Coronavirus update for those who are HIV positive
The current Guidance from PHE on Social Distancing ‘Staying alert and safe (social distancing) is available here.
These are anxious times for everyone, but people living with HIV are being urged not to panic and please be reassured that maintaining a seamless supply of anti-retroviral medication to you will be prioritised even if you are unable to attend the clinic or the clinics are closed.
You can also see the rest of our coronavirus guidance here.
What is HIV?
Although they are often mixed up these two words have different meanings. 'HIV' is the name of a virus, whereas 'AIDS' is a name for a collection of illnesses caused by this virus.
HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) affects the immune system. You can catch the virus through unprotected sex or sometimes through sharing needles for drug use.
Routine blood tests for syphilis and HIV are recommended to all new patients and those who may have been at risk.
If you would like further information about HIV testing please ask to see a doctor, nurse or health adviser. HIV results are usually available within 7 days after testing. In some clinics we offer same day testing, so please contact your local iCaSH clinics direct for further details.
Important information for patients switching medication from:
Click on the links below for our Patient Information Leaflets
HIV Post Exposure Prophylaxis
Prescribing Medicines from iCaSH Services
Your Next iCaSH Appointment Teleconsultation