Telling family and friends about your HIV

Published on Dec 14, 2016 in Dear Jim

Since my diagnosis in the summer, I’ve told one or two close friends but am finding it hard to be more open about my status and haven’t told my family yet. I’m going home to see them at Christmas and would like them to know but am worried how they’ll react. What shall I do?

Women living with HIV

Maria’s Story

Published on Dec 8, 2016 in Personal Stories - Women

I got HIV while I was in a relationship and I am an example that HIV can actually happen to anyone no matter if you fall in any of the categories or have behaviours considered at risk. When disclosing to different people as much as I found support I also felt many thought that they were not at risk of getting HIV as somehow they felt it only affects people from certain ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations or those who have promiscuous behaviours.

Becoming Undetectable

Published on Nov 30, 2016 in Dear Jim

I started HIV treatment a few months ago, and my viral load has just become undetectable. I know this is good news and that there is now virtually no risk of passing on the virus, but I still feel anxious about it and how it will affect my sex life and relationships. Can you help?

HIV and the Menopause

Published on Nov 17, 2016 in Women living with HIV

Shema Tariq, a consultant in HIV at Mortimer Market Centre (London) and an HIV researcher at UCL, talks to Positively UK about the menopause, HIV and the PRIME study.

Sue’s Story

Published on Nov 7, 2016 in Personal Stories - Featured, Personal Stories - Women

My name is Sue and I have been diagnosed with HIV since March 1997, at the age of 25. When I first went to the clinic to ask for a test I was told that I wasn’t in a ‘high risk’ group. As I wasn’t a drug user, I wasn’t having ‘promiscuous’ sex and I was a white European. I still went ahead and had the test and the rest is history.

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