30 November 2012

Hospital staff raise awareness of HIV/Aids

Hospital staff raise awareness of HIV/Aids

The Sexual Health team at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) will be raising awareness of HIV/Aids on Saturday as part of World Aids Day.

As part of the awareness, a clinic will be held for young people (13-25 years old) at the Victoria Health Centre on Saturday 1 December (2pm-4pm). No appointments are necessary and people will be able to receive HIV testing, as well as general information about contraception and sexual health.

HIV screening is now being recommended for anyone visiting a sexual health clinic inNottinghamCitywho has had unprotected sex.

Judith Green, Outreach Team Manager for CASH, said: "This is all about raising awareness of HIV/Aids and to dispel some of the myths associated with it. HIV is increasing and it is important that young people are aware of HIV and are able to access accurate information and support if necessary.

"Although there is no cure or vaccine for HIV, it is perfectly manageable if diagnosed early. Early diagnosis of HIV/Aids is extremely important, as those affected can expect to live a normal healthy life span if treated appropriately. Here in Nottingham late diagnosis is an issue and can result in poorer outcomes."

The team will also be delivering HIV awareness sessions to students at Bilborough College with onsite HIV testing.

If you need specialist information, advice or testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, you can visit one of our clinics. The service is open access meaning you do not need to seen by anyone else before attending.

Clinic attendance is confidential and is not discussed with anyone else without your consent. Visit the sexual health service website for more information or call 0115 9627912.

Did you know?

  • There are now more people than ever living with HIV in the UK - more than 90,000 - with around a quarter of those unaware they have the virus.
  • Over 90% of people with HIV were infected through sexual contact
  • HIV is not passed on through spitting, biting or sharing utensils
  • Only 1% of babies born to HIV positive mothers have HIV
  • Test results are usually available within a few days; however, you can also get the preliminary results of an HIV test in just 15-20 minutes through a fast test at some venues.

To find out more about World Aids Day, visit the website at www.worldaidsday.org.

NHS Nottingham University Hospitals
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