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HIV/AIDS

What is HIV?

HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. It attacks the body's defence system, preventing it from fighting illnesses and infection.

HIV is not passed on by shaking hands, kissing, touching or hugging, sharing cups, cutlery, crockery or towels. HIV is not spread by sneezing or coughing or from tears or sweat. A person does not get infected with HIV from daily contact.

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How is HIV passed on?

A diagnosis of HIV affects you, your family, partner and friends. It can be passed on in the following ways:

  • Unprotected sexual intercourse - vaginal, oral or anal without using a condom
  • Sharing contaminated needles, syringes and 'works'
  • From an infected mother to her baby during pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding
  • From contaminated blood or blood products

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Contact us

First Response Team

River Park House
225 High Road
London
N22 8HQ

Telephone 020 8489 1400

Email firstresponseteam@haringey.gov.uk

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Other assistance available

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Page last updated:

19 February 2020

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