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.
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Large drop in HIV diagnoses in London gay men
Four sexual health clinics serving large numbers of gay men in London have reported that they diagnosed far fewer gay men with HIV during 2016 than they did during 2015. Many doctors believe that the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is part of the explanation for these reductions.
Such large drops in new diagnoses are unprecedented. 56 Dean Street had 40% fewer diagnoses overall, the Mortimer Market Centre 50% fewer, Homerton Sexual Health 40% fewer in gay men, and Barts Sexual Health Centre 36% fewer diagnoses in gay men. They noted that they were testing as many people as the previous year and that rates of other sexually transmitted infections were as high as ever. Getting people who have HIV diagnosed and on to treatment as quickly as possible is probably part of the explanation – but clinics have been working towards this goal for several years already.
What appears to be new in 2016 is individuals importing PrEP medication from abroad and getting support on using PrEP safely. The number of men taking PrEP may only be a few hundred or a few thousand, but these men may be key to slowing the epidemic. “The important thing is whether awareness and usage of PrEP is reaching the right people,” commented Dr Alan McOwan of 56 Dean Street. “If the ‘nodal’ gay men who have a lot of partners and who would have previously been at the centre of a cluster of infections are now not becoming infected, they are not passing it on to anyone else.”
You can read the full article here.
Myths about HIV in the UK
This World AIDS Day, Terrence Higgins Trust worked with YouGov to survey over 2,000 adults to reveal the extent to which myths and inaccuracies about HIV are still prevalent in Great Britain:
- One in five thinks that HIV can be transmitted through kissing.
- One in three believe that sharing a toothbrush with someone who is HIV positive can pass on the virus.
- One in ten thinks that HIV can be transmitted by sharing scissors or clippers at the hairdressers with someone who has HIV.
The survey also revealed that public perceptions do not reflect how far HIV treatment has come in the past 30 years:
- Just three out of 10 were aware that people on effective HIV treatment can have children without their partner or child acquiring the virus.
- Just six out of 10 believe that people with HIV can live into old age.
- Just four out of 10 were aware that people with HIV can have sex without transmitting the virus, if they are on effective treatment.
This lack of awareness and education was something echoed during THT’s House of Lords World AIDS Day reception. HIV advocate Lizzie Jordan was invited to talk about her personal journey. Lizzie explained:
‘You see, many people think HIV happened in the past, that it is “sorted”, dealt with. Over. Well it’s not. And people living with HIV are feeling the impact and the reality of the truth. It’s not over. I hear the stories daily of stigma, sometimes blatant, sometimes covert, sometimes discrete, sometimes subtle.’