HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency virus and it weakens your body's ability to fight infections and disease.
Is there a cure for HIV?
There is no cure for HIV, but there are treatments to help most people with the virus live a long and healthy life.
What is AIDS?
AIDS stands for Acquired Immunodeficiency Disease. It is the final stage of a HIV infection, when your body can no longer fight life-threatening infections. It is so important to get checked for HIV as soon as you have had unprotected sex. If you get checked early and get effective treatment, you have a better chance of your HIV not developing into AIDS.
I have had unprotected sex, but it's with a person I have known for years - should I still get tested?
Yes. you should get tested each and every single time you have unprotected sex. You can never be 100% sure of a person's sexual history, no matter how well you know them. The only way to know for sure is to be tested.
Further information on HIV:
- Brunswick Centre|
The Brunswick Centre is a registered charity providing support for HIV and Sexual Health in Calderdale and Kirklees, providing counselling and emotional support, financial advice and practical assistance. The centre can also provide fast testing for HIV;
- National AIDS Helpline on 0800 567 123 (for other languages ring 0800 717 2227)
For advice and information on HIV, AIDS and sexual health;
A website created by NAM (National AIDS Manual) to provide clear and accurate information on HIV and AIDS for both the UK and countries around the world;
- National AIDS Trust|
The National AIDS Trust (NAT) is a UK charity who aims to champion the rights of people living with HIV by providing fresh thinking, expertise and practical resources;
- You can also find other organisations who help people with HIV, AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections and diseases in the Social care and wellbeing hub.