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  • HIV, mental health & emotional wellbeing

    This booklet is an introduction to mental health for people with HIV. ...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • HIV and your body

    As well as affecting your immune system, HIV may affect your hormonal system. You may experience menstrual changes, especially if you have a low CD4 cell count and/or...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • Health issues

    If you are ‘HIV positive’ this means that you have a virus called HIV in your body. It doesn’t mean that you are ill, or that...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • Nutrition

    Eating well is important to staying healthy. Find out more about this here, and other information on HIV, diet and staying well....

    From: Living with HIV

    Information level Level 2
  • Daily health issues

    HIV needn't interfere with your daily life. Here's some information on day-to-day issues and how to deal with them....

    From: Living with HIV

    Information level Level 2
  • Exercise

    Exercise has lots of benefits for both physical and emotional health. Find out more about starting a suitable exercise programme and how to sustain it....

    From: Living with HIV

    Information level Level 2
  • HIV, GPs & other primary care

    This booklet explains the services GPs offer, how this fits with HIV specialist care, and how to make the most of primary care services....

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • Tiredness and fatigue

    Tiredness and fatigue are common problems among people with HIV. There are many possible causes and treatments and there are also things you can do...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • A healthy weight

    There are usually two reasons why people put on too much weight - eating too much food and not doing enough physical activity.A balanced diet...

    From: The basics

    Information level Level 1
  • Seven ways to look after your health

    There’s a lot you can do to take care of your health. It’s not just about popping pills.Just as for anybody else, changes to your...

    From: The basics

    Information level Level 1
  • Nutrition

    This booklet provides information on nutrition for people with HIV. ...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • The kidneys

    The kidneys are bean-shaped organs, about the size of an adult fist, located one on each side, around the middle of the back, just below...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • The liver

    The liver is the largest organ in the human body and is situated in the upper right-hand side of the abdomen (tummy), protected by the...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • The lungs

    The lungs are organs found in the chest, either side of the heart, protected by the ribcage. The right lung tends to be larger than...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • The pancreas

    The pancreas is an organ within the body which plays an important part in the digestion of food. The pancreas also produces insulin, the main...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • The heart

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    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Your body

    A booklet with advice on a healthy diet, getting more exercise, stopping smoking, getting better rest and sleep and avoiding infections....

    From: 'Your' booklets series

    Information level Level 1

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  • Modern life fuels an old infection: Could diabetes inflame the TB epidemic?

    As the developing world becomes more developed, the rise in prosperity in these countries could also result in the rise of a lethal infectious disease -- tuberculosis (TB). It is not widely known that diabetes also triples the risk a person will develop TB. "Diabetes reduces peoples immunity," says Dr. Anthony Harries, senior adviser to the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases . "The same biology underlies the interaction between TB and HIV, which attacks and destroys your immune system. Globally we have about 2 billion people with latent TB. Put diabetes into that equation and you immediately see there is a problem."

    20 November 2014 | CNN
  • Aging with HIV and AIDS: A growing social issue

    As the first people with HIV grow old, a new study from St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto questions whether the health care system and other government policies are prepared to meet their complex medical and social needs. The study finds that aging for people with HIV may be more challenging than for the general population because of HIV-related stigma, loss of friends and social networks, and the detrimental health effects of the virus and medications taken to combat the virus.

    26 June 2014 | EurekAlert
  • Supplements That May Slow HIV Can Fuel Prostate Cancer

    High-dose supplementation with selenium and vitamin E can raise the risk of high-grade prostate cancer among certain men.

    28 February 2014 | AIDSMeds
  • Special issue: mental health needs of older adults living with HIV

    This issue addresses some of the complex and evolving mental health needs of older adults living with HIV.

    21 February 2014 | American Psychological Association
  • My Diagnosis

    What's it like to be newly diagnosed today? Guest writer Scotspozlad found out he was HIV-positive in October 2013. Here he tells what happened and how he felt about it.

    04 November 2013 | Positive Lite
  • Adult content warning: Gary tells DirtyBOYZ about his Party Times

    From a free gay London gay scene magazine: a methamphetamine/mephedrone sx-party user talks frankly about his highs, lows and health worries.

    12 September 2013 | David Stuart
  • Health apps run into privacy snags

    Exclusive research conducted for the Financial Times by Evidon, a web analytics and privacy group, found that the top 20 most visited health apps transmit information to a web of nearly 70 companies.

    04 September 2013 | Financial Times
  • Yes, those free health apps are sharing your data with other companies

    The phrase "If you're not paying, you're the product" may be familiar within tech circles, but the message is still sinking in for many users of free apps. The latest sector under scrutiny for privacy issues is the burgeoning health apps market, with a report claiming that 20 of the most popular apps are sharing their users' data with nearly 70 advertising and analytics companies.

    04 September 2013 | The Guardian
  • Ketamine use linked to liver and other problems in HIV-positive people

    Case reports suggest that HIV treatment may exacerbate liver damage and other health problems caused by the use of ketamine - a veterinary drug increasingly used as a recreational 'party' drug.

    07 August 2013 | CATIE
  • HIV defines me, whether I like it or not

    I had convinced myself that HIV would not, had not impacted on my life. I was to carry on living pretty much like I had before. I would not be different because of it. I would the same old me.

    29 July 2013 | Living with HIV (blog)
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