“The Pregnancy Journey – a practical guide” is full of information to help you have a healthy, happy journey through pregnancy to baby and beyond and includes many of the questions that are asked by women living with HIV
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
A guide for those whose work includes planning and commissioning health and social care services for women living with HIV including Clinical Commissioning Groups, Local Authorities and NHS Commissioning Board. The guidelines look at the needs of women living with
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.
I was 24. I was living in NY, was enrolled in film school, and had undertaken the first half of my film degree. I had been living there for five years, spent the first three married to an architect, and when our marriage floundered had found myself young, free and single in the Big Apple.
I still remember the very cold January morning; I was not listening to the pre-counselling, I thought it did not concern me. I just wanted to get the test done and over with… Then came the shock! My life changed in a matter of seconds.
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!
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.
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