Undetectable

WHAT DOES UNDETECTABLE MEAN?

A viral load test will be able to show how much HIV is present in the blood.

 

The goal of HIV Treatment is to get the levels down to ‘undetectable’.  This does not mean that the HIV is gone, it means that the amount of HIV cannot be detected using current tests.  The results are given per millilitre of blood and generally speaking, if the results are undetectable, this means that there are fewer than 50, 40 or sometimes 20, copies per ml.

 

HIV consultants will not prescribe medication which is not directly related to HIV.  Therefore other health professionals including GPs and dentists will need to be involved in managing your overall health.  Many people are worried about confidentiality when disclosing their HIV status to other health professionals.  It is important to understand that your GP and dentist will work to the same confidentiality guidelines as your HIV team.  You should not be treated differently because of your HIV status.  For example, many people believe that if they disclose to their dentist they will be mad

The dietary guidance for someone living with HIV is more or less the same as for anyone else. It is important to keep an eye on your cholesterol so cutting down on processed meats, fats and sugars could be beneficial.

 

It is also important to have a balanced diet that includes the main food groups to include carbohydrates, protein and dietary fibre as well as limited amounts of fats, and in particular saturated fats.

 

If you have concerns about your diet, or smoking and alcohol intake, then you could speak to your GP.

 

Many people living with HIV are concerned about HIV and employment and any issues that may raise.  For the vast majority of jobs, there is no requirement that means you must tell your employer about your HIV diagnosis.  If you are worried about your confidentiality being breached, or being treated differently, then you may want to consider this carefully, but employers do have a responsibility to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ (for example, time off for clinic appointments) under the law.  People with HIV and who disclose their HIV status are protected under the Equality Act 2010.

HIV testing has never been easier.  Service providers now offer HIV tests in clinical settings and a wide range of community locations at times that you are likely to find convenient.

 

EARLY DIAGNOSIS

Knowing your HIV status puts you in control of your health and means you can access the medical treatment and support you need to stay well.  With early diagnosis, treatment and healthcare, people living with HIV can expect a normal life expectancy.  You can only know your HIV status by taking a HIV test

 

Due to new developments in treatments there are now a variety of drugs available to treat HIV. The drugs used to treat HIV are more refined and more effective than they have ever been, they’re much safer and have fewer side effects associated with them.  These improvements have dramatically changed the life expectancy of people living with HIV. Medically, HIV is classed as a long term manageable condition.

U = U: UNDETECTABLE = UNTRANSMITTABLE

George House Trust is proud to be a Community Partner of the ‘Undetectable Equals Untransmittable’ (U=U) Consensus Statement issued by the Prevention Access Campaign and strongly endorses the research supported message that people living with HIV and with a sustained undetectable viral load cannot pass HIV to their sexual partners.

 

PEP

PEP is a combination of HIV drugs which can be used to reduce the likelihood of a HIV negative person getting HIV after they have been exposed to the virus.  PEP needs to be prescribed, and can be obtained from A&E departments or sexual health clinics.  PEP needs to be taken as soon after exposure as possible to increase its chances of working effectively.  In the UK, PEP can be taken up to 72 hours after exposure.  However, it is much less likely to be effective when used this late.

 

CD4 COUNT

This measure is an indication of the strength of the immune system.

 

CD4 cells are an extremely important part of our immune system, HIV attacks these cells which can affect the number of them in the body.  Doctors will test a cubic ml of blood, and use this to determine the CD4 count i.e. the number of CD4 cells in the sample.  This will then allow the doctor to see how healthy a person’s immune system is. The higher the CD4 count, the healthier the immune system is.

 

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George House Trust Welfare Fund

ABOUT YOU

IMPORTANT NOTE: Unfortunately, we will not be able to grant a cooker, washing machine, fridge/freezer or bed frames as you are currently living with friends/relatives, in temporary accommodation or hostel or are homeless.  Please make an application for any one of these items when you are in permananet accommodation with a private or housing association tenancy agreement and where this item is not included on the inventory or supplied as part of a furnished or part-furnished let.

 

You can continue with your application for other items.

SOURCES OF INCOME
Please tick all that apply. You will not be asked to disclose how much salary or benefit(s) you receive.
BENEFIT COMPONENT
Enter the name of the other benefit(s) you receive
WHAT YOU ARE APPLYING FOR

Unfortunately, we will not be able to grant a cooker, washing machine, fridge/freezer or bed frames as you are currently living with friends/relatives, in temporary accommodation or hostel or are homeless.  Please make an application for any one of these items when you are in permananet accommodation with a private or housing association tenancy agreement and where this item is not included on the inventory or supplied as part of a furnished or part-furnished let.

 

You can continue with an application for other items by makng another selection for any item not marked with *

 

 

Welfare Fund: GAS COOKER
 
You are making an application for a GAS COOKER.  You must read the following statements carefully.  You will be asked to tick a box to indicate that you agree to these terms.  If you are unable to agree to these terms, we will unfortunately not be able to proceed with your application for this item.
 
I acknowledge that, if my application is successful, the item requested above will be delivered to my home.  The goods have been funded by the George House Trust Welfare Fund and the item will be supplied by the supplier chosen by George House Trust.
 
I understand and agree to the following:
  1. The gas cooker will be fitted by a qualified installer, arranged through the supplier, and I am not permitted to arrange independent installation as an alternative.  George House Trust will not supply gas cookers which are not delivered brand new and which are not fitted by the supplier.
  2. The welfare fund will cover the cost of standard installation and there must be a suitable gas supply in the vicinity of where the cooker is to be sited for the installation to take place.
  3. I understand that I will be responsible for any additional charges that may be necessary if a gas supply or fittings needs to be installed or replaced.
  4. My old appliance will be taken away by the installer.
  5. If the item is faulty, or becomes faulty at a later date, I am responsible for contacting the supplier from where the item was bought.
  6. The item will be delivered to my home address. This address is the one recorded on the George House Trust database.
  7. If the arrangements made for delivery at the time of ordering are not convenient for me I am responsible for making any necessary alternative arrangements myself by contacting the supplier on the phone number below.
  8. I am responsible for ensuring that I (or my representative) is at my home address to receive the item when it is delivered.
  9. The make and model of the item will be decided by George House Trust on the basis of the information I have supplied and I will not be able to change or amend the order.
Welfare Fund: ELECTRIC COOKER
 
You are making an application for an ELECTRIC COOKER.  You must read the following statements carefully.  You will be asked to tick a box to indicate that you agree to these terms.  If you are unable to agree to these terms, we will unfortunately not be able to proceed with your application for this item.
 
I acknowledge that, if my application is successful, the item requested above will be delivered to my home.  The goods have been funded by the George House Trust Welfare Fund and the item will be supplied by the supplier chosen by George House Trust.
 
I understand and agree to the following:
  1. The electric cooker will be fitted by a qualified installer, arranged through the supplier, and I am not permitted to arrange independent installation as an alternative.  George House Trust will not supply electric cookers which are not delivered brand new and which are not fitted by the supplier.
  2. The welfare fund will cover the cost of standard installation and there must be suitable electrical sockets in the vicinity of where the cooker is to be sited for the installation to take place.
  3. I understand that I will be responsible for any additional charges that may be necessary if wiring needs to be installed or replaced.
  4. My old appliance will be taken away by the installer.
  5. If the item is faulty, or becomes faulty at a later date, I am responsible for contacting the supplier from where the item was bought.
  6. The item will be delivered to my home address. This address is the one recorded on the George House Trust database.
  7. If the arrangements made for delivery at the time of ordering are not convenient for me I am responsible for making any necessary alternative arrangements myself by contacting the supplier on the phone number below.
  8. I am responsible for ensuring that I (or my representative) is at my home address to receive the item when it is delivered.
  9. The make and model of the item will be decided by George House Trust on the basis of the information I have supplied and I will not be able to change or amend the order.
Welfare Fund: FRIDGE/FREEZER
 
You are making an application for a FRIDGE, FREEZER or a FRIDGE/FREEZER.  You must read the following statements carefully.  You will be asked to tick a box to indicate that you agree to these terms.  If you are unable to agree to these terms, we will unfortunately not be able to proceed with your application for this item.
 
I acknowledge that, if my application is successful, the item requested above will be delivered to my home.  The goods have been funded by the George House Trust Welfare Fund and the item will be supplied by the supplier chosen by George House Trust.
 
I understand and agree to the following:
  1. The welfare fund does not cover the cost of installation of a fridge, freezer or a fridge/freezer and I understand that I will be responsible for any additional charges if I seek professional installation of the appliance.
  2. My old appliance will be taken away by the supplier.
  3. If the item is faulty, or becomes faulty at a later date, I am responsible for contacting the supplier from where the item was bought.
  4. The item will be delivered to my home address. This address is the one recorded on the George House Trust database.
  5. If the arrangements made for delivery at the time of ordering are not convenient for me I am responsible for making any necessary alternative arrangements myself by contacting the supplier on the phone number below.
  6. I am responsible for ensuring that I (or my representative) is at my home address to receive the item when it is delivered.
  7. The make and model of the item will be decided by George House Trust on the basis of the information I have supplied and I will not be able to change or amend the order.
Welfare Fund: TUMBLE DRYER
 
You are making an application for a TUMBLE DRYER.  You must read the following statements carefully.  You will be asked to tick a box to indicate that you agree to these terms.  If you are unable to agree to these terms, we will unfortunately not be able to proceed with your application for this item.
 
I acknowledge that, if my application is successful, the item requested above will be delivered to my home.  The goods have been funded by the George House Trust Welfare Fund and the item will be supplied by the supplier chosen by George House Trust.
 
I understand and agree to the following:
  1. The welfare fund does not cover the cost of installation and I understand that I will be responsible for any additional charges if I seek professional installation of the appliance.
  2. My old appliance will be taken away by the supplier.
  3. If the item is faulty, or becomes faulty at a later date, I am responsible for contacting the supplier from where the item was bought.
  4. The item will be delivered to my home address. This address is the one recorded on the George House Trust database.
  5. If the arrangements made for delivery at the time of ordering are not convenient for me I am responsible for making any necessary alternative arrangements myself by contacting the supplier on the phone number below.
  6. I am responsible for ensuring that I (or my representative) is at my home address to receive the item when it is delivered.
  7. The make and model of the item will be decided by George House Trust on the basis of the information I have supplied and I will not be able to change or amend the order.
Welfare Fund: MICROWAVE OVEN
 
You are making an application for a MICROWAVE OVEN.  You must read the following statements carefully.  You will be asked to tick a box to indicate that you agree to these terms.  If you are unable to agree to these terms, we will unfortunately not be able to proceed with your application for this item.
 
I acknowledge that, if my application is successful, the item requested above will be delivered to my home.  The goods have been funded by the George House Trust Welfare Fund and the item will be supplied by the supplier chosen by George House Trust.
 
I understand and agree to the following:
  1. If the item is faulty, or becomes faulty at a later date, I am responsible for contacting the supplier from where the item was bought.
  2. The item will be delivered to my home address. This address is the one recorded on the George House Trust database.
  3. If the arrangements made for delivery at the time of ordering are not convenient for me I am responsible for making any necessary alternative arrangements myself by contacting the supplier on the phone number below.
  4. I am responsible for ensuring that I (or my representative) is at my home address to receive the item when it is delivered.
  5. The make and model of the item will be decided by George House Trust on the basis of the information I have supplied and I will not be able to change or amend the order.
Welfare Fund: BED FRAME / MATTRESS
 
You are making an application for a BED FRAME and/or MATTRESS.  You must read the following statements carefully.  You will be asked to tick a box to indicate that you agree to these terms.  If you are unable to agree to these terms, we will unfortunately not be able to proceed with your application for this item.
 
I acknowledge that, if my application is successful, the item requested above will be delivered to my home.  The goods have been funded by the George House Trust Welfare Fund and the item will be supplied by the supplier chosen by George House Trust.
 
I understand and agree to the following:
  1. If the item is faulty, or becomes faulty at a later date, I am responsible for contacting the supplier from where the item was bought.
  2. The item will be delivered to my home address. This address is the one recorded on the George House Trust database.
  3. If the arrangements made for delivery at the time of ordering are not convenient for me I am responsible for making any necessary alternative arrangements myself by contacting the supplier on the phone number below.
  4. I am responsible for ensuring that I (or my representative) is at my home address to receive the item when it is delivered.
  5. The make and specification of the item will be decided by George House Trust on the basis of the information I have supplied and I will not be able to change or amend the order.
Welfare Fund: VACUUM CLEANER
 
You are making an application for a VACUUM CLEANER.  You must read the following statements carefully.  You will be asked to tick a box to indicate that you agree to these terms.  If you are unable to agree to these terms, we will unfortunately not be able to proceed with your application for this item.
 
I acknowledge that, if my application is successful, the item requested above will be delivered to my home.  The goods have been funded by the George House Trust Welfare Fund and the item will be supplied by the supplier chosen by George House Trust.
 
I understand and agree to the following:
  1. If the item is faulty, or becomes faulty at a later date, I am responsible for contacting the supplier from where the item was bought.
  2. The item will be delivered to my home address. This address is the one recorded on the George House Trust database.
  3. If the arrangements made for delivery at the time of ordering are not convenient for me I am responsible for making any necessary alternative arrangements myself by contacting the supplier on the phone number below.
  4. I am responsible for ensuring that I (or my representative) is at my home address to receive the item when it is delivered.
  5. The make and model of the item will be decided by George House Trust on the basis of the information I have supplied and I will not be able to change or amend the order.
Welfare Fund: WASHING MACHINE
 
You are making an application for a WASHING MACHINE.  You must read the following statements carefully.  You will be asked to tick a box to indicate that you agree to these terms.  If you are unable to agree to these terms, we will unfortunately not be able to proceed with your application for this item.
 
I acknowledge that, if my application is successful, the item requested above will be delivered to my home.  The goods have been funded by the George House Trust Welfare Fund and the item will be supplied by the supplier chosen by George House Trust.
 
I understand and agree to the following:
  1. The washing machine will be fitted by a qualified installer, arranged through the supplier, and I am not permitted to arrange independent installation as an alternative.  George House Trust will not supply washing machines which are not delivered brand new and which are not fitted by the supplier.
  2. The Welfare Fund covers the cost of a standard installation.  Adequate water inlet and waste pipes and an electrical socket must be available in the vicinity of where the washing machine is to be located for the installation to take place.  
  3. My old appliance will be taken away by the supplier.
  4. If the item is faulty, or becomes faulty at a later date, I am responsible for contacting the supplier from where the item was bought.
  5. The item will be delivered to my home address. This address is the one recorded on the George House Trust database.
  6. If the arrangements made for delivery at the time of ordering are not convenient for me I am responsible for making any necessary alternative arrangements myself by contacting the supplier on the phone number below.
  7. I am responsible for ensuring that I (or my representative) is at my home address to receive the item when it is delivered.
  8. The make and model of the item will be decided by George House Trust on the basis of the information I have supplied and I will not be able to change or amend the order.
We will not be able to consider your application for the able item without your agreement to the above terms

Grants for clothing are made by store vouchers for £150.  Until further notice, you will not be able to collect from our office and vouchers will be posted to you.  We may be able to arrange e-vouchers, which can be emailed to you, subject to store avaialbility.

Bed sets will be delivered to your home.  Bed sets are 1 x quilt, 2 x pillows and  plain-dyed sets consisting of 2 x duvet covers, 4 x pillow cases and 2 x sheets.  Quilts will have polyester fibre filling and the TOG rating may vary.  We do not make cash payments for bed sets.

Grants for 6 months membership will be made by voucher, redeemable at your local Pure Gym.  We do not make cash payments for gym membership.   

EXPENSES

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please provide as much information as possible in your responses to the following questions.  Your application is more likely to be accepted if you provide full supporting information as the Panel can more easily make a decision based on your circumstances and the reasons for your application.

 

 

If you have any unusual or high expenses, including debt repayments that impact heavily on your budget, tell us about them here.  Examples include debt repayments and care and mobility costs in relation to disabilities.  We may be able to provide additional services to help your debts be managed, including negotiating payment plans on your behalf or sourcing other means to reduce your outgoings.

George House Trust can provide specialist advice and advocacy if you are experiencing problems managing debt.  Would you like someone to call you to discuss the support we can offer? 
 

Our Adviser will call you back.
 
If your personal and/or financial situation has been affected by Covid 19 please explain how. Examples include the following:
 
  • You or a member of your household have or have had Covid-19
  • You have received a government letter advising you to shield
  • You have lost your job, been furloughed or have lost work
     
 
If you do not have any unusual or high expenses or have not been significantly impacted by Covid-19, use this space to describe your circumstances as fully as you can to support your application.

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

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