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What everyone should  know about HIV:

HIV Quiz –

Before you read the article below… see how much you already know…

  1. What is the symbol for Wold AIDS Day, that you may see people wearing? 
  2. What do the letters HIV stand for?
  3. What is AIDS?
  4. How is HIV passed on?
  1. Kissing?
  2. Spitting?
  3. Sneezing?
  4. sharing needles
  5. Coming in to contact with a discarded needle?
  6. unprotected sex
  7. pregnancy

5. What % of people living with HIV in the UK don’t know they are HIV+

6. How do you know if you have HIV?


At one time you could get your red ribbon anywhere, they seemed to be on every shop counter – these days the red ribbons that help to mark World Aids Day seem to have disappeared from public consciousness…2018AIDS

Back in the day there were lots of myths and misunderstandings around HIV, unfortunately, unlike the red ribbons these seem to still be a huge part of public consciousness… So let’s clear things up.

HIV is a virus that attacks the body’s immune system. It stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. It is important to recognise that HIV and AIDS are not the same thing. HIV is the virus – there is currently no cure, but we do have very effective treatments these days that keep the virus under control and the immune system healthy. In the UK HIV has been declassified from terminal to a chronic illness. This is because a person who is living with HIV who is on treatment can live a full, active and healthy life. In fact a resent study has proven that if you are medication – there is 0% risk of passing on the virus to a partner. 

A person living with HIV is said to have AIDS when their immune system is so weak it can no longer fight off disease it would normally cope with. 

If HIV is diagnosed early, and is treated most people with HIV will not develop AIDS, and if they do, with treatment they can recover (but they will still have HIV).

In 2013 only 0.3% of people with HIV developed AIDS.

HIV can be passed on in a number of ways, most commonly is through unprotected penetrative sex – either vaginal or anal. Sharing needles or drug injecting equipment or passed on from a HIV positive mother to their child, through birth or through breast feeding. HIV can not be passed on through saliva, kissing, coughing or coming into contact with a discarded needle. 

Around about 100,000 people are living with HIV in the UK and between 6000-7000 people are newly diagnosed each year. However around 25% of people living with HIV are unaware as they haven’t been tested. These are the people that are a risk.

If you have ever had unprotected sex – it is worth being tested. Often people will experience flu like symptoms when they are newly infected. This includes fever, sore throat. fatigue, diarrhoea, and loss of appetite. These symptoms will usually disappear aft a couple of weeks. And a person will appear healthy for years before it is obvious they are ill.  

If you think you have been exposed to HIV there is medication known as PEP (Post Exposure Prophylaxis)  you can take that may prevent the infection. However, in order for the medication to be affective it needs to be taken within 72hours of exposure. This can be obtained by visiting your nearest sexual health clinic or from A&E. PEP has to be taken for a month and can have nasty side effects – so is definitely no substitute for using a condom!

To get a free confidential test, visit your local sexual health clinic or ask your GP. Or you can order a home test kit by visiting www.HIVaware.org.uk.

Sadly HIV stigma still exists in society, mainly due to ignorance. But HIV shouldn’t stop someone from working, living an active life, having a relationships or children. 

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Brand New Training Breaking the Taboo – Talking to children 4-11 about RSE.

In Warwickshire we are lucky to have an evidence based comprehensive RSE programme that is available for schools – All About Me (what was previous known as Spring Fever before it was updated last Summer). 

However, some children need a little extra support – for various reasons including struggles around emotional literacy, family changes, or because they may be displaying low level Harmful Sexual Behaviours, or older children who may have SEND. 

This new training Breaking the Taboo is designed to support professionals that work with young children  on a 1-2-1 basis and shows how you can use the All About Me resources to shape your work. 

Working with small children around RSE can be daunting – what is age appropriate? This training is also designed for professionals that work with young people who who may present as having a lower emotional age due to SEND.

Includes: 

  • a detailed look at the healthy sexual development of infants and children
  • how to start age appropriate conversations about families, healthy relationships, personal boundaries and sex. 
  • Working with children that display Harmful Sexual Behaviours.
  • Puberty, body changes, private spaces,.
  • Emotional literacy.

To book a space on the course click here or visit: www.respectyourself.training

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It’s not only Banter Sexual Harassment in schools…

Following on from the review by the Women’s and Equality Committee, the Department for Education published guidance on best practice to help schools address the issue of sexual harassment.

The report highlight the fact that Schools still have a duty to act even if incidents happen outside school are reported. And that most importantly school sites should be safe and equal places for all genders.

The new advice stresses that educational establishments should be making it clear to all pupils that sexual touching such as groping and harassment should never be tolerated and are not to be expected as merely an inevitable part of growing up.

Importantly the advice also highlights the fact that often those who perpetrate inappropriate sexual behaviours need support too and may be victims of abuse and trauma themselves.

The guidance further highlights the potential impact of social media in facilitating the spread of rumours and furthering the harassment of the victim or of dangers of identifying victims and perpetrators when allegations are made.

The Government expresses the need for a ‘whole school approach’ to help change the culture in school…

To read the guidance click here…Sexual_Harassment_and_Sexual_Violence_-_Advice

However, we have known for sometime of the issues – which is why last year’s Youth Conference   “One Thing Always Leads to Another” was focused on the topic of sexual harassment in schools… as part of the conference we asked young people how they thought schools could be made safer places for everyone. All the ideas and contributions from the day have contributed  to the design of a new Sexual Equality Charter that will be launched at 2018s Youth Conference… which incidentally will focus on Social media…

We seem to be right on the money with our picks of relevant topics for young people!

 

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New Training Dates…

We have booked some new dates for professional training… the last two courses have been fully booked so reserve your place quickly…

 Foundation: Talking to Young people about Relationships & Sex 

  • Thursday 9th January: Bulkington Village Community Centre

Talking to young people about sex and their relationships can be daunting – what do you say? Can you answer their questions honestly? How much is too much? Where do you draw the line…?

The truth is if you work with young people, the chances are you will have to engage them in conversations about sex and relationships – whether it is unpicking their attitudes to sex, their partners or sign posting them to access support or contraception.  Regardless if you like it or not it is inevitable. If they value you as a worker they will talk to you and ask you questions – whether you think you are the right person or not!

The foundation training is designed to give professionals who work young people a good understanding of RSE and their role in delivering quality sex positive interventions.

to find out more click here…

It’s Only Banter: exploring Issues of Peer to Peer Exploitation

  • Monday 19th February:  Pound lane Leamington

We are starting to understand that there is far more to comprehensive sex education than merely condom demos and a warning about STIs. Stories around consent, incidents of slut shaming and examples of rape culture are a permanent feature of social media and the tabloid press – but are they an issue or merely banter?

How do you balance flirting and innocent behaviours from sexual harassment and abuse? Where is the line and is there any grey areas when it comes to consent?

To find out more click here…

To book on to any of these courses or if you have any questions please contact Public Health admin: phadmin@warwickshire.gov.uk

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Upcoming Training Dates for Professionals

 Foundation: Talking to Young people about Relationships & Sex 

  • Thursday 28th September: Bulkington Village Community Centre

Talking to young people about sex and their relationships can be daunting – what do you say? Can you answer their questions honestly? How much is too much? Where do you draw the line…?

The truth is if you work with young people, the chances are you will have to engage them in conversations about sex and relationships – whether it is unpicking their attitudes to sex, their partners or sign posting them to access support or contraception.  Regardless if you like it or not it is inevitable. If they value you as a worker they will talk to you and ask you questions – whether you think you are the right person or not!

The foundation training is designed to give professionals who work young people a good understanding of RSE and their role in delivering quality sex positive interventions.

to find out more click here…

It’s Only Banter: exploring Issues of Peer to Peer Exploitation

  • Monday 6th November:  Poundlane Leamington

We are starting to understand that there is far more to comprehensive sex education than merely condom demos and a warning about STIs. Stories around consent, incidents of slut shaming and examples of rape culture are a permanent feature of social media and the tabloid press – but are they an issue or merely banter?

How do you balance flirting and innocent behaviours from sexual harassment and abuse? Where is the line and is there any grey areas when it comes to consent?

To find out more click here…

To book on to any of these courses or if you have any questions please contact Public Health admin: phadmin@warwickshire.gov.uk

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Sexual Health Week 2017 – Let’s talk about porn

Next week (11th Sept) is FPA’s sexual health week. The theme is ‘Let’s talk about porn’

“We want to support people to have more open discussions about subjects related to porn, such as body image, consent, communication, safer sex…and the difference between fantasy and reality.”

Here’s a link to their campaign page;

– http://www.fpa.org.uk/sexual-health-week/sexual-health-week-2017

There’s some resources that you might find useful. Also it’s a good excuse to raise the topic with the young people you work with.

FPA poster