HIV, GPs and other primary care

Greta Hughson
Published: 03 October 2012

Confused about catchment areas? Concerned about confidentiality? HIV, GPs & other primary care, the new booklet from NAM, is here to help!

Why do I need to know about primary care?

Primary care includes a wide range of services, providing long-term health care and support. Effective treatment means that, for many people, HIV is now a long-term, manageable medical condition. General practitioners (GPs, or family doctors), dentists and other community-based medical services can be an important part of your healthcare team, offering information, advice and treatment to help with prevention, diagnosis and management of a variety of health problems.

Your HIV treatment and care will still be provided by your HIV clinic, but it’s a good idea to be registered with a GP as well, so you can benefit from their expertise and services.

This new booklet, produced in collaboration with the British HIV Association (BHIVA) and being launched at the BHIVA Autumn conference tomorrow, explains the services GPs offer, how this care fits with HIV specialist care, and how to make the most of primary care services.

What’s it all about?

You might not be registered with a GP, or you might have a GP but feel you’re not making the most of them. Some of the subjects covered in this booklet include:

The booklet also covers care offered by dentists, opticians and other community-based services.

For more information

You can read this new booklet on our website, download it as a PDF or read it in the online viewer. All the booklets in this series are available at

This title is available in print, so if you would like a print copy, do get in touch. If you work in an HIV clinic or organisation in the UK, you can also join our free booklet scheme. Through the scheme you can order multiple copies of our booklets and leaflets in the illustrated series, The basics. Contact us on 020 7837 6988 or at to find out more.

We would like to say a big thank you to the members of the BHIVA/RCGP Primary Care Working Group, our review panels and people living with HIV who contributed to this resource.

In addition, we are grateful to BHIVA, Wandsworth Oasis and the NHS London HIV Consortium for their support in funding this booklet.

Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap

This content was checked for accuracy at the time it was written. It may have been superseded by more recent developments. NAM recommends checking whether this is the most current information when making decisions that may affect your health.

NAM’s information is intended to support, rather than replace, consultation with a healthcare professional. Talk to your doctor or another member of your healthcare team for advice tailored to your situation.