Remembering the journey of HIV and AIDS from the 1980s to the present day and the treatment available.

HIV is a virus that attacks the body’s immune system. If it is not treated, it can lead to AIDS.

Why should I get tested for HIV?

Testing for HIV is the only way to know for sure if you have the virus. Knowing your status allows you to make informed decisions that can keep you and your partners safe. Early diagnosis gives you the best chance of living a long and healthy life.

How do I test for HIV?

You can test for HIV via a small blood sample. At Body Positive we do this with a finger prick and tests are quick, easy and confidential. Contact BodyPositive to discuss your options.

I’m worried about a positive result

If you do have a positive result, an early diagnosis helps you to access treatment sooner. With the right treatment and care, people living with HIV can expect to live a life as long as the average person. Treatment can make the virus undetectable, at which point it is untransmittable and cannot be passed on. 

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