What is it?
AIDS is caused by a virus called HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus).
How did I get it?
HIV is transmitted through:
Unprotected sex, including oral sex
Sharing needles, syringes or any other drug using equipment
Contaminated blood products (blood is screened in the UK)
If you are having unprotected sex, male or female, you are putting
yourself at risk!
HIV is not passed on by everyday social contact.
What are the symptoms?
In the early years there may not be any symptoms, later on there
may be a variety of symptoms, some of which can be quite unusual.
What will it do to me?
HIV will damage the bodys defence system so that it cannot
fight certain infections.
Where can I go?
Your local GU Medicine/Sexual Health clinic is the best place as
it is completely confidential.
Can it be treated?
We cant get rid of the virus, but there are treatments now
available that are keeping people well for longer.
If you are worried and want to speak to someone, you can contact
your local GUM/Sexual health Clinic or the 24 Hour National AIDS
Help Line on 0800 - 567123.
Always wearing a condom during sex will reduce the
risk of becoming infected.