We're supporting everyone to live, work, and study positively at Warwick.
Support for HIV+ people
There is support available for HIV+ staff and students at the University, from reasonable adjustments and mitigating circumstances, to the Employee Assistance Programme and Wellbeing Support Services.
Working with HIV
Guidance and support on related topics such as time off for medical appointments, reasonable adjustment, and reporting harassment or discrimination.
Studying with HIV
Guidance and support on related topics such as time off for medical appointments, reasonable adjustments, mitigating circumstances, and reporting harassment or discrimination.
The Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) can support you to understand your diagnosis and treatment, and access counselling face-to-face or online.
It is essential that every member of our community understands the basics relating to HIV and supporting HIV+ people. Positive Allies and the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) have developed excellent educational resources which are an ideal starting point.
HIV and AIDS Awareness Training
Positive Allies offer a basic course in understanding HIV and AIDS, including definitions, a brief history, how the virus works, treating HIV, stigma, and employment considerations.
About HIV with THT
The Terrence Higgins Trust (HIV) webpages provide an excellent introduction to HIV, its symptoms, transmission and being undetectable, effective treatment, and UK HIV statistics.
Positive Allies online training
Positive Allies and the University of Sunderland have developed an HIV and AIDS awareness training course which can be completed online in your own time.
HIV Prevention & Testing
It is important that everyone knows their risk, and gets tested regularly. If you are concerned that you have been exposed to HIV infection, or are at risk of contracting HIV, you can explore PEP and PrEP options too.
You can get tested for HIV locally in-person, or by using a self-test or postal test kit. Most people are eligible for free testing.
PEP is a treatment that can stop an HIV infection after the virus has entered a person's body. It must be taken within 72 hours of exposure.
PrEP is a drug taken by HIV-negative people before and after sex that reduces the risk of getting HIV.
In addition to growing your understanding of HIV and best practice for supporting HIV+ people through the resources above, below are some suggestions for proactive HIV+ allyship.
Volunteer for THT
The Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) has a wide range of volunteering opportunities to suit people's skills and interests.
HIV Activist Network
The National AIDS Trust (NAT) activist networks bring people together to take simple e-campaign actions to challenge injustice. Join the London or UK-wide networks.
Get involved with the Terrence Higgins Trust's campaigns to improve sexual health in the UK, and the experience of HIV+ people.