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:
Wrong advice to some GPs about flu vaccine
Computer systems used by some GPs are giving an incorrect alert on flu vaccines. People living with HIV are being urged to carry on having flu vaccinations and keep taking their antiretrovirals as normal. Some patient management and prescribing systems used in Primary Care settings have been giving incorrect warnings when GPs prescribe this year’s flu vaccine to people living with HIV. The (incorrect) advice states that patients should “avoid anti-virals for at least 2 weeks after immunisation” and to “avoid immunisation for at least 48 hours after stopping the antiviral”.
The HIV Pharmacy Association of the UK have released a statement encouraging vaccination as normal, noting that there are no interactions between the flu vaccine and HIV antiretrovirals:
“It has been reported that some GP computer systems are giving the following high severity warning for influenza vaccination:
“avoid anti-virals for at least 2 weeks after immunisation; avoid immunisation for at least 48 hours after stopping the antiviral”.
The HIV Pharmacy Association of the UK advise that there is no interaction between the flu vaccine and antiretrovirals. In summary, people living with HIV patients should:
1. Have the flu vaccine as advised by the Department of Health guidelines.
2. NOT STOP their antiretrovirals”
The full article can be read here.
Big drops in HIV diagnoses in gay men in the UK
Official data from Public Health England confirms a number of previous reports – HIV diagnoses in gay men last year fell significantly for the first time throughout the UK since antiretroviral therapy started becoming available 20 years ago.
- Overall, in all social groups and all parts of the country, new HIV diagnoses fell by 18%.
- This was driven by a 29% drop in diagnoses in gay men in London.
- Elsewhere, there was an 11% drop in diagnoses in gay men in England.
“… the decline is driven by large increases in HIV tests among gay and bisexual men attending sexual health clinics including repeat testing in higher risk men, as well as improvements in the uptake of antiretroviral therapy following HIV diagnosis. Other factors, including sustained high condom use with casual partners and internet access of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), will also have contributed to the downturn in HIV diagnoses in this group.”
Diagnoses among heterosexual men and women have been declining for several years, but mostly because of the impact of lower immigration from high-prevalence countries.
National AIDS Trust (NAT) said the results were proof that combining frequent testing, early treatment and PrEP can successfully reduce HIV.
The full article can be read here.