HIV: Don’t live with ignorance


Here is an extract from an article I wrote for World AIDS Day 2016. You can read the full article at Kink Craft

What is HIV?

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus which attacks the body’s immune system, specifically CD4 cells (also known as T-cells or T-helper cells), making it harder for the body to fight off infections and diseases. There is no cure but there are medications that can manage the condition and mean it is possible for people living with HIV to grow just as old, grey and wrinkly as people who are HIV negative.

How common is HIV in the UK?

Probably more common than you think. Around 1 in 620 people in the UK are HIV positive. At the end of 2014 there were 103,700 people living with HIV in the UK.

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