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.
Topics on this page include the following: you can jump to them by clicking on the headings below:
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’.
Are We Losing Our Passion as Activists?
HIV activism (or AIDS Activism, as it was initially) was a major driver in getting governments and pharma companies to really start taking the AIDS crisis in the West in the 1980s seriously. Thanks in large part to loud, proud and very visible activism, we now in the West have governments and healthcare systems that treat AIDS and HIV very well, with life-saving drugs developed by pharma companies. Today’s HIV activism is much different…activists are more advocates than activists, more often working in cooperation with the healthcare systems and pharma to ensure that the best interests of people living with HIV are being served.
This is an interesting article about activism: it can be read in full here.
Photo: Mick Hicks, 1982; San Francisco AIDS Foundation photo archive
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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.