What is HIV?
HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) damages specific blood cells which are crucial to helping the body fight diseases. However, thanks to ongoing medical advances, HIV positive individuals can have long and healthy lives with the right treatment.
Learn more about the biology and effects of HIV, risks & prevention methods, what an HIV diagnosis means, and where you can find even more information and resources.
Our immune systems are designed to mount a defense when our bodies are invaded by a virus. With HIV, our system’s response is stunted, which means the virus never fully leaves. But there is a lot that we do know about HIV now - including how to live with it.Learn More >
Risks & Prevention
We know more about HIV than we did even ten years ago. That means we can take steps to decrease our risks and stop the spread of the virus. Learn more about the measures you can take to protect yourself from contracting HIV.Learn More >
What an HIV Diagnosis Means
If you’ve received a positive HIV test, don’t panic! Knowing your status gives you powerful ownership of your own health information so you can make life-affirming decisions for yourself and your loved ones. Take a moment to catch your breath, then visit our guide on what to do after receiving a positive HIV test.Learn More >
Be empowered to live a healthy life through education and information.Learn More >
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Worried about your HIV self
test results? Questions about HIV self testing, HIV or AIDS? Reach out to
the NHS Sexual Health helpline: 0300 123 7123.
For comprehensive guidance on testing instructions and interpreting OraQuick HIV Self-Test test results, refer to the directions provided with your in-home kit. Post-exposure detection of HIV may take up to three months, known as the window period, in which antibodies to the virus are developed. Testing during the window period may produce negative results. With a positive result and if the results are inconclusive, seek additional testing in a medical setting.