What is HIV?

HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. HIV weakens a person’s immune system, which reduces the body’s ability to fight infections. If left untreated HIV can cause AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) and this will seriously harm the body’s immune system. This can result in serious illness and disease. Remember, AIDS can only develop in someone who already has HIV infection and not everyone who has HIV will go on to develop AIDS. In fact, because the treatments are so effective for HIV, most people will never develop AIDS.

How can you catch HIV?
What are the symptoms of HIV?
Where and how do I get tested?
What if my result is positive?
Treatment and living with HIV


PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a course of medication taken by people who are HIV negative and are at high risk of catching HIV, to lower their risk of HIV infection.

Who can take PrEP?
How does PrEP work and is it effective?
Other STI’s