HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. Once someone is infected with HIV the virus will remain in their body for the rest of their life. There is currently no cure for HIV and no vaccine to prevent people from becoming infected. However, drug treatments can help most people with HIV to live much longer and feel well.

HIV can be transmitted in a number of ways and it doesn't matter whether you are gay or straight.

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PEPSE (emergency treatment to minimise the risk of HIV infection following a condom failure or following an episode of unprotected penetrative sex) is available on the Island.  You need to to contact the A&E Department at St Mary's Hospital on 534660 or the Sexual Health Service on 534202.  Treatment needs to begin within 72 hours of the incident occurring to be effective.

Where to get help