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What is HIV?

Dr Louisa Draper

" If you have had unprotected sex with someone whose HIV status you are unaware of, you should get tested."

Dr Louisa Draper

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HIV, short for Human Immunodeficiency Virus, is a virus which damages the immune system and which can lead to AIDS. HIV transmission can occur during sex or through blood transfusions. HIV has a very long incubation period, which means that the first symptoms may occur a long time after infection. Without treatment, the average latency period for HIV is ten years. As HIV can be symptomless before it progresses to cause more serious infections or even AIDS, people often do not realise that they are HIV positive.

If you have had unprotected sex with someone whose HIV status you are unaware of, you should get tested. Superdrug Online Doctor service offers a discreet and fast service, allowing you to get tested using a convenient home HIV test kit. We work with a trusted UK based laboratory for accurate results.