Yourwellness Magazine Follows Up Wigan HIV-Tackling Action

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With Wigan health chiefs calling for action to tackle rising rates of HIV, Yourwellness Magazine explored coming to terms with a positive HIV diagnosis.

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The alarming rise of HIV infections in Wigan has caused health chiefs to call for urgent action, it was reported July 10th. Eleanor Mansell, lead commissioner for sexual health at Wigan Council, commented, “It is disappointing to see an increase in the number of HIV cases in the borough, however, we’re working closely with local clinics, communities and partner organisations to find ways to tackle this problem. Through the Greater Manchester Sexual Health Network, we’re offering more opportunities to test for HIV in clinics and in the community to help reduce the number of people who are diagnosed during the later stages of HIV. Early diagnosis helps people to manage their HIV and reduces the risk of passing it on to other people.” (http://www.wigantoday.net/news/local/hiv-warning-over-infection-rate-rise-1-5839005)

With this in mind, Yourwellness Magazine explored coming to terms with a positive HIV diagnosis. According to Yourwellness Magazine, “Testing positive for HIV can be devastating. Research shows that early diagnosis with the right treatment can mean a normal life expectancy for an HIV positive person. So while there is no cure for the virus, the earlier you are diagnosed, the more chance you have of living a healthy life with your condition under control and managed by medication.” (http://www.yourwellness.com/2013/02/coming-to-terms-with-a-positive-test-for-hiv/#sthash.0WK95xkS.dpuf)

Yourwellness Magazine explained that individuals are likely to be given their HIV test results in person, with a second test done there and then to confirm the diagnosis. The individual will then be referred to specialist HIV services, who offer emotional counselling about the news and information about many support services. Yourwellness Magazine commented that the available support services in the UK mean that no one has to deal with a positive HIV diagnosis on their own. Yourwellness Magazine noted that support includes 24-hour help lines, support groups, written information and advice about the virus from a doctor, such as safe sex practices and behavioural changes.

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