HIV i-Base

Your HIV questions answered

Ask a question. Recent questions and answers. We provide personal answers to your questions about HIV treatment. Our answers are based on the latest guidelines and research and presented in non-technical language. Anwsers are written by treatment advocates and are …

Xmas and New Year opening hours

i-Base will run a reduced treatment information service between Christmas and the New Year. If you have an urgent enquiry during this period, please contact your clinic. The phoneline will be closed between 23rd December and 4th January. We will …

Who can I talk to?

Confidentiality After you are diagnosed, the only people who know your status will be you, your doctor and other health care workers involved in your care. Healthcare workers can not tell anyone about your results without your permission, including your …

What other tests do I need?

After you test HIV positive, your doctor will need to run other tests. HIV test for recent infection (RITA, STARHS) Another type of HIV test can give a good idea about whether you were recently infected with HIV – ie …

Thinking of joining a study

Sometimes you may be asked to consider joining a research study. Or you may already be interested in whether you can help as part of research. Ongoing medical research is essential to increasing our understanding of both HIV and treatment. Participating in …

Think you may be positive?

If you have not had an HIV-test, but think you may be positive then why not test? There are many reasons to test. A routine sexual health check-up every year that includes HIV is recommended for anyone who is sexually …

Talk – essential to getting the best care

It sounds obvious but talking is important. This is still the most direct way for your doctor to understand how you are feeling. This includes anything that you are worried about. Mild side effects are sometimes easy to manage but …

Support groups in the UK

AVERT lists local and regional support oganisations in the UK. A list of groups involved with the UK-CAB with website links. If there is not a group in your area, the following contacts may help you find a support group: …

Support groups

Thousands of people each day are going through similar experiences. Sometimes HIV is easier to mange if you know a other people in a similar situation. How to connect may not always be easy, but it should be possible. HIV …

START study

START study START is one of the most important HIV studies from the last ten years. It was designed to look at the benefits and risks of early HIV treatment (ART). In May 2015, results showed that ART has important benefits …

Report a side effect

The Yellow Card Scheme is vital in helping the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (part of the Department of Health) monitor the safety of the medicines that are on the market. If you think a medicine or herbal remedy …

QoL

QoL stand for Quality of Life. As ART is hopefully going to keep you alive for a long time. you want to make sure your quality of life is good. Advice for a healthier lifestyle advice is just as important for HIV …

PrEP, PEP and PEPSE

This page includes links to information about PrEP, PEP and PEPSE. PrEP = Pre Exposure Prophylaxis. It is the term for using HIV drugs before exposure to reduce the chance of getting HIV. This is usually daily by someone who …

Pocket pregnancy guide (2015)

This page links to i-Base resources about HIV and pregnancy. Pocket pregnancy guide is a small i-Base leaflet about HIV and pregnancy. It includes information about planning your pregnancy, using ART, delivery and after care including feeding. This includes a focus on …

Planning

Some people become pregnant without planning and for others it is an active decision. If you are planning a pregnancy there is a lot of support to help. The following links below include more information about different situations. Planning your pregnancy. …

PARTNER and PARTNER 2 study

This pocket ART page links to different i-Base resources about ART. The PARTNER study is one of the most important studies about the risk of HIV transmission. This is because the study reported zero HIV transmissions from a positive partner …

Online community

The following websites include online interactive discussion boards. Sometimes these require you to choose a login and username (which does not need to be your own name). i-Base is not responsible for the content and format of these sites. Aidsmeds …

Hydrochloroquine study (HCQ)

Can hydroxychloroquine decrease immune activation in asymptomatic patients? ……….. This study is now closed and results presented at the IAS conference in Rome in July 2011 showed that HCQ had no benefit and actually produced a slight drop in CD4 …

Having a baby

Having a baby involves much more than the medical and practical side to pregnancy. For many people is a central part of their life. Although HIV makes life more complicated, you can still have children and a family. ART dramatically reduces …

Feeding

The page includes information about feeding after your baby is born. It is part of a guide produced for women in the UK. Because HIV is present in breastmilk, bottle feeding with formula milk is strongly recommended in the UK. …

Diary

Keeping a side effect diary for a few weeks can help in many ways. It can show a pattern to the symptoms that you otherwise were not aware off. It might show more accurately how the symptoms are affecting your …

Current UK studies (selected)

The following studies are a few of those currently running in the UK. This listing is mainly for independent research studies rather than studies run by pharmaceutical companies. Information may change as study enrolment status changes. There in no online …

Choice of delivery

 As with everything else in your pregnancy, you have choices for how your baby will be born. Some women prefer a vaginal birth and some women prefer a C-section. These are things to discuss with your health team. Vaginal delivery …

Can I have a baby?

Yes, with HIV treatment. Women around the world have safely used antiretroviral drugs in pregnancy now for over 10 years. Treatment will reduce the risk of your baby becoming HIV-positive to almost zero. For more information see our guide: HIV, …