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HIV is a viral infection that can be transmitted sexually (by having sex without a condom). It can also be passed on by sharing infected needles and other injecting equipment, and from an HIV-positive mother to her child during pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding.
When someone is infected with HIV, the virus attaches onto the specific cells in the immune system that help protect us and keep us healthy. It eventually kills off these cells weakening the immune system so that it is unable to fight off infections and other illnesses.
There is no cure for HIV, but there are treatments to enable most people with the virus to live a long and healthy life. These treatments are much more effective if the virus is diagnosed and the treatment is started soon after the point of infection. A regular sexual health check-up at Sexual Health Sheffield’s STI Screening and Testing Service can include a blood test for HIV.
For information about HIV Services in Sheffield please visit the Stonegrove Centre website here
Break The Chain
A new study by Terrence Higgins Trust and 56 Dean Street has found 84% of us haven’t had sex outside our own household during lockdown. This means if you test now – you will get an accurate result, even if it’s a newly acquired infection.
With around 7500 people unaware that they are living with HIV around the UK, testing for HIV puts you in control of your sexual health. Whatever the result – support is available.
Click here to order a free HIV test you can do at home
For information and updates on PrEP please visit iwantprepnow.co.uk