New editions of 22 leaflets in The basics series

Amelia Jones
Published: 19 January 2017

NAM has recently updated 22 titles from its series of leaflets, The basics. These illustrated leaflets provide a simple and easy-to-understand introduction to key HIV issues.

The basics use pictures to help break down and illustrate complex health information. Each leaflet focuses on one topic, covering key facts, and includes an ‘important points’ section and information on where the reader can find out more on the topic. They are particularly useful for people who do not have a prior understanding of HIV or whose first language isn’t English and are designed to support discussions between health professionals and people living with HIV.

The topics covered in the updated leaflets include HIV treatment, transmission and prevention, healthy living, how HIV works, preparing for an HIV test, health monitoring, hepatitis C transmission and tuberculosis.

Some of the titles which have been updated are:

All of The basics leaflets are available to view online at and in print through NAM’s patient information scheme.

The new editions have been updated to reflect recent research and current guidelines. For example, the leaflets reflect our greater certainty that people taking HIV treatment who have an undetectable viral load do not pass on HIV. All the titles are in line with the most recent HIV treatment guidelines, recommending treatment for everyone diagnosed with HIV. Important updates have been made on HIV and the criminal law as well as on the sexual transmission of hepatitis C.

We are very grateful to all the professionals and people living with HIV who have helped us to develop these leaflets. Meetings at George House Trust, LASS, Metro Centre and the Bloomsbury Clinic helped us refine messages in the leaflets and ensure that they can be easily understood.

NAM has Information Standard certification for its patient information resources. The basics also carry the Crystal Mark, the Plain English Campaign’s seal of approval for the clarity of documents.

Many titles in The basics series are also available in other languages. You can find them on our translations pages.

NAM’s Patient Information Subscription Scheme

UK-based HIV and GUM clinics can order copies of The basics, and our information booklets, through our online portal as part of our patient information subscription.

To find out if your clinic is registered or for information on joining the scheme, please contact James at or call 020 7837 6988.

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

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