonzi HIV?
  • HIV inopararirwa sei?
  • Kuongororwa kweropa mukutsvaka HIV
  • Kuwanikwa uine utachiona weHIV, nekushanyira kirinki
  • HIV nemishonga yeHIV
  • Ukimwi ni nini?
  • Ukimwi unasambazwa vipi?
  • Kupimwa ukimwi
  • Kuwana ukimwi nakwenda kliniki
  • Ukimwi namadawa yaukimwi

Testing Stats & Facts

  • Black or black British men are almost 4 times more likely to diagnosed with Chlamydia and over 3 times more likely to be diagnosed with Gonorrhea compared to the White population.

    (PHE, England 2013)

  • Black MSM are also twice as likely to report homophobic attacks in their local area compared to the white population - 13% compared to 6% respectively

    (Stonewall, 2013)

  • BAME MSM make up 0.1% of the total population in the UK, but 13% of MSM diagnosed with HIV.

    (Nastal-3, PHE, 2013)

HIV Support Services

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Africa Advocacy Foundation

  • http://www.africadvocacy.org/
    African Advocacy Foundation (AAF), established in 1996, promotes better health, education and other life opportunities for disadvantaged people through practical support, advocacy, information,...
  • http://www.africadvocacy.org/
    African Advocacy Foundation (AAF), established in 1996, promotes better health, education and other life opportunities for disadvantaged people through practical support, advocacy, information,...

African Health Policy Network

  • http://www.ahpn.org/
    African Health Policy Network (AHPN) works to improve the health and wellbeing of the UK’s African population and to reduce health inequalities. The organisation aims at influencing health policies...

African HIV Research Forum

  • http://www.ahrf.org.uk/
    The African HIV Research Forum (AHRF) is a network of researchers and practitioners that aim to improve the development, transfer and dissemination of evidence based practice and research in HIV and...
  • http://www.ahrf.org.uk/
    The African HIV Research Forum (AHRF) is a network of researchers and practitioners that aim to improve the development, transfer and dissemination of evidence based practice and research in HIV and...

African Institute for Social Development

  • http://africaninstitute.org.uk/
    African Institute for Social Development is a volunteer, African-led community organisation that enables Africans to access health services, information, support and skills opportunities. AISD works...