Living with HIV
Although there is still no cure for HIV, treatments have developed to such an extent that by taking them, people can reduce the amount of HIV in their bodies to undetectable levels. This not only benefits their own health, but also means that the chances of passing on HIV to someone else during sex are very low.
Although HIV has come a long way medically many people who receive a HIV diagnosis still face challenges around living with HIV. We offer 1-1 support to everyone living with HIV. Our support workers can help with:
- Stigma and discrimination continue to be an issue and Dhiverse is committed to supporting anyone who is facing this and to challenging stigma and discrimination against anyone living with HIV.
- Social Support: Managing social issues, such as housing, benefits, money and employment, alongside living with HIV can be difficult and overwhelming at times; we can help.
- Support to help you adhere to your HIV medication and treatment plan: Adhering to your HIV medication and treatment plan means that your HIV will be undetectable and you won’t be able to pass on the infection. Watch our ‘HIV 2019 & The Benefits of taking HIV Medication’, video on our homepage. We understand that sometimes, for a range of reasons, it might be a challenge to keep to your medication routine so we can provide practical, emotional and psychological support to help you with this. Just speaking to someone about how you’re feeling about your medication and situation can help.
- Counselling and Emotional Support. We know that for some people living with HIV things can often become a bit too much to deal on their own and they can feel overwhelmed. We can provide one to one emotional support or professional counselling.
- Health and Wellbeing: Living with other health conditions and/or dependencies alongside living with HIV can often be difficult. We can help you with this and we can help and support you to access other services if needed.
- Information and knowledge of HIV. Having the right information can be a good way to help you understand and manage how to live well with HIV. With over 30 years’ experience of supporting people with HIV our staff have a good knowledge and understanding.
- Relationships: Living with HIV can affect sometimes affect your view of relationships – personal, sexual, family. We can support you to manage your relationships.
- Peer support: Meeting and chatting to other people living with HIV, either in a group or one to one can sometimes help.
We want to help and support you to make informed decisions and choices so that you can enjoy a healthy life to the full.
All support is free and confidential.
How to contact us/arrange a time to talk
In line with our ‘Information Governance’ policy and the GDPR 2018 we will not collect any information about our service users other than that which is necessary to ensure they get the best and most appropriate support. Therefore we no longer require a referral form.
If you’re referring someone, with their consent, we only require basic information. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with:
- Confirmation that the person has agreed to the referral
- The main reason the person would like to speak to someone from Dhiverse
- The name of the person you’re referring
- A telephone number that we can call the person onAll support is free and confidential.If you would like support or to have a chat about things please contact Angela, our Support Worker.
M: 07983 150524
We can also arrange to speak to you via Skype if this is easier for you. All contact is strictly confidential.