Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)

HIV is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that attacks the body’s immune system.

HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus and it is a sexually transmitted infection (STI). The virus weakens the body’s immune system, so it can’t fight off infections and disease.

HIV can be found in people who are fit and well, as symptoms can take years to develop. Without treatment HIV will eventually lead to AIDS which stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. At this point, a number of potentially life-threatening infections and illnesses develop due to the immune system being severely damaged by the HIV virus.

13% of people living with HIV in the UK remain undiagnosed (Public Health England, 2017).

Learn more about HIV by visiting the Sexwise website.