NYAA Privacy Notice 2018

In May 2018, new data protection laws come into effect, called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR is a regulation from the European Union which is intended to strengthen and unify data protection for all individuals within the EU. The document is the sum of four years of work by the EU to bring […]

Standards of Care for People Living with HIV

At their conference last week, BHIVA issued the 2018 revision of the Standards of Care (SoC) for PLWH. This is a really important document. It focuses on ALL aspects of care, not just ART. There are really 3 “audiences”: 1. Anyone providing any sort of care to PLWH – so that they can see what […]

Women and HIV: Invisible No More

In the UK, women make top about a third of the HIV population. Yes there is a feeing that women’s issues have not been addressed. Certainly, in the early to mid 20th century, most medical research centred on men…trials tended to have few women participants. So the whole healthcare system was skewed towards men. Although […]

Antiretroviral Drug Fact Sheets

Aidsmap has produced a useful summary sheet of the major ARVs used in the UK: http://www.aidsmap.com/resources/Antiretroviral-drugs-chart/page/1412453/ There are also one-page, more detailed, fact sheets for every drug: http://www.aidsmap.com/resources/Antiretroviral-drug-factsheets/page/3121474/ These are useful summaries in everyday language, and easier to read than the huge factsheets supplied by the drug companies.

Heart Disease in People Living With HIV

An interesting paper from the recent CROI meeting…not great news, though, and confirming what other researchers have been saying. Having HIV make the risk of heart disease (including things likes strokes, heart attacks, peripheral arterial disease) more likely: http://www.aidsmap.com/page/3248843/?utm_source=NAM-Email-Promotion&utm_medium=aidsmap-news&utm_campaign=aidsmap-news The reasons for this are not well understood, and does not appear to be related to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Trump Fires All Members of HIV Council

The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, known by the acronym PACHA, has advised the White House on HIV/AIDS policies since its founding in 1995. Members, who are not paid, offer recommendations on the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, a five-year plan responding to the epidemic in the USA. The group is designed to include “doctors, members of industry, members of the […]