What is HIV?
HIV is a global problem. Those at particular high risk of HIV infection are: -
In the UK, HIV is more common in people who have lived in countries where there is a high level of HIV such as sub-Saharan Africa.
There are many effective ways to prevent or reduce the risk of HIV infection. Speak to your local sexual health clinic or GP for further advice about the best way to decrease your risk. For further information about the signs, symptoms, treatment and prevention go to www.nhs.uk/conditions/hiv-and-aids
The only way to know whether you have HIV is to get tested.
The earlier you have a test and find out if you have HIV the earlier you can start treatment that will help you live a long and healthy life. All services are confidential; we will not tell anyone you have had an HIV test. HIV testing and treatment is free for everyone living in Coventry.
You can order a free HIV test online to be sent to an address of your choice at www.test.hiv
2. Pharmacy Testing
You can go to the following pharmacies to get a free HIV finger prick test that will indicate whether you have HIV in 60 seconds:
3. Testing at a Sexual Health Service
You can go to the Integrated Sexual Health Service which is based on:
3rd Floor, City of Coventry Health Centre, Stoney Stanton Road, Coventry, CV1 4FS (Opposite City College)
Just telephone the clinic for further information on 0300 020 0027 or you can also book an appointment online on https://www.covwarkpt.nhs.uk/service-detail/health-service/sexual-health-95/
4. Visit your GP
Speak to your GP about testing if you think you may have been exposed. They can test you in the surgery or you may be referred to a specialist HIV clinic.
Hepatitis B and C are viruses that cause inflammation of the liver which may lead to liver scarring and cancer. Your liver is very tough and able to function even when it is damaged. Because of this, many people don't know they have Hepatitis for a long time, and may pass on the virus to other people. Hepatitis B can be passed on through bodily fluids and blood and Hepatitis C can be passed on through blood.
Hepatitis is a global problem and worse in Asia, the Middle East and Africa, so the risk of disease is higher in people born there, or in people who live or have lived with people with Hepatitis.
There are many effective ways to prevent or reduce the risk of infection. Speak to your local sexual health clinic or GP for further advice about the best way to reduce your risk. For further information about the signs, symptoms, treatment and prevention go to www.nhs.uk/conditions/hepatitis-b or www.nhs.uk/conditions/hepatitis-c
Remember the only way to know if you have Hepatitis B or C is to get tested, testing and treatment is free for everyone living in Coventry. Go to your GP about testing if you think you may have been exposed. They can test you in the surgery or you may be referred to a specialist clinic.
"TB" is short for tuberculosis. TB is spread from person to person through the air. If you are infected with TB you can pass it on to people you spend a lot time with such as your family by coughing and sneezing. TB can affect any part of the body, but only TB of the lungs or throat are infectious. TB will make you unwell and if you do not get treated, it can be fatal.
TB is a serious illness, but with treatment it can be cured. Most people need a course of antibiotics, usually for six months, and you must finish the course of treatment.
TB is a global problem and worse in Asia and Africa so the risk of disease is higher in people born there or in people who live or have lived with people with TB.
For further information about the signs, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment go to www.nhs.uk/conditions/tuberculosis-tb
Remember the only way to get rid of TB is to make sure you see your GP if you have symptoms. If you want to get rid of TB you must get treated and complete your treatment.