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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
PrEP is now available free of charge from our clinic for anyone who is eligible. You do not have had to have taken it before to be eligible.
PrEP is free on the NHS and is being rolled out across the country and is available from our clinic at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital.
PrEP is a drug which, if taken correctly, is highly effective in preventing the onward transmission of HIV.
If you would be interested in accessing PrEP or for more information please contact us on 0114 226 8888 to arrange a telephone appointment.
For information and updates on PrEP please visit iwantprepnow.co.uk
Paris – a short film in British Sign Language has been commissioned by the charity CHIVA
Written and co-directed by young people who have grown up living with HIV the film has been launched to raise awareness of HIV among the deaf community. Watch below or on youtube here