Guest blog: An ageing population of people living with HIV – helping the care sector to respond

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 Our latest guest blog is from Eleanor Briggs, Director of Policy and Campaigns at the National AIDS Trust. She explains how the care system could do more for older people living with HIV.

William had a bad experience when he was discharged from hospital to a care home. When he asked for a bath he was often ignored, or left to wait until everybody else had been washed. He was given separate disposable cutlery and when his neighbours came to visit, they were told not to let their child go into his room.  Why? Because William is living with HIV.

This is not a story from the 1980s when we didn’t understand the virus and effective treatment was not available. This was last year. If staff had been aware that there is no risk of transmission from everyday care activities, he would have had a very different experience. His awful treatment was based on ignorance and fear. Continue reading “Guest blog: An ageing population of people living with HIV – helping the care sector to respond”