Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)

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

HIV can be found in people who are fit and well, as symptoms can take years to develop.

Without treatment, HIV can eventually lead to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), which is when the body’s immune system becomes so weak that it can’t fight off diseases that it would normally have been able to do so – this can be fatal. It’s estimated that around a quarter of people who have HIV, don’t know that they have the virus. With early diagnosis and effective treatment, most people with HIV will not develop AIDS.

Learn more about HIV by downloading this leaflet.