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Long Term Health Conditions

HIV and AIDS

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.

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HIV and AIDS is covered as part of the Equality Act 2010, this means employees will automatically be protected against discrimination from the day they are diagnosed.

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Preventing HIV and AIDS

The easiest way to protect against HIV transmission is to have protected sex. 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 and can begin any treatment immediately.

Prep is a course of HIV drugs taken before sex to reduce the risk of getting HIV. It is not widely available yet for people at risk but may be in our area soon.

Pep is a treatment that can prevent HIV infection after the virus has entered a person’s body. You can get this from sexual health clinics or from Accident and Emergency departments. Pep needs to be started no later than 72 hours after exposure.

For more information on Prep and Pep contact your local sexual health clinic.

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Can’t Pass It On

People living with HIV who are on treatment and have an undetectable viral load cannot pass on the virus to someone else. The Cant Pass it on campaign aims to educate people about the effectiveness of modern HIV treatment.

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