‘What if I'm HIV positive?’

If signs of infection are found in your blood, then the test will be ‘positive’.

This means you have HIV. You’ll be offered counselling or advice to help you understand what this means and what support is available. It can be a shock but finding out means you and your doctor can decide what ongoing care is right for you.

If you are diagnosed as HIV positive, you must practise safer sex to reduce the risk of sexual partners catching HIV.

Find out more about Living with HIV.

Testing positive doesn't mean you have AIDS

Testing positive doesn’t mean you have AIDS or will get it. AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) is the name for a range of illnesses people with HIV can get. With early access to good and effective treatment, most people with HIV don’t develop AIDS and can live a longer, healthier life.

Condoms & lube

Find out how to stay healthy and still enjoy your sex life: