HIV & AIDS
Being diagnosed as HIV positive can often be a traumatic and confusing time for people. Public attitudes and misconceptions around HIV/AIDS often mean that it is difficult for people to reveal their status, which in turn can lead to feelings of isolation and distress.
The Terrence Higgins Trust website provides confidential information and holistic support to all people infected and affected by HIV. It is the UK's leading charity providing support to people living with HIV. Their vision is a world where people with HIV live healthy lives free from prejudice and discrimination, and good sexual health is a right and reality for all.
They offer a wide range of support services for people living with and affected by HIV, including:
- emotional support and information by phone
- help with accessing HIV testing and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) treatment
- legal advice about your rights in benefits, employment, immigration and housing
- information around welfare issues and a hardship fund for people who are HIV positive
- treatment advice
- contact with support groups
- help with accessing grants and respite
- education for the community about HIV and sexually transmitted infections
- written information and leaflets
- specialist counselling
My Community Forum
The My Community Forum is a free, welcoming and safe place to meet other people living with HIV that can be accessed via the Terence Higgins Trust website. Simply register on the site and you will have access to a chat room where you can talk to other positive people, gain information around HIV and chat to online counsellors.
Terrence Higgins Trust
Phone: THT Direct 0808 802 1221
GWH Sexual Health Department
Address: Great Western Hospital, Marlborough Road, Swindon, SN3 6BB
Phone: 01793 604038
Swindon Sexual Health