THT Launches New Work and Skills Programme

 

THT have launched a new development, work and skills programme that is designed to support you apply for work, volunteering or further study; build confidence through exploring your skills, strengths and opportunities and explore how you might change career if this is something you want to do.

 

All the sessions are being held online and everyone living with HIV in the UK is eligible to attend.

 

The sessions start in February.  To register you interest and to find out more you just need to fill out a short form on their website.

Monday, 11 January, 2021

Have COVID-19 vaccines been tested in people with HIV?

 

If you’re looking for up to date information about the Covid 19 vaccine for people living with HIV, this article from our friends at aidsmap is worth a read.

 

There is a link to an aidsmap live discussion about the vaccine at the end of the article.  Here’s a link to the article.

Thursday, 7 January, 2021

Women with HIV have sixfold increase in risk of cervical cancer.

 

Vaccination, screening and treatment could drastically reduce these figures within a decade, says World Health Organization.

 

Read more here

Monday, 4 January, 2021

Q&A With Russell T. Davies and Paul Fairweather

 

We’re hosting an exclusive event with our patron, award-winning writer and TV producer Russell T. Davies.  He will be joined HIV activist Paul Fairweather for an online Q&A on February 2nd, starting at 7pm on Zoom.

 

Coinciding with the release of his new TV series ‘It’s A Sin’, the event will be an opportunity for people to hear about what inspired Russell to create ‘It’s A Sin’, his reasons for supporting George House Trust and for attendees to submit their own questions to Russell.

 

Darren Knight, our Chief Executive, said, “Russell’s unwavering and generous support for our work and him telling some of the hidden stories of HIV are two of the many reasons why we’re proud he’s our patron.  Our work tackling HIV stigma and providing specialist support is never more needed. The impact of this show is going to be massive and I’m so pleased that we’re working together on this exciting event.”

 

Book your free place here.

 

It’s A Sin follows the story of the 1980s, the story of AIDS, and charts the joy and heartbreak of a group of friends across a decade in which everything changed.  Starring Olly Alexander, Nathaniel Curtis, Keeley Hawes and Lydia Westie, the first episode airs on Channel on January 22nd at 9pm.

Monday, 25 January, 2021

COVID-19 vaccination first phase priority groups

 

As you will be aware, the roll out the Covid-19 vaccine for adults is well under way.

 

To date, over 12 million people have received their first vaccine with a focus on vaccinating people who are in ‘first phase priority groups’ – this includes groups of people that are deemed at greater risk from Covid-19.

 

The majority of people living with HIV fall into priority group 6 – this includes ‘adults aged 16 – 65 years in an at risk group’. If you are older than 65, are a health and social care frontline worker or are classed as ‘extremely clinically vulnerable’ due to a low CD4 or other serious health conditions, you will fall into an earlier priority group. You can see the full list of priority groups here.

 

We strongly recommend that everyone living with HIV has the Covid-19 vaccination and we want to encourage you to take up the offer of the vaccine when you receive it.  The vaccines are given in two doses 12 weeks apart.

 

The vaccine has been extensively tested and is the easiest and best way to protect yourself from the virus. The British HIV Association (BHIVA) state that ‘there is currently no evidence to suggest a higher risk of side effects (from the vaccine) in people with HIV’.  BHIVA also strongly recommend that people living with HIV take up the offer of the vaccine.  

 

You can read BHIVA’s full statement about the vaccine here.

 

The current arrangements are that you will be contacted by your GP surgery and the vaccine will be administered there.  It may be that you have not told your GP that you are living with HIV but, in order to receive the vaccine at the right time your GP will need to know. It is also important that your GP has up-to-date contact information so they can get in touch with you.

 

If your GP does not know that you are living with HIV we would strongly recommend that you have a conversation with them.  Although you are not obliged to tell your GP that you are living with HIV, there are many advantages to them knowing, not least of which is that they will be aware when you need to be called for the vaccine.   

 

We are aware of the difficulties and anxieties sometimes faced by people when thinking about having this conversation with a GP.

 

If you would like advice, or you have any concerns about talking to your GP, we’re here to help.

 

Call us on 0161 274 4499 and a Services Adviser will return your call.  Alternatively, you could email us.

Monday, 11 January, 2021

Living with HIV? Want to talk to us?
Call 0161 274 4499 or email: talk@ght.org.uk