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  • Sexual health check-ups

    If you are sexually active, it is important to have regular sexual health check-ups. In the UK, it is recommended that men who have sex with men,...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 heart

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    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2

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  • Even moderate alcohol intake may harm people with HIV

    Moderate alcohol consumption is more harmful to people with HIV than uninfected individuals, raising the risk of both mortality and other negative health effects, say Yale researchers. Their study is the first to demonstrate the increased harm among patients who have suppressed HIV with modern antiretroviral treatment (ART).

    05 February 2016 | Yale News
  • Four Skills You Need to Successfully Manage Your HIV

    Chronic illnesses can impact anyone, the secret is to manage yours. And to do that you need some specific skills. The people who are the most successful at managing their disease often do so by thinking of their illness as a journey or a hike down a path.

    24 January 2016 | Huffington Post Canada
  • What hard times & stress do for your HIV health

    Stress may seem like an unavoidable consequence of daily life—with the top concerns being over money, work, family responsibilities and health concerns. And people with HIV—who may be facing a new diagnosis, challenges related to disclosure, or health concerns—may experience even higher levels. In addition to affecting mental wellbeing and day-to-day enjoyment, how do stressful life events impact people with HIV?

    08 January 2016 | BETA blog
  • “Can People with HIV Eat Sushi?”: Your HIV & Diet Questions Answered

    These days the top health concerns for people with HIV are the same nutrition and diet-associated health problems faced by other Americans, like becoming overweight or obese. I often worry more about the impact of fast food and soda on my patients than I do about them getting sick from something related to HIV.

    24 November 2015 | BETA blog
  • New web resource for sexual health, mental health and drug use

    A website providing the LGBTI community with information on drug use as well as sexual and mental health will be launched in Melbourne this week. The website describes a large number of drugs, how they are ingested and what the effects are, both short term and long term.

    24 November 2015 | Gay News Network
  • The rise of gay 'chemsex' parties involving libido-enhancing drugs

    Life is better than ever for London's gay community. So why are some men indulging in drug-fuelled parties of weekend-long, often unsafe, sex with HIV rates on the rise? The writer Matt Cain believes the roots of the dark 'chemsex' scene touch us all.

    20 October 2015 | The Independent
  • The Heart of the Matter: Lowering your risk of heart disease

    People with HIV are at a greater risk for heart disease than the general population, even when they are taking antiretrovirals (ARVs) and have a fully suppressed virus. What can you do to lower that risk?

    03 October 2015 | Poz
  • How People With HIV Can Combat Their Raised Risk of Cancer

    HIV-positive people have a much higher risk of certain cancers than the general population. Here are some ways to help improve your chances of avoiding cancer.

    04 September 2015 | Poz
  • 5 HIV-Positive Men Give Advice to Their Former Selves

    Here are words of wisdom on surviving and thriving for those newly diagnosed with HIV.

    01 September 2015 | The Advocate
  • Six Positive Life Changes That Come With HIV

    The founding editor of Positive Frontiers wants an honest conversation about living with HIV. Receiving the news that you are HIV positive is life changing. Some people experience profound fear and shame upon hearing the news, but they don't have to. Let's stop scaring negative men about the "woes and wariness of living with HIV" and instead have an honest conversation about the complexities, good and bad, that accompany living with HIV.

    09 July 2015 | POZ
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