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.

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 […]

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 […]

Diabetes in people with HIV over 50

Diabetes mellitus, or type 2 diabetes, develops as a consequence of failures in the body’s ability to handle glucose. Production of insulin, the hormone which regulates glucose levels, may decline or cells may stop responding to insulin. When this happens, glucose stays in the blood and is not taken up by cells for use as […]

Dealing with Multiple Healthcare Providers

Many people living with HIV have other health conditions as well as HIV. You may need to see a number of different doctors and go to more than one clinic for your healthcare needs. For example, your HIV clinic may look after your HIV, while your GP may help with cholesterol, high blood pressure or […]

Yellow Fever Vaccination

Yellow fever is a viral infection, spread by mosquito bites. People travelling to many African and South American countries need to get vaccinated against it. There is a risk of infection in many countries in central and west Africa, including Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as Uganda and parts […]

Big drops in HIV diagnoses in gay men in the UK

Official data from Public Health England confirms a number of previous reports – HIV diagnoses in gay men last year fell significantly for the first time throughout the UK since antiretroviral therapy started becoming available 20 years ago. Overall, in all social groups and all parts of the country, new HIV diagnoses fell by 18%. […]

Are You Getting the Health Checks You Need?

Heart, liver, kidney and bone disease are now important causes of illness in people living with HIV. Having these conditions identified without delay is important so that the right treatment can be started. The British HIV Association (BHIVA) set guidelines for routine monitoring of adults living with HIV in the UK in 2011. During 2015, they […]

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is the second most common form of cardiovascular disease (CVD) after coronary artery disease. Arteries in the lower limbs or supplying major organs become narrowed as a result of deposits of cholesterol. Blood supply to the limbs is reduced, leading to cramping or pain in the leg and hip muscles during activity, […]

ARV Drugs Chart

There are a lot of different ARVs out there! It is important to know what drugs you are taking, and to be careful if anything changes…if you are given tablets look different from what you are used to taking, check with your pharmacist or clinical team before taking them (but keep taking your existing meds…don’t […]