Test: it’s simple! It just involves taking a small sample of saliva or blood, which will be tested for infection (eligible individuals can order a test free of charge) The test will arrive in plain packaging and your test results will be shared with you confidentially. Visit the HIV Test website
Treat: if positive, there are a number of free treatment options available, enabling individuals to lead a long, happy and healthy life
Protect: by knowing your status – you can protect yourself and others
HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a virus that damages the cells in your immune system and weakens your ability to fight everyday infections and disease:
- If left untreated, HIV can lead to AIDS. By getting regularly, tested and receiving early treatment means maintaining a healthier immune system. Many people on treatment live just as long as those who don’t have HIV. Being on treatment means you cannot pass on the virus to anyone else.
- You don’t have to be Gay, or bisexual to be at risk of contracting HIV. In 2015, 48% of those people living with HIV had been exposed through sex between a man and a woman and 47% were through men having sex with men
- In 2015 over 95% of people living with HIV in the UK had acquired the virus through sex without a condom. Try this tool to find the right condom for you or this one to find free condoms services near you.
Derbyshire Community Health Services are the lead provider of Sexual Health Services in Derby, they provide a confidential and non-judgemental service for anyone wishing to know about relationships, sexuality, sex, contraception and testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections. More information is available on the your sexual health matters website or call 0800 323 3383.
Derbyshire LGBT+ provides support for the LGBT community. Free condoms and rapid HIV finger-prick testing is also available. To find out more Visit the Derbyshire lgbt+ website or call 01332 207704
Well for Life provides advice and support for people living with long term conditions, including HIV. For more information, including rapid HIV finger-prick testing, call 01332 204040.