HIV is now classified as a chronic illness, not a fatal one. The recent and continuing improvements in ARV therapies mean that people living with HIV can experience a near-to-normal life expectancy, undetectable levels of virus, and enjoy a full life.

Of course, this means that doctors and patients must work together to devise and maintain sustainable treatment regimes which can keep people living with HIV healthy. Monitoring for adherence and resistance are key to ensuring that patients benefit as much as they can from modern medicine.

Patient Stories

 Andrew  Francis  Daniel

For more patient stories, the Terrence Higgins Trust’s My HIV website is a hugely important resource.

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Engaging in the wide range of support we offer – including sexual health and reproductive health services – can improve the experience of living with HIV immeasurably. Peer group support and third sector organisations also have a part to play in improving quality of life and emotional well-being.

Crucially, self-management is central to living well with HIV. Taking your medicines, making your own records, and being aware of your condition and health are all part of ensuring that, outside of clinic, you remain healthy and in control of your HIV. Our consultants, health advisors, nurses and other staff are all here to support you to take ownership of your condition in this way.

Diagnosed early, and treated properly, HIV is now a manageable condition. Some people with HIV are now entering the seventh decade – living with HIV is still a challenge, but it’s one we’re here to help you excel in meeting.