What types of pain can HIV cause?

HIV pain joints

Joint pain is common among people living with HIV.

Experiencing pain is common among people living with HIV. Types of HIV-related pain can include headaches, joint pain, and abdominal cramping.

 

Pain can have a profound, negative impact on people’s overall quality of life. One study revealed that people with HIV were more likely to experience pain than those without HIV. The researchers also found that HIV-related pain increased symptoms of depression and functional impairment. Read More

 

Why nurses should take the HIV self-test

Not as easy as it looks. divasoft/Shutterstock

The United Nations has set a goal that 90% of people with HIV should know their status by 2030. As a result, increasing numbers of people are expected to undertake self-tests to see if they may have HIV.

HIV testing can be done in a number of ways. Some clinics offer a simple blood test, with results provided in a few days. Others use saliva or a finger-prick sample of blood and offer results immediately. Home sampling kits, designed to be sent back to the clinic for results, are available in the UK through this link. Then there are home testing kits that provide results straight away, known as self-test.  Read More

World’s first HIV+ spa in Toronto aims to smash stigma

A worker at Healing House provides a massage

A worker at Healing House provides a massage

Casey House, Canada’s first and only stand-alone hospital for people living with HIV/AIDS has come up with a new initiative ahead of World AIDS Day on Saturday.

“51 per cent of Canadians still believe that they can transmit or get HIV through touch, through hugging, through sharing a glass with somebody,” said Joanne Simons, the CEO of Casey House.  Read More

Red scarves blowing in downtown Moncton send message about HIV/AIDS

Sarah Doiron, the harm reduction educator at Ensemble in Moncton, hopes people will take a red scarf and wear it for World AIDS Day on Saturday. (Kate Letterick/CBC News)

Bright red scarves blow in the breeze on lamp posts, fences and benches in downtown Moncton.

They’re free for the taking, but they come with a message about HIV/AIDS. Each has a tag providing information about World AIDS Day, which is Saturday.

“We’re giving them out for people to wear,” said Sarah Doiron, the harm reduction educator at Ensemble, the organization formerly known as AIDS Moncton.  Read More

‘HIV/AIDS patients healthy due to ART’

As many as 11,464 pregnant women were tested for HIV of which three were tested positive for the infection. (PTI File Photo)

As many as 3,695 people suffering from HIV/AIDS are not only alive but are also leading a healthy life due to Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) regimen, said District Health Officer (DHO) Dr Rohini on Thursday. “The ART centers in Karkala, Kundapur and Udupi are providing second line treatment to the patients. There is one blood bank recognized by NACO (National Aids Control Organisation). The percentage people affected by HIV/AIDS,  among general public, is 0.58% (until October in 2018), when compared to 0.51 in 2017-18. Read more