It can be tricky when you’re searching online for information about HIV. You’ll find lots of old articles, opinions and judgments, some nonsense and some good information. But how do you sort fact from fiction?
It’s super important that what you are reading – and what you’re asking friends and loved ones to read – is up to date, factual and backed up by evidence.
This short article gives a few tips from the experts.
Got any other ideas? Leave a comment below.
In 2015, Pozhet conducted a survey asking heterosexual people living with HIV and their families in NSW on the following:
- The impact of HIV on your health
- Emerging issues
- Feedback on how to improve future service delivery
The summary is now available.
Many thanks to all who participated in this survey.
Pozhet held our spring Retreat a few hours north of Sydney on the 17th – 19th November. Participants came from all over NSW to spend time together in a private rural setting, to make friends and to support each other. Living in rural communities or in cities where not many people know about HIV is an issue for all our participants. Isolation affects many HIV positive heterosexuals, so it was great for people to connect and share stories. There were equal numbers of men and women and we all enjoyed Canoeing, had great fun with Archery and saw a Green Sea Turtle on our lake walk!
Stay tuned for Pozhet’s next Retreat in the New Year. It really is a worthwhile experience.
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Leading paediatrician, Dr Hermione Lyall of London told the British HIV Association (BHIVA) conference last week that although risk of HIV transmission when breast feeding was very low when viral load was supressed, there was not yet enough evidence to recommend “undetectable = untransmittable” (U=U). Dr Lyall recommended taking a harm reduction approach for women who wanted to breastfeed. [Read more…] about UK – harm reduction approach for breast feeding
Most pregnant women are concerned about taking medications, particularly in the first 3 months (trimester) of a pregnancy as this is a particularly vulnerable time for the foetus. People with chronic conditions usually need to keep taking their treatments during pregnancy and it is important that they understand how the benefits balance against the risk of doing so. In high income countries such as Canada and Australia the transmission of HIV from an HIV positive woman to child is very low (less than 1%) and this is essentially due to Anti-retroviral therapy (ART). Recent research in Canada reviewed health related information from pregnant women over a period of 17 years up until 2015 and data from 214,240 pregnancies, of which 343 were HIV positive women was looked at. [Read more…] about Reassurance for pregnant women regarding ART side effects