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Complementary therapies and HIV

Body & Soul: Complementary Therapies

Avert: Complementary HIV Treatments

The Well Project: Complementary Therapies

The Therapy Directory

The Body: Healthy Living

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

Body & Soul: Grief and Bereavement

The Bereavement Trust

Help Guide: Coping with Grief and Loss

St John’s Hospice

Find a specialist counsellor near you

Grief and HIV

The Body: Grief, Death and HIV

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 if 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
Available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts.

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.

Money and Benefits

NAT: Benefits and Financial Issues

My HIV: Benefits and HIV

Citizen’s Advice: The Charity for your Community

Body & Soul has an in-house social worker and runs a weekly Help Centre for members of the adult service to access support with basic casework and advocacy in a safe and confidential environment. Get in touch for more details.


Nutrition and HIV

Body & Soul: Nutrition

Avert: Nutrition and HIV

Foodchain: Nutrition and HIV

NHS: Change for Life

AIDSmap: Healthy Eating

British Nutrition Foundation

Diet and Mental Health

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


Parenting Having a child, parenting and adoption

NSPCC: Guides for Parents

BBC: Parenting

Top Marks: Great Educational Resources for Children

Just Parents: A Friendly Parenting Community

Mumsnet: For Parents by Parents

Keep Kids Healthy

The Working Parent

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 and Fertility

Body & Soul: Pregnancy

NHS: Pregnancy and Baby Guide

THT: Getting an HIV Diagnosis while Pregnant

THT: HIV and Parenthood

Emedicine: Vertical Transmission, HIV and Pregnancy Planning

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

Body & Soul: Sexual Health 

NHS: Sexual Health

THT: Sexual Health

AIDSmap: HIV and Sex

Avert: HIV Prevention and Sex Education

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