Monthly Archives: September 2015

New Advice: Start Meds If You Have HIV

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Everyone who has HIV should be offered antiretroviral drugs as soon as possible after diagnosis, the World Health Organisation says.

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This latest policy removes previous limits suggesting patients wait until the disease progresses.  The WHO has also recommended people at risk of HIV be given the drugs to help prevent the infection taking hold.

UNAIDS said these changes could help avert 21 million AIDS-related deaths and 28 million new infections by 2030.

The recommendations increase the number of people with HIV eligible for antiretrovirals from 28m to 37m across the world.

But the challenge globally will be making sure everyone has access to them and the funds are in place to pay for such a huge extension in treatment. Only 15m people currently get the drugs.


What are Anti-Retrovirals?

  • Antiretroviral therapy (ART) is a combination of medicines used to treat HIV. It is not a cure, but can control the virus so that patients can live a longer, healthier life and reduce the risk of transmitting HIV to others.
  • The drugs prevent HIV from multiplying, which reduces the amount of the virus in the body.
  • Having less HIV in the body gives the immune system a chance to recover and fight off infections and cancers.
  • By reducing the amount of HIV, the medicines also reduce the risk of transmitting the virus to others.

Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund, a private-public initiative which is one of the biggest funders of HIV research and treatment, said: “The recommendations are critically important to moving us towards the fast-track treatment and prevention goals.

“We must embrace the ambition if we are going to end HIV as a public health threat.”

Michel Sidibe, of UNAIDS, added: “Everybody living with HIV has the right to life-saving treatment. The new guidelines are a very important steps towards ensuring that all people living with HIV have immediate access to antiretroviral treatment.”

The WHO announcement, which is being adopted in the UK, comes after extensive research into the issue.

A US National Institutes of Health study due to run until 2016 was stopped earlyafter an interim analysis found giving treatment straight after diagnosis cut deaths and complications, such as kidney or liver disease, by half.

Meanwhile, a UK study found giving healthy gay men drugs meant one case of HIV could be stopped for every 13 men treated for a year.

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Job Vacancy: Customer Service Administrator

We Are Recruiting!

  • Job Title: Customer Service Administrator
  • Reports to: Well for Living Manager
  • Hours: 30 Per Week (Fixed Term until the end of March 2016 in the first instance)
  • Salary: £15,103 pro rata per annum
  • CLOSING DATE AND TIME: THURSDAY 22ND OCTOBER 2015 12:00 noon

LASS are seeking to recruit a Customer Service Administrator (30 Hours Per Fixed term until 31st March in the first instance).

Working with people affected by HIV in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland you will be responsible for providing an efficient, effective and high quality, first point of contact service by phone, email and in person for service users, guests, visitors and all users of the Michael Wood Centre and at external events. 

You will provide a wide variety of tasks including reception & building duties, supporting volunteer engagement and providing a high level of customer service and administration.  

The ideal candidate will have excellent knowledge, understanding and be qualified in customer service or business administration.  The successful candidate should have the ability to prioritise workload effectively to meet deadlines as required and be able to work on their own initiative.

More information is contained in the job description and person specification (below).  To apply, please download, complete and return an application form then email it to Tom Robson (tom@lass.org.uk) or call us on 0116 2559995 to request an application pack.  Please note that CV’s can only be accepted with a completed application form.  Incomplete applications will not be short-listed.

  • Closing date: 22ND October 2015
  • Interviews: 27 October 2015

Customer Service Administrator 2015 (Job Description / Person Specification)

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First HIV Radio Show Set To Launch In Britain To ‘Challenge Stigma’

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It’s estimated that more than 100,000 people are living with HIV in the UK, yet we still shy away from talking about it.  That’s about to change thanks to a new radio show about HIV, which is determined to end stigma.

The show, titled HIV Happy Hour, will run weekly on Radio Reverb, a Brighton-based local station, from 1 October.  The magazine-style programme is the brainchild of author and HIV activist Paul Thorn, who was diagnosed with HIV in 1990.

“The main aim of the show is to challenge some of the negative thinking that many people living with HIV hold about themselves.  There is no reason why anyone living with HIV should be ashamed or feel bad about having the virus. I want this show to be one of the tools to help change that.”

Thorn describes the show as “a programme by and for people with HIV”.

The light-hearted name HIV Happy Hour aims to show that living with HIV doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom – people can be happy living with HIV.

The 60-minute programme will be a lifestyle-based show covering a wide range of topics.  It will be cover health, wealth, happiness, relationships, and lots of tips from experts for getting on with and making the most of the second chance at life afforded to people living with the virus by treatment”.

“There will be some more serious subjects covered also, for example hepatitis co-infection, tuberculosis, and hopefully some surprise celebrity guests also.  More important is that the show is a platform for people living with the virus, they will be playing a major role in output and direction of the show.

A pilot episode of HIV Happy Hour included an interview with the head of a care facility for people with HIV and tips for HIV-positive listeners to set up their own business.  Thorn hopes this wide range of topics will help ‘normalise’ HIV, so people living with it feel more able to speak about their experiences and seek the help they need.

HIV Happy Hour will air on Radio Reverb (97.2FM) every Thursday at 7pm from 1 October.

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