All about namlife
namlife.org is a new website about living with HIV in the UK. Whether you have been recently diagnosed, have lived with HIV for a while, know someone who is or just want to find out more, then this site will have something valuable for you.
Everyone is different and people want information about different things at different times. That is why we have information on a wide range of topics on both the medical and social aspects of living with HIV. You might want to read the entire site, or just dip into it at times when you need to find something out. There is no 'right' way to use the site, just use it your way.
To make it easy for you to find what you are looking for and get the most out of what's here we have divided the site into four main areas - all link easily from each other.
The facts - written by NAM's experts, this section allows you to find information by topic, for example, HIV - the basics, telling people you are positive, treatment and care.
Questions answered - some frequently asked questions about HIV, helping you find relevent information from the facts as well as pointing you to stories of personal experiences.
Stories - personal stories shared by people with HIV.
Artlife - a selection of illustrations from and inspired by namlife.
The information on namlife.org isn’t exhaustive, and it isn't intended to replace discussions with your doctor or any other professional. But it should provide an introduction to the key issues and help you decide what further questions you may need to ask.
NAM, the publishers of namlife.org, also produces a range of HIV information books, booklets and leaflets, and some of these are listed (along with publications and other sources of information from other organisations) at the end of each section as suggestions for further reading.
Included in this resource are first-hand accounts written by people who are living with HIV. They are not meant to be examples of what you should do, they are just there to give you an idea of how people have coped with the realities of day-to-day life with HIV. If you'd like to contribute your experiences for publication, please go to the share your story page.
namlife.org was originally published as a book called Living with HIV. The last edition of this book was published in 2006. Living with HIV has a history dating back almost 20 years and is a direct successor to Living with HIV and AIDS, published by NAM in early 1996, and the 1987 Frontliners' publication, Living with AIDS. This new version of Living with HIV (and the 2004 first edition and 2006 second edition) reflects the tremendous advances made in HIV treatment since the mid-1990s, but also acknowledges the real issues and complexities that life with HIV can involve.