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Ageing with HIV


Complementary therapies and HIV

Books in Body & Soul Library
Aromatherapy: A guide for home use – Christine Westwood
Brockhampton Reference Guide to Herbal Remedies
Teach yourself to Meditate – Eric Harrison


Grief and bereavement

Books in Body & Soul Library
On Grief and Grieving - Elisabeth Kubler- Ross & David Kessler
When a Loved one dies - Hans Stolp
Simple Guides: Depression – Dr. Rebecca Fox- Spencer & Professor Allan Young
Beating Depression – Dr Stefan Cembrowicz & Dr Dorcas Kingham
Overcoming Depression – Chris Williams


I need help now

The Body & Soul number is 0207 923 6880. We are in the office Monday-Friday 9am-6pm, and until 9pm on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. If you feel you may be in a situation of immediate danger, call 999.

Who to call you’ve had unprotected sex, where to get PEP and advice on PEP:

0808 802 1221
Open from 10am to 8pm Monday-Friday. The THT helpline is a freephone number to call from all UK landlines and will not appear on your telephone bill.

Who to call if you have been raped/ a victim of sexual assault:

Rape Crisis
0808 802 9999
This freephone helpline is open from 12 to 2.30pm and 7 to 9.30pm

Who to call if you are living in an unsafe home environment:

National Domestic Violence helpline
0808 200 0247
The freephone helpline is open 24 hours and advisors can help with emergency accommodation. There are also translation facilities if your first language is not English.

Who to call if you are suddenly homeless:

0808 800 4444 The Shelter helpline is open from 8am to 8pm Monday-Friday and 8am to 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays

What to do if you’re feeling suicidal or depressed:

08457 90 90 90

How to Find your nearest nhs sexual health services
NHS Search Tool



It is good to be aware of how elements of UK law may affect you if you are living with HIV.

Please note that the issue of HIV and the law is constantly changing as organisations campaign to improve the rights of people living with HIV, and details on this page are subject to change.

For the NAT and THT guide to criminalisation of HIV transmission in England and Wales, visit: Terence Higgins Trust

Quick facts

It is against the law to discriminate against someone on the basis of their HIV status. In 2005 the Disability Discrimination Act named HIV positive people on a list of those protected from discrimination. This covers schools, healthcare establishments and employment.

UK law doesn’t currently recognise HIV-related hate crime. The 2003 Criminal Justice Act does provide protection from hate crime for people with disabilities but HIV is not stated as a disability in the Act; instead disability is defined as “physical or mental impairment”, so people living with HIV are not all covered.

The Offences against the Person Act 1861 means that you can be prosecuted for reckless or deliberate transmission of HIV if it is proved that you exposed an HIV negative person to HIV, knowing that they could become infected. If you are prosecuted you would be accused of intentionally or recklessly causing serious bodily harm. In order to be convicted it must be proved that:

  • The person being prosecuted was the person who infected their partner.
  • The person who became infected was not aware that their partner was HIV positive at the time of transmission – that they did not explicitly consent to sex with an HIV positive individual.
  • The person being prosecuted was aware of their HIV status, and was informed on how transmission occurs.

Living with HIV

Books in Body & Soul Library
Living with HIV/AIDS: A Practical Guide for living well – Peter de Ruyter
The Guide to Living with HIV Infection – John G. Bartlett and Ann K. Finkbeiner
The Guide to Living with HIV Infection – John G. Bartlett and Ann K. Finkbeiner


Money and Benefits

In partnership with Camden Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Body & Soul runs an in-house clinic with trained, specialist advisers who you can talk to in a safe and confidential environment. Get in touch for more details.


Nutrition and HIV

Books in Body & Soul Library
Nutrition and HIV:A New Model for Treatment- Mary Romey,M.D.
Food For Fitness – Anita Bean
Cooking for life: A guide to nutritioned food sofety for the HIV+ Community - Robert H Lehmann


Pain management & HIV



Books in Body & Soul Library

Maureen O ‘Hagan – Caring for Children

Nikki Bradford and Jean Williams – What they Don’t Tell you About Being a Mother and Looking After Babies




Pregnancy & Fertility

Books in Body & Soul Library
Fertility & Conception – Zita West
Fertility Conception – Professor Ian Green
Feelings After Birth – The NCT book of post natal depression


Sexual health

Books in Body & Soul Library
ABC of sexually transmitted Infections – Michael Adler
ABC of sexual health – Edited by John M Tomlinson