Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a viral infection that can be sexually transmitted. When
someone becomes infected with HIV and does not receive treatment , the virus weakens and
damages their body’s immune system so that it cannot fight off infection.
The 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.
You can test for HIV and Syphilis from the same blood sample with our self-collect test kits. Order a Test Here
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. Find out more about PrEP at the Terrence Higgins Trust website.
Links & Further Information
Terrence Higgins Trust
National AIDS Trust
HIV and COVID-19 Helpline: 0131 558 3713 — open every weekday from 10am to 6pm (This was launched by HIV Scotland but available to anyone in the world).