PASSIONATE ABOUT SEXUAL HEALTH (PaSH) PARTNERSHIP

 

We are delighted to announce the success of the Passionate about Sexual Health (PaSH) Partnership tender submission to deliver the Greater Manchester Sexual Health Improvement Programme.

 

The PaSH Partnership is a collaboration between BHA for Equality, George House Trust, and the LGBT Foundation, who are the current providers of HIV prevention and support across Greater Manchester.

 

The PaSH Partnership is looking forward to rolling out a comprehensive programme of interventions to meet the changing needs of people newly diagnosed with HIV, living longer term with HIV or at greatest risk of acquiring HIV.

 

The GM Sexual Health Improvement Programme will include HIV testing, access to low cost condoms, a dedicated sexual health website, HIV outreach, and support for adults and children newly diagnosed with HIV or living with HIV longer term.

 

Medical advances now mean that HIV is a manageable long term health condition when diagnosed early, but continuing levels of misunderstanding and a lack of up to date knowledge mean that HIV remains a highly stigmatised medical condition.

 

The PaSH Partnership believe that the work they are looking to deliver through the contract will be key to achieving Greater Manchester’s vision of ending HIV transmission within a generation.

 

The contract will commence on 1st July 2017 followed by a period of mobilisation and transition with the aim of achieving full operational delivery by the end of the year.

Wednesday, 10 May, 2017

8 things about undetectability

 

THE AIM OF TREATMENT IS TO REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF HIV IN THE SYSTEM TO LEVELS WHERE IT CAN’T BE DETECTED

Once the levels of HIV have fallen to undetectable levels, the body stops over-producing CD4 cells, and the immune system can then start to repair itself. The HIV hasn’t gone, but it remains in only tiny levels in the body.

 

BEING UNDETECTABLE MEANS THAT YOU WON’T PASS HIV ON

It’s true! Research has shown that people with a sustained undetectable viral load will not pass on HIV during sex. So as well as keeping you healthy, taking HIV medication means that, once you’re undetectable, you won’t pass HIV on to your sexual partners.

 

ADHERING WELL IS KEY

You’ll only achieve undetectability by taking your medication regularly and as prescribed by your HIV doctor. If you’re having problems with adhering to your meds, our Services Advisers can help with tips and hints.

 

YOU MAY SOMETIMES SEE A SLIGHT RISE OR ‘BLIP’ IN YOUR VIRAL LOAD

It happens - don’t worry about it. Your HIV doctor will explain the reasons for it but it would be rare for your viral load to rise suddenly to such a level that it causes long term problems. So long as the viral load isn’t consistently detectable sudden blips shouldn’t cause any problems.

 

BEING UNDETECTABLE WILL HELP STOP HIV FROM DOING DAMAGE TO YOUR SYSTEM

When you’re not taking treatment, the body produces way more CD4 cells in an attempt to control the HIV. In turn, HIV targets these cells meaning that damage can occur to the immune system. By getting the HIV down to an undetectable level, the immune system stops working overtime - and can then start to repair itself.

 

UNDETECTABILITY HELPS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST HIV STIGMA

We know that much of the stigma comes from peoples’ fear of contracting HIV. This fear might just disappear once everyone gets the message that HIV can’t be passed on with an undetectable viral load.

 

YOUR HIV DOCTOR MAY FOCUS MORE ON YOUR VIRAL LOAD THAN ON YOUR CD4

If you’ve been diagnosed early, your HIV doctor will be much more interested in getting your viral load to undetectable levels, once he or she has decided with you that treatment is your best option. Your CD4 count (and percentage) will still be monitored - however it may not be the focus of your appointments once your treatment has begun.

 

EVERYONE NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND WHAT BEING UNDETECTABLE ACTUALLY MEANS

Whilst more and more people living with HIV are learning about the massive benefits of being undetectable, there’s still a lot to do to make sure that everyone understands that U=U. Undetectable equals Untransmittable.

Tuesday, 2 May, 2017

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