Survey On Health And Social Care Information Needs Of People With HIV

A national survey is underway in the United Kingdom to find out more about the social care, support and information needs of people with HIV. The survey is being conducted throughout the summer by Sigma Research, specialists in HIV social research.

The information obtained from the survey, which is called What Do You Need? will help shape the kinds of services offered to people with HIV in the UK. The survey is open to all people living with HIV who are aged 16 and over. It can be filled out online here or by completing a questionnaire booklet available from HIV social care organisations across the UK.

Sigma are keen that the survey is completed by people from all the communities affected by HIV in the UK. “There has been no UK-wide needs assessment of people diagnosed with HIV for more than five years”, said Peter Weatherburn of Sigma research, “during those years the UK HIV epidemic has expanded substantially and the number of service providers, and the range of services available, have contracted substantially.”

Because of the evolving nature of the HIV epidemic in the UK, Weatherburn added, “we desperately need this survey to provide evidence of current need among the diverse population of people with HIV.”