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July 5, 2018

Two studies have recently been published on suicide in people with HIV. To put this into context,  Public Health England last year found that suicide accounted for 2% of deaths in people with HIV. In men living with HIV, the rate of suicide was twice that of the general population. In women living with HIV, it was the same as in the general population.

Now French researchers have looked at the same issue. They found that approximately 5% of deaths in people with HIV were due to suicide, over three times the rate in the general population of France

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June 22, 2018

Earlier this year we were told our contract’s with BMBC and Public Health Barnsley would be 
reviewed.  Following an extremely quick review and consultation we were informed that our 
contracts would not be renewed after July 31st 2018. 

Despite working to secure additional funding for Barnsley we have been unsuccessful, but rather than closing down and relocating to Sheffield we have decided to carry on providing social support as this came up in the consultation time and time again. 

On Thursday 5th July we will provide a weekly afternoon social drop-in services from

23 Queens Rd, Barnsley, S71 1AN, the TADS building, near the Metrodome.

No advice or support will be available other than signposting to services the council say are av...

June 15, 2018

Despite working to secure additional funding for Barnsley we have been unsuccessful, but rather than closing down and relocating to Sheffield we have decided to carry on providing social support as this came up in the consultation time and time again. 

On Thursday 5th July we will provide a weekly afternoon social drop-in services from

23 Queens Rd, Barnsley, S71 1AN, the TADS building, near the Metrodome.

No advice or support will be available other than signposting to services the council say are available in Barnsley. 

+me is saying to you. Be part of the solution not the problem! We will review our position on 
Barnsley in December 2018 and decide in 2019 if there is still a need for +me. We are told people living with HIV in Barn...

June 8, 2018

Earlier this year we were told our contract’s with BMBC and Public Health Barnsley would be 
reviewed.  Following an extremely quick review and consultation we were informed that our 
contracts would not be renewed after July 31st 2018. 

Over the last few months we remained optimistic but realistically we had to come up with a way 
forward if we were to continue supporting you our service users. We have had to make some tough decisions. +me decided to close it’s offices in Rotherham as RMBC also decided not to renew our contract after 31st March 2018.

Despite working to secure additional funding for Barnsley we have been unsuccessful, but rather than closing down and relocating to Sheffield we have decided to carry on providing social su...

May 15, 2018

The Spring European Hepatitis-HIV Testing Week pilot is from 18 – 25 May 2018.
 

This pilot serves as another opportunity during the year to promote testing and increase awareness of knowing one's hepatitis/HIV status. Through this pilot, there will be a focus on integrated testing activities for hepatitis and HIV with the aim of creating a better understanding of how we can improve integrated testing and address barriers in implementation. This pilot will also allow ETW stakeholders to assess interest and the feasibility of having more than one Testing Week during the year.

This pilot aims to promote wide-scale testing and related awareness activities as a way to complement the November campaign.

The Spring European Hepatitis-HIV Testing Week...

May 6, 2018

You can stop HIV
We can stop HIV, but it takes each of us to make it happen.

It Starts With Me is a national campaign which brings together real people and their stories to stop HIV.

Here’s the plan:

Test – Treat – Protect – Take Action
It’s good for you as an individual and it will benefit all of us.


Testing is good for you. The sooner you find out you have HIV, the better it is for your health. If you have HIV for a long time without knowing, it can damage your body and even shorten your life. Test negative and you end any worries or doubt.

Testing is good for all of us. Someone taking medication and with an undetectable viral load* cannot pass on HIV. But most people get HIV from someone who doesn’t realise they have it. If more people test...

May 4, 2018

Local HIV charity in South Yorkshire receives HRH Duke of York’s Community Initiative & The Henry Woods Outstanding Leadership Award.

The Duke of York’s Community Initiative is a Royal Award presented to community projects based in Yorkshire. The awards were presented by HRH The Duke of York on Tuesday 25/4/2018 to groups at Sheffield Cathedral.  Projects need to be owned, developed and led by the people they serve. The projects should be of real value to the community, well run and an inspiration to others.

The Individual awards are also given in recognition of exceptional leadership skills was also presented to Karl Cooper of +Me

May 2, 2018

Your support is vital to ensure appropriate provision of services in the future is made to support you living HIV. Barnsley Commissioners will be conducting a review of the service on 10th May at our offices in The Core, your support is needed please let us know if you are able to attend.

If you are concerned about HIV Support Services in your area then please read this?

You may not be aware but HIV support services across the UK are being decommissioned to reduce the budgets of local authorities, South Yorkshire is no exception. We recently closed our doors in Rotherham and no longer provide services to people living with or affected by HIV in Rotherham. This was a sad day for +me, I believe a combination of the contract being terminated and...

May 1, 2018

Karl Cooper of +Me receives HRH Duke of York award.

The Duke of York’s Community Initiative is a Royal Award presented to community projects based in Yorkshire. The awards were presented by HRH The Duke of York on Tuesday 25/4/2018 to groups at Sheffield Cathedral.  

Our own Karl Cooper received an individual award in recognition of "exceptional leadership skills".

This is what they had to say about Karl.
"Karl had the vision many years ago to see that the increasing variety of people being diagnosed with HIV and full blown Aids were in need of something more than medical treatment and the concept of improved personal and social support was developed.

Karl’s role has been highly significant and successful in developing the principle and se...

May 1, 2018

There is no risk of people passing HIV to a partner when they are receiving effective treatment, the HSE has officially said for the first time.

The move has been welcomed by campaigners. ACT UP Dublin, an advocacy group aimed at ending HIV in Ireland, said that the change to the health service’s information pages was the “strongest statement yet” supporting treatment for the virus.

The HSE has said that making treatment available for people with HIV not only allows them to live a “long and healthy life,” but that when “the treatment is working properly, there is in effect no risk that a person with HIV can pass on HIV to another person.” The statement is included in a revision to a web page on HIV and AIDS.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/...

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