‘What is HIV?’

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is an infection that damages your immune system, meaning you’re more likely to catch other harmful infections.

There is no cure for HIV, but once it is diagnosed you can start treatment that will help you live a longer, healthier life. And the earlier HIV is diagnosed, the better the treatment options.

HIV symptoms

Although many people with HIV feel well most of the time, there are some symptoms that can indicate possible HIV infection. These include:

  • fever, night sweats
  • rash
  • mouth ulcers
  • joint and muscle pain
  • poor appetite
  • weight loss
  • tiredness
  • chronic diarrhoea.

Of course, these symptoms aren’t just associated with HIV; they could be caused by another condition. Getting tested for HIV is the best way to find out for sure.

Even if you don’t display any of these symptoms, you should still get tested regularly.

Learn more about HIV today.

Condoms & lube

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