Doncaster Council have a specialist HIV team based within the Adult Social Care. There is a Social Worker and Community Care Officer within the team, they can provide support with a range of issues including: housing issues, claiming benefits, disability related issues, advice and information, Care Act Assessments and referrals to other agencies.
Introduction to HIV
HIV is a virus most commonly passed on by having sex without a condom. This includes most forms of sexual contact between same or opposite sex partners. It can also be passed on by sharing infected needles and other injecting equipment, and from an HIV-positive mother to her child during pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding.
HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. The virus attacks the immune system, and weakens your ability to fight infections and disease. There are effective treatments available to enable most people with the virus to live a long and healthy life, although HIV itself cannot be cured.
Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP treatment)
Post exposure prophylaxis or otherwise known as PEP is used as a treatment for people who may have been exposed to HIV. This includes people who have had unprotected sex, shared drug injecting equipment or health care workers who may have been exposed to the virus (e.g. through needle stick injury).
When HIV first gets into someone's bloodstream it can take time before the virus permanently infects them. PEP can prevent this happening, but it's important to act quickly. Timing of PEP: in order to be effective PEP needs to be given within 72 hours of the possible exposure to HIV, although it has a better chance of working and preventing HIV infection if treatment is started within 24 hours.
You can access PEP at your nearest Genito Urinary Medicine department, alternatively if this is outside of normal office hours you can present at your local accident and emergency department.
If you believe that you may have taken a risk, take a HIV test. This is a simple blood test and can be carried out at Tri Health - Doncaster's Sexual Health Service. You can also be tested at your local GP surgery.
The HIVE - Doncaster's HIV Support Group
The HIVE is a user led support group for people infected or affected by HIV. The HIVE meets twice a month on the first and third Thursday of every month. For further information please contact Joanne Woods on 07816218145.
Doncaster Councils specialist HIV Team
A referral can be made by contacting:
- Adult Contact Team 01302 737391
Joanne Woods 07816218145
Rebecca Rosbottom 01302 566900
A referral can also be made by your Consultant or Nurse where you are receiving your HIV care.