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Living with HIV directory

The HIV virus is usually contracted during unprotected sex or by sharing infected needles. It attacks the immune system, weakening your ability to fight off infection or disease. Around 108,000 people in the UK are living with HIV but around 24% of people with HIV don’t know they are infected. Although there is no generally available cure for HIV, early diagnosis is essential. Treatments, known as antiretrovirals, can slow down the damage done to the immune system. Regular exercise, healthy diet, quitting smoking and annual flu jabs and other vaccinations are all recommended. Follow the links below to find BootsWebMD's comprehensive coverage about how HIV is contracted, how to treat it, and much more.

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