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.
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
First Response Team
River Park House
225 High Road
Telephone 020 8489 1400
- NHS information on HIV and AIDS (external link).
- Terence Higgins Trust (external link) - tel: 0808 802 1221.
- Positive Rainbow Support Group at Wise Thoughts (external link) - meets at Wood Green Library every month. Contact to conform dates: tel: 020 8889 9555 | email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Avert (external link) - email: email@example.com