HIV Behind Bars

HIV Behind Bars

People diagnosed and living with HIV in prisons require specific support in managing their health and well-being. Positively UK’s review of health care and support provision in prisons identified cases of sub-standard healthcare with people refused HIV medications, denied confidentiality

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Bea’s Story

Bea’s Story

Can I have my children tested?’ I managed to mumble those words. The doctor had just given me my HIV test results; I was positive... I couldn’t agree more with Rhonda Britten in Fearless Leaving: ‘Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents that would otherwise have lain dormant.’ The struggle continues, but I now know there is more to me than the HIV.
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Macey’s Story

Macey’s Story

My official diagnosis was in 1989. I then took another test in 1990 in the UK to confirm the legitimacy of it. At first, I felt disbelief that I was infected. I thought, ‘how could I have been so stupid?’... the first positive woman I spoke to gave me a hug and I burst into tears; I couldn’t stop myself!
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Julie’s Story

Julie’s Story

I was 24, in my final year at college and was planning to go to university when I was diagnosed HIV positive in a small town in Yorkshire. I had been for the test having had a sero-conversion illness some months earlier. I received pre-test counselling for about an hour and the counsellor went through some of the issues and made an appointment for me to come back in two weeks’ time.
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Primary Care Access

HIV now a long-term medical condition there is greater emphasis for people living with HIV to access more of their healthcare from primary care services in particular GPs. The report demonstrates that there are specific challenges for people living with

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