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 Blood Pressure
Blood pressure is the pressure of blood in your arteries – the vessels that carry blood from your heart to your brain and the rest of your body. If your blood pressure is too high (also called hypertension), it causes a strain on the walls of your arteries and on your heart. Having high blood pressure greatly increases your risk of having a heart attack or stroke, and can make diabetes or kidney disease worse.
A new study in the US suggests that people living with HIV are more likely to have high blood pressure. Men, older people, black people and individuals with a poor response to HIV treatment were more likely to have high blood pressure.
Medicines may be prescribed to help control blood pressure. These include diuretics, beta-blockers and ACE inhibitors. But in the American study, only half of those with high blood pressure were having it effectively controlled with treatment. One in seven were undiagnosed and untreated. The researchers think that doctors are missing opportunities to diagnose and treat high blood pressure, especially in younger people and those with poor access to healthcare in the US.
The situation in the UK may be similar; blood pressure should be checked routinely at your HIV clinic, and where necessary, treatment should be provided by your GP.
You can read about the study here.
For more information about high blood pressure, read NAM’s factsheet ‘High blood pressure’.
HIV, Stigma and Discrimination
Living with HIV now is a very different experience to what it was ten or twenty years ago, and living with HIV in the UK is quite different to living with HIV in some other parts of the world.
We now know that people living with HIV who are on succesful treatment and have an undetectable viral load cannot pass on HIV to their sexual partners; this has had a huge impact on many people’s experiences of living with HIV.
However, people living with HIV in the UK may still experience stigma, discrimination and prejudice.
AIdsmap have produced a new updated version of their booklet, HIV, stigma & discrimination. This booklet is for people living with HIV and explains what stigma and discrimination are, makes some suggestions for how to deal with these problems and gives information about your legal rights.
You can see the full booklet here.
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.