A video in British Sign Language about the support provided for
people living with HIV and for their partners, friends, families
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Kent County Council provide help for people living with HIV and
for their partners, friends, families and children.
We support all age groups, including children, and can assist
with help at home and respite care where appropriate, as well as
We have 3 HIV specialist support workers, covering East, Mid and
West Kent areas.
We can advise on
- benefit entitlements
- and specialist resources including local health services and
We can also provide details of additional useful resources
available outside of the county.
Find out more about the HIV support Kent County Council offer by
visiting the Kent County Council website:
A HIV positive diagnosis can be very distressing news to receive
and needing to tell someone else can be a daunting and frightening
People with HIV can be at risk of rejection, social isolation
and harassment because of the stigma and prejudices associated with
We protect the confidentiality of people using our services, and
their carers, and ensure their rights are respected, including the
right to privacy.
Sometimes disclosure of a person's HIV status can open the way
to valuable additional services and resources.
However, we always seek the individual's consent before passing
on such information and take care that it is not given to anyone
not directly engaged in providing a relevant service.
Area contacts deal with any HIV issues that occur within their
area of Kent. Contact your areas specialist worker if you need
- advice on welfare benefits
- peer linking
- support groups
- specialist respite services
- domiciliary care
- access to other professionals
- counselling services
- and access to sexual health services.
Find out how to contact your local specialist worker by visiting
on the Kent County Council website at www.kent.gov.uk/hiv or email
Alternatively contact the 24 hour HIV/AIDS and Sexual health
helpline on 0800 567123.