Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a viral infection that can be sexually transmitted. When someone becomes infected with HIV the virus weakens and damages their body’s immune system so that it cannot fight off infection.
HIV virus can only be detected by blood tests. HIV can be passed from person to person by unprotected sex (vaginal or anal), sharing needles, and from mother to baby during birth and breast feeding. HIV can be successfully treated with medication, but not cured.
What is PrEP? PrEP is a pill that protects you from HIV.
LiSH now offers PrEP free on the NHS under the national roll-out programme. If you believe you are eligible and wish to access this please contact the clinic to arrange an appointment by ringing 01522 309309. Click HERE for more information from Terrence Higgins Trust.
HIV and COVID-19 Helpline: 0131 558 3713 — open every weekday from 10am to 6pm. Launched by HIV Scotland but available to anyone in the world