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All our resources relevant to people who are HIV positive.

PrEP for women

PrEP and Women: new leaflet with Sophia Forum

Pocket PrEP: UK guide

PrEP stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis. It is away that HIV negative people can use HIV drugs to stay HIV negative – even when not using condoms. Pocket PrEP is an A7-sized guide to PrEP in the UK. It is an …

Pocket HIV and hepatitis C guide

As i-Base is an HIV project, these resources are about HIV and hepatitis C coinfection. Although it can be a difficult to have both infections, the good news is that there is effective treatment for both HIV and hepatitis C …

ART – HIV treatment

ART stands for antiretroviral treatment HIV drugs are called antiretrovirals because HIV is a retrovirus. ART is used to treat HIV. It is an exciting time for HIV care. ART is now the routine next step after finding out you …

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 …

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 …

START study

The START study showed that HIV treatment has important benefits for your health, even if your CD4 count is still high. This international study was one of the most important HIV studies from the last ten years. The study results …

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 …

Science support resources

The following resources are to help learn about scientific aspects of HIV. ART in pictures: HIV treatment explained (2017) Clinical trials: a guide to HIV research (2015) HIV genome – excellent resource that explains the genetic structure of HIV. Science learning modules …

If you have just found out you are HIV positive…

If you have just been diagnosed this can be a difficult time. Hey, slow down. Take time. It is going to be okay. Take time… An HIV diagnosis may be unexpected. Or may have been something you were worrying about for …

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) In the UK, another type of HIV test can help know whether this is a recent infection – ie within …

ART in pictures: HIV treatment explained (June 2017)

Also in Russian. A new i-Base resource explaining HIV and ART. Read this guide online Download ART in pictures PDF (1.3 Mb) Order print copies (free in UK) This 32-page publication explains HIV and treatment (ART) by using six simple pictures. Each picture …

Side effects

ART (HIV treatment) uses very effective drugs with a low risk of side effects You and your doctor can choose and change ART – so that you have the best quality of life. If side effects occur, they are usually …

PARTNER and PARTNER 2 study

The PARTNER study reported zero HIV transmissions from a positive partner on ART to their negative partner. This was after couples in the study had sex more than 58,500 times without using condoms. The PARTNER study is one of the …

PrEP on Channel 4 news: community activists on need for PrEP in UK now…

On 16 December 2015, Channel 4 news include a short story about PrEP. Watch on YouTube. The report included interviews with activists from i-Base and the community PrEP organisations I Want PrEP Now and Prepster. We hope this raises the …

Pregnancy

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

START study – important benefits even for people with a high CD4 count

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 …

PIVOT study: protease inhibitor monotherapy

Note: the PIVOT study is now closed. Results were presented at CROI 2014 and the BHIVA/BASHH in 2014. PIVOT stands for “Protease Inhibitor monotherapy Versus Ongoing Triple-therapy in the long term management of HIV infection”. The PIVOT study is the largest UK trial for …

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 …

UK seroconverters study

The UK Register of HIV seroconverters study is an observational database study of people who are diagnosed with HIV when they are still in very early infection. This study was set up in 1994 and is ongoing. Enrolment criteria include …

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