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                                                I have been diagnosed since 1989. Of course I
                                                have gotten sick just like anyone else but my
We’ve been to: Chester Zoo                      overall health has been excellent.
Greyhound racing at Sheffield Dog Track         The biggest downside for me has been stress,
Trip to Alton Towers                            and self-esteem issues.
Christmas shopping at Bakewell
Carols at Fountains Abbey                       The biggest questions are who do I tell, and who
Ten pin bowling                                 would want to be with me in a serious
                                                relationship once I let them know?
Barge trips
Dewsbury Market                                 So I have kept it a secret from my friends all
Lamproom Theatre                                these years. I am sure most of them don’t have
Picnic in Cawthorne                             any idea.

All of these exciting and wonderful             Living with HIV for the past 19 years hasn't really
events and activities have taken place          affected me to the extreme. I guess it’s just a
                                                pebble that has fallen in my river and journey
over the last couple of years
                                                through life.
If you can think of any more ideas or outings
for future events and you would like to         Rose
suggest please let Karl or any of the           Family Shame
volunteers know.                                I found out I had HIV four years ago. My family
Forthcoming Activities JULY- AUGUST             didn't know I was gay. I have to admit that I did
                                                sleep around and didn't always use condoms.
Computer Classes Monday’s 11/2pm                Now that I have HIV I regret it. I hate myself so
Therapy Session Monday’s 11/2pm                 much for having it. I sometimes wish I wasn't
Yoga Classes Thursday’s 10.30/11.30am           born gay.
Art Class Thursday’s 12.30/15.00                The reaction I get from some people about
Back by popular demand cake decorating          people who have HIV here in Scotland is they
again with our very own Delia Smith, Sylvia     deserved getting HIV because of gay lifestyle. I
Mayors Parade 14/7/2012                         have one member of my family who will not talk
                                                to me or have any contact with me since I told
Yorkshire Wildlife Park Sunday 22/7/2012        them I was HIV positive.


Barnsley’s 1st local support group, supporting people living with HIV in our Borough
                    Police Advice On HIV 'Outdated', Says Report




False stereotypes and the stigmatising of sufferers identified as problem areas
Police training and policies relating to HIV are outdated, stigmatising and often based around inaccurate
information, a report published by National Aids Trust has revealed.
The report, entitled ‘Police Occupational Health Policies and Blood Borne Virus Training: Protecting
Health?’ highlights that the publication of inaccurate policies and training material by forces can be
extremely damaging. As a result, the document points out that officers can often find themselves
undergoing an HIV test unnecessarily, creating concern and worry for the officer, incurring costs and
spreading myths.
Another key area highlighted in the report is the inappropriate handling of people in custody with HIV,
and how poor awareness can increase stigma – in particular around how the virus can be passed on.
The National Aids Trust in their research for the report reviewed materials in 15 police forces in the UK,
across a wide geographical area, including those with both high and low HIV prevalence.
Research highlighted that the keys areas of inaccuracy were around routes of transmission – where
spitting, scratching, urine and sharing toothbrushes were cited as possible ways of becoming infected. In
reality, however, HIV cannot be transmitted in any these ways.
Other issues flagged up included the lack of up-to-date data in respect of HIV in the UK. The research
also highlighted examples of advice that HIV positive people in custody should be segregated and not
allowed to share facilities with others.
In October 2011, the NPIA provided guidance on Blood Borne Viruses (BBV) to forces. The National Aids
Trust report states: “This document aims to promote safe practices and procedures, generate greater
awareness amongst police staff about BBVs and ensure sensitive and informed treatment of people who
have a BBV.”
Deborah Jack, Chief Executive of the National AIDS Trust, said: “By providing police with appropriate
information and training on HIV – particularly around transmission routes – we can begin to break down
stigma in this area and ensure a balanced response to risk.” The report concludes with setting out three
key recommendations for the Police Service to consider:

• Police constabularies across the UK must review their materials and ensure they are up-to-date and
accurate.
• Police should receive training about HIV so misconceptions about the virus and how it’s passed on can
be addressed.
• Police should also receive information about how to treat people living with HIV sensitively and
appropriately.




    Barnsley’s 1st local support group, supporting people living with HIV in our Borough
Casual Fridays:
Week 1 - Memo No. 1
Effective this week, the company is adopting Fridays as Casual Day. Employees are free to dress in the
casual attire of their choice.
Week 3 - Memo No. 2
Spandex and leather micro-miniskirts are not appropriate attire for Casual Day. Neither are string ties,
rodeo belt buckles or moccasins.
Week 6 - Memo No. 3
Casual Day refers to dress only, not attitude. When planning Friday's wardrobe, remember image is a
key to our success.
Week 8 - Memo No. 4
A seminar on how to dress for Casual Day will be held at 4 p.m. Friday in the cafeteria. A fashion show
will follow. Attendance is mandatory.
Week 9 - Memo No. 5
As an outgrowth of Friday's seminar, a 14-member Casual Day Task Force has been appointed to
prepare guidelines for proper casual-day dress.
Week 14 - Memo No. 6
The Casual Day Task Force has now completed a 30-page manual entitled "Relaxing Dress Without
Relaxing Company Standards." A copy has been distributed to every employee. Please review the
chapter "You Are What You Wear" and consult the "home casual" versus "business casual" checklist
before leaving for work each Friday. If you have doubts about the appropriateness of an item of clothing,
contact your CDTF representative before 7 a.m. on Friday.
Week 18 - Memo No. 7
Our Employee Assistant Plan (EAP) has now been expanded to provide support for psychological
counseling for employees who may be having difficulty adjusting to Casual Day.
Week 20 - Memo No. 8
Due to budget cuts in the HR Department we are no longer able to effectively support or manage Casual
Day. Casual Day will be discontinued, effective immediately.




    Barnsley’s 1st local support group, supporting people living with HIV in our Borough
                                                               1. People have been infected with HIV from
                                                               taking the HIV test itself.
d
                                                               FALSE.
National HIV Awareness Month coincides with AIDS 2012 this
July. The International AIDS Conference is taking place in
                                                               2. You can catch HIV from a toilet seat.
the United States for the first time in more then 20 years.
                                                               FALSE.
July 2012 has been designated as National HIV
                                                              3. There is no cure for HIV.
Awareness Month. The goal of National HIV
                                                               TRUE.
Awareness Month is to re-ignite our national
discourse on the domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic in
                                                               4. If you test positive for HIV, you will
order to create broad-scale public awareness of
                                                               inevitably die from AIDS.
HIV/AIDS, end HIV stigma and discrimination and
engage new stakeholders in the fight against the               FALSE.
disease, with the ultimate goal of ending the
                                                               5. If both you and your partner have HIV, it's
epidemic.
                                                               safe to have unprotected sex with one
Since the explosion of the global pandemic, many               another.
people have come to view HIV/AIDS as a problem                 FALSE.
solely affecting the developing world. National HIV
Awareness Month will serve as a platform to re-                6. You can spread or get HIV through oral
engage civil society, the private sector, federal              sex.
agencies and community organizations, who together             TRUE.
have the potential to reach the broad swath of
Americans who remain untouched by current HIV                  7. Mosquitoes can spread HIV.
education effort.                                              FALSE.


In July 2012 the International AIDS Conference will            8. You could have HIV and not know it.
take place in the United States for the first time in          TRUE.
more than 20 years. July 2012 also marks the second
anniversary of the release of the United States’ first-        9. HIV and AIDS may not be caused by the
ever National HIV/AIDS Strategy by President                   same virus.
Obama.                                                         FALSE.


National HIV Awareness Month is intended to issue a            10. If you're taking medication for HIV, you
challenge to civil society and the private sector to           can’t spread the virus.
create and invest in new and innovative awareness,             FALSE.
testing, and public engagement initiatives that address
the domestic HIV/AIDS crisis and foster a
compassionate response over the course of July 2012.




Barnsley’s 1st local support group, supporting people living with HIV in our Borough

				
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