HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a virus which over time can weaken the immune system and make you vulnerable to getting infections.

People who have HIV might be healthy and have no symptoms for many years- so it is important to get a regular test, especially when you change sexual partners. The test for HIV is a blood test, which detects both the virus and antibodies to the virus.

Whilst currently there is no cure it is important to know that HIV is treatable and it’s easier to manage if diagnosed early. You can get routine screening at any of the FRESH clinics, Sexual medicine clinic and some GP practices.

If you are a young person living with HIV, you can learn about your rights and find local support services at: