HIV stands for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus and affects men and women. The virus damages the body's immune system so that over time it becomes vulnerable to illness and infections.
AIDS is caused by HIV. When a person has AIDS it means their immune system is very weak and they have developed certain infections or cancers. These can be fatal.
HIV is mainly passed on in the following ways:

Signs and symptoms

Tests and treatment

For STI Testing contact the Sexual Medicine Service on 01803 656500.
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