Positive Support Services in North Yorkshire and York
NYAA provides support for people in North Yorkshire and York who are living with or affected by HIV. From 1st July 2015, our support services will be delivered as part of our Partnership with York Teaching Hospital NHS under the recognised name YorSexualHealth.
On this website, you can find more information about who we are in the “About NYAA” section and what we do – what services we can provide – in the “Services” section. There is also an overview of information about HIV and HIV treatment in the “Information About HIV” section, with suggestions on where to find reliable, more detailed information. And there is also a “News” section, for news not only about NYAA, but also about things to do with HIV that might be of interest.
You can find our contact details here.
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Young people moving into adult HIV care
A small study from the Netherlands shows that adolescents living with HIV are especially likely to have problems with their HIV treatment when they move from paediatric to adult HIV services (typically around the age of 18). Several had problems adhering to their medication, stopped having an undetectable viral load or missed appointments.
Problems were more common for young people who had limited education, poor knowledge of HIV or who needed guidance from others in order to adhere to their medication.
While adolescents are still attending paediatric services, parents, caregivers and clinicians need to help them develop independence and take responsibility for their own health, the researchers say. Gradually preparing a young person for the transition from paediatric to adult HIV services is important.
You can read the full article here.
You can find out more about helping your child with this process in NAM’s booklet ‘HIV & children’.
Stigma Remains an Issue…
In an era of widespread HIV treatment and undetectable viral load, stigma remains a persistent feature in the lives of almost half of people living with diagnosed HIV in the UK, according to a recent study. Anticipated stigma (the person with HIV expecting someone else to have a poor opinion or bad reaction to them) was frequently reported, especially in the context of disclosing to potential sexual partners. Regrettably, healthcare remains an important site of stigma. The researchers found that 40% of respondents had experienced negative treatment in a healthcare setting, including the use of excessive barrier protection, negative comments and being given the last appointment of the day. Having had problems in the past was associated with being worried about future interactions with healthcare staff (anticipated stigma) and avoiding care, most often at a GP or dentist.
Nonetheless, the majority of people living with HIV scored highly on measures of psychological resilience, enabling them to cope better with stigma. For example, in response to the statement “I tend to bounce back after hardships”, two-thirds said this was often or nearly always true. In relation to “I am able to handle unpleasant or painful feelings”, half said this was often or nearly always true.
You can read the full article here.
For more information on stigma and how to deal with it, read NAM’s booklet ‘HIV, stigma & discrimination’.
Latest NYAA News
Easter Get-together 2016
NYAA held an Easter get-together at its offices in York. We were lucky to have a wonderfully sunny (if somewhat chilly!) day for it, and there was a good turnout of staff, friends and acquaintances. It was a great chance to meet and catch up over tea and cakes…or hot BBQ sausage buns for those who preferred a savoury snack!
Drop-ins will be held for coffee, cakes and catch-up over the next few months, not only in York, but also in Harrogate and Scarborough. Please contact the offce for more details.