Perhaps the Electronic Care Record can help us stop brushing HIV under the carpet in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is not that large, yet we have had many, many different systems for record-keeping within the Health & Social Care system. Historically, each hospital had slightly differing forms, and of course each hospital had its own number for you as well as a record of your health while there. To me, in a country the size of Northern Ireland this is sheer madness. It could be that one consultant in one hospital did not know what another consultant in another hospital was prescribing, or even what he thought was wrong with you. All this seems set to change, … Continue reading Perhaps the Electronic Care Record can help us stop brushing HIV under the carpet in Northern Ireland

Reversing roles can bring you closer together

This evening I am off up to the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald, to visit my husband Andrew who today had an operation. Hopefully, it has done what was needed and he will no longer have a gall bladder. It has been causing him no end of pain since August 2012. It’s quite the role reversal for the two of us: me visiting him in hospital and not the other way about. For nearly all of our life together it has been me that has been the one who has needed much care and attention. Now, I get to give back some … Continue reading Reversing roles can bring you closer together

The tables have turned…

Up until recently it has been me being the unwell one in my marriage. However, since December and much more so in the last few weeks it has been Andrew. Like me, you would not know just from looking at him what is wrong. And for a while I even doubted that there was something physically wrong with him. But today we got word that he, touch wood, will be going into the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald to have his gall bladder removed. As many of us living with HIV know, it can be very frustrating to say that you are … Continue reading The tables have turned…

There’s an App for That (via Healthline.com)

My friends over at Healthline.com have come up with a list of their top ten HIV Apps. I know that I use some of them on my iPhone, tell me in the comments box what you think of the ones you use, and maybe i you know of others. It seems that no matter your health condition or medical need, there truly is “an app for that.” If you’re one of the tens of millions of people around the world with HIV or AIDS, you can rest assured that the computer whizzes haven’t left you out. Check out the top … Continue reading There’s an App for That (via Healthline.com)

Engagement and involvement: personal, political, and clinical

Positively UK co-ordinated a conference of people living with HIV ‘No Decision About Me Without Me’. This year they are convening another conference focusing on ‘Engagement and involvement: personal, political, and clinical’. The content of the conference is yet to be finalised and they would like the assistance of people living with HIV in the UK. They came up with a survey to help them plan the conference. Although the survey is now closed, I hope that many of us living with HIV in the UK will make it to their conference. Being both engaged and informed in your care, … Continue reading Engagement and involvement: personal, political, and clinical

AIDS Warning – Tasteless joke award…

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aids day (Photo credit: max_thinks_sees)

This evening, after a long and tiring week I settled down to chat to a few friends on Facebook, one of the many groups that I am a member flashed up as having a new post… knowing the group to be one where some good jokes are often posted, I hurried across…

AIDS WARNING

To all of you approaching 55 or have REACHED 55 and past, this E-mail is especially for you…

SENIOR CITIZENS ARE THE NATION’S LEADING CARRIERS OF AIDS! Continue reading “AIDS Warning – Tasteless joke award…”

For #WAD2012 – free #HIV testing kits from @DrEd

This weekend (Friday 30th December 9am – Sunday 2nd December), if you fear you may have been infected with HIV, you can order an easy-to-use home test kit1, free from DrEd.com as part of their support for National HIV Testing Week and World AIDS Day, and test yourself discreetly, without having to visit your GP or local GUM clinic. Continue reading For #WAD2012 – free #HIV testing kits from @DrEd