Double national average live with HIV in Bournemouth

TWICE as many Bournemouth residents are living with HIV compared with the national average, latest figures have revealed.

Three in every 1,000 people in the borough have the virus and hundreds of them don’t know they are affected.

The town has one of the highest levels in the UK and the manager of support centre Body Positive said there is only one answer: “Education, education, education.”

Richard Erven said lack of awareness means people are taking risks without considering the possibility of contracting HIV.

He said myths that only gay men or drug users are affected must be dispelled and said 58 per cent of those diagnosed are heterosexual with the 16 to 24 age group most at risk.

“For every two people that have contracted HIV through injecting needles, there has been an innocent baby born with HIV in the UK” he said.

“It’s vital that people are given more information so they can protect themselves.”

Mr Erven said the high numbers of young people visiting Bournemouth for its nightlife along with a high volume of students make the area vulnerable.

And he said 97 per cent of transmissions are due to unprotected sex.

“If you have unprotected sex you should get yourself checked for HIV in the same way as people do for things such as chlamydia and gonorrhea.”

Body Positive is involved in an education programme in schools, colleges, universities and private organisations.

But Mr Erven said more funds are needed for education.

The service has been the subject of funding cuts.

Figures produced by the Health Protection Agency revealed 30 per cent of those affected in Bournemouth are diagnosed late, which can seriously impact on their long term health.

VITAL INFORMATION

WEBSITE sexualhealth mot.co.uk provides information and advice about sexually transmitted infections including HIV and details of how to get a simple, free Sexual Health MoT.

The website is simple and easy to use, especially for anyone who wants information, advice or to speak to someone in confidence about their concerns.

It offers vital information – you can find out where to get tested including for HIV, how to book a sexual health check up and where to get free condoms or request an email or call back via the website.

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1:51pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Derf says...

If the people don't know they are infected but the Echo does, doesn't the editor feel it his moral obligation to tell them?
If the people don't know they are infected but the Echo does, doesn't the editor feel it his moral obligation to tell them? Derf
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2:44pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Ian_Steel says...

The website only covers:
Bovington, Christchurch, Shaftesbury, The Portland Drop In, and Portland Community Hospital.
Great if you live in these areas but what about if you live in Ferndown, Poole, Bournemouth?
Are the services available free from your own Doctors?
Is there an age limit? Quite often in these sorts of things there is an age limit of 16-25's which you don't find out about until you try to book an appointment.
The website only covers: Bovington, Christchurch, Shaftesbury, The Portland Drop In, and Portland Community Hospital. Great if you live in these areas but what about if you live in Ferndown, Poole, Bournemouth? Are the services available free from your own Doctors? Is there an age limit? Quite often in these sorts of things there is an age limit of 16-25's which you don't find out about until you try to book an appointment. Ian_Steel
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5:02pm Mon 7 Jan 13

yasinac says...

http://www.bodyposit
ivedorset.org/
Anyone regardless of age can visit their local Genito-Urinary Medicine clinic, often without an appointment necessary, to get advice, tested or treated.
There is no excuse for any person to suffer in silence.
A diagnosis of HIV is not the death sentence it was but everyone has to take responsibility for their own sexual health.
http://www.bodyposit ivedorset.org/ Anyone regardless of age can visit their local Genito-Urinary Medicine clinic, often without an appointment necessary, to get advice, tested or treated. There is no excuse for any person to suffer in silence. A diagnosis of HIV is not the death sentence it was but everyone has to take responsibility for their own sexual health. yasinac
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8:19pm Mon 7 Jan 13

andydixon says...

I got tested a couple of years back at Bournemouth hospital's GUM clinic. It took a morning (including travel) and was free and confidential. The staff were very sympathetic and caring and I got my results via text.
Remember that in the long-term this saves the NHS money plus saves lives.
If everyone got tested and those that have a problem take the necessary precautions, we could stop all these diseases in their tracks.
I don't believe it's my responsibility to ONLY look after my own sexual health, but also anyone elses if I am in more than one relationship.
p.s. I am straight!
I got tested a couple of years back at Bournemouth hospital's GUM clinic. It took a morning (including travel) and was free and confidential. The staff were very sympathetic and caring and I got my results via text. Remember that in the long-term this saves the NHS money plus saves lives. If everyone got tested and those that have a problem take the necessary precautions, we could stop all these diseases in their tracks. I don't believe it's my responsibility to ONLY look after my own sexual health, but also anyone elses if I am in more than one relationship. p.s. I am straight! andydixon
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1:46am Tue 8 Jan 13

guisselle says...

Blame the 1960's and the pill! Schools
must teach the younger generation to
value relationships and to respect
themselves. At the end of the day it
starts in the home so the parents must
teach their children about the value
of self-control.
Blame the 1960's and the pill! Schools must teach the younger generation to value relationships and to respect themselves. At the end of the day it starts in the home so the parents must teach their children about the value of self-control. guisselle
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9:17am Tue 8 Jan 13

sarcher says...

Before people go off and get tested they should get informed about the tests, read the package inserts read the limitations and also consider the fact that there are 70+ factors that can cause these tests to be reactive, from flu jab, other vaccines, TB, cancer, pregnancy etc.

Also to see how these tests dont stand up in court google omsj and its HIV innocence Group
Before people go off and get tested they should get informed about the tests, read the package inserts read the limitations and also consider the fact that there are 70+ factors that can cause these tests to be reactive, from flu jab, other vaccines, TB, cancer, pregnancy etc. Also to see how these tests dont stand up in court google omsj and its HIV innocence Group sarcher
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11:08am Tue 8 Jan 13

Oldalbanian says...

If the Terrence Higgins Trust had a presence in Bournemouth then there might be a decent programme of education and awareness. The excellent memorial wall constructed on Pier Approach by Dorset AIDS Memorial Schools Educational Trust did some great work with schools but the recent Worlds AIDS Day when there was hardly a red ribbon to be seen in Bournemouth shows just how ineffective Body Positive Dorset has become.
If the Terrence Higgins Trust had a presence in Bournemouth then there might be a decent programme of education and awareness. The excellent memorial wall constructed on Pier Approach by Dorset AIDS Memorial Schools Educational Trust did some great work with schools but the recent Worlds AIDS Day when there was hardly a red ribbon to be seen in Bournemouth shows just how ineffective Body Positive Dorset has become. Oldalbanian
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2:08pm Tue 8 Jan 13

HRH of Boscombe says...

yasinac wrote:
http://www.bodyposit ivedorset.org/ Anyone regardless of age can visit their local Genito-Urinary Medicine clinic, often without an appointment necessary, to get advice, tested or treated. There is no excuse for any person to suffer in silence. A diagnosis of HIV is not the death sentence it was but everyone has to take responsibility for their own sexual health.
Not a death sentence?? Tell that to any insurance company or mortgage lender and see if your feet touch the floor on the way out.
.
With the gay and drug issues in Bmth the stats are hardly surprising. Sure 58% are hetro but that half are the drug users.
[quote][p][bold]yasinac[/bold] wrote: http://www.bodyposit ivedorset.org/ Anyone regardless of age can visit their local Genito-Urinary Medicine clinic, often without an appointment necessary, to get advice, tested or treated. There is no excuse for any person to suffer in silence. A diagnosis of HIV is not the death sentence it was but everyone has to take responsibility for their own sexual health.[/p][/quote]Not a death sentence?? Tell that to any insurance company or mortgage lender and see if your feet touch the floor on the way out. . With the gay and drug issues in Bmth the stats are hardly surprising. Sure 58% are hetro but that half are the drug users. HRH of Boscombe
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2:25pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Michael Pickles says...

SO WHY WAS THIS PULLED (published at 1756 on 7/1/2013). ECHO CENSORSHIP IS ALIVE AND KICKING!!!: Its amazing how stories on this topic always seem to include the preamble on the lines of 'myths that only gay men or drug users are affected must be dispelled and . . . 58 per cent of those diagnosed are heterosexual'. This may be true, but what they dont say is that HIV gets into the heterosexual society due to, somewhere along the line, a heterosexual person had sex with a person who had unprotected anal sex. Once it gets into the heterosexual society then it spreads through them through natural sex. It only takes one promiscuous infected partner to potentially quickly spread this virus. Yes, unprotected sex doesnt help, but thats another issue
SO WHY WAS THIS PULLED (published at 1756 on 7/1/2013). ECHO CENSORSHIP IS ALIVE AND KICKING!!!: Its amazing how stories on this topic always seem to include the preamble on the lines of 'myths that only gay men or drug users are affected must be dispelled and . . . 58 per cent of those diagnosed are heterosexual'. This may be true, but what they dont say is that HIV gets into the heterosexual society due to, somewhere along the line, a heterosexual person had sex with a person who had unprotected anal sex. Once it gets into the heterosexual society then it spreads through them through natural sex. It only takes one promiscuous infected partner to potentially quickly spread this virus. Yes, unprotected sex doesnt help, but thats another issue Michael Pickles
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5:06pm Tue 8 Jan 13

sarcher says...

Why anyone would want to take a HIV test that can test positive when a person has a flu jab is beyond me.

flu vaccine pandemrix being one, and was supplied to 30 million people in europe.

"Following influenza vaccination, false-positive serology test results may be obtained by the ELISA
method for antibody to human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1), hepatitis C virus and, especially,
HTLV-1. In such cases, the Western blot method is negative."

Considering England dont use the Western Blot, how does one know if they are reacitve to HIV or the Vaccine?
Why anyone would want to take a HIV test that can test positive when a person has a flu jab is beyond me. flu vaccine pandemrix being one, and was supplied to 30 million people in europe. "Following influenza vaccination, false-positive serology test results may be obtained by the ELISA method for antibody to human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1), hepatitis C virus and, especially, HTLV-1. In such cases, the Western blot method is negative." Considering England dont use the Western Blot, how does one know if they are reacitve to HIV or the Vaccine? sarcher
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5:57pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Joshyouare says...

sarcher wrote:
Why anyone would want to take a HIV test that can test positive when a person has a flu jab is beyond me.

flu vaccine pandemrix being one, and was supplied to 30 million people in europe.

"Following influenza vaccination, false-positive serology test results may be obtained by the ELISA
method for antibody to human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1), hepatitis C virus and, especially,
HTLV-1. In such cases, the Western blot method is negative."

Considering England dont use the Western Blot, how does one know if they are reacitve to HIV or the Vaccine?
Because everything is double checked here in the UK. Where did you find out they don't do western blots?

Even so, by sending a sample off to a proper lab (think Bristol is the nearest one used by Poole) they can analyse the blood in detail to ascertain how much HIV is in the blood aka Viral Load as in how many copies are in per/ml of the blood. So this talk of false-positives being given is not correct. Ask any HIV clinician or sex health adviser.
[quote][p][bold]sarcher[/bold] wrote: Why anyone would want to take a HIV test that can test positive when a person has a flu jab is beyond me. flu vaccine pandemrix being one, and was supplied to 30 million people in europe. "Following influenza vaccination, false-positive serology test results may be obtained by the ELISA method for antibody to human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1), hepatitis C virus and, especially, HTLV-1. In such cases, the Western blot method is negative." Considering England dont use the Western Blot, how does one know if they are reacitve to HIV or the Vaccine?[/p][/quote]Because everything is double checked here in the UK. Where did you find out they don't do western blots? Even so, by sending a sample off to a proper lab (think Bristol is the nearest one used by Poole) they can analyse the blood in detail to ascertain how much HIV is in the blood aka Viral Load as in how many copies are in per/ml of the blood. So this talk of false-positives being given is not correct. Ask any HIV clinician or sex health adviser. Joshyouare
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6:38pm Tue 8 Jan 13

sarcher says...

Joshyouare wrote:
sarcher wrote:
Why anyone would want to take a HIV test that can test positive when a person has a flu jab is beyond me.

flu vaccine pandemrix being one, and was supplied to 30 million people in europe.

"Following influenza vaccination, false-positive serology test results may be obtained by the ELISA
method for antibody to human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1), hepatitis C virus and, especially,
HTLV-1. In such cases, the Western blot method is negative."

Considering England dont use the Western Blot, how does one know if they are reacitve to HIV or the Vaccine?
Because everything is double checked here in the UK. Where did you find out they don't do western blots?

Even so, by sending a sample off to a proper lab (think Bristol is the nearest one used by Poole) they can analyse the blood in detail to ascertain how much HIV is in the blood aka Viral Load as in how many copies are in per/ml of the blood. So this talk of false-positives being given is not correct. Ask any HIV clinician or sex health adviser.
Western Blot is NOT used in England,
Philip Mortimer former director of the Virus Reference Laboratory of the Public Health Laboratory Service, London, said "it should have remained a research tool" and it it was withdrawn from use. it is however still used in Scotland.

Viral load is not a measurement of HIV in the blood. and infact people who are HIV negative can have a viral load.

the flu vaccine i quoted was from the actual insert with the vaccine.. and false positives if you want to call it that do happen. and its documented fact.
[quote][p][bold]Joshyouare[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sarcher[/bold] wrote: Why anyone would want to take a HIV test that can test positive when a person has a flu jab is beyond me. flu vaccine pandemrix being one, and was supplied to 30 million people in europe. "Following influenza vaccination, false-positive serology test results may be obtained by the ELISA method for antibody to human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1), hepatitis C virus and, especially, HTLV-1. In such cases, the Western blot method is negative." Considering England dont use the Western Blot, how does one know if they are reacitve to HIV or the Vaccine?[/p][/quote]Because everything is double checked here in the UK. Where did you find out they don't do western blots? Even so, by sending a sample off to a proper lab (think Bristol is the nearest one used by Poole) they can analyse the blood in detail to ascertain how much HIV is in the blood aka Viral Load as in how many copies are in per/ml of the blood. So this talk of false-positives being given is not correct. Ask any HIV clinician or sex health adviser.[/p][/quote]Western Blot is NOT used in England, Philip Mortimer former director of the Virus Reference Laboratory of the Public Health Laboratory Service, London, said "it should have remained a research tool" and it it was withdrawn from use. it is however still used in Scotland. Viral load is not a measurement of HIV in the blood. and infact people who are HIV negative can have a viral load. the flu vaccine i quoted was from the actual insert with the vaccine.. and false positives if you want to call it that do happen. and its documented fact. sarcher
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6:49pm Tue 8 Jan 13

sarcher says...

Also there is if my memory serves me correct there is 8-9 sets of criteria for the western blot. so in effect someone could test positive in one country and not in another. Africa requires 2 bands and Australia 4 bands.

if you dont beleive me google Western Blot 2.2 and read the insert for that test.
Also there is if my memory serves me correct there is 8-9 sets of criteria for the western blot. so in effect someone could test positive in one country and not in another. Africa requires 2 bands and Australia 4 bands. if you dont beleive me google Western Blot 2.2 and read the insert for that test. sarcher
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6:58pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Joshyouare says...

Then please tell me why on earth anyone gets tested for HIV if the majority of us have had flu jabs?

What you're saying is not making sense, I'm sorry, and again I would urge you speak to someone instead of googling your answers.
Then please tell me why on earth anyone gets tested for HIV if the majority of us have had flu jabs? What you're saying is not making sense, I'm sorry, and again I would urge you speak to someone instead of googling your answers. Joshyouare
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7:07pm Tue 8 Jan 13

sarcher says...

Joshyouare wrote:
Then please tell me why on earth anyone gets tested for HIV if the majority of us have had flu jabs?

What you're saying is not making sense, I'm sorry, and again I would urge you speak to someone instead of googling your answers.
All I am trying to point out, HIV is NOT the only thing that can make a test reactive.

here read the insert for yourself and see the quote i mentioned.

http://tinyurl.com/9
wr2x85
saved you the trouble of googling

I don't need to ask someone, I can read for myself and if you take the time you will see.

but its not just flu vaccines that can cause a reactive test, TB can, cancer can, Pregnancy can.
[quote][p][bold]Joshyouare[/bold] wrote: Then please tell me why on earth anyone gets tested for HIV if the majority of us have had flu jabs? What you're saying is not making sense, I'm sorry, and again I would urge you speak to someone instead of googling your answers.[/p][/quote]All I am trying to point out, HIV is NOT the only thing that can make a test reactive. here read the insert for yourself and see the quote i mentioned. http://tinyurl.com/9 wr2x85 saved you the trouble of googling I don't need to ask someone, I can read for myself and if you take the time you will see. but its not just flu vaccines that can cause a reactive test, TB can, cancer can, Pregnancy can. sarcher
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7:10pm Tue 8 Jan 13

sarcher says...

ok that link dont work correct,

so google "pandemrix insert"

then look for
PDF] Pandemrix H1N1 Injection
ok that link dont work correct, so google "pandemrix insert" then look for PDF] Pandemrix H1N1 Injection sarcher
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7:13pm Tue 8 Jan 13

sarcher says...

False positives for HIV using commercial viral load quantification assays

A 5-month-old boy was diagnosed with severe thrombopenia. His parents had been engaged in injecting drug use practices (sharing needles) for long time before they married. They had declined testing for HIV antibodies in the past, and both were currently in good health. The paediatrician decided to examine the child's HIV serological status, but subsequently it was suggested that he should perform a viral load test, because the result could be available the next day and the presence of HIV sequences rather than the detection of antibodies, which can reflect passive transfer from the mother, is more accurate for the diagnosis of HIV infection in newborns. The child's plasma viral load was 3044 HIV RNA copies/ml, and he began to receive zidovudine plus didanosine in combination once this information was available. Unexpectedly, days later it was discovered that HIV antibodies were not detected in sera collected from the child or from his parents. Moreover, additional serological screening assays, including Western blot analysis, yielded negative results for HIV antibodies. The plasma viral load was examined in a new specimen using the same technique (HIV Quantiplex, Chiron, Madrid, Spain) and again it gave a positive result of 5120 HIV RNA copies/ml.

http://journals.lww.
com/aidsonline/Fullt
ext/1998/15000/False
_positives_for_HIV_u
sing_commercial_vira
l.22
False positives for HIV using commercial viral load quantification assays A 5-month-old boy was diagnosed with severe thrombopenia. His parents had been engaged in injecting drug use practices (sharing needles) for long time before they married. They had declined testing for HIV antibodies in the past, and both were currently in good health. The paediatrician decided to examine the child's HIV serological status, but subsequently it was suggested that he should perform a viral load test, because the result could be available the next day and the presence of HIV sequences rather than the detection of antibodies, which can reflect passive transfer from the mother, is more accurate for the diagnosis of HIV infection in newborns. The child's plasma viral load was 3044 HIV RNA copies/ml, and he began to receive zidovudine plus didanosine in combination once this information was available. Unexpectedly, days later it was discovered that HIV antibodies were not detected in sera collected from the child or from his parents. Moreover, additional serological screening assays, including Western blot analysis, yielded negative results for HIV antibodies. The plasma viral load was examined in a new specimen using the same technique (HIV Quantiplex, Chiron, Madrid, Spain) and again it gave a positive result of 5120 HIV RNA copies/ml. http://journals.lww. com/aidsonline/Fullt ext/1998/15000/False _positives_for_HIV_u sing_commercial_vira l.22 sarcher
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4:15pm Thu 24 Jan 13

tiggiedapuss says...

Ian_Steel wrote:
The website only covers:
Bovington, Christchurch, Shaftesbury, The Portland Drop In, and Portland Community Hospital.
Great if you live in these areas but what about if you live in Ferndown, Poole, Bournemouth?
Are the services available free from your own Doctors?
Is there an age limit? Quite often in these sorts of things there is an age limit of 16-25's which you don't find out about until you try to book an appointment.
i'm 47 live in bournemouth and i get free treatment regardless of where you live i think it's free
[quote][p][bold]Ian_Steel[/bold] wrote: The website only covers: Bovington, Christchurch, Shaftesbury, The Portland Drop In, and Portland Community Hospital. Great if you live in these areas but what about if you live in Ferndown, Poole, Bournemouth? Are the services available free from your own Doctors? Is there an age limit? Quite often in these sorts of things there is an age limit of 16-25's which you don't find out about until you try to book an appointment.[/p][/quote]i'm 47 live in bournemouth and i get free treatment regardless of where you live i think it's free tiggiedapuss
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