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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New form of tenofovir has good results for people aged 50+
One of the most widely used anti-HIV drugs is tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (DF) – it is included in the tablets Viread, Truvada, Atripla, Eviplera and Stribild. Tenofovir DF is highly effective and generally safe and well-tolerated, but can cause kidney and bone problems for a few people.
Tenofovir alafenamide (AF) is a new form of the drug that is delivered more efficiently to cells. This means that a lower dose is needed, which lowers the risk of side-effects. This new form of the drug, tenofovir AF, is included in the tablets Descovy, Odefsey and Genvoya.
While cheaper, generic versions of tenofovir DF will be available soon, tenofovir AF is a new drug exclusive to the pharmaceutical company Gilead – it is more expensive.
Access to tablets containing tenofovir AF is most important for people who need to pay attention to their kidney or bone health. Such problems are more likely to occur as we get older.
A new analysis compares people continuing to take tablets containing tenofovir DF with people switched to tablets containing tenofovir AF. They were aged between 50 and 79 (average age 55) and most were men.
Both forms of the drug were as effective as each other in reducing HIV to undetectable levels. People taking the newer tenofovir AF had improved levels of protein in urine and glomerular filtration rate (both are measures of kidney function) as well as improved bone mineral density at the spine and hip.
National HIV Testing Week 2016
The annual National HIV Testing Week (NHTW) promotes HIV testing to gay and bisexual men and black African men and women. These groups make up seven out of 10 people in the UK living with HIV. The week is co-ordinated by HIV Prevention England (HPE) with support and participation from organisations in the public, statutory and private sectors. It promotes the benefits of regular testing and treatment for both the individual and the community.
It raises awareness of the importance of HIV testing, as well as increasing opportunities to test – be it in clinical settings, in primary care, through community-based rapid testing or via postal testing. The ultimate goal is to increase regular HIV testing in the most affected groups.
Last year hundreds of organisations, including NYAA, participated by raising awareness, providing extra testing opportunities and promoting services – with many using NHTW resources. NHTW 2016 will start on Saturday 19 November. For more information on NHTW, please go to the HPE website.
NYAA is supporting NHTW…please phone NYAA for details about drop-in testing during this week.
World AIDS Day 2016
World AIDS Day is held on the 1st December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, held for the first time in 1988.
Over 100,000 people are living with HIV in the UK. Globally there are an estimated 34 million people who have the virus. Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.
Today, scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, there are laws to protect people living with HIV and we understand so much more about the condition. Despite this, each year in the UK around 6,000 people are diagnosed with HIV, people do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others, and stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with the condition.
World AIDS Day is important because it reminds the public and Government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to increase awareness, fight prejudice, improve education and raise money.
World AIDS Day is an opportunity to show support to and solidarity with the millions of people living with HIV. Wearing a red ribbon is one simple way to do this.
NYAA also commemorates WAD. To mark WAD, we are displaying the North Yorkshire AIDS Memorial Quilt in Scarborough Hospital Foyer from 1pm Friday 25th November until 1pm Sunday 27th November. It will be in Harrogate District Hospital from 10am until 8pm on Tuesday 29th November and York District Hospital from 9am until 9pm on Thursday 1st December.