World AIDS Day 2014 is on Monday 1st December and is an opportunity for people all over the world to unite in the fight against HIV, to show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.
At the British School of Osteopathy we run two weekly clinics specialising in treating patients with HIV and AIDS. The Chapman Clinic runs three times a week in our Southwark-based teaching clinic. We also run a weekly clinic at The Royal Free Hospital’s Ian Charleson Day Centre in north-west London, which is generously supported by the Peter Moores Foundation.
Treatment in both clinics is provided by osteopathic students, who are supervised by expert tutors with a specialist interest in HIV/AIDS, drug therapies, associated pathologies and the musculoskeletal presentation of HIV/AIDS.
Fourth year student Fatimah Ayodae has treated patients at our Royal Free clinic and thinks it’s a great learning experience. “It’s a good setting because it’s based inside a hospital and gives you a chance to experience being inside the NHS. The tutors are all really good and combine their experiences in both the Chapman Clinic and Royal Free to teach you as much as possible about treating patients with HIV. They have shown me some great techniques that are useful for patients with HIV, but you can also use them on other symptoms, so it’s been a really helpful experience.”
Sally is a patient at our weekly Royal Free clinic. “Lots of people think that because there is now medication for HIV that can keep people alive you should just be grateful and get on with it, but there can still be lots of problems in dealing with HIV. The osteopathy I get is helping to keep things under control. I don’t know what I would have done if this clinic had not been started – it’s fantastic that my doctor steered me here.”
We are selling World AIDS Day red ribbons in our clinic reception for a small donation. All of your donations go towards the National AIDS Trust, who support patients with HIV and are fighting to change perceptions of patients with HIV.
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