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Healthier Living with HIV in Lancashire

Renaissance at Drugline-Lancashire is proud to announce that Healthier Living has been successful in the recommissioning of HIV support by Lancashire County Council Public Health. 6665

According to the House of Lords Select Committee report, there is a widespread perception that HIV and AIDS is no longer a serious problem, but as it says: “Nothing could be further from the truth”. The numbers accessing care have trebled since the year 2000, and the report stresses that HIV/AIDS remains “one of the most serious public health issues confronting the Government at the start of the 21st century.”

Thanks to antiretroviral drugs, and in complete contrast to the situation in the 1980s, people treated for HIV can now expect a near-normal life expectancy, particularly if diagnosed promptly. A person diagnosed at age 20 can now expect to live on average to age 66. HIV has been transformed into a serious long-term condition.

A condition:
• requiring the targeting of the quarter of those living with HIV still undiagnosed
• still associated with very high levels of anxiety and depression
• needing the managing of other health conditions
• often leading to reduced earning capacity and economic and social isolation
• marred with stigma and discrimination

Healthier Living responding to these challenges with:
• providing a single point of contact for Lancashire
• offering a range of services from individual support, counselling, complimentary therapies , peer support groups and activities
• outreach and in reach across the county
• campaigning, education and training
• access to condoms
• community HIV testing
• advocacy to access other services
• volunteering opportunities

Kathryn Talboys Executive Director of Renaissance highlights “We couldn’t be more pleased to continue the Healthier Living service in Lancashire… we have come a long way in HIV support in the last 30 years but there are still challenges to conquer. This offers the opportunity to further develop support for all those living with and affected by HIV in Lancashire “

For more information or to access the services contact:
Healthier Living on 01772 253840