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Health and social care

HIV and AIDS

What is HIV and AIDS?

HIV is an infection which can sometimes develop into AIDS. It is most commonly passed on by unprotected sexual intercourse (vaginal, oral or anal without using a condom) but can also be transmitted by sharing contaminated needles and syringes, from an infected mother to her baby during pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding, or from contaminated blood or blood products.

The virus attacks the infection fighting cells of the body's immune system which, over time, weakens and becomes unable to defend the body against everyday bacteria and viruses.

Where can I get tested for HIV and AIDS?

Testing can be done by you GP (doctor) or in a specialist Sexual Health Clinic.

If you are not registered with a doctor, visit the GP search on the NHS Choices website to find your local GP surgery.

The Harrison Clinic at Oxford's Churchill Hospital in Headington will test for HIV and Aids as well as all other sexually transmitted infections.

HIV and AIDS testing contact
Organisation Phone
Harrison Clinic 01865 231231

Who should I contact for advice and help about living with HIV and AIDS?

There is help available for people living with HIV and AIDS. Visit the HIV and AIDS page of Oxfordshire County Council's website to see what help is available to you. They will give you an assessment and will be able to put you in contact with other agencies to meet your needs.

The Terrence Higgins Trust has offices in Oxford and offer a wide range of support including emotional support, help with accessing HIV testing and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) treatment, advice about your rights in benefits, employment, immigration and housing, treatment advice, contact with support groups, help with accessing grants, respite and complementary therapies, legal advice for those living with HIV and counselling. Visit the Terrence Higgins Trust website for more information.

HIV and AIDS contacts
Organisation Phone
Oxfordshire County Council Access Team 0845 050 7666
Terrence Higgins Trust - Oxford 01865 243389
National AIDS Helpline 0800 567 123

Where can I find out more about HIV and AIDS?

Visit the HIV and AIDS section of the NHS Choices website for,  information on the illness, treatments and prevention.

Visit our Sexual Health page for information on sexually transmitted infections and contraception.  


Page last reviewed 16 Apr 2008


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