HIV Specialist Service
The HIV Specialist Service is made up of medical staff, nursing staff, pharmacists, a clinical psychologist and other specialists such as dietetics. The team provide both in-patient and out-patient care for all aspects of HIV management.
Who can I expect to see at my clinic visits?
You will be seen by one of the specialist medical team. A consultant has overall responsibility for your care but you may see a consultant, an associate specialist, a specialist registrar or specialist nurse at clinic.
If you are on treatment for your HIV, you may also see the pharmacist.
The HIV team also has a clinical psychologist who you can ask to see for support.
What kinds of problems can Clinical Psychologists help with?
- Adjusting to the diagnosis
- Anxiety and panic
- Low mood and depression
- Telling others you have HIV
- Grief and loss
- Taking your tablets
- Changing unhelpful patterns of behaviour
- Relationship difficulties connected with HIV
- Developing coping skills so that you can live well with HIV
They can also offer support to partners and family members.
When should I see my GP (local doctor)?
Your GP should continue to be the central point for all your healthcare needs as they are experienced in treating a broad range of medical conditions. The HIV team are not experienced in all aspects of medicine as your GP is. If your GP thinks that a problem is related to your HIV, they will ask our team to see you.
What other support is available?
Men Only Tayside (MOT)
For gay and bi-sexual men, Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland works in partnership with NHS Tayside to deliver the Men Only Tayside service. THT Scotland works locally to provide face to face support, email support or phone support; covering a wide range of topics. Whether it’s about testing, living with HIV or about sex, THT are here for you.
For more information visit www.menonlytayside.com
Men TAYgether – Support for guys living with HIV
Men TAYgether is a fun, informal group where guys living with HIV can come together, meet new people, share stories and personal experiences, get involved in their community and have fun!
Confident Families by Terrence Higgins Trust
Confident Families provides practical and emotional support to people in Tayside who are living with or affected by HIV. It may be that you are dealing with a new diagnosis and are unsure how to tell your partner. You may be unemployed and hoping to access education, employment or training. Perhaps you are planning a family but are worried about passing on HIV. Perhaps you have recently arrived in the country and need some help getting settled. You may be a carer of someone living with HIV and in need of a break. It could also be a welfare, housing or debt matter. Whatever your issue, we can support you and your family – however you define it – to access the support you need.
Financial Futures by Terrence Higgins Trust
Financial Futures helps people living with HIV and/or Hepatitis C who are experiencing financial problems. Work undertaken includes support with benefit applications, (ESA, JSA, Income Support, PIP, Housing Benefit, Bereavement Allowance, Widowed Parents Allowance), appeals against benefit decisions, housing applications, searches for accommodation, emotional support, suicide interventions, family planning, pregnancy support, domestic abuse, substance misuse support, job searches and applications, CV assistance, family support.
If you’re living with HIV, have you heard about myHIV, provided by Terrence Higgins Trust, yet? It’s a lifeline for some people!