HIV stands for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus and can affect anyone. The virus affects the body's immune system so that over time it becomes vulnerable to illness and infections.
HIV has changed in the last 30 years. People living with HIV can have a usual life expectancy if diagnosed early. This also depends on using the medication according to the clinical advice given.

Get a HIV test

Testing is free, quick, easy to do and widely available in sexual health clinics, through local charities and even available to order online. Some tests will take a few days to get a result back and other tests just use a finger prick of blood and can take as little as 20 minutes to get a result. Contact The Eddystone Trust or Torbay Sexual Medicine Clinic if you want to get an HIV test in Torbay. It is important to test for HIV early so that any treatment can work well, don’t delay; get a test today!

Treatment for HIV

This has come a long way and in many cases, a daily tablet is all that is needed to keep the HIV virus under control. When the virus is treated with medication, it can often mean that the virus is at such a level which would make it harder to pass on to someone else, also known as being ‘undetectable’.  The sooner someone with HIV starts treatment, the better it is for their health. 

Protect you and them!

Most infections come from someone who does not know they have HIV, so they aren’t on medication and aren’t undetectable. Protect yourself, protect them and use a condom every time you have sex.

What else can you do?

Call Torbay Sexual Medicine Service on 01803 656500 or The Eddystone Trust on 0800 328 3508 for free confidential advice and information and to book your HIV test.
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