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.

If you have had unprotected sex, go to your nearest sexual health clinic as soon as possible to get tested. For more information, visit: Sexual Health

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Last Updated: 14/11/2016