World AIDS Day 2018: When a friend has AIDS

by John Betts, RPS Museum, Keeper of the Museum Collections

The history of pharmacy is usually thought of in terms of drug development and its ability to transform patient’s lives. Rarely do museums have an object in their collection that communicates what it was like to live with a life-threatening illness before there were any effective treatments.

The RPS Museum has a leaflet published by GMHC (Gay Men’s Health Crisis) in 1984, at the beginning of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, which does just that.

When A Friend Has AIDS provides advice to the friends of people living with AIDS on how they can offer them support.

Written with a great deal of compassion, it gives a moving insight into what living with HIV/AIDS was like at this time, from both the patient’s and friend’s point of view. Reading it never fails to move me to tears. Read more World AIDS Day 2018: When a friend has AIDS

World AIDS Day – HIV testing on the high street

By Mel Snelling, Lead on HIV and Infectious Diseases Pharmacist

It is World AIDS Day on 1 December 2012.
To mark World Aids Day the Health Protection Agency released statistics revealing there were 6,280 new HIV diagnoses in 2011, making the total number of people living with HIV in the UK 96,000. The data also shows that although late HIV diagnoses dropped slightly in 2011 a quarter of people with HIV are still unaware that they have the virus. It’s really important that these people get tested and into treatment as soon as possible.

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