Testing Week Scotland 11-17 September 2017 »

… something about it

Today in Scotland a person living with HIV can live a long, healthy life, hepatitis C can be cured, and effective treatments are also available for a whole range of STIs

Prevent

Staying on top of your sexual health means you can be confident about sex

Condoms and lube can protect you from the majority of sexually transmitted infections and PrEP is now available to people at greatest risk of HIV

If you are injecting drugs, it’s important to use a …

Hepatitis A Information »

What is Hepatitis A ?

It is an infection caused by the hepatitis A virus leading to inflammation of the liver. The infection is usually short lived and while the symptoms can be unpleasant, it is rarely serious.

Hepatitis A key facts

Hepatitis A is a viral infection which leads to inflammation of the liver and can cause mild to severe illness.

The symptoms are generally a …

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 »

The main HIV treatment clinic in Lanarkshire takes place on a Tuesday afternoon at the Lanarkshire HIV, AIDS & Hepatitis Service (LHAHS), Monklands Hospital.

The clinic is provided by specialist doctors and nurses who are trained in HIV management. For HIV testing, appointments can generally be more flexible. The secretaries will try to give you an appointment time that suits you.

What is Hepatitis C? »

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

What is Hepatitis C

This is sometimes known as Hep C or HCV the hepatitis C virus was discovered in 1989. We still have a lot to learn about the virus and how to predict who will have long-term health problems. As with other hepatitis viruses, there is an acute stage of illness, but most people notice no symptoms. About 20% of people clear the virus completely from their body, but the other 80% go …

Prevention »

… you. Please use it as a reference.

Breastfeeding

Theoretically, there is a risk of passing hepatitis C if the mother has cracked and bleeding nipples. However, breastfeeding is generally considered safe, as long as the mother does not have cracked and bleeding nipples and/or there is no evidence of co-infection with HIV. If you are hepatitis C positive you should discuss what will be best for you with your doctor and midwife.

Injecting drug use and Hepatitis

Even spots of …

Treatment »

… appointments.

What is the treatment for hepatitis C ?

Treatment currently available for hepatitis C works by helping the body to clear the virus. A combination of weekly injections with Interferon, together with daily Ribauirin tablets taken by mouth, is currently the ‘gold standard’ treatment.  Treatment is given for between 6 and 12 months.  Depending on the strain or ‘genotype’ of the virus that you have got, such treatment will typically result in the virus being …

What is Hepatitis B? »

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 C 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 …

Vaccination and Treatment »

Not everyone will need vaccination. Some people have antibodies from a previous infection that they did not know about. 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 …

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 »

… carries a high risk of contracting a number of serious Infections / viruses, including HIV and Hepatitis C.

Cannabis

One of the effects of Cannabis is to make people more relaxed.  In a similar way to alcohol, this can mean people feel less inhibited and more sexual.  Being aware of this and having condoms ready can make it easier to practice safer sex.

Stimulants

Drugs like Speed and Cocaine can make people more confident, chatty and outgoing.  Ecstasy, especially, can lead …