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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
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'Faces of HIV'

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We are very excited to announce 'Faces of HIV' ...our collaboration with local photographer Will Corder.

This mission is to produce a portfolio of photographic portraits showing local HIV positive people and will culminate in various exhibitions in the community. The aim of the project is to reduce stigma and raise awareness by 'giving a face to HIV.'

Models of all backgrounds, shapes and sizes are wanted to show the diversity among the local HIV positive population.

Want to reduce stigma?
Want to raise awareness?
Want to give a face to HIV?
Contact us ASAP to model for your portrait?

For more information, take a look at the flyer below and keep your eyes peeled for updates on our social media.

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