HIV / AIDS

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is transmitted via bodily fluids. It works against the body’s immune system making it more vulnerable to infections. AIDS is the final stage of the condition but often those who develop HIV will not go on to develop full blown AIDS. This is largely due to the medication now available in order to manage the condition.

The best way to protect yourself from HIV is to practise safe sex.

HIV testing services

If you suspect you may have been exposed it is important to get tested as soon as possible. This can be organised via your General Practitioner or at your local sexual health clinic who will then advise and support you on the way forward.

HIV testing services are provided by East Cheshire Trust as part of the Integrated Sexual Health Service or by Body Positive who can also provide self sampling kits. Further information can be found at gosexualhealth.co.uk. Body Positive also provide support and advice for people who have been diagnosed as HIV positive.

HIV treatment services and clinics are available at Leighton Hospital. The number to book appointments for the HIV clinic is 0151 706 3474.

The services are free and the information you provide is strictly confidential.