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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 more than 100,000 people living with HIV. Around a quarter of people with HIV don't know 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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NHS offers free home HIV test kits

The NHS in England is offering free home HIV test kits to try to encourage people at the highest risk of the condition to get checked.

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