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About HIV

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What are HIV and AIDS?

What do the terms HIV and AIDS actually mean and what is the difference between them?

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How common is HIV?

Not all people or parts of the world are affected by HIV to the same level.

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How HIV is transmitted

Ways in which HIV is transmitted.

Signs and symptoms of HIV

Symptoms of HIV

What happens after someone is infected with the virus.

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Testing for HIV

What the HIV test involves

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Order your HIV postal test kit

Fastest Direct is our free, easy and confidential HIV postal testing service.

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Treatment for HIV

How HIV treatment works.

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HIV self-testing

Selling self-testing kits for HIV is now legal in the UK. This means you can take a test, and get a result, in your own home.

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Pre-exposure prophylaxis

Regularly taking a course of PrEP can protect you from any HIV infection later.


Post-exposure prophylaxis

PEP can stop a person becoming infected after HIV has entered their body.