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Sun, sex and suspicious partners: Looking after your sexual health on a summer holiday

Posted by Brigette Bard on

Remember that when you meet someone on holiday, no matter how attractive and sincere they might be, you don’t know them. You don’t know if they are carrying a sexually transmitted infection – they might not know if they are carrying a sexually transmitted infection. So what can you do to protect yourself?

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HIV - it's not just about gay men

Posted by Gary Carpenter on

HIV is not discriminatory or biased. HIV can affect everyone regardless of whether they are gay, straight, male, female, black, white, young or old. That’s a fact.

In the UK there are approximately 60,000 heterosexual people living with HIV, compared with 43,500 men who have sex with men (MSM). So I want to put the myth that HIV is just something that affects gay people, firmly back into the closet

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Sex at Festivals: Sun, Sounds and Safer Sex - HIV and the Festivals Season

Posted by Brigette Bard on

While you can’t predict the weather, you can prepare for it – my advice: shove on your shorts/hotpants [delete as appropriate]; put on your wellies; slap on your sunnies; hope for the best.

But when it comes to sex at festivals, hoping for the best isn’t enough to prevent sexually transmitted infections such as chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhoea or HIV.

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What are the symptoms of HIV?

Posted by Gary Carpenter on

Most people who acquire HIV are totally unaware of the infection. The symptoms of HIV vary from person to person and also vary by stage of the disease. For most people the symptoms are very benign and do not require medical attention by themselves. The only way you can be sure if you are HIV positive is to take an HIV test or speak to your GP.

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Are HIV and AIDS the same thing?

Posted by Brigette Bard on

HIV is a virus. AIDS is a condition. They are not the same thing.

It is impossible to get AIDS without first being infected with HIV, but a person can have HIV without it ever developing into AIDS.

Antiretrovirals (ART) are so advanced, that if the right treatment is started at the right time most people live an active, healthy and full life. The earlier treatment begins, the more effective it is. But somebody can't get treated until they get tested....

 

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