What is 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.

Did you know 1 in 8 people who are infected with HIV don’t know that they have the virus? Out of those diagnosed with HIV, 42% received a late diagnosis (Public Health England) resulting in limited treatment options.

How much do you know about HIV? Do you know the facts? Or believe the myths?

Test your knowledge on the virus with our HIV Quiz 

Here’s how together we can all help to stop HIV