people living with HIV in the UK in 2013
of people living with HIV are unaware of their infection
of people living with HIV are BAME
proportion of black Africans diagnosed late
Source: PHE(2014) HIV:Data Tables
NAZ is the sexual health charity dedicated to people experiencing better sexual health. We do this because there’s a big gap in the sexual health outcomes of Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities compared to the general population. Everything we do works to reverse this trend.
I was diagnosed HIV positive because I was feeling constantly ill and my nose started bleeding out of the blue and would not stop. I was taken to A&E and after many exams; I was offered a HIV test. My CD4 was down to about 7 and I thought I was going to die. We contacted NAZ Vidas because we were desperate. I could not understand 100% of what the doctors were telling us. The NAZ Vidas coordinator met with both of us and took the time to explain in Portuguese what a HIV diagnosis meant in this day and age. He explained about treatment and explained that today it is possible to live well and a long life with the HIV virus. Now my wife, who is miraculously HIV negative, is pregnant with our first child. I don’t know what would be of us if we didn’t receive your support
For many people, receiving a positive HIV diagnosis can be devastating. The NAZ HIV Care and Support Service is dedicated to enable people to accept their diagnosis and live life to its fullest. Our role is to help newly diagnosed people understand and manage their condition with confidence.
For people ageing with HIV our service commitment is to support you live a long and healthy life within your community.
There are five dedicated HIV Care and Support groups at NAZ.
The NAZ sexual health and wellbeing programmes are designed to help people take responsibility for their own sexual health health. Our aim is to develop sexual health competencies that will allow individuals to adopt lifelong attitudes and behaviors that support overall health and well-being—including behaviors that can reduce their risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
Underpinning everything we do in this area is the belief that if you can understand what good sexual health is, effective prevention starts with the individual.
We provide free, fast and confidential HIV tests at our office and at outreach venues across the London.
We run a fingerprick rapid HIV test; the entire process takes around 20-30 minutes including pre and post-test counselling, discussion and information.
There is a significant gap between the sexual health outcomes of the general population and BAME communities.
In addition to our programmatic work improving sexual health equality, NAZ addresses these sexual health inequalities through influencing policy and practice. We promote the needs of our communities to the government, health providers and other Third Sector organisations with the aim of sharing best practice and ensuring appropriate service provision.