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:
High rate of breathing problems in HIV-positive smokers
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a condition in which the lungs’ airways become inflamed and narrowed and the lungs’ air sacs become damaged. COPD includes both chronic bronchitis (inflammation of the airways) and emphysema (destruction of the air sacs).
Smoking cigarettes is the most common cause.
Damage to the lungs makes it harder to breathe. When the damage is severe, it may also become difficult to get enough oxygen into the blood and to get rid of excess carbon dioxide. Symptoms may include shortness of breath, coughing, spitting up phlegm, wheezing and tiredness. Unfortunately, the symptoms of COPD cannot be completely eliminated with treatment and the condition usually worsens over time.
A new study has looked at the respiratory health of smokers over the age of 40, comparing HIV-positive people and HIV-negative people. It found that those living with HIV were more likely to have airway obstruction, a sign of poor respiratory health. They may also be more likely to have COPD, although further tests would be needed for a diagnosis.
People with HIV, especially those who’ve previously had low CD4 counts, are more likely to have a history of serious lung disease. This can make other respiratory problems more likely later on. But even when the researchers excluded HIV-positive people who’d previously had tuberculosis or pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) from their analysis, rates were still higher in those with HIV. This suggests that previous lung disease is not the only explanation for these high rates.
The study is another reminder of the damage smoking does to the health of people living with HIV. It seems to be even more harmful than for HIV-negative smokers.
For more information, read NAM’s factsheet ‘Smoking’.
You can read the full article here.
HIV Stigma…one man goes public!
There is still a lot of ignorance and fear about HIV in the mind of the general population. To help people understand a bit more about HIV today, someone who was recently diagnosed has written an account of his experiences on Facebook. He says that HIV testing is quick and easy; HIV treatment today is easy to take and very effective; and perhaps most importantly, U=U…once your viral load is consistently undetectable and stays there, then you will not be able to pass on HIV by sexual contact.
The Mirror newspaper reported on this…you can read that article here.
Andrew wants to spread the word and fight HIV stigma (Image: Collect/PA Real Life)
World AIDS Day 2017
On and around World AIDS Day, NYAA displays the North Yorkshire AIDS Memorial Quilt in locations around the county. You can read about the Quilt here. Sharon Stoltz, Director Public Health York Council, and Cllr Runciman came to the NYAA office to see the preparations for the Quilt display and hear about our services.The Quilt will be displayed in Malton Hospital Outpatients B Waiting Room from November 23rd (the Malton Gazette are going to publish a report on this). It will be displayed there until Tuesday morning, 28th November.
It will be in York District Hospital on World AIDS Day Friday 1st December.