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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 infections.

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 'works'
  • 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 advice.  


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.   


Financial Advice

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.   


Practical Assistance

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 2227.

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:

Borough Hall
Cauldwell Street

MK42 9AP

Tel: 01234 228328


Local Organisation

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

Tel:           01234 817642

Mobile      07590543151 (during working hours)

Email:      bedford@cafph.org

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