Support for Adults with HIV

HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. It attacks the body's defence system preventing it from fighting illnesses and infections. HIV is not passed on by shaking hands, kissing, touching or hugging, sharing cups, cutlery, crockery or towels. HIV is not spread by sneezing or coughing or from tears or sweat. A person does not get infected with HIV from daily contact.

HIV can be passed on in the following ways:

  • unprotected sexual intercourse - vaginal, oral or anal without using a condom
  • sharing contaminated needles, syringes and 'works'
  • from an infected mother to her baby during pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding
  • from contaminated blood or blood products

A diagnosis of HIV affects you, your family, partner and friends. This site describes the help available and provides details of who to contact for further information and advice.

What do Social Services provide?

Social Services provides a confidential service for anyone regardless of gender, sexuality, lifestyle or racial origin in the surrounding area. Together we can help with:

Counselling and emotional support

You may feel the need to discuss your fears and anxieties. It may be difficult for you to talk about your thoughts and feelings with your family. We offer emotional and psychological support in a confidential and non judgmental environment.

Financial Advice

Extra expenses may be associated with your illness. You may be entitled to various benefits or be eligible for financial help from other sources. You may also be given support with continuing to work.

Practical Assistance

You may have physical difficulties in coping with daily living, need help in the home or with travelling to hospital appointments. We will work with you to try to meet your needs for practical assistance.

Other Information

If you think you, or someone in your family, might benefit from any service provided by Social Services and you would like us to contact you by phone or email, please click the following link and complete the Social Services Contact Us/Self Referral Online Form and someone will be in touch with you as soon as possible.


To make a referral, or for more information about the support available for adults with HIV, please contact the Adult Care Service via the Access Team.

The NHS Direct Information Page describes diagnosis, treatment, prevention and useful links on HIV and AIDS.

National AIDS Helpline 0800 567 123. For other languages 0800 717 2227.

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Modified: 2008-08-22
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