A study has been published in BMJ Open, looking at the impact of an HIV Mentor Mother project in England. It focuses on both the experiences of women living with HIV in England who received and who gave Mentor Mother (trained mother-to-mother) volunteer peer support during pregnancy and early motherhood. The study was carried out with…
A study by Royal Holloway University, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, has explored the quality of information found in online discussion forum websites. It aims to assess the likely value of such information as a peer-to-peer health information–sharing platform. A total of 25 health discussion threads were selected across 3 websites (Reddit, Mumsnet,…
Produced by the HIV information charity NAM, ‘Your next steps’ is a new booklet for people who have just found out they have HIV. Following on from a research project carried out with staff in specialist HIV clinic services in 2013, which identified the need for a resource like this, NAM worked with people living…
New insight work published in November has explored the attitudes and knowledge of HIV among groups most at risk of infection in London. Both gay men and black African groups do not see local authorities as credible sources of information and support on HIV, more likely associating them with bins and Council Tax. This poses…
Almost £8 million is being invested in driving down HIV infections and providing information to improve people’s sexual health. The money will go to the Terrence Higgins Trust and FPA (Family Planning Association) over three years. The Terrence Higgins Trust and their partners receive £6.7 million to prevent HIV in men who have sex with men and people from African communities, the groups most affected by HIV in England; and FPA will receive £1.13 million for their comprehensive specialist sexual health information service for the public and health workers.
The winners of the BMJ Group Improving Health awards were announced this week. The award for best Healthcare Communication Campaign, which recognises a campaign or a communication to educate patients on health, was 90TEN with 56 Dean Street, G-A-Y club and Boyz Magazine. The team developed a community led health campaign to raise awareness of the importance of regular HIV testing among London’s gay men. The Guinness World Record Attempt to carry out as many HIV tests as possible gained widespread support, over 467 people were tested at G-A-Y bar (breaking the world record) and the project raised over £12,000 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation. The campaign was widely reported by gay media agencies and was widely tweeted and blogged during the day.
More than 34 million people are presently living with HIV infection. Antiretroviral therapy (ART) can help these people to live longer, healthier lives, but because of side-effects, adherence (taking these medications every day) can be difficult. Mobile phone text-messaging has the potential to help promote adherence in these patients. This Cochrane review showed that weekly mobile phone text messages to patients on ART can help them to take their medication every day. It can also help to reduce the amount of HIV in their bloodstream.
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