HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. The virus attacks the immune system, and weakens your ability to fight infections and disease.
The only way to find out if you have HIV is to have an HIV test. This involves testing a sample of your blood or saliva for signs of the infection. Although there is no cure, treatments are now very effective, enabling people with HIV to live long and healthy lives.
Preventing HIV and AIDS
If you have had sex without a condom or have shared needles, you could be at risk of HIV infection. It is important that you get tested, so you are aware of your HIV status.
Living with HIV and AIDS
There is no cure for HIV, but there are treatments to enable most people with the virus to live a long and healthy life.
Antiretroviral medications are used to treat HIV, which come in the form of a tablet. Most people with HIV take a combination of drugs as HIV can build up a resistance to one drug. These drugs must be taken every day as recommended by your doctor.
Without treatment, the immune system will become severely damaged and life-threatening illnesses such as cancer and severe infections can occur..
You should seek medical advice as soon as possible if you think you might have been exposed to HIV.
As well as taking effective HIV treatment, here are some positive lifestyle changes that you can do if you have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.
Take regular exercise
Our local groups and activities directory has a wide selection of fitness classes and physical activity pursuits which you can join.
Eat a healthy diet
The NHS Live well pages has lots of information to help get started in eating a healthy diet.
Visit our alcohol, drugs and smoking page to find on how to stop smoking
Have flu jabs once a year to reduce the risk of getting serious illnesses
You should speak to your GP who will be able to advise you further about having the flu jab
if you are worried about the risks of contracting HIV, or are looking for more information in general or locally to you then please use the information set out below.
NHS Choices website has more detailed infromation about HIV/AIDS
The National Aids Trust (NAT)
The National Aids Trust is dedicated to transforming the UK's response to HIV by
- championing the rights of people living with HIV
- campaigning for change
- shaping attitudes
- challenging injustice
- changing lives.
To find out more by visiting the website using the link provided, alternativley telephone 020 7814 6767 or email: email@example.com
Terrence Higgins Trust
Terrence Higgins Trust has aimed to put its self at the forefront of the fight against HIV and improving the nation’s sexual health.
Use the link provided to access their website. Alternativley to learn more or get involved in what they do telephone the helpline on 0808 802 1221 open 10am to 8pm Monday to Friday
Conifer Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare Services
Conifer Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare Services is provided by City Health Care Partnership CIC, The main base or hub is located in Hull city centre, on the forth floor of The Wilberforce Health Centre (6-10 Story Street). There are also a number of other clinics available across the region.
To find out more visit the website using the link provided, alternatively you can telephone 01482 247111 or text CONIFER to 61825 (normal network rates apply)
Public Health England
You can also access information and advice form Public Health England regarding your sexual health, you can find out more by visiting the website using the link provided.
British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS)
British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) provides advice and support on contraception, abortion and sexual health
You can access the website using the link provided to learn more, alternativley telephone the helpline 03457 30 40 30 open 24 hours a day, seven days a week or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Brook the young people's sexual health charity for under-25s provides advice, support and information about your nearest sexual health clinic
The LGBT Helpline
The LGBT+ helpline provides an information, support and referral service for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and trans (transgender, transsexual, transvestite) people
Telephone the helpline 0300 330 0630, open 10am to 11pm daily