Testing Week Scotland 11-17 September 2017 »

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Gay and bisexual men having regular sex should get tested every 3 months

If you have ever injected drugs (including performance or image enhancing drugs) you may have been at risk of hepatitis C

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Once you know about an infection, treatment means you can do something about it

Today in Scotland a person living with HIV …

Hepatitis A Information »

… A. This could be food or water or by putting the hands in the mouth. This is different from Hepatitis B or C which are blood borne viruses.

Almost everyone recovers fully from hepatitis A with a lifelong immunity. A very small proportion of people infected with hepatitis A could develop serious complications.

A safe and effective vaccine is available to prevent hepatitis A.

Safe water supply, food safety, improved sanitation, hand washing and the hepatitis A vaccine are the …

New HIV Self Testing Kits »

Self-test kits for HIV that give an instant result are legally on sale for the first time in Scotland.

The new kits are the first to provide an instant result, without the need to consult with a health worker or sending a sample to a lab, and have received the European safety and quality ‘CE’ mark.

They are available from www.hivselftest.co.uk and cost £29.99 plus postage and …

World Aids Day »

Why do we celebrate World AIDS Day?

On the 1st of December each year we raise awareness of World AIDS Day.  More than 100,000 people are living with HIV in the UK today, but around 1 in 6 people in the UK living with HIV don’t know they have it – making regular testing very important.

The red ribbon is the international symbol of AIDS awareness and has been in existence for over 20 …

Safer Sexual Health »

Here are a few hints and tips to help you enjoy safer sexual health.

Stay sexy, stay healthy

If you are sexually active, it’s important to look after your sexual health.  Why not book a sexual health check up at your local Sexual and Reproductive Health Clinic on 0300 303 0251 (Line open Monday to Friday 9.00 a.m. to 4.45 p.m.).  You’ll get advice on looking after your sexual …

The Folder »

The Folder is intended as a brief guide to HIV and its treatment. It is for people who have been diagnosed HIV positive and who are attending the Lanarkshire HIV, AIDS and Hepatitis Centre (LHAHC).

Click here for more information

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Syphilis »

 

What is it?

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection that affects both men and women, and it is caused by a bacterium called Treponema pallidum .

What happens if I have Syphilis?

Syphilis can affect the body in two stages, but often you may have no symptoms at all .

Early Syphilis

Primary stage (10 days – 6 weeks) is usually a small, red …

HIV & Hepatitis Clinics »

… you an appointment time that suits you.

Once someone is tested and diagnosed positive with Hepatitis B, C or HIV  they will be referred to the specialist treatment services to be assessed for treatment.

Hairmyres Hepatitis Service

Gastro Nurse Office – Ward 17

Hairmyres Hospital

Eaglesham Road

East Kilbride, G75 8RG

Tel: 01355 584049 (answer machine)

Monklands BBV Service (Hepatitis and HIV Clinic)

Ward 2

Monklands Hospital

Monkscourt Avenue

Airdrie, ML6 0JS …

What is Hepatitis C? »

 A brief history of viral hepatitis

Several different viruses can cause hepatitis. The most common are hepatitis A , B and C. These viruses pass from person to person through different means, cause damage to the liver in different ways and have different effects on your health.

All of these viruses can cause an acute (short-term) disease, with symptoms lasting several weeks – …

Prevention »

… that provide testing for Hepatitis and other blood borne viruses in Lanarkshire (including Hepatitis B and HIV):

NHS Lanarkshire Harm Reduction Team

Provide information and testing on all blood borne viruses and provide access to and disposal of sterile injecting equipment.  For further information contact:

The Harm Reduction Team on 01236 441067

South Outreach Team on 07884 454 961

North Outreach Team on 07810 153 940

NHS Lanarkshire Sexual and Reproductive Health …

Treatment »

… worker and a lot may depend on the support network that you have around you.

Co-infection of hepatitis B with hepatitis C

Studies indicate that co-infection with hepatitis C can suppress hepatitis B and that the hepatitis C virus is the dominant illness. However, sometimes the combination can lead to very aggressive progression and the risk of liver cancer is increased.

Co-infection of viral hepatitis with HIV

When referring to people with HIV and chronic viral hepatitis, it …

What is Hepatitis B? »

… abdominal pain. Some of these viruses can also cause long-term ( chronic ) problems.

What is hepatitis B

This used to be called serum hepatitis and is sometimes called hepatitis B or HBV. Generally, hepatitis B initially makes you sicker than hepatitis A and it can sometimes take several months to get better. Only about a third of people get symptoms in the acute stage.

About 10% of people with hepatitis B are unable to clear the virus from their body. This means they will …

Prevention »

… a reference.

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

In the UK, all pregnant women are tested for hepatitis B and, if they have the virus, their babies are vaccinated soon after birth. This means that it is safe for them to breastfeed their children. However, women with hepatitis B should not donate milk to breast milk banks or breastfeed other people’s children.

Injecting drug use and hepatitis

Even spots of blood too small to be seen by the human eye can carry enough of a virus to …

Vaccination and Treatment »

… This can be checked by a blood test.

Hepatitis B vaccine

To have full protection from hepatitis B you need three or four  separate doses of the vaccine. A nurse will probably give you the injection into a muscle in your arm. The first injection is usually followed by one a month later and another at six months. In some circumstances you can receive a rapid course of injections over one month. It is important that you complete the course since you will not have full protection …

Support Groups »

There are two groups in Lanarkshire for people living with HIV .

A support group for men who have sex with men living with HIV is held on the second Tuesday of each month.

The group is run by staff from Terrence Higgins Trust and the Lanarkshire HIV, AIDS and Hepatitis Centre (LHAHC). For more information on when and where it takes place please contact either Chris Kimber …

The HIV Test »

Having an HIV Antibody Test

If you are thinking of having the test, or if you are advised that you need to take the test for health reasons, you will be given the opportunity to speak to a trained staff member prior to and after you take the test.

This gives you the chance to talk about why you want to take the test and the feelings you might have when you receive your result, …

If the Test is Negative »

HIV antibodies can take up to three months to develop.

If you have been at risk recently, you will need to have another test in a few months to make sure you have not developed antibodies since you had the first test. Click one of the links below for more information.

For more information you could contact the

Lanarkshire HIV, AIDS & Hepatitis Centre

t: 01236 712247 / …

Anus and Rectum »

The anus leads to the sphincter (bum-hole) – the tight circle of muscle that contracts and loosens to allow the passage of faeces (poo) out of the body. The rectum is that part of the alimentary tract that leads to the anus. Both the anus and rectum can become involved in  penetrative  sexual activity.

For many people the anus and surrounding area are very sensitive and are sexually …

Illicit Drugs »

Illicit (or “recreational”) drugs include cannabis, speed, cocaine, ecstasy, heroin, LSD / acid, magic mushrooms, poppers and ketamine, to name a few.  

All these drugs change the way you feel in some way.

Sharing Drug-Using Equipment

Injecting drugs of any kind with shared needles, syringes and other equipment carries a high risk of contracting a number of serious infections …