Raising awareness of HIV and AIDS
Take a HIV test
HIV is a viral infection. It can be transmitted:
- through sexual contact
- through sharing needles and syringes
- from mother to child before or during birth, or by breastfeeding
Many people who are living with HIV have no obvious signs or symptoms. The only way of knowing if you have the virus is by taking a HIV test.
You can get a home testing kit for HIV and STIs, which is completely free, discreet and confidential. Kits can be ordered at this link:
You can also get tested at a local Genitourinary Medicine (GUM) clinic:
It's important not to delay seeking advice and taking this test if you feel you have been at risk.
People with HIV can live a healthy life if diagnosed early and treated quickly.
They'll be able to get highly effective treatment, for free.
Someone on this treatment cannot pass HIV to a sexual partner or anyone else.
You can find out more about on these pages:
A person diagnosed late is more likely to experience health issues.
If you have unprotected sex, you are putting yourself at risk of getting HIV or another sexually-transmitted infection (STI).
You can get information about sexual health and how to protect yourself on the following page: