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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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HIV home test kit goes on sale

For the first time people in the UK can test themselves for HIV after the first legally approved home testing kit went on sale.

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