Information About HIV

In the 30Unknown-4 years or so since HIV was first widely encountered in the developed world, an awful lot of information about HIV has been gained. A lot of information can be found on the web, and some key information sites are given below. It is important to note, though, that there is still a lot of mis-information on the web, so it is important to use only those sites that are recognised as being up-to-date and scientifically accurate.

There is a lot of information! Perhaps the best thing to do if you have specific questions or areas of concern – or just want to learn more about HIV – is to talk to someone from NYAA, either face-to-face, or by phone. In many cases, we can help straightaway – and if we don’t know, we can try to find out about it together. Our contact details can be found here.

The key messages to take home are these:

  • it is better to know your HIV status than not to know
    • HIV testing can be done quickly and easily, and is confidential
  • if you are found to be HIV positive, then of course it’s a lot to take in…but it’s important to know that:
    • HIV treatment today is very effective and very tolerable – much more so than even a few years ago
      • in many cases, it’s one or two pills, once a day, with virtually no side-effects
    • if you are diagnosed early, and take your HIV treatment as instructed, then you can expect to live a full and normal life, with a life expectancy virtually the same as that of the general population
    • People who take ART daily as prescribed and achieve and maintain an undetectable viral load have effectively no risk of sexually transmitting the virus to an HIV-negative partner. This is often referred to as U=U…undetectable equals untransmittable.

The information in this section gives an overview, and does not go into too much detail. Guidance on where to find more detail is given in each section. The topics covered are given in the sub-menu at the top right of this page. If you have any questions or concerns that are not answered here, please contact NYAA, and we will try to help. In many cases, we can answer your queries there and then – and if we can’t, we will find the information and get back to you. Our contact details can be found here.

Some good places to look for more information about what HIV is, how it is transmitted, what it does to the body and how it can be treated, are:

NHS – some clear information, but maybe a bit “dry” in some areas

Avert – a lot of information on a wide range of HIV-related topics, with a world-wide perspective


Positive – a new, UK-wide curriculum based resource for teachers and young people was launched in March 2012. It addresses a lot of issues in a useful and easy-to-understand way.

Screenshot 2014-03-25 14.03.25 My Care, My Voice – a very useful guide by NAT with advice on how to get the best from your health and support services.


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My HIV – a guide by THT, with discussions forums on a wide range of HIV-related areas, as well as information and advice, and the ability to store your health data online.



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