What is HIV?
HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. It attacks the body's defence system, preventing it from fighting illnesses and infection.
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. Find out
- How can HIV be passed on?
- What do Adult Services provide?
- Who can use Haringey's HIV/AIDS service?
- Where to find us
- Other assistance
A diagnosis of HIV affects you, your family, partner and friends. It 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.
We provide support, advice and information to people infected with or affected by HIV or AIDS. Services include care management, home care support, housing advice, welfare rights advice, infant feeding project, nutritional advice and social work support.
You may feel the need to discuss your fears and anxieties. It may be difficult to talk about your thoughts and feelings with your family. We run a confidential drop-in centre - with crèche - offering support and advice on welfare rights, housing, social care, refreshments and some laundry facilities.
If you are a Haringey resident and think this service could help you, you should contact the service direct by telephone, letter or fax. Referrals can also be made by
- family members
- voluntary sector groups
- other health and social care professionals.
You will need to provide your
- name, address and date of birth
- proof of immigration status (if not a resident)
- family details
- letter of diagnosis and details of treatment centre
- consultant's details
40 Cumberland Road
Tel 020 8489 5982
Fax 020 8489 3032
Opening hours Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
Winkfield Resource Centre
33 Winkfield Road
Opening hours Thursdays: 1.30pm to 5pm
Tel 020 8489 0396 (drop-in hours only)
NOTE: If you need to speak to one of the workers who are involved with the drop-in outside these hours you should call the Physical Disability team on 020 8489 5982.
Disabled access: Yes
For further information about this service contact: HIV Team, 40 Cumberland Road
Additional information: The drop-in centre offers advice and support to those placed by other boroughs in Haringey (for example, by the Homeless Persons Unit or National Asylum Seekers Service). Also, see the Winkfield Resource Centre page.
- National Aids Helpline, telephone 0800 567 123
- For other languages, telephone 0800 717 2227
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