The Queens Award for Voluntary Service 2006
Body Positive Dorset

Diana, Princess of Wales House
24 Lorne Park Road
Dorset BH1 1JL

Tel: +44 (0)1202 297386
Fax: +44 (0)1202 290385

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Positive Facts. Body Positive Dorset giving you the facts about HIV.


HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus.

HIV infects a person's immune cells. By interfering with the cells that protect us against infection, HIV leaves the body poorly protected against particular types of diseases which these cells normally can fight off easily.

Initially, a person living with HIV may show no symptoms of HIV infection as their immune system manages to control it. However, in most cases their immune system will need help from anti-HIV drugs to keep the HIV infection under control. These drugs do not completely rid the body of HIV infection.


AIDS is short for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.

The term AIDS is now very rarely used. It is more usual to talk of late-stage or advanced HIV infection.

Advanced HIV infection is not a single disease or condition. Instead, it is a term that describes the stage when the virus has done enough damage to the immune system to allow cancers, pneumonia or other opportunistic infections to develop.

Some Facts

The main ways that HIV can be transmitted are:

The following carry NO risk of HIV transmission:

Body Positive Dorset is pleased to offer an extensive range of complementary therepies provided by fully qualified therapists
Body Positive Dorset

TEDDY BEAR STALL 13th - 15th July ...Volunteers Please!

Body Positive Dorset

Please come and help us raise funds by selling raffle tickets to the public from the wooden stall in Bournemouth Gardens.

Please volunteer to work a minimum of 1 hour at a time- you are welcome to work for longer! The ideal shift is 3-4 hours.

There will be at least 2 volunteers working at a time so it will be fun and sociable.

Please remember that this is a commitment so make sure you?re available and you can be sure you will be there before you volunteer. Please just ask if you would like more information.

Thanks - Your help is much appreciated as always!

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