Support for Adults with HIV
HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. It attacks the body's
defence system preventing it from fighting illnesses and
HIV is not passed on by shaking hands, kissing, touching
or hugging, sharing cups, cutlery, crockery or towels. HIV is not
spread by sneezing or coughing or from tears or sweat. A person
does not get infected with HIV from daily contact.
How can HIV be passed on?
HIV can be passed on in the following ways:
- Unprotected sexual intercourse - vaginal, oral
or anal without using a condom
- Sharing contaminated needles, syringes and
- From an infected mother to her baby during
pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding
- From contaminated blood or blood products
A diagnosis of HIV affects you, your family,
partner and friends. This site describes the help available and
provides details of who to contact for further information and
What do Social Services provide?
Social Services provides a confidential service for
anyone regardless of gender, sexuality, lifestyle or racial origin
in the surrounding area. Together we can help with:
Counselling and emotional support
You may feel the need to discuss your fears and
anxieties. It may be difficult for you to talk about your thoughts
and feelings with your family. We offer emotional and psychological
support in a confidential and non judgmental environment.
Extra expenses may be associated with your illness.
You may be entitled to various benefits or be eligible for
financial help from other sources. You may also be given support
with continuing to work.
You may have physical difficulties in coping with
daily living, need help in the home or with travelling to hospital
appointments. We will work with you.
National AIDS Helpline 0800 567 123. For other languages 0800 717
Further information on services for people affected by
HIV/AIDS, social work help for clients with HIV
/AIDS, training of staff, information on sexual health agencies in
Bedford and North Bedfordshire:
Tel: 01234 228328
Centre for All Families Positive Health - CAFPH
Provide support and assistance to men, women, children and young
people infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS in Bedford Borough in
order to combat isolation, fear, stigma and increase the uptake of
services provided by CAFPH and mainstream service providers. At
CAFPH we support people to accept and live well with HIV, work and
support the whole family/significant others on understanding
HIV/AIDS issues and on disclosure and above all we provide a safe
and confidential environment for people in the same situation to
meet, share experience and to support each other. We have
trained peer supporters so that you are able to talk to someone you
know fully understands what you are talking about.
CAFPH supports the community by providing free
HIV/AIDS awareness to help people understand issues around risk,
prevention, testing, treatment and support so that myths are
dispelled and reduce the stigma around HIV.
Address: 17 Kingsway,
Bedford, MK42 9BJ
(during working hours)