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People living with HIV are living longer, increasing their risk of developing other health conditions.1 Being on the right treatment can improve your current lifestyle and protect your future health. However, evidence shows some members of the Black community living with HIV in the UK are not engaged in decisions about their treatment and care.2, 3
Your doctors and nurses will have your best interests in mind but you can’t leave all the responsibility with them. You need to work with your healthcare team to make them aware of your personal needs. This could include things such as your lifestyle or other conditions which may affect the treatment that is best for you.
Every person receiving treatment of care from NHS England has the right to speak freely and discuss their options.
It is important to be fully informed about your health and understand how the treatment you receive now can support you and your lifestyle as you get older.
…Treating Me Right? is a campaign initiated and funded by Gilead Science Ltd. and developed in collaboration with the HIV community.
A group of leading HIV advocates and patient organisations have partnered with Gilead to lead this campaign to help you make more informed decisions about your health.
1. THT. Uncharted Territory A report into the first generation growing older with HIV. Available from: https://www.tht.org.uk/~/media/Files/Publications/Policy/uncharted_territory_final_low-res.pdf Last accessed March 2020.
2. Glendinning et al. A Qualitative Study to Identify Perceptual Barriers to Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) Uptake and Adherence in HIV Positive People from UK Black African and Caribbean Communities. Aids and Behaviour. 2019; 23(9): 2514–2521. Last accessed September 2020.
3. National AIDS Trust. HIV and Blck African Communities in the UK. https://www.nat.org.uk/sites/default/files/publications/NAT-African-Communities-Report-June-2014-FINAL.pdf. Last accessed September 2020.