HIV / Aids

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HIV and AIDS stand for Human Immunodeficiency Virus and the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, respectively. Once infected with the HIV virus, it will remain in your body for the rest of your life.

Key facts:

  • Most people with HIV who receive treatment will not go on to develop AIDS.
  • HIV can be passed from one person to another through sexual contact or sharing infected needles.
  • HIV can affect people of any sexuality.
  • Some people experience flu-like symptoms a few weeks after becoming infected. However, as there are no obvious signs or symptoms, we recommend you get tested immediately if you feel you may be at risk.
  • You can only be certain you are HIV-positive if you get tested.
  • Patients usually have a normal life expectancy if they receive an early diagnosis and treatment.

Testing and Treatments:

  • A blood sample will be taken to test for the virus.
  • Antiretroviral medication will be prescribed following further blood tests.
  • At the moment, there is no cure for infection.
  • Most people with HIV benefit from treatment and live longer and have better health than if they had not accessed treatment.
  • If you think you have been in recent (last 72 hours) sexual contact with an infected person, you should visit your local clinic or A&E to access PEPSE (Post Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV following Sexual Exposure) treatment.

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