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Here is some general information about HIV/AIDS. We have included some links to all the leading HIV/AIDS prevention charities and campaigns that are prominent in London. If you would like to discuss any matters relating to HIV/AIDS prevention, in confidence, don’t hesitate to contact us.

HIV - Human Immunodeficiency Virus

AIDS - Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome

The HIV virus ultimately leads to AIDS:

  • The HIV virus multiplies inside your body and eventually destroys its ability to fight off illnesses. HIV attacks and destroys your immune system - Your immune system helps you fight off illnesses and diseases.
  • People with AIDS can die after developing different kinds of illness and disease which the body would normally fight off without help.
  • HIV/AIDS can be passed on through blood, semen and/or other body fluids (not saliva).
  • It is spread through having unprotected sex with an infected partner or by injecting drugs if infected drug users share needles.
  • In the early 1980's there were some cases of people 'catching AIDS' from blood transfusions, but this is virtually impossible now because blood is screened.
  • Pregnant women with AIDS can pass the virus on to babies at birth or through providing breast milk. This is the primary way that children get HIV/AIDS.

A quote from the Health Protection Agency Report | HIV in the United Kingdom: 2009

"The number of people living with HIV in the UK continues to rise, with an estimated 83,000 infected at the end of 2008, of whom over a quarter (27%) were unaware of their infection." © Health Protection Agency

A couple from the official World Aids Day 2009 site:

"Support our campaign Young gay men missed out on the widespread health promotion messages of the 1980s, and they are now the group of young people most at risk of getting HIV. It is essential that young gay men receive appropriate information and education so that they can understand the risks of HIV and how they can protect their sexual health. It is also vital that young gay men realise the importance of having a regular HIV test."

"31% of people who are diagnosed with HIV are diagnosed late. Late diagnosis means that the HIV has become advanced and is far harder to treat. People can become seriously ill and even die if they are not diagnosed early enough, and many could be putting their partners at risk of HIV because they remain undiagnosed and untreated." © 2009.

"Let's Talk" - One2One
If you are a young person (who lives in & around London) and have any concerns, questions or would just like to talk to someone (in confidence*) about HIV/AIDS (or any other sexual health worry) contact one of our youth workers at PACE Youth Network.

Find out more about one2one support at OutZone

The PACE Youth Network One2One Service - For all young LGBTQ people aged 25 and under - from all over London!

PACE Youth Network:

Supported Sexual Health Clinic Visits:

Did you know that OutZone members can request a 'supported visit' to St. Ann's Sexual Health Centre?

This means that one of our Senior Youth Workers will help you arrange a confidential* clinic visit (and come along with you to your appointment, if possible) - if you need that little bit of extra support to get yourself screened and sorted, or if it’s the first time you have needed/wanted to get yourself tested, but are feeling a bit unsure about the whole process.

Talk to one of the youth workers on your next visit to OutZone or drop us a line for further details. (Note: This service is currently only available to young people who make use of our face to face services). We guarantee to respect your privacy and confidentiality*.

External Web links:

Avert - International AIDS charity

GMFA - Gay Men Fighting AIDS

PACE - London’s leading lgbt health and well-being charity

THT - Terrance Higgins Trust

National AIDS Trust - UK's leading independent policy and campaigning voice on HIV and AIDS

NHS Direct - Free confidential health advice

The official World Aids Day site: