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HIV & AIDS overview

Human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, is the virus that causes AIDS. In the UK it's estimated there are around 100,000 people living with HIV, around 22% of these have HIV but are unaware they have the condition. HIV weakens a person’s ability to fight infections and cancer. HIV transmission can occur during unprotected sex or needle sharing. Symptoms of HIV vary widely, with some infected people not showing any signs or symptoms. There is no HIV cure, although medications can delay the onset of AIDS.

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'Give healthy gay men HIV drugs to cut infections'

Giving healthy gay men a daily anti-retroviral medication would offer a major new opportunity to curb newly acquired HIV infections in the UK, a study has concluded.

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